Louise underwent liposuction surgery on her thighs and abdomen as a private patient in April 2005. During the procedure the surgeon perforated her bowel, although this was not discovered at the time.
The initial post-op recovery was uncomplicated until Louise developed severe stomach pains at home a few days later.
An ultrasound at Kent & Sussex Hospital revealed a perforated bowel and Louise required an emergency laparotomy and repair of the perforation. She also needed a blood transfusion.
After surgery Louise was diagnosed with pleurisy, pneumonia and embolisms on her left lung. She became severely anaemic and required follow up treatment for some months.
The defendant immediately agreed to pay for the cost of Louise’s recuperation.
Mark Bowman was instructed to act on Louise’s behalf and a letter of claim was sent to the surgeon.
The defendant responded denying liability. Medical experts instructed by both sides disagreed about whether the defendant had been negligent during the course of the surgery.
Notwithstanding continued denials of liability, a settlement of £35,000 was achieved – almost the full value of the case, which was funded by BTE Insurance.
At the conclusion of the case Louise said:
“Thank you Mark. You made a very difficult period for me easier to bear.
"I always felt that you were on top of matters and was grateful for the manner in which you conducted matters throughout.”
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