£43,500 settlement for delay in diagnosing a bile leak

Our client underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder by means of keyhole surgery) on 1st February 2019.  She experienced significant post-operative pain and re-attended the Accident & Emergency Department at the Medway Maritime Hospital both on 3rd February 2019 and 4th February 2019.  Unfortunately, there was a delay in diagnosing a bile leak, which was not identified until 8th February 2019. Only then was it subsequently treated by means of further surgery.

The delay in diagnosis meant that bile was present within the peritoneal cavity for a prolonged period and increased the severity of peritonitis (severe infection) experienced by our client. She experienced very significant and uncontrolled pain during the four day delay in treatment, despite expressing concerns to medical staff.

Our client continued to experience abdominal pain, bloating and intestinal hurry with occasional incontinence.  She also developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the prolonged period in a state of pain which caused her extreme distress, anxiety and fear regarding her health.

Following successful negotiations with the Defendant, we eventually settled the claim in the sum of £43,500.

Please do not hesitate to contact our team of specialists if you have suffered as a result of a delay in diagnosis.