Richard Lodge acted for the family of a woman, who died following hepatobiliary surgery to remove a choledochal cyst from her common bile and hepatic ducts.
Following surgery our client developed complications, in particular infection, and required surgery on four occasions including a laparatomy and drainage of a pelvic abscess, gastroenterostomy and feeding jejunostomy. A further lapratomy was carried out in addition to inserting a drain into the duodenal fistula.
After developing acute septic shock, and suffering respiratory failure she died. A post mortem examination identified the cause of death as being septicaemia due to intra-abdominal abscess and fistula formation due to post-laparoscopic choledochoduodenostomy.
Her husband and two children aged 3 and 6 were financially dependent upon her. The settlement included claims for loss of financial and services dependency under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and took into account her future earnings potential had she survived the surgery.
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