Death caused by a perforated bowel during hemicolectomy

The patient was referred to hospital with bowel symptoms. She was advised to undergo a hemicolectomy procedure. Following the procedure the patient developed peritonitis and died.

After investigations a claim was made to the hospital Trust on the basis that there was an insufficient pre-operative investigations carried out. If appropriate investigations had been carried out the patient would only have required a colonoscopic polyp removal rather than a hemicolectomy and would not have died.

The claim was initially defended but settled before exchange of expert evidence with a substantial settlement on behalf of the deceased’s estate.

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