By Stephen Burke. Last Updated 26th April 2023. Welcome our guide where we will be discussing bladder injury claims. After taking the time to read our guide, we will outline how a personal injury lawyer could offer to handle your case. Whether you’ve suffered bladder problems after a car accident, or want to claim for a bladder cut during a c-section from malpractice, this guide could help. In it, we look at symptoms of a bladder injury, who could claim for a perforated bladder during surgery, and provide pain and suffering settlement examples for UK claims.
Bladder injury claims explained
If you have suffered a bladder injury through no fault of your own, you may be interested in finding out whether you could use a no win no fee personal injury lawyer to help you claim compensation. The number of different ways in which bladder injuries can occur is something we’ll look at in this guide, and how much compensation you could be entitled to. We’ll also look at the symptoms of a damaged bladder as well as other bladder problems that can manifest.
Here at Accident Claims UK, we are personal injury claims specialists. We have a team of advisors who can offer free advice and a no-obligation assessment of any type of claim. This means that you’ve got nothing to lose by discussing your case with us. Therefore, if you’d like to begin your claim immediately, why not call our advisors on 0800 073 8801.
Alternatively, to find out the different scenarios which could lead to a bladder injury compensation claim, please continue reading.
Select A Section
- A Guide To Claims For A Bladder Injury Or Damaged Bladder
- What Is A Bladder Injury?
- What Are The Symptoms Of A Damaged Bladder?
- Traumatic Bladder Injuries
- Bladder Prolapse Injuries
- Examples Of When You Could Claim For A Bladder Injury
- Back And Spinal Injuries Causing A Damaged Bladder
- Pain And Suffering Settlement Examples UK
- Special Damages Which May Be Awarded In Bladder Injury Claims
- No Win No Fee Bladder Injury Compensation Claims
- Why Choose Our Team To Handle Your Damaged Bladder Claim?
- Contact Accident Claims UK About Bladder Injury Claims
- Essential Resources Relating To Bladder Injury Claims
A Guide To Claims For A Bladder Injury Or Damaged Bladder
Welcome to our bladder injury claims guide.
We truly believe that, if you’ve been made to suffer because somebody else’s negligence has caused you to suffer, you should be able to claim compensation from the offer a no win no fee service for all claims we agree to ta to help you do that on to help you do that. That means you can make a claim without stressing too much or worrying about the financial risks.
We could help you make a claim if they were caused by:
- Somebody who owed you a duty of care;
- Who was negligent;
- And their negligence caused your bladder to become injured.
Also, your claim will need to be made within the personal injury claims time limit. This is a 3-year period that begins from the date of an accident that caused your bladder injury. It could also begin from when a doctor diagnosed your bladder problems if that happened later than the accident or negligence, which caused your suffering.
We’ll cover the different ways in which a bladder injury could be sustained. This includes workplace accidents, road traffic accidents and also medical negligence cases. Then we’ll look at how no win no fee claims work and how much compensation could be awarded for different types of injury.
When you’ve read this guide, if you believe you could be entitled to use a personal injury solicitor to claim compensation, please call an advisor on the number at the top of the screen. We’ll happily assess your claim, with no obligation, and advise you on your options.
What Is A Bladder Injury?
Before we look at bladder injury claims, let’s look at what these types of injuries actually are.
The bladder is a sac made up of muscles and is located in the pelvic region. It’s responsible for storing urine made by the kidneys. Any injury to this could lead to problems such as pain while urinating and incontinence. The number of different ways in which bladder and bowel damage could occur is quite high. We’ll take a look at some of the more common throughout this guide.
However, if the way in which you suffered a bladder injury isn’t listed, don’t worry. So long as your suffering was caused by third party negligence, we could help you make your claim.
To reiterate, if you have sustained a bladder injury in an incident caused by another party’s negligence, then you might be eligible to claim compensation. This could cover any pain, suffering or loss of amenity as well as lost income, medical bills and other costs associated with your injuries
What Are The Symptoms Of A Damaged Bladder?
At this point in our bladder injury claims guide, let’s look at what the symptoms of a damaged bladder are.
When bladder or bowel injuries occur, a number of symptoms could help a doctor diagnose them. They include:
- Blood in the urine (or a bloody discharge from the urethra).
- Tenderness of the abdomen.
- Pain while urinating.
- Pelvic pain.
- Bloating in the abdomen.
- Difficulty starting urination or finding it difficult to empty the bladder.
- Weak urine stream.
- Bruising in the case of traumatic injuries.
- Lower abdominal pain.
In urgent cases where internal bleeding could happen, symptoms could include:
- Paleness of the skin.
- Blood pressure decrease.
- Increased heart rate.
