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Hernia Patient Loses Ovary Due to Medical Negligence

10 August 2016

Five-figure compensation was awarded when a routine herniotomy resulted in the loss of an ovary and fallopian tube due to medical negligence.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: James Bell is a principal lawyer and medical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon in London.

Settlement: £40,000

What Happened: Our client underwent surgery following diagnosis of a hernia and was discharged home the same day with no need for a post-operative follow up.

Four days later she was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that her ovaries had become caught in the stitching during the operation. She also had another hernia which had not been operated upon.

Impact: Our client had to undergo a second operation and lost her ovary and a fallopian tube. Sadly this resulted in a shortened reproductive lifespan and left her at an increased risk of infection.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We successfully argued the surgeon had been negligent and had not delivered the standard of care to which our client was entitled to expect and liability was later admitted.

Decision: The surgeon put forward a settlement proposal of £40,000 which was accepted by our client.

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