Bladder and bowel damage compensation

Bladder and bowel damage compensation

For finding answers and getting justice

The bladder and bowel are vulnerable parts of the body, and medical professionals must take care when performing surgery, inserting medical devices or prescribing medication to minimise the risk of injury. Bladder and bowel damage can have serious, long-term consequences for a patient’s health and quality of life.

Switalskis’ expert medical negligence solicitors know how difficult it can be to deal with a bowel or bladder injury in the aftermath of surgery, or because a medical professional made a mistake. Our team has pursued many bowel and bladder injury compensation claims on behalf of people like you.

If you’ve suffered damage to your bowel or bladder as a result of medical treatment you believe to be negligent, please contact our experienced team at Switalskis today on 0800 1380 458 or contact us through the website.

How Switalskis can help you

At Switalskis, we approach every case differently and tailor our services to each individual client. When you call us, we’ll take the time to discuss your circumstances and understand what you need from us. That way, we can make sure that we amplify your voice during this process and keep pushing towards the best outcome for you.

We know that issues of incontinence related to bladder and bowel damage can be embarrassing to talk about. We always approach every case sensitively and with empathy. We’ve worked with many people in the past who’ve been through experiences just like yours.

An injury to your bowel or bladder can have permanent or even life-changing repercussions. Making a claim is a way to highlight your concerns to the medical professionals involved in your care and to compensate you for the damage you have suffered. Switalskis will act as your ally during this fight, and maintain a singular focus on pursuing the compensation you deserve.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

How do patients suffer bowel damage or bladder damage due to medical negligence?

Medical negligence can potentially lead to bladder or bowel damage and is a particular risk in certain surgical procedures. Surgeons must be very careful when working on these organs, as the consequences of an injury can be severe. The most common scenarios that result in bowel and bladder damage include:

  • Injury during surgery: the bladder could be cut or punctured and the bowel is at risk of being nicked, cut or perforated during a variety of gynaecological, bowel or urological operations. Examples may be a hysterectomy, a caesarean section or removal of the appendix (appendectomy) along with many others.
  • Catheters: improper placement or maintenance of a urinary catheter can result in infections or damage to the bladder.
  • Anastomosis: in surgeries that involve joining sections of the bowel, an improperly performed anastomosis can leak, leading to severe infection.
  • Failure to diagnose: in the bowel, conditions like Crohn’s disease or bowel cancer may not be diagnosed in a timely manner, resulting in worsening of the condition. There is a similar risk of bladder infections or tumours going unnoticed and causing further damage as a result.
  • Medication errors: certain medications can harm the bladder if used incorrectly. An overdose or inappropriate medication can potentially cause bladder damage. If a doctor failed to provide suitable aftercare when prescribing a medication like this, you may be eligible for bladder damage compensation.
  • Endoscopy procedures: incorrectly performed colonoscopies or endoscopies can cause perforations in the bowel.

Damage to the bowel can often lead to a patient having to have a stoma. This could be a or ileostomy. A patient may have a as a result of damage to the bladder. Having a can lead to a raft of other problems such as bags bursting and leaking and ongoing incontinence. We have dealt with all of these issues before and are here to listen to any of your symptoms with care and kindness.

If you’re unsure about your eligibility to make a bowel or bladder damage claim, get in touch with the team at Switalskis. We’ll chat in confidence about your situation and let you know whether we think you have a claim.

What is the process of claiming bowel or bladder damage compensation?

Making a claim can be a long process, and there are many elements that can affect how the case moves forward. The nature of your injury (including whether it was a bowel or bladder injury or both) and the circumstances around it will affect how long the process takes and how much compensation you’ll get. 

Step 1: Initial consultation

Reach out to Switalskis for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. During this meeting, we’ll listen to your story, understand your concerns and explain whether we think you have a strong case. If we decide to proceed, we can then discuss the next steps and the available funding options.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We’ll gather all the relevant information we need to build your case. This will include applying for all of your medical records, including your GP records. We’ll ask you for photographs, receipts and any other documents that may support your claim. We will take detailed witness statements to tell your version of events. We will obtain a medical report from a suitable expert who will advise whether there has been a breach in the duty of care by the medical professionals treating you and whether that negligent treatment has caused your injuries. We may also arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical expert to provide an unbiased view of your injuries and future prognosis.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we have supportive evidence, we’ll send a letter of claim to the doctor and/or hospital involved. This will outline details of the claim and state allegations regarding the negligent treatment.

Step 4: Defendant response

The defendant will then have four months to investigate the allegations made against them and respond to the letter of claim in a letter of response. This letter will include whether the defendant accepts they are at fault, which is called an admission of liability. If they do not accept fault, they will state this in the letter and this is called a denial of liability. We will advise you of the next steps at this stage.

Step 5: Settlement and compensation

If the defendant has admitted fault, negotiations can start. Our solicitors will negotiate on your behalf, using our expertise and experience to secure the highest possible compensation amount for you. At this stage, we will discuss how much compensation you may receive. This will be calculated to cover the pain and suffering caused by the negligence, as well as any financial losses or expenses you’ve experienced or may experience in the future as a result.

