Moosa-Duke Solicitors have this week successfully concluded a claim for Clinical Negligence against a hospital in Cambridgeshire for a client who experienced post-operative complications following a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder keyhole surgery).
Investigations revealed that the surgeon had used surgical equipment which was known to be faulty, to secure the blood vessels after removing the gallbladder. The surgeon had not only failed to use the correct number of clips to ensure that the vessels remained secure, but also failed to secure one of the blood vessels altogether.
As a result of the substandard care provided by the surgeon, our client sustained major intra-abdominal bleeding resulting in the need for emergency open surgery and extensive abdominal scarring. As a consequence of the postoperative complications that our client experienced, she required treatment on the Intensive Treatment Unit, she developed a pneumothorax, she suffered with acute respiratory distress syndrome and also developed alopecia. Following prolonged treatment in hospital our client was discharged home where she required care and assistance for several weeks and was unable to return to work for six months.