bowel injury compensation claim

Bowel Injury Compensation Claim Calculator: Payout Amounts For Bowel Damage

We look at the different ways your bowel can suffer injury; when you can make a claim for compensation and give examples of payout amounts for various different degrees of bowel damage  

Payouts Table For Bowel Injury Compensation Claims In 2023

Bowel Injury CompensationPayout Amount
Temporary
Penetrating injury
Perforation
Temporary loss of function
£12,500 – £24,500
Temporary Colostomy£44,500 – £70,000
Partial Incontinence
Passive incontinence
Urge incontinence
Approx. £80,000
Total Incontinence
Permanent colostomy bag
Up to £150,000

What is a bowel injury compensation claim?

Should you suffer bowel damage in an accident (such as high impact car crash or work injury) as a result of negligence (such as medical negligence in a hysterectomy procedure) and somebody (other than yourself) is considered legally at fault – you will typically be able to make a bowel injury claim for monetary compensation.

Your compensation payout will include a sum for the pain and suffering you experience plus an additional sum for any financial loss and expense you incur as a direct result of your bowel injury.

Evidence to support your financial losses

You must provide evidence to support all the losses you have experienced as a result of your bowel injury. We recommended you keep a daily record (with receipts) of all your financial losses.

Financial losses might include:

Lost income

Your employer should be able to provide evidence to support any absences, reduced hours or loss of overtime, If you are self-employed – keep as much information you can to support your lost income.

Medical expenses

Medical expenses might include medication, such as pain killers, physio or rehabilitation services or other treatment aids for the incontinence (or other bowel damage effects).

Travel expenses to the hospital and GP

Should you use public transport to travel to the hospital or GP – keep receipts. This head of loss can include mileage expenses, if you or someone on your behalf uses a car to take you to your medical appointments.

Remember – don’t forget to keep receipts for parking at the hospital as these can be included in your bowel injury compensation claim.

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Hospital Treatment Of Incontinence From Bowel Injury
Equivalent of nursing assistance / care and assistance in the home

In extreme case of bowel injury, you might need to pay a nurse to support you or have family members provide the equivalent of nursing assistance.

It might be that you need only come occasional help in the home from friends and family. Keep a record of who does what and the duration of time, as a rate can be claimed for this time.

Other financial losses

See our financial loss and expense article for more details of other types of loss you might incur.

Evidence to support your pain, suffering and loss of amenity

Daily diary of symptoms you experience

We recommend you keep a daily diary of all the symptoms you are experiencing. Not just the worst symptoms, but al primary, secondary and psychological symptoms. Also, make a note of how your hobbies, social and working life are affected.

Remember – keeping a record gives you a clear mind as to all you are experiencing. You will be able to set out your experiences to your solicitor, the medical professionals and the opposition and give yourself the best chance to recover the appropriate amount of compensation.

Regular attendance with medical professionals

You should regularly attend with medical professionals for treatment of physical and psychological symptoms you are experiencing. Records will kept on your medical notes that can referenced in support of your claim.

Remember – your solicitor will instruct an independent medical expert to produce a medico-legal report describing the extent of your bowel injury. This expert will often refer to your medical notes to support his/her conclusion.

Examples of compensation payouts for bowel injury claims

The amounts of compensation you can claim for the pain and suffering from a bowel injury in 2023, include;

Temporary loss of bowel function

Penetrating injuries may cause perforations and permanent bowel injury. Such injury may only cause temporary loss of function and control.

Should your bowel function return to normal after a period of time – you could expect a bowel injury compensation payout of between £12,500 – £24,500.

Temporary colostomy

A colostomy involves a surgical procedure to divert one end of the colon through an opening in the tummy.

Should you have a abdominal injury that causes damage to your bowel and requires a temporary colostomy with scarring – you might expect bowel damage compensation of between £44,500 – £70,000.

Urge incontinence or passive incontinence

Passive incontinence describes when you have no sensation or warning of the need to go to the toilet before unexpectedly soiling yourself.  

Urge bowel incontinence described a sudden urgent need to relieve yourself, but not being able to make the toilet in time before soiling yourself.

Should your bowel injury lead to the need for surgery, but after surgery you suffer from passive incontinence or urge bowel incontinence – your bowel injury compensation claim is likely to be calculated around £80,000.

Total Incontinence

Should your bowel damage lead to total loss of natural bowel function and control – such that you are totally incontinent, relying permanently on a colostomy bag, your compensation will to a certain degree be dependent on you age, but will be calculated up to £150,000.

Summary

In this article we have explained the effects on bodily function that injury to your bowel can cause together with the types and amounts of compensation you can claim for each degree of condition.

We appreciate that bowel injury can be a distressing and talking to a legal advisor a little distressing. We try to take the relieve this pressure by offering free online / telephone legal help and assistance.

You can contact our solicitors direct by phone or online for a chat about your injury, to discuss whether you have a claim for compensation and to answer any questions you might have.