Claimant aged 35, married mother of 2, developed severe and sudden abdominal pain with vomiting and diarrhoea. She attended the Defendant GPs and was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. Her pains persisted and following diagnostic laparoscopy she was diagnosed with endometriosis and drug treatment commenced. Her symptoms continued some 15 months after initial onset and she was advised to undergo total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral sapingo-oophorectomy. At surgery severe pelvic adhesions and fibrosis were identified. Surgeon suggested this was following chronic pelvic infection subsequent to acute appendicitis. Claimant subsequently required laparotomy and division of adhesions due to persisting abdominal pain.
Claimant alleged misdiagnosis of appendicitis led to unnecessary diagnostic and surgical procedures and treatment. Hysterectomy had rendered her infertile and she continued to suffer depression and bowel symptoms.
Out of court settlement: £60,000 (estimated General Damages £50,000).