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Bowel and Oesophageal Perforation Claims

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. A perforation occurs when the lining of the intestine or stomach becomes torn, cut or ripped.

The risk of a 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 crohns 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 many 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 neligence. 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. For a general overview of the process for making a claim for compensation, see our step-by-step video below.

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If you believe your perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel was a result of medical negligence, get in touch with Shine via phone or the contact form below for an obligation-free consultation. We offer our bowel and oesophageal perforation claims services on a No Win, No Fee basis so you don't have to worry about out-of-pocket legal expenses.

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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Common Questions

If you’ve suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel during a medical procedure, or if you have lost a loved one who had suffered a perforated stomach, oesophagus or bowel you may also have a claim for medical negligence.

Sadly, perforations can happen during procedures, and not all perforations will be due to negligent care. To make a claim for medical negligence, you need to prove that your medical practitioner did not perform the procedure to the requisite standard of care.

Although, if a perforation occurs, you are likely to have been suffering symptoms that may not be explained by the procedure alone, such as a sudden or intense pain in the stomach and / or shoulder, pain on eating food, a feeling of nausea, and / or feeling hot or feverish. A prudent medical practitioner should be investigating such symptoms and investigating whether a perforation has in fact occurred. Failure to undertake these investigations, and to diagnose and correct the perforation, may be a failing in care on behalf of your medical practitioner.

Often, if detected and managed early, perforations can be easy to treat, whilst a delayed diagnosis of a perforation can cause very serious health conditions to occur such as sepsis, organ failure and ongoing bowel conditions, often requiring multiple surgical procedures, and at times requiring a colostomy.

If you believe you may have a claim and would like to find out from a qualified professional, read on.

If you’ve been wronged by a medical professional or facility, Shine Lawyers can help you make a compensation claim.

Most states and territories have a three-year time limit on medical compensation claims, so you should start yours as soon as possible. When you make a claim, you should aim to include every detail of the professional’s mistake and how it’s impacted your quality of life. You should include all the activities you’re no longer able to participate in and any changes to your emotional state (e.g. depression).

Shine’s medical negligence lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis, so you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win your case.

Contact our expert Medical Negligence legal team today to find out more.

We believe that everyone is entitled the highest standard of legal service, regardless of where they’re located.

Shine Lawyers is committed to ensuring that rural, regional and remote communities have access to the legal support they deserve. We can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual or in-person appointment at a location that’s convenient to you (home, work, hospital etc).

Our team will travel far and wide to provide you with the support you need and have visited the following regional communities across New South Wales and Victoria:

New South Wales

  • Armidale
  • Bathurst
  • Broken Hill
  • Cobar
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Deniliquin
  • Dubbo
  • Grafton
  • Gunnedah
  • Lismore
  • Nymbodia
  • Orange
  • Taree
  • Tumut
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Walgett
  • Wellington


  • Ballarat
  • Benalla
  • Maryborough
  • Shepparton
  • Wangaratta
  • Warrnambool

Our team of medical negligence experts are here to help and ensure your voice is heard. We will listen, support and fight for a successful medical negligence claim on your behalf, that will secure the financial, care and support services that you need.

If you’d prefer to visit us, our teams are available in the following locations around regional areas:

Where you are located isn't necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We're experts when it comes to medical negligence claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

Our compensation experts are in the following locations:

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