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Vesicovaginal Fistula Compensation Claims
If you have developed a vesicovaginal fistula after surgery, or you previously suffered from the condition and underwent surgery to correct it and believe the poor outcome was caused by a medical professional's negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation
The clinical negligence solicitors at JMW have helped many women in this position, who have suffered both the physical and psychological consequences of such an injury.
We are considered leaders in our field in the UK - our team includes both members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors.
We combine expertise with sensitivity to get you the result you deserve with the minimum of stress to you and your family.
To speak to a member of our team today, simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or allow us to give you a call back by completing our online enquiry form..We are able to take on cases on a no win, no fee basis.
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How JMW Can Help
JMW offers free initial advice on making claims. If you believe that you or any member of your family may be entitled to compensation, let us know and we will investigate your case. We will deal with your enquiry without any initial cost or obligation.
We are well versed in claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of individuals who have suffered due to medical negligence.
Our solicitors take a proactive and professional approach to all cases. We know that some subjects may be difficult to discuss, but we are approachable and understanding and will do all we can to make you feel comfortable as we guide you through the entire process, from beginning to end
The medical negligence team at JMW has secured significant compensation for various clients and the team is highly regarded throughout the UK.
How to Make a Vesicovaginal Fistula Claim
We have represented many clients that have suffered a vesicovaginal fistula as a result of surgeries such as a hysterectomy or other pelvic or lower abdominal surgery.
However, you may also be eligible for a claim if you already have the condition following a difficult birth, and surgery to treat it has caused significant related medical problems or trauma.
JMW’s expert medical negligence solicitors will investigate the full details of your case, consulting evidence from medical records and speaking to independent experts to further strengthen your claim. We are able to handle cases on a no win, no fee basis, which means your finances will not be affected if your claim is unsuccessful.
Where possible, we will also work to obtain interim payments to help pay for any immediate care requirements you may have, and will aim to settle the claim at the earliest opportunity
What is a vesicovaginal fistula?
An abnormal connection (fistula) between the bladder and the vagina can sometimes occur following hysterectomy or other lower abdominal surgery and is known as a vesicovaginal fistula.
This is most commonly caused by accidental perforation of the bladder with a suture, but can also sometimes occur when a small haematoma (collection of blood) develops in the tight space between the base of the bladder and the top of the vagina, resulting in infection and subsequent tissue damage. In the latter, urinary leakage will not become apparent until about five to 10 days following surgery.
What are the causes of a vesicovaginal fistula?
The ureters are two thick, muscular tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Ureteric damage, resulting in a urine leak or obstruction, most commonly occurs at the time of surgery due to accidental cutting, misplacement of a suture (through or around the ureter) or by diathermy.
However, it can also happen 10 days or more after surgery if the ureter is deprived of sufficient blood supply, resulting in tissue necrosis. Obstruction of the ureter should be suspected if the patient complains of loin pain (caused by back pressure to the kidney) in the immediate post-op period.
It can also be caused by
- Radiation treatment
- Pelvic, cervical or colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease or diverticulitis
What are the symptoms?
Vesicovaginal fistulas can cause medical complications such as:
- Irritated skin around the vagina or anu
- Recurring vaginal or urinary tract infections
- Faecal matter leaking through the vagina