The bladder is a muscular sac in the pelvis, located just above and behind the pubic bone. It collects and stores urine and allows urine to flow out when we go to the toilet.
There are many ways your bladder can be injured. The most common causes include:
- Trauma – if the region of your body where your bladder is located suffers a severe blunt trauma, the bladder can be ruptured. Thus events such as a car accident or a fall from a height can cause bladder injuries.
- Surgical negligence – the pelvic region is a complex mass of intestines and organs. Therefore, surgeons need to take particular care when operating near the bladder or on the lower back. Bladder injuries can be caused by surgeons cutting or nicking the bladder.
- C-section – when a C-section is performed, the bladder is usually pushed downward to create room for the baby to come out. If this is not done carefully, the bladder can be damaged.
- Childbirth – a common reason for women to make bladder injury compensation claims is following the diagnosis of a prolapsed bladder. Stretched and strained pelvic floor muscles can no longer support the bladder, and it can move down to press onto the vagina. It may be that medical negligence in childbirth caused the eventual prolapse.