- Skin that feels cool when touched.
- Drowsiness or a decrease in alertness.
However it was caused, if you suspect a bladder or bowel injury because the symptoms above are present, we recommend you seek advice from your GP, NHS 101 or at the local accident and emergency department.
Traumatic Bladder Injuries
Another type of damage that claims could be made for are traumatic injuries.
Traumatic bladder injuries can lead to a perforated or ruptured bladder which is usually treated by surgery. The different types of traumatic bladder injuries include:
- Penetrating wounds – These can occur because of a criminal injury caused by an assault involving a stabbing. Also, they could involve machinery accidents in the workplace.
- Blunt trauma – Blunt trauma injuries can occur during falls from height, a pedestrian accident or a road traffic accident. They usually involve a high-velocity blow to the pelvis area.
- Perforation Injuries – These usually occur when the bladder is accidentally cut or pierced during surgical procedures.
As well as the physical injury, other serious problems can occur, which could also lead to a compensation claim. These include blocking of the urethra, urinary retention, peritonitis (an infection), bleeding as well as scar formation.
You could be entitled to compensation for an injury caused by trauma if somebody else’s negligence caused it. Therefore, please contact an advisor with details of how your injury was caused so that they can assess your claim for free.
Bladder Prolapse Injuries
A prolapsed bladder is more common in but does not exclusively affect women, meaning anyone could make bladder injury claims for this type of trauma. They can be caused by medical negligence during childbirth and also by a manual handling accident.
Prolapsed can lead to lower back pain, stress incontinence, lower back pain, difficulty urinating and also pain during sexual intercourse. Prolapsed bladder injuries are graded between 1 and 4. Grade-1 is a mild prolapse where grade-4 is the most serious type of prolapse.
If you’ve suffered a prolapsed bladder, you might be able to sue the medical professional who caused you the injury or your employer if their negligence caused an accident at work.
To find out if you’re able to make a claim, please call today.
A bladder injury, such as damaged bladder lining or a burst bladder, could have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, particularly if the effects are long-term or permanent. You could suffer a bladder injury in various situations. However, to be eligible to claim compensation, you will need to prove that you suffered your injury due to a third party breaching their duty of care. A breach of duty of care that results in injury is known as neglgience.
There are various places and instances where you are owed a duty of care, such as:
- In the Workplace – Per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care. They must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety whilst you are in the workplace and performing work-related duties. If they failed to adhere to their duty of care, you could be injured in an accident at work. For example, if your employer failed to regularly maintain a piece of machinery, such as a woodchipper, it could malfunction, and a large piece of wood could puncture you and cause damage to your bladder.
- On the road – All road users owe a duty of care. This includes motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Per this duty, they must use the roads responsibly to avoid causing harm to others and themselves. Additionally, they must follow the rules and guidance set out for them in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code. If another road user were to breach this duty of care, this could lead to you being injured in a road traffic accident. For example, a piece of glass could puncture your bladder in a car crash.
- As a Medical Patient– All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. Per this duty, they must ensure that you receive the correct standard of care. If a medical professional were to breach this duty of care, you may suffer unnecessary harm. In that instance, you could be eligible to make a medical neglgience claim. For example, a medication error could cause you to suffer issues with your bladder.
Contact our advisors today to see whether you could be eligible to claim compensation for your bladder injury.
Back And Spinal Injuries Causing A Damaged Bladder
Did you know that you could make bladder injury claims for accidents that originally caused back and spinal injuries?
There are cases where an accident doesn’t directly cause an injury to the bladder, but a claim could still be possible. That’s because it’s possible to suffer bladder problems after a back injury due to the fact that the nerves controlling the bladder are connected to the bottom of the spinal cord. Therefore, damage to the spine means neurological triggers might stop being sent from the nerves to the bladder and from the bladder to the brain.
Bladder incontinence after a back injury is the main problem here. It can lead to the emptying of the bladder due to the bladder emptying automatically when it fills above a certain level. It could also mean the bladder doesn’t empty automatically, meaning that it continues to fill until, eventually, some urine dribbles out.
If you’ve been involved in any form of accident that has caused back problems that have led to bladder problems, then you could be entitled to claim compensation if somebody else’s negligence caused the accident. Please get in touch with our advisors to discuss your options.
Pain And Suffering Settlement Examples UK
Whether you have suffered a perforated bladder during surgery due to negligence, or you’ve experienced other symptoms of a bladder injury and later found these were caused by negligence, you might want to get an idea of how much compensation you could claim.
In successful claims for medical negligence, claimants could be awarded general damages and special damages. Special damages, as we explain fully in the next section, could compensate for out-of-pocket expenses the claimant suffers due to their injury. General damages, however, are designed to compensate for the suffering, pain and loss of amenity a claimant experiences due to their injury.
