Delay in diagnosis of internal bleeding

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Mrs D suffered from endometriosis and was diagnosed with endometriosis to her ovary. She agreed to have surgery and underwent a salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovary) in her local hospital Day Surgery Unit.

After her operation, she felt very unwell and fainted, however, she was still discharged home that afternoon. After a few hours resting at home, she still felt very unwell and started to suffer from severe pain and vomiting. She collapsed and her husband called an ambulance. She was taken to her local A&E where she waited for some time on a trolley to be seen by a doctor. She continued to feel very ill and then started to vomit blood-stained fluid. Staff then told her that she needed emergency surgery as she was bleeding internally.

Mrs D was very scared and thought that she was going to die. She was rushed to the operating theatre in the early hours of the morning. Mrs D woke up from her operation and was told that she had lost 3 litres of blood. She required a blood transfusion as a result of the internal bleeding. Mrs D was left with a 10-inch vertical scar on her abdomen from the emergency surgery.

Mrs D recovered physically but started to suffer nightmares and flashbacks. She became depressed and sought help from her GP who referred her for counselling. She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a near-death experience. She had three young children at the time and worried that if she had died they would have been left without a mother to care for them.

Mrs D contacted BL Claims Solicitors as specialist clinical negligence solicitors. We investigated the case and sent a formal Letter of Claim to the Trust involved. Our case was that if Mrs D had received an acceptable standard of care she would have avoided open surgery and would not have suffered the extensive scarring and PTSD. Following negotiations, Mrs D accepted £21,000 as full and final settlement of her claim.

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Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

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