£230,000 recovered for negligent hernia surgery

Our client, a 50 year old man from Ashford, Kent, underwent what ought to have been routine hernia repair surgery at the William Harvey Hospital on 22.03.12.

However, during the course of the surgery, a stitch was placed through the wall of the large bowel, which a few days later resulted in the bowel wall breaking down, the development of peritonitis, and an emergency laparotomy on 27.03.12 to resect the large bowel as well as the formation of a colostomy.

Our client subsequently developed a large para-stomal hernia which delayed the reversal of the colostomy. Both the hernia repair and the colostomy reversal were eventually performed on 08.10.13 at UCLH in London.

Post-operatively, our client developed multiple pulmonary embolisms, for which he required a course of anti-coagulation therapy.

Unfortunately, our client went on to develop multiple hernias in the line of the abdominal (laparotomy) incision and required further repair in May 2014.

Despite this, he suffered a further hernia requiring repair in July 2015.

It was admitted by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust early on that the original hernia surgery was performed in breach of duty, and that our client would have made a full recovery if the negligence had not occurred (i.e. all of the complications / treatment following the original hernia repair surgery would have been avoided).

Having carefully investigated and quantified the claim an opening offer was invited from the Defendant, which was made in the sum of £150,000. That offer was rejected, and following extensive further negotiations a settlement was reached in the total sum of £230,000.

Alex Tengroth, who had conduct of the claim, said “This was a difficult claim to quantify and the Defendant negotiated quite hard despite the fact that they had made a full admission on liability. However, a good settlement was achieved, and I am glad that my client is now able to move on with his life and to kick-start his business with this new investment.”