If you require removal of your gall bladder, your doctor may recommend a procedure called a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. A claim for clinical negligence may arise in such cases because the bowel has been perforated during surgery. If this occurs, you may need further surgery which may also result in additional scarring.
There are other possible causes for such a claim; for example, damage may be done to the organs surrounding the bladder such as bile duct injuries, injury to the bowel or injury to an artery causing internal bleeding. If any of these are not identified in time, it could even lead to a fatality. To successfully bring a clinical negligence claim, you need to demonstrate that you have suffered from a substantial injury as a result of negligent treatment received from a medical practitioner either within the last three years or you discovered the negligence in the last three years.
We usually offer “no win no fee” funding arrangements to bring clinical negligence claims. You must demonstrate a duty of care was owed by the medical practioner and that they have acted in such a way so as to breach that duty of care. You must then prove that their actions caused you substantial injury. We will send you to see a medical expert who will compile a report.
The compensation you may claim for would fall under two categories: general and special damages. General damages are for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the negligence. This would be quantified using the medical report from the expert. Special damages are your quantifiable losses incurred as a consequence of the negligence, such as loss of earnings and care.
For more information about making a compensation claim, call Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors on 0207 923 4020.