Perforated Bowels

Medical Negligence Compensation For Perforated Bowels

If you have suffered a perforated bowel (sometimes called a ruptured bowel) during surgery under the NHS or privately, why did it happen, what are your rights, and can you claim compensation? Read on to find out more.

What Is A Perforated Bowel?

A perforated bowel is a medical emergency. A perforated bowel is a hole, nick or cut in the stomach, small intestine or large intestine. When the bowel ruptures in such a way the contents of the bowel itself will leak into the abdominal cavity. This may result in infection, sepsis (infection of the blood), septic shock, peritonitis, and organ damage. In severe cases a ruptured bowel can cause death. A ruptured bowel can also be referred to as: a perforated bowel or a torn bowel.

What Causes A Perforated Bowel?

In many cases a perforated or ruptured bowel is a result of a penetrate injury such as a stabbing or trauma following a car crash. However, a ruptured bowel can also occur as a result of a disease such as Crohns, appendicitis, an ulcer or cancer to name a few potential causes. Finally, a perforated bowel may result from surgical negligence. In the case of surgical negligence the bowel would accidentally have been damaging during an operation, such as being nicked with a scalpel.

In summary the main causes of a perforated bowel are:

  • A penetrative injury often from trauma during a car crash
  • A disease such as Crohns, appendicitis, an ulcer or cancer
  • A scalpel or other sharp injury during surgery to an area close to the bowel (such as a hernia repair or surgery to the gall bladder, kidney, pancreas etc)

When Can A Perforated Bowel Lead To A Medical Negligence Claim?

However a perforated bowel comes about, it is absolutely vital that it is diagnosed rapidly; the consequences of a ruptured bowel can be both devastating and life changing for both the sufferer and their family. A quick diagnosis can be the difference between you making full recovery or you being subject long term symptoms, or even being victim to an unnecessary bereavement in your family.

As is apparent, this is not a matter to be taken lightly and we are serious about doing what we can for you, whatever your experience has entailed. Therefore there are a number of cases in which you will be able to make a successful medical negligence claim regarding a ruptured bowel. These are:

  • Surgical Negligence
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure To Diagnose
  • Delayed Diagnosis
  • Failure To Provide Appropriate Treatment

What are the Costs?

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Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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If you have sustained a perforated bowel durin a medical procedure, you will be entitled to compensation for the damages you have incurred. To begin your medical negligence claim, you need to speak to a solicitor who specialises in this area of the law.

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