Hysterectomy procedures are much simpler and safer today than years ago. However, it is still a major operation and as such there are inherent risks when undergoing this procedure. A known complication which can occur during a hysterectomy is injury to the bladder and bowel. Before agreeing to undergo such an operation you should be made aware of the known risks of the procedure. In most cases, it is not negligent to accidentally make a hole in the bladder or the bowel, especially when there is scar tissue from previous abdominal surgery. If the injury is recognised and it is repaired appropriately it is unlikely that you will be able to bring a claim. However, where an injury has occurred
As long as the surgeon recognises that a hole has been made and stitches it up carefully, there is little prospect of bringing a successful claim.
The successful claims occur when there is a failure to recognise that the damage has occurred to the bladder or bowel. If a perforation to the bladder is not detected at the time the damage occurs it leads to the leakage of urine which causes a fistula to develop. Surgery is required to repair the damage. If the bowel is injured during this surgery and the injury is not recognised it can lead to very serious consequences as faecal matter leaks into the abdominal cavity this can lead to peritonitis and sepsis. It is vital that damage to the bowel is detected and treated quickly to limit the extent of damage.
If such delays in recognising and treating injury to your bowel or bladder occurred you may be entitled to compensation.