Step 6: Court proceedings (where necessary)

Most claims will be settled through negotiation, without needing to go to court. In the rare instances where the case does go to trial, you can trust us to represent you throughout the process.

If you’re worried about the claims process, get in touch with the team at Switalskis. We can explain everything in detail and answer any questions. If you decide to pursue your claim with us, we’ll provide regular updates and stay in touch throughout the process to make sure you always understand how the claim is progressing and what the next steps are.

How are bladder and bowel damage compensation claims funded?

If you suffered damage to your bowels or bladder due to a surgeon’s error, you have the right to claim compensation. At Switalskis, we don’t think you should be held back by your financial circumstances, and we offer several different approaches to funding a case that allow anyone to claim, with minimal financial risk.

  • No win, no fee agreement: also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA), this is the most common way to fund a bowel or bladder damage claim. Under a no win, no fee agreement, you won’t need to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. Our costs are written off. If you win your case, our base costs will be met by the defendant. The success fee will be payable from your compensation. This option allows you to pursue your claim without any financial risk, and we’ll discuss all of the potential costs with you upfront to avoid any surprises.
  • Legal expenses insurance: we will begin an insurance policy to cover you for the out-of-pocket costs we experience during the investigation. We have our own insurance provider that we use. However, you may have legal expenses cover as part of your home or car insurance policy, which can also be used to fund your claim. We’ll assist you in understanding your policy and liaising with your insurer.
  • Legal Aid: in very rare cases, Legal Aid may be available for clinical negligence claims, although it’s usually reserved for specific situations. Our team can guide you on whether you might be eligible.

These options will only apply in certain cases, so if you’re unsure, it’s best to speak to our team. Contact us to discuss your circumstances and we’ll let you know about the options that are available to you, so you can make an informed decision about funding your case.

Is there a time limit to make a bowel or bladder damage claim?

In most cases, there is a three-year time limit in which you must start your claim for bowel damage or bladder damage. Referred to as the limitation period, this usually begins from the date the negligence happened, or from the date that you realised the negligence was the cause of the harm you suffered. 

There are rare exceptions to this three-year limit that may apply to your case. For example: 

  • Children: if the person who suffered the negligence was under 18 at the time, the three-year period doesn’t start until their 18th birthday. This means they have until they turn 21 to start legal proceedings.
  • Mental capacity: if the person who suffered the negligence lacks mental capacity to make their own decisions, there may be no time limit to make a claim on their behalf.
  • Fatal cases: if you’re claiming on behalf of a deceased family member who passed away due to complications arising from bladder and bowel damage, the claim must be made within three years of the date of death, or the date of knowledge that negligent treatment caused their death.

If you think you might be eligible to make a claim but are unsure about the time limit, get in touch with Switalskis as soon as possible. We’ll advise you about whether you can claim and get the process started quickly if the end of the limitation period is drawing near.

For advice and legal services related to a bladder or bowel damage compensation claim, call Switalskis on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through our website.

Our bladder and bowel damage compensation specialists

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Suzanne MunroeDirector and Solicitor
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Sarah WalkerDirector and Solicitor
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Charlotte ReevesDirector and Solicitor
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Kay BarnesDirector and Solicitor
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David ThomasDirector and Chartered Legal Executive
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Why Switalskis?

It’s vital to have the right legal support when making a compensation claim. Choosing a legal team with the right expertise can give you a much higher chance of success, and make the process smoother and easier for you. At Switalskis, we approach every claim with the same values, which are designed to put each client at the heart of our work and tailor our services to their individual needs.

Clarity in complexity

When making a claim, there can be a lot of legal jargon to try to understand. At Switalskis, we break down complex and confusing language into simple terms and give you everything you need to know. We prioritise communication, and your solicitor will keep in touch regularly to answer any questions.

Empathy at every step

We recognise the physical and emotional impact of a bladder or bowel injury caused by medical negligence. Our solicitors are trained to provide more than just a high standard of legal advice. We’ll also offer emotional support to help you during your recovery and make it easier to deal with the impact of making a claim in the wake of an injury.

Expertise you can trust

Our solicitors have a strong track record of success in making clinical negligence claims. Thanks to our experience, we understand the common challenges and roadblocks that these cases can throw up. That also means we’re prepared for even the most unique situations, and we can give you the best chance at a successful outcome.

Championing your rights

Making a claim is never just about compensation. As well as the money you’re rightfully owed, it’s also about justice and accountability. We’ll make sure your rights are upheld and push for the organisation at fault to admit responsibility for the bowel or bladder damage they caused.

We can support you in the following medical negligence situations

Find out how Switalskis can help you

When you’re eligible for compensation, it’s important to act. Take the first steps towards securing the bladder and bowel damage compensation you’re owed with Switalskis. Call us on 0800 1380 458 or contact us through our website today.

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