Delayed surgery for a ruptured appendix £55,000

Our client, a 54-year-old lady, was admitted to Great Western Hospital on a Friday evening with abdominal pain and vomiting. Despite having clear signs of appendicitis, she was wrongly diagnosed with a bladder infection and prescribed antibiotics. Those antibiotics did not work and she became increasingly unwell.

When she was reviewed by a Surgeon on the Monday morning, a scan was ordered and a ruptured appendix confirmed. Our client then underwent open surgery to remove the ruptured appendix and clean out the infection that was spreading in her abdomen.

Our client was critical of the Hospital, for their failure to diagnose her ruptured appendix promptly, which led to her having to undergo an open, rather than keyhole, procedure. As a result of the open surgery, she had an unsightly scar on her abdomen and a 5% risk of developing a future hernia that would need surgical repair.

The Trust initially made a settlement offer of £3,000. Following the issue of court proceedings, we were able to secure a favourable settlement without the need to proceed to Trial.

S J Edney Solicitors obtained compensation of £55,000 for this client in 2016

2017-02-25T12:54:34+00:00