Elizabeth underwent avoidable surgery after surgeons failed to perform her hysterectomy to a reasonable standard.
Our customer, Elizabeth Essery had experienced years of painful and heavy periods, cycstocele and rectocele and was therefore recommend to undergo a laparoscopic (keyhole) hysterectomy in 2016.
Following her surgery, Elizabeth was experiencing pain in her lower left abdomen and suffering some symptoms of incontinence.
Investigations revealed that she had a large amount of blood and fluid around her pelvis. It became apparent that she had suffered an injury to her ureter, the duct by which urine passes from the kidney to the bladder of cloaca, during the hysterectomy.
Doctors fitted a stent to drain the fluid from around Elizabeth’s abdomen. Unfortunately, she also suffered from sepsis and other infections during this time and required reimplementation of the ureter.
Had Elizabeth not suffered negligence, the hysterectomy would have cured her symptoms and she would have had a quick and uneventful recovery. As a result of the failures, she suffered a much more complicated recovery period, including avoidable open surgery, pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
Elizabeth contacted Fletchers to bring a medical negligence claim. We investigated her case and she was represented by solicitors, Kate Lozynska and Hannah Ashcroft.
The case was defended and investigated by the NHS and following issuing court proceedings, liability was admitted in respected of the ureteric injury sustained by Elizabeth.
Elizabeth received damages in the sum of £31,424.71 and an apology from Chief Executive of the Defendant Trust for the shortcomings in the surgical care she received.
Kate Lozynska handled Elizabeth’s case and said:
I am pleased that Elizabeth’s medical negligence case was swiftly resolved and she received a Letter of Apology. Nothing the Defendant can say will change the outcome but it is good to be reassured that what happened to Elizabeth has been taken very seriously by all those within the Trust involved in her care.