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Negligent hysterectomy – £42,000
Pauline was left with constant abdominal pain, unsightly scarring and depression after a negligent hysterectomy. Sally Leonards, one of the experienced medical law experts at Hospital Negligence, took on her case and secured an admission of negligence from the hospital responsible for Pauline’s injuries and £42,000 in compensation for her.
Mother-of two Pauline underwent a hysterectomy in July 2008 when she was 38 years old. However during the operation the surgeons damaged both her ureters (the tube that takes urine from the kidneys to the bladder). The surgeons attempted to repair the damage with a further procedure about 10 days later however after she was discharged Pauline suffered on-going urinary tract infections and abdominal pain. In the coming weeks Pauline underwent further investigations and procedures to try to put things right.
However Pauline’s pain continued and in February 2009 she was referred to a pain clinic for help. Pauline was experiencing a constant dull ache that got worse if she lifted or carried anything. Furthermore Pauline developed problems with her urinary function and found that she needed to go to the toilet very frequently and often very urgently. The hospital undertook investigations which revealed that her bladder was unstable. She underwent a procedure in February 2012 which did improve these problems significantly.
However this procedure left Pauline extremely debilitated for a several weeks and with an enlarged abdomen and unsightly scarring. Her mother helped her to care for her two children while she recovered from the worst of the surgery’s effects. Pauline later developed depression as a consequence of her ongoing problems and ordeal and was unable to return to her job as a cleaner for more than three years after her hysterectomy.
It was clear to Pauline that something had gone badly wrong with the hysterectomy and after seeking advice she was put in touch with specialist solicitor Sally Leonards. Although nothing can make up for Pauline’s pain and suffering she is now in a better position to cope after Sally negotiated a £42,000 compensation settlement for her.