Bowel Surgery Negligence Claims

If you have suffered an injury following bowel surgery due to medical negligence, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.  Bowel perforation can cause not only physical harm, but severe ongoing symptoms and complications.  It can also severely damage a victim’s mental health.  Compensation for negligent bowel surgery funds vital rehabilitation and provides much-needed money if you are unable to work or otherwise support yourself.  Furthermore, the compensation claims journey can also lead to answers for victims who struggle to understand how such an injury could have happened to them.

Reasons to bring a claim for bowel surgery negligence

Bowel surgery is a stressful experience for most people.  The idea of something going wrong is terrifying.  In most cases, bowel surgery goes well and the patient recovers.  However, if the surgeon makes a mistake, the consequences can be devastating and can include having to wear a colostomy bag.

You may be able to claim compensation if:

  • Your bowel was cut or injured during surgery
  • Your bowel was cut during a C-Section delivery
  • Your bowel was cut during a hysterectomy
  • Your bowel surgery injury was misdiagnosed
  • Your bowel has ruptured as a result of other medical negligence such as misdiagnosis of bowel cancer or the misdiagnosis of a bowel obstruction or infection
  • Your bowel was cut or perforated during a colonoscopy
  • Your bowel was cut or perforated during key-hole surgery or laparoscopy.

At Devonshires Claims, we have a team of compassionate, experienced medical negligence solicitors who can advise and represent you in a bowel surgery negligence claim.  We understand that you have trusted healthcare practitioners to take care of you and, for one reason or another, the care you received was not up to standard.  We will fight tenaciously for the best compensation we can obtain and, where there has been negligence will never give up, regardless of the obstacles faced.

Our experienced medical negligence solicitors offer a ‘No Win No Fee agreement for surgical error claims as well as access to a network of medical experts and specialists barristers. For more information or to request your free no-obligation case evaluation please contact us on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Bowel Surgery Negligence FAQs

Bowel surgery is often required if the organ becomes diseased or infected.  For example, surgery can be required to remove a tumour if a person has bowel cancer.

Types of bowl surgery include;

  • a full colectomy which involves removal of the colon and rectum;
  • a sigmoid colectomy which involves removal of the part of the colon closest to the rectum and anus
  • a transverse colectomy which requires removal of the part of the colon that joins the left and right sides (the transverse colon)

Apart from perforation, negligent surgery can result in leaking around the site of the operation, infection, and a post-surgical hernia.

Failure to conduct the surgery with due care and skill, or not noticing post-operation complications could be classed as negligence and a compensation claim may be made.

Compensation may also be claimed if the bowel is cut during surgery being performed on another part of the abdomen.

Negligent bowel surgery can result in pain, infection, adhesions, nerve damage, and bowel incontinence.

To make a bowel surgery compensation claim, speak to one of our medical negligence compensation Solicitors.  They will take the time to listen to the details of your case in an empathetic and caring manner and advise if you have grounds for a claim.  Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching that duty of care caused your injuries.  If this can be established then you will most likely have a strong case for compensation.

Your Solicitor will take the strain off you and will handle your case for you, including collating the necessary evidence (including medical records and correspondence) and will write to the organisation responsible for your care, stating the grounds for your claim.  Our team are best placed to be able to understand the response and move your claim forward to a satisfactory resolution.

Yes; the ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the negligence, or the date of knowledge of the injury.  This means that if you became aware of the injury or diagnosis weeks, months, or even years later, the three-year period is likely to  commenced from that point.  Therefore, the limitation period may begin from when you first became aware of the prolapse.

In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

Yes; Devonshires Claims can provide:

  • A ‘No Win No Fee’ claims service for bowel surgery 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 legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful*.

If you win your case, there will be some deductions from your damages**.

Find more information on ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence claims on our explainer page.

The timescale for a bowel surgery claim will depend on the facts of your case; however, most claims commonly take between 2 and 3 years to conclude fully.  Factors which will affect how long your claim takes may include:

  • The severity of your bowel surgery and associated complications
  • your long-term prognosis
  • whether ongoing care is required
  • how much rehabilitation is needed
  • whether you require costs to cover home modifications
  • Whether the defendant admits liability (if they do, claims are usually settled quicker).

Compensation claims for negligent bowel surgery not only reflect the physical and mental pain and suffering experienced but also:

  • Allow you to obtain justice for the mistreatment and negligence you experienced
  • Highlight failings in clinical practice, standards of care and protocols
  • Provide you and your family with an explanation of the incident and an apology if shortcomings are acknowledged
  • The amount paid in compensation will depend on several factors:
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your prognosis
  • The impact of the delay and / or negligence on your health and quality of life – including current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance
  • Any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injuries – including past loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs
  • Any future financial losses, e.g. loss of wages, loss of promotion prospects, pension

Compensation for medical negligence injury fall into two main categories:

  • General compensation (General Damages): this includes compensation for pain and suffering and the impact of the trauma on 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.

Why choose Devonshires Claims?

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your case and will work to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained.  Our team are compassionate and driven, and we will put you in touch with other support services such as counsellors and clinical case managers who can assist your recovery.

For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’ bowel surgery claims service, or to start your free no-obligation case evaluation, contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online contact form.

Client Stories

Compensation For Negligently Performed Hernia Repair Surgery


Legal Action following negligently performed hernia repair resulting in bladder prolapsing into the client’s scrotum.


Currently valued at £250,000

Compensation For Poor Surgical Care During Surgery to Remove Tumour in Salivary Glands


A clinical negligence claim brought by the Claimant for damages following substandard surgical care during a surgery to remove a tumour called a pleomorphic adenoma in 1994. The Claimant claimed for the failure to advise of the risks of surgery, allowing her to make an informed decision. Secondly, she claimed for the failure by the Defendant to perform an open surgery which would have allowed for complete removal of the tumour.


The claim settled at mediation for £425,000.

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

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My experience of Devonshires and in Particular our solicitor dealing with our claim Jeanette Van- Cauter was very professional and kept us informed all through the process. - J.B.
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