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Bowel and oesophageal perforation claims

Medical negligence

Have you suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel following a medical procedure? Perhaps you’ve experienced the tragic loss of a loved one due to a medical professional failing to diagnose a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel? You may be able to make a claim for compensation. 

Medical conditions and perforated stomachs, oesophagus or bowels

There are several medical conditions that may require surgery, such as an appendectomy, bowel surgery or gynaecological surgery which may carry a risk of a bowel or stomach perforation occurring. Perforation occurs when the lining of the intestine or stomach becomes torn, cut or ripped. 

The risk of perforation can increase with obesity, old age, and when there is a history of prior bowel or gynaecological surgeries or conditions. It is important that your doctor takes these things into consideration when determining the type of surgery that is most appropriate for you and would carry the lowest risk of a bowel or stomach perforation occurring. 

There are also several common bowel conditions such as prolapsed bowel, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and Crohn's disease that may require further investigation of the intestines by exploratory surgery, such as by a colonoscopy, and common medical conditions affecting your digestion, such as acid reflux that may require further investigation of the oesophagus, such as by an endoscopy. 

Both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy may carry a risk of perforation of the stomach, oesophagus or bowel. 

Making a bowel or oesophageal perforation compensation claim

If you or a loved one has suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel following a medical procedure, you may have a claim for medical negligence. Medical negligence is often a complex area of the law, requiring robust evidence that the standard of care or treatment was below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community.

Before undertaking a claim, our medical negligence lawyers will work with you through the details of your situation to determine if you have a claim.

Superannuation and Disability Insurance

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim. 

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What we will ask:

  • Question to help us understand your experience and how your life has been impacted. Your responses will help us define the best course of action for your claim.

What happens next:

  • Either book a no obligation appointment with a medical negligence legal expert right away or,

  • Speak with our team about your options

How Shine can help

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services. 

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court. 

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation-free initial consultation so you can understand your rights and know where you stand. 

We are ready to take action, supporting your choice to hold negligent healthcare and medical partitioners to account and right wrong. 

*Conditions apply 


Can I represent myself, or do I need a medical malpractice lawyer?

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a claim however, doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.   

Independent expert evidence is needed to progress your claim and this can be difficult for an individual to obtain. 

Without the right legal advice and support, you then may not receive the compensation you're entitled to.

Is there a medical negligence lawyer near me?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support 

If you’d like to speak to our Medical Negligence team in person, you can see our full list of locations here

If you aren‘t able to find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment or discuss the option to meet at a location that’s comfortable and convenient for you. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

Why trust Shine to be my medical negligence lawyers?

At Shine Lawyers, we put your first. We’ve been standing up for the rights of everyday Australians for over 45 years. As one of Australia’s largest litigation law firms, we are here to help you get the justice you deserve. 

Our empathy, understanding and expertise are why we’re ahead of the pack. We’ll stand with you and guide you through every step of the way.

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We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

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