Verity suffered from abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhoea. She was diagnosed as suffering from gallstones and was advised to have an operation to have them removed.
During the operation on 10 June 2003, the surgeon noted a perforation in the accessory bile duct. He decided to drain and reassess the following day.
Following the operation, Verity’s health rapidly deteriorated and she was transferred to ICU. An emergency laparotomy was performed the next day, following which she developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, biliury peritonitis, recurrent pneumothoraces, recurrent chest pain, foot drop secondary to critical care neuropathy and atrial fibrillation.
Verity remained in ICU for many days and was in hospital for was discharged from hospital on 3 November 2003.
Our expert surgeon confirmed that during the operation of 10 June 2003, the surgeon should have converted immediately to a laparotomy so that the accessory duct could have been ligated, preventing the biliary leak and numerous post operative and long term problems.
Proceedings were served on the Defendant on 24 May 2007. The trust denied liability.
Further evidence was obtained on behalf of Verity from experts in care, neurology, psychiatry and respiratory diseases.
A third offer of £200,000 was accepted by Verity. The offer was felt to be an excellent settlement due to the fact that liability remained in dispute and there was debate as to Verity’s life expectancy.
Verity received the full sum of £200,000 and all her legal fees. Afterwards she said:
“I am very happy and grateful for your help over the past few years. I could not have got where I am today without you.
"Whereas at one stage I had wished to accept the defendant’s first offer, thanks to your careful guidance, I now appreciate that I would have made a grave mistake to settle for such a sum. Thank you.”
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