NSW Woman Receives Compensation for Internal Injury Arising from Medical Negligence

Published 05 Jul 2018

Our client had an extensive history of bowel problems, including diverticultis. Diverticulitis* is a condition where the bowel forms pockets along its length, which pockets become the site of inflammation and pain. This condition was significantly interrupting our client’s life and she required treatment. Our client was informed that she required part of her bowel to be removed.

Initial surgery did not provide the hoped for improvement, and further surgery was performed. Our client approached us to investigate whether both surgeries were necessary, and whether each had been done to the necessary standard. As with most matters involving abdominal surgery it was necessary, in order to establish a claim, that we bring our experience in such matters to bear, and combine that with our extensive contacts in the medical industry to identify and elicit from a specialist the necessary information.

We were able to obtain evidence that our client had undergone the wrong procedure in at least one of her surgeries, resulting in the loss of a length of bowel. Such mistake resulted in the pain and suffering of the unnecessary procedure, but also potential difficulties in the body absorbing nutrients through a shortened bowel.

The claim was far from clear, and the hospital strongly argued that its specialist had made no mistake and caused no unnecessary damage or injury to our client. Having proved on thousands of previous occasions that we are up for a challenge, we stood by our client’s claim and advocated fiercely on her behalf. The outcome was a sound and satisfying settlement for our client, and the ability to move on with her life.

As a firm that has a large team that practices exclusively in medical negligence and personal injury cases, we appreciate the benefits, in addition to monetary compensation, that a successful claim brings for our clients.

If you, a family member or friend has been the victim of a medical mistake or negligence and a permanent injury or death has resulted, bringing a claim though Gerard Malouf and Partners is likely to bring you answers that you would never otherwise have received, compensation that you deserve, and a sense of closure.

At Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation Lawyers we have assisted thousands of injured people in your position. So feel free to contact Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation Lawyers for a no obligation discussion of your circumstances by calling 1800 004 878 or complete our email enquiry form on the website.

* From the Latin word diverticulum meaning “byway”.