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19 December 2016
A woman was awarded £110,000 in damages after a routine laparoscopic operation to remove her gall bladder resulted in serious complications due to medical negligence.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Lauren Tully is an associate and medical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.
What happened: During the course of a routine gall bladder removal our client’s bile duct was damaged by a surgical tool.
Despite the surgeon noting that there may have been an injury to the liver, our client was discharged.
Impact: She subsequently required emergency readmission after experiencing severe post-operative pain, vomiting, loose bowels and fever.
Following several hospital admissions and invasive investigative procedures the injury was diagnosed and required surgical repair.
Our client has been left with significant physical and psychological symptoms. As a result of the injury she experiences bowel problems which are exceptionally embarrassing and require her to plan activities so that she is always near a toilet.
Our client’s symptoms are likely to continue indefinitely and impair her ability to work, partake in leisure activities and chores such as housework, gardening and caring for her family.
Her condition will require continual monitoring and she is at risk of developing further complications which may require surgical intervention.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We employed an independent expert to review the client’s medical records who concluded that the surgery had been negligently performed by the surgeon.
Decision: The hospital admitted liability and following settlement negotiations damages were agreed at £110,000.
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