Our client has a complicated gynaecological history. During June 2007 (when she was 38), she underwent a laparoscopic left salpingo-oophorectomy. As a direct result of this procedure, her sigmoid colon was perforated. The next day she felt unwell and was in a great deal of pain. Notwithstanding her symptoms, she was discharged home.
The following day, she continued to be unwell and returned to hospital, where signs of peritonitis were recognised. She had to undergo a further operation to repair the perforation of her sigmoid colon. Subsequently, she required a number of further surgical procedures.
It was our case that to perforate the colon at all was negligent, and there was also a negligent failure to detect this perforation before she was discharged. The Hospital Trust disputed these allegations and proceedings had to be issued at Swindon County Court. Shortly afterwards the parties were able to reach a settlement.
S. J. Edney solicitors obtained compensation of £100,000 for this client in 2010