Pain and Suffering Settlement Examples
To get an idea of how much a bladder injury could be worth, you might like to look at the table below. It contains pain and suffering settlement examples from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that solicitors handling cases in England and Wales could use to get an idea of how much an injury could be worth. We have used the 2022 edition of the guidelines to populate the table. However, this is only a rough guide, as each case is assessed against its unique facts and circumstances.
|Type of Injury
|£23,410 to £31,310
|Injuries which cause long-term issues but a complete, are almost complete, recovery has occurred.
|£63,980 to £79,930
|Where there has been serious imparement of bladder control causing pain an incontinence.
|Up to £140,660
|Injuries causing complete loss of control and function of the bladder.
|Up to £184,200
|Cases which involve the complete loss of bladder function as well as complete loss of urinary function and control. Could also include other medical complications.
|Fear of impending death.
|Less Severe Psychiatric Damage
|£1,540 to £5,860
|Sleep and daily activities affected.
|Moderate Psychiatric Damage
|£5,860 to £19,070
|Marked improvement with good prognosis.
|Less Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|£3,950 to £8,180
|Virtual full recovery within 2 years.
|Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
|£8,180 to £23,150
|Large recovery with no disabling continuing effects.
If you’d like to get an idea of how much compensation a perforated bladder during surgery you could receive, we could help. You could call our team to get a personalised estimate of how much compensation you could claim.
Special Damages Which May Be Awarded In Bladder Injury Claims
When your solicitor assesses your bladder injury claims, they can use a number of different elements to try and work out how much you could be entitled to. The elements they’ll use will depend on how your injuries affected you. Some of those elements include:
- General Damages.
This compensation covers the pain, loss of amenity and suffering that your injuries caused. We provided some examples of general damages in the table from the previous section of this guide.
- Medical Expenses.
The treatment you’ll receive from the NHS for your injuries will obviously be free, but you could end up with costs relating to prescription medicines. Therefore, you could include these costs in your claim.
- Travelling Costs.
When you are involved in any form of injury claim, you might need to make multiple trips to medical appointments. If that’s the case, you could claim back the fuel and parking costs associated with the appointments. Also, if you’re unable to drive for any period due to your injuries, you could claim back the cost of the alternative travel arrangements.
- Care Costs.
If you need the help of a professional carer during your recovery, you might be able to claim their fees back. Also, should you receive care from a family member, you could be able to claim for their time too.
- Loss of Earnings.
If your employer doesn’t pay full sick pay or does but only for a limited amount of time, you could lose out on income caused by time off from work. Therefore, you could ask for the lost earnings back as part of your claim. In more serious cases, where your working ability is affected for the long-term, your solicitor could look to claim for future lost income too.
Special Damages Claims
All the financial aspects of bladder injury claims listed above are known as special damages. The idea is to ensure that you are not put back into the position you had been in prior to the accident financially.
Your solicitor will need proof of any out of pocket expenses linked to your accident. We recommend that you keep a diary of spending. Also, you should keep hold of any receipts to help prove your claim.
No Win No Fee Bladder Injury Compensation Claims
We understand the cost of hiring a solicitor or legal team to help make bladder injury claims can be off-putting. It could even stop people from claiming altogether. Therefore, our solicitors offer a no win no fee service for all claims they agree to take on.
No win no fee agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements, mean that you don’t have to pay the solicitor’s fees unless they win compensation for you. In the event that compensation is awarded, you’ll pay a ‘success fee’ to cover their fees.
The level of success fee will be listed in your agreement, so there aren’t any surprises when a claim is finalised. You don’t need to have the money to pay the success fee as it’s a percentage of your compensation that is deducted before you’re paid. Legally, the success fee can’t be any more than 25% of your compensation.
Why Choose Our Team To Handle Your Damaged Bladder Claim?
Accident Claims UK are specialists when it comes to making bladder injury claims. Our team of personal injury solicitors have many years of experience in handling claims. Here are some more reasons we think that you should use our services:
- Our advisors offer free legal advice about the claims process.
- They’ll assess your claim for free.
- Our solicitors aim to resolve claims as efficiently as possible.
- We have received excellent feedback from our previous clients.
- Our solicitors always try to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
Contact Accident Claims UK About Bladder Injury Claims
We hope that you now have a better understanding of what it takes to begin your own bladder injury claims. If you wish to make legal proceedings, you can get in touch with us by:
- Calling a specially trained advisor today on 0800 073 8801.
- Using our live chat facility to connect with an advisor right away.
- Completing our online claims form so that we can arrange to call you back when it’s convenient.
