Negligent repair of a fistula, £290,000 settlement

Briefly, we are acting for a young lady (who was only aged 29 at the time of her treatment) and was a patient at the University College Hospital in London. She suffered an ano-perineal fistula (an abnormal passageway between an organ and the exterior of her body) following the birth of her first child during January 2012. In July 2012, she underwent an operation to repair the fistula but unfortunately, during this procedure, her external anal sphincter was damaged. This left her with significant symptoms including faecal leakage and urgency.

It was our case that this was due to sub-standard care. With further treatment, she regained a certain amount of independence but would always need assistance with certain heavy household tasks and this disability would impact on her future earning capacity. She was also psychologically damaged by what happened to her.

The Hospital Trust admitted liability but there was a disagreement between the parties on quantum (the amount of compensation payable). This case was fixed for trial in January 2017 to assess her damages but in late December 2016, the parties were able to agree a settlement.

S J Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £290,000.00 for this client during 2016