Can I Claim for A Perforated Bowel Due To Medical Negligence?

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The Law Of… Challenging Medical Injuries

A perforated bowel, sustained due to an error during surgery, is a serious injury that can have life-threatening consequences. Medical Negligence Solicitor, Alison Hills, looks at perforated bowel compensation claims.

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What Is A Perforated Bowel?

A perforated bowel is a hole in the wall of the colon. This can occur naturally due to medical conditions such as diverticulitis or an ischemic bowel, or as a result of surgical error.

How Can Surgical Error Cause A Perforated Bowel?

An inadvertent slip of the scalpel during surgery can nick the bowel if the operation site is local to the lower gastrointestinal tract. A colonoscopy is another medical procedure that might lead to a perforated bowel if performed without due care.

Of course, incidents such as this only occur in the rarest of circumstances, with the vast majority of surgery and procedures such as colonoscopies transpiring with no unexpected complications.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Perforated Bowel?

If the bowel was perforated as a result of medical negligence, it may only become apparent when the symptoms start to present.

The symptoms of a perforated bowel include:

  • Swollen abdomen
  • Severe stomach pains and tenderness to the touch
  • Sickness and feeling nauseous
  • High, feverish temperature

What Complications Can Arise From A Perforated Bowel?

Aside from being an extremely painful injury, which requires urgent medical treatment, a perforated bowl can have life-threatening consequences. There is a risk that the contents of the bowel could spill out, causing an infection in the lining of the abdomen known as peritonitis.

An infection, if left untreated, can itself prove fatal or lead to the potentially life-threatening condition, sepsis.

What Can I Do If I Suffered A Perforated Bowel Due To Medical Negligence?

If your bowel was perforated during a medical procedure, causing you injury and avoidable suffering, you should seek independent legal advice. A professional law firm, such as Simpson Millar, with a specialist medical negligence department, will be able to advise on whether you have suitable grounds for a compensation claim.

Why Should I Claim Compensation For A Perforated Bowel?

A successful claim will:

  • Ensure that the risk of similar errors in the future are minimised, preventing other patients from being affected
  • Provide a financial settlement that will allow you to obtain the care and support you may require as a result of your perforated bowel.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Compensation Claim For A Perforated Bowel?

You have 3 years from the 'date of knowledge' to begin your claim.

'Date of knowledge' refers either to when the treatment leading to your injury took place, or when the resulting complications were first diagnosed. If the 3 year period has passed you will be unable to take legal action.

If the claim involves a child, you have until their 18th birthday to begin proceedings, after which the 3 year deadline applies.

How Do I Make A Claim For A Perforated Bowel?

The medical negligence team at Simpson Millar will be able to advise you on your claim and guide you through the process so you are in position to start it. They will offer you full representation and ensure you get compensation you are entitled to.

What Do I Do Next?

If you suffered a perforated bowel due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. You can fund your claim through No Win No Fee. Contact Simpson Millar today.





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