Failure to appropriately treat colon tumour leads to bowel perforation - £125,000

Sarah, 63

Bryony Doyle, a specialist medical negligence solicitor at JMW, obtained £125,000 in compensation for a woman who suffered a bowel perforation after a tumour in her colon was not appropriately treated.

Failure to identify tumour in colon

Sarah suffered from ongoing polyps (abnormal tissue growths) in her colon which required monitoring and removal by endoscopic excision (a minimally invasive procedure). During the course of her treatment, a large tumour which required microsurgery was missed.

Instead, piecemeal removal of the polyps, and the tumour, took place over several years and Sarah underwent multiple endoscopies. These repeated procedures put Sarah at an increased risks of complications later down the line.

When the tumour was eventually identified and surgery was carried out, as a result of the multiple previous procedures, Sarah suffered a bowel perforation. Sarah required a further operation to repair the damage to her bowel and ultimately had to have a stoma bag fitted. This was devastating for Sarah and it was not until JMW’s investigation into her care that it was confirmed that mistakes has been made that had led to such a life changing consequence.

Thankfully, it is likely that the stoma can be reversed, however, Sarah has suffered psychologically as a result of what happened and, understandably, has not yet been able to face more surgery.

Successful medical negligence claim

Sarah was concerned that there had been an error in her care and her bowel perforation could have been avoided. She was put in touch with JMW and her case was taken on by the specialist medical negligence team.

Although liability was denied by the trust, Bryony was able to challenge this and claimed that with appropriate care, surgery to remove the tumour would have been arranged and the multiple endoscopies would have been avoided. Sarah would not have suffered a bowel perforation and would not have needed a stoma. The trust continued to deny liability and instructed solicitors to proceed to mediation. A mediation took place by video link and in opening statements a full admission of liability was received.

Bryony was able to successfully negotiate with the trust who agreed to pay Sarah £125,000 in compensation for her pain, suffering, additional care and the psychological impact of her injury.




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