Potter Rees Dolan’s specialist team of clinical negligence solicitors is here to help you make a claim for compensation if you have suffered negligence that resulted in living with a stoma.
The team at Potter Rees Dolan has some of the best clinical negligence solicitors ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Helen Dolan, Lesley Herbertson and Gill Edwards all feature in the reputable Legal 500 and Chambers guides and are able to offer expert legal advice to those who have to live with a
If you think you may be entitled to compensation or would like to talk through the events, call us on 0800 027 2557 or get in touch by completing the contact form on this page and a member of the team will call you back at a time convenient for you.
What is a stoma?
- Colostomy - formed when directing waste from the colon
Ileostomy- formed when directing waste from the ileum Urostomy- stomaused for directing waste from the kidneys
How can medical negligence lead to stoma becoming essentail?
You may have been a victim of medical negligence if you now have a
- Delayed in diagnosing a medical condition such as cancer
- Delayed in treating an illness such as sepsis
- Made mistakes during surgical procedures such as perforating the bowel which resulted in a
How we can I pursue a clinical negligence claim for stoma?
With a combined experience of 60 years, and impressive medical knowledge, the clinical negligence team at Potter Rees Dolan is well placed to help you recover the compensation you need.
Helen Dolan, clinical negligence team lead, is described by Chambers as being “scrupulous in her preparation and
Lesley Herbertson is described as playing “a crucial role in many of the firm's diverse clinical negligence cases” and has been praised for her “understanding of cases and the way she moves cases forward” and Gill Edwards is described as being an “exceptionally good solicitor”.
Clients say it is the empathy, passion and care the team shows that sets them apart from their competitors. The team’s expertise lies with helping people with serious and catastrophic injuries, putting them in a unique position to provide a comprehensive and caring service whilst making the claims process as stress-free as possible for you and your family.
Potter Rees Dolan will fund your
You may have an insurance policy that covers legal cases. If this is the case, we’ll investigate whether you can use this policy or not, before we consider whether no win, no fee is more appropriate.
What happens next
Right at the start of your case, the team will discuss all circumstances relevant to your enquiry in as much detail as possible, to understand whether you have a case or not. If we agree to proceed, we’ll help you get all of the evidence we will need to build the best claim we can.
The first port of call for obtaining evidence is from your medical records. We’ll examine them in detail before sending them to independent experts to verify whether you or your family member has received substandard treatment. When we’ve established whether you have been a victim of clinical negligence, we’ll initiate court proceedings. We will try to progress your claim as quickly as we can and will always explore opportunities to adequately settle your case early, or to obtain interim or early payments.
Contact us today
Having a stoma is a life-changing procedure. If you’ve been given a stoma that could have been avoided, speak to us today on 0800 027 255 to talk about your case. If you’d like one of solicitors to call you back, fill in our dedicated contact form. If there was someone specific at the firm you’d like to speak to, visit our people page.
When there is a serious issue with your bowel,
What are the lifestyle impacts of living
Initially, adjusting to life with a
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Working with a
Bile Duct Injury
What is bile?
Bile is a fluid in the digestive system that is stored in the gall bladder, which helps to break down food and get rid of toxins from the body.
Bile ducts and the biliary system
The biliary system is made up of a series of tubes and organs, beginning with the liver and ending with the small intestine. There is also a number of bile ducts, such as the common bile duct and the hepatic duct.
Causes of bile duct injuries
Injuries to the bile duct are most common during laparoscopic gall bladder surgery, where it may be cut, pinched or burned. If the bile duct is
Bile duct injuries could cause the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
Treatment and surgery
Once the injury to the bile duct has been noted, the main goal is to manage the infection and leakage caused by the injury. The surgeon may have to reconstruct the bile duct using a piece of intestine to bypass the blockage.
Most bile duct injuries are successfully
Small bowel resection
This surgery removes part or all of your small bowel (small intestine) when it is blocked or diseased.
Most digestion (breaking down and absorbing nutrients) of the food you eat takes place in the small intestine. The surgery can be performed laparoscopically or with open surgery.
Small bowel resection is used to treat:
- A blockage in the intestine caused by scar tissue or congenital (from birth) deformities
- Bleeding, infection, or ulcers caused by inflammation of the small intestine. Conditions that may cause inflammation include regional ileitis, regional enteritis, and Crohn's disease
- Meckel's diverticulum
- Noncancerous (benign) tumors
- Precancerous polyps
Most people who have a small bowel resection recover fully. Even with an
This is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
Inflammation most commonly occurs in the last section of the small intestine (called the ileum) or the large intestine (the colon). However, the inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the back passage.
Symptoms of Chron's Disease include:
diarrhoea abdominalpain fatigue(extreme tiredness) unintendedweight loss bloodand mucus in your faeces
The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. However, research suggests a combination of factors may be responsible. These include:
genetics theimmune system previous infection smoking environmentalfactors
There's currently no cure for Crohn's disease, so the aim of treatment is to stop the inflammatory process, relieve symptoms (induce and maintain remission) and avoid surgery wherever possible.
The first treatment offered to reduce symptoms is usually steroid medication (
In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove the inflamed section of intestine.
Crohn's disease is a relatively uncommon condition. There are currently at least 115,000 people living with the condition in the UK.
A stoma is an opening on the front of your abdomen (tummy) which is made using surgery. It diverts your faeces or urine into a pouch (bag) on the outside of your body.
A stoma is a bud-like structure, which sits on the surface of your skin on your abdomen. It’s formed during surgery and can be either temporary (and reversed later) or permanent. A stoma collects faeces from your bowel or urine from your urinary tract, which have been diverted from their normal route through the body.
Once you have a stoma fitted, you should be able to carry on with life as normal. You need to keep it clean and change the collection bag regularly.
You may need to have an ileostomy or colostomy if you have bowel cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. Sometimes a temporary stoma is created to allow an internal join in your bowel to heal after surgery. You may need to have a urostomy if you have surgery for bladder cancer, severe urinary incontinence or damage to your pelvis.