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£180,000 for loss of earnings after complications during hysterecomy

Jane, a qualified nurse, underwent a vaginal hysterectomy and pelvic floor repair following a history of menorrhagia and urinary problems.

During surgery, access to the wound was found to be “extremely difficult” (the vagina was noted to be “long and narrow”) and as a result an episiotomy was carried out.

Post operatively, Jane complained of abdominal pain left loin pain and pain on passing urine. Jane underwent a laparotomy.

This identified that a suture had been placed in or near Jane's left ureter during the original procedure and was causing a blockage. The suture was removed, the left ureter divided and re-implanted in the bladder.

County Court proceedings were issued  by other solicitors. Liability was denied and the defendants made a subsequent payment of £10,000 into Court.

The defendant contended that a claim for ongoing lost earnings was precluded by a history of urinary incontinence.

The claim was then referred to us. Following further investigations, the action was transferred to the High Court and amended to include a claim for psychiatric injury.

The case was set for trial. After exchange of witness statements, witness summons’ were served on three of the hospital’s doctors involved in the surgery/follow up, their evidence being potentially favourable.

A new expert gynaecologist was instructed. He was not only critical of the initial decision to attempt to perform the hysterectomy vaginally (rather than abdominally because of the size of the uterus) but also the subsequent decision to proceed with the vaginal hysterectomy once the surgeon had established that access was difficult and the vagina was “long and narrow”.

The defendant then made a Part 36 Offer of £95,000 including repayable CRU of £30,000.

Following further negotiations and a round table meeting with counsel, the claim was settled at £180,000. The case was funded by a legal expenses policy.

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For further information about gynaecology surgery claims and medical negligence claims, please call Paul McNeil on 0330 460 6804 or email paul.mcneil@fieldfisher.com.


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