Gastroenterology is a complex area of medicine that focuses on disorders of the digestive system – including the oesophagus, stomach, liver, bile ducts, intestines, colon, rectum, and gallbladder. Gastroenterologists specialise in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal (GI) conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chron’s disease, bleeding and infections, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, hepatitis, cancers such as bowel cancer, oesophageal cancer, stomach cancer etc, colon polyps/growths, pancreatitis, colitis, gall stones, gallbladder and biliary tract disease.
If you have suffered avoidable injuries or harm resulting from the misdiagnosis of a condition or mistakes made in your gastroenterology surgery, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) or other procedure you could be entitled to make a gastroenterology compensation claim.
At Devonshires Claims, our experienced medical negligence solicitors can advise and represent you in a gastroenterology negligence claim. We have worked with victims of medical negligence from all parts of England and Wales and will fight tenaciously to obtain justice and compensation for you and your family.
Our medical claims experts offer a ‘No Win No Fee‘ agreement for surgical and endoscopy error claims as well as access to a network of highly specialised medical experts and barristers. For more information or to request your free no-obligation case evaluation please contact us on 0333 900 8787, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.
Examples of Gastroenterology Negligence
Mistakes made in diagnosis or treatment of a gastroenterology condition could include:
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of serious digestive tract issues such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Delay in diagnosis or treatment of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomach, pancreas, small and large bowel.
- Misinterpretation of imaging or test results.
- Negligent endoscopic treatment i.e. mistakes were made during an endoscopic procedure e.g upper endoscopy, gastroscopy, enteroscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), colonoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy. These mistakes could include perforations / tears to organs such as the stomach, oesophagus, gall bladder, duodenum and bladder.
- Negligent surgery i.e. mistakes were made before, during or after surgery for a gastroenterology related condition e.g. gastric bypass surgery (bariatric surgery). These mistakes could include perforations to organs such as the stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder, damage to blood vessels, the bile duct and staples in the wrong part of an organ.
- Unnecessary gastroenterology surgery or treatment
- Failure to obtain adequate patient consent to surgery, endoscopy or treatment
- Negligent care after gastroenterology surgery or an endoscopic procedure e.g. failing to diagnose or treat an injury or infection and manage complications.
- Injury, cuts or burns to the bile duct during surgery or an endoscopic procedure
Claim Compensation for Gastroenterology Negligence
If a Gastroenterologist was negligent during surgery or other procedure (such as endoscopies such as colonoscopies and ERCP), or mistakes were made in dealing with infections or complications, you could be entitled to pursue a compensation claim. Contact our No Win No Fee medical negligence claims experts who specialise in gastroenterology related negligence.
You could claim compensation for the following:
- The injury sustained and any corrective treatment required
- Loss of earnings / income
- Medical expenses (e.g., medication costs, rehabilitation fees)
- Past and ongoing care/support
- Current and expected life changes (i.e., reduced quality of life)
- Reduced life expectancy
- Recovery time
Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence solicitors can support you in obtaining compensation if you or a loved one has experienced negligent care or treatment during an endoscopic procedure such as a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, ERCP etc or mistakes were made during your gastroenterology surgery.
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Newer generations of endoscopes use high-definition imaging to create images in incredible detail. These endoscopes include:
Compensation claims for gastroenterology medical negligence not only reflect pain and suffering experienced but also:
- Allow victims to obtain justice for the mistreatment and negligence they experienced
- Provide families with an explanation of the incident and an apology if failings are acknowledged
The compensation payment will depend on a number of factors:
- The pain and suffering of the victim
- The impact of the delay and / or negligence on health and quality of life – including current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance
- Any financial losses occurred as a result of the injuries – including past loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs
- Any future financial losses eg. loss of earnings, loss of promotion prospects, pension
Compensation for endoscopy and gastroenterology negligence falls into two main categories:
General compensation (General Damages): this includes compensation for your pain and suffering and the impact of the injury on your lifestyle and quality of life.
Financial losses and expenses (Special Damages): these include the costs associated with private treatment, care support, travel expenses, other medical expenses, specialist equipment and loss of income.
Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your case and will work hard to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained.
Patients who have experienced medical negligence in endoscopies or gastroenterology surgery have three years from the date of the injury within which to make a compensation claim.
You may have longer to bring a claim in the following circumstances:
If you are claiming for a child – You will have 3 years from their 18th birthday to make a claim.
If you are claiming for someone who lacks mental capacity – A child or adult without capacity to run a claim, may not have a time limit within which to bring a claim. We recommend that you contact Devonshires Claims if you have any queries involving those who lack capacity and our specialist solicitors will be able to assist.
If you are making a claim for someone who has died – You will generally have 3 years from the date of death of the injured party to bring a claim.
Due to the three year limit within which to make certain compensation claims, Devonshires Claims’ recommends starting your medical negligence claim as soon as possible. Contact our experts for a free no obligation review of your case.
- A ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for endoscopy or gastroenterology surgical claim compensation claims.
- A ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.
- If you win you will pay a maximum of 25% from your damages**.
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Why choose our experts to represent you in your endoscopy or gastroenterology medical negligence claim?
Devonshires Claims has over 20 years’ experience in obtaining justice and compensation for victims of medical negligence. We have clients throughout the UK and have been recognised in Legal Directories such as the Legal 500.
We offer our clients:
- A friendly, compassionate and professional claims service
- A free case evaluation
- No Win No Fee agreement
- Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
- Our expertise in dealing with a variety of medical negligence claims including very complex medical cases
- Our expertise in securing the maximum compensation available
Delayed diagnosis of Crohn’s disease resulted in permanent ileostomy
This was a case of a young woman who had acute presentation of severe Crohn’s disease which was not diagnosed definitively until her late re-representation with life-threatening complications. The delay in diagnosis led to the development of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a colonoscopy and the client suffering from a permanent ileostomy.
The claim settled for £80,000 during mediation