- Or you can send an email with details of your claim to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our lines are open 24-hours a day and 7 days a week. Therefore, please feel free to call about your claim at a time that is best for you. Remember that you’re under no obligation to continue after you’ve spoken to us. There’s nothing to lose and the advice and assessment of your claim really is free, so please call today to discuss your options.
Essential Resources Relating To Bladder Injury Claims
Finally, now you’ve completed this bladder injury claims guide, we’ve decided to provide some more useful links, guides and external resources which we hope you’ll find useful.
Urinary Incontinence – This guide from the NHS provides guidance on bladder problems that can cause incontinence. It looks at the symptoms and surgery (and non-surgical methods) used to treat the condition.
The Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 – The legislation that could be used if you decide to claim an accident at work caused an injury to the bladder.
Caesarean Section – Information about the procedures used and recovery times when a caesarean section is required.
Road Traffic Accidents – This guide explains when you could claim for injuries caused by an RTA. It also explains the different amounts of compensation that are possible.
Medical Negligence Claims – This guide explains which medical professionals you could claim against, scenarios that could amount to medical negligence and what type of injuries could be claimed for.
Accident At Work Claims – A guide that explains what types of accident at work could lead to a compensation claim.
Thanks for reading this guide. If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to ask an advisor.
Bladder Injury Claims FAQs
How can negligence be determined?
- A third party owed you a duty of care
- That they failed to uphold
- And you suffered as a result
What is classed as a medical negligence?
Medical negligence (also referred to as malpractice) is when a substandard level of professionalism causes a patient injury or harm. Malpractice can take various forms, such as misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, surgical errors, incorrect medication dispensing.
What bladder problems after a car accident could I claim for?
If you’ve suffered bladder problems after a car accident, and you can prove it was the fault of someone who owed you a duty of care, you could potentially claim. Bladder problems could result from penetrating injuries, as well as crush injuries, for example. If you can provide evidence of such injuries being the result of the accident, you could claim for them.
What are the symptoms of a bladder injury after a c-section?
According to the NHS, it can be possible to suffer damage to your bladder during a c-section surgery. This may result in you needing further surgery.
Your surgeon may inform you of this and provide advice on treatment. If this does not occur, but you are concerned you have suffered a bladder cut during a c-section because of malpractice, we recommend you seek medical attention immediately.
In order to claim for such an injury, you would need to be able to prove that a medical professional had provided care that was below the minimum standard and you were harmed as a result.
At Accident Claims UK, our solicitors have years of experience in medical negligence claims, and could help you with your case if you are eligible.
If you believe you’ve had a bladder cut during a c-section from malpractice, why not talk to our team? We could assess your case and check your eligibility to claim for free.
Can a damaged bladder heal itself?
The bladder is a very resilient organ that can mend itself very quickly. However, while the bladder can repair itself, there are cases where it can be damaged beyond repair.
How much should I sue for pain and suffering?
Naturally, you may question how much compensation you could be awarded should you make a personal injury claim. However, payouts vary from case to case. Therefore, the amount of compensation you could be awarded depends on the details of your situation, so please contact our team to learn more.
How is compensation awarded?
Payouts are split into 2 types of damages; general damages and special damages. General damages compensate physical and psychological trauma whereas special damages allow you to recover financial losses as a result of your accident.
Do I need to get a solicitor?
You don’t need to have legal help in order to bring a claim forward but having it could significantly increase your chances of securing the maximum compensation you deserve.
How can Accident Claims help?
After providing you with a free consultation, we can connect you to our panel of personal injury lawyers if you have valid grounds to make a claim. This way, you can have your case handled on a No Win No Fee basis.
Could I make bladder injury claims for a fatal accident at work?
Unfortunately, some people could die as the result of a severe bladder injury. This could happen in a workplace, a road traffic accident or as a result of medical negligence. It could even happen as a result of an assault. When it comes to accidents at work that are fatal, in 2021-2022, the HSE reported that there were 123 people killed at work. The reasons for such accidents can be seen below.
Sadly, those left behind after a fatal accident or wrongful death at work may struggle financially and emotionally after such an incident. While there are counselling services available for those who are suffering mentally after an accident, it may be difficult for a family to afford the expenses that come with a death of a loved one. While compensation claims would never replace your loved one, they could help to pay for your loved one’s funeral, and could offer a bereavement award for you. You could also receive other financial compensation that could help you at what could be a difficult time.
Do I need a lawyer based locally to make bladder injury claims?
Due to advances in technology, many claims can be handled via email fax and post. This means that you would not have to use a lawyer that is based locally to you. You could opt for the services of a solicitor that is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, but is based anywhere in the UK.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to read our guide on bladder injury claims.