Case Study: Post-Surgery Wound Bursts Open

Compensation: £7,500

This case study outlines how JMW helped a woman to claim £7,500 compensation after her post-surgery wound burst following negligent care from medical professionals.

If you are looking for information on how JMW can help you to make a claim yourself you can go directly to our surgery negligence claims page here.

Ellie went into hospital to have her left ovary and fallopian tube removed. This was performed via an open laparotomy (rather than keyhole surgery) because she had adhesions from previous abdominal surgery. The operation was uneventful and the skin was closed with clips that were to be removed after eight days. For extra protection Steristrips were also applied to the wound.

Two days later Ellie was discharged and a letter was sent to the GP advising that the clips should be removed in three to four days’ time (i.e. 5 to 6 days post operatively). The district nurse removed the clips four days later as instructed.

Wound bursts open after early clip removal

Three days later Ellie’s wound burst open and she was readmitted to hospital for 24 hours for cleaning and resuturing of the wound. The notes state “Gaping full length scar. No signs of infection”. It was clear that the wound had opened not because of infection (the most usual cause) but because the clips had been removed before the wound had had time to heal.

The wound healed slowly and Ellie has been left with a large and unsightly scar that may require plastic surgery in the future. For several weeks she was in pain and required assistance with domestic duties. She also became quite depressed, and is very self conscious about the scar.

The trust admits liability

The trust admitted liability for the mistake and one of the specialist solicitors at JMW settled the claim for £7,500.

Think you are entitled to compensation?

If you have been left with severe scarring following an operation, and it is down to mistakes in the recovery process, you could be entitled to make a claim against the medical professionals who treated you. To find out more call us now on 0800 054 6512 or fill in our contact form.

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