Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors recover damages for injuries arising as a result of a hospital’s failure to note the unusual location of our client’s transplanted kidney prior to conducting a biopsy, which led to haemorrhage and requirement for further surgery.
Facts of the case
Our client was a double transplant patient, having had liver and kidney transplants prior to the alleged negligence. The client’s kidney was placed inside the peritoneum during her kidney transplant procedure.
A year on from the kidney transplant procedure, our client was admitted to the Royal Liverpool A&E with increased creatinine levels. Following a number of investigations, our client was advised that she required an ultrasound guided kidney biopsy and was later subject to the same.
Shortly after the biopsy, our client developed an unstable condition and a portable ultrasound scan revealed a peri-nephric haematoma. Our client was subject to an emergency laparotomy to control the intra peritoneal haemorrhage. There was 3L of blood in the peritoneal cavity and it was noted that the bleeding came from the omentum overlying the kidney. Following the surgery, our client had a period of time on ITU.
In relation to breach of duty and causation, we obtained independent medical evidence from a Consultant Transplant Surgeon, who advised that there was failure to establish that our client’s kidney was inside her peritoneum prior conducting the biopsy and had this been done the haematoma and subsequent emergency surgery would have been avoided. Further causation evidence was obtained from a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and a Consultant Psychologist. A Letter of Claim was sent to the Defendant based upon the expert evidence and we negotiated a settlement on behalf of our client without the need to commence Court Proceedings.