If a bladder injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Bladder injuries may result from surgical procedures, traumatic incidents, or physical impact. A compensation claim can help cover the debilitating effects of such injuries, including medical expenses, lost earnings, and personal suffering.

If you have been affected by a bladder injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

With almost 100,000 NHS admissions each year, you are not alone

According to an analysis of NHS data, 94,864 patients were admitted to hospital with bladder and urinary-related symptoms (digital.nhs.uk).

If you are looking for information on bladder injury symptoms and treatment, see: bladder pain (nhs.uk).

Do I qualify for bladder injury compensation?

If you've been injured or made ill in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, then you will be entitled to claim compensation for bladder injury.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

What if I was partially at fault?

Personal injury claims where both the defendant and claimant share some responsibility are relatively common.

In our recent 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents thought they could be partially to blame for their accident.

Even if your actions or negligence played a role in the accident, you could still be eligible for compensation. Cases with shared fault (contributory negligence) frequently settle through a split liability agreement.

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Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to make a bladder injury claim?

For most injury claims, you have up to 3 years from the date of your injury to start the claims process.

The 3 year limitation period does not apply to minors (under 18s). A parent, guardian or litigation friend can start a claim on a child's behalf up to their 18th birthday and the child has until their 21st birthday to claim for themselves.

How much compensation can I claim for a bladder injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Bladder injury compensation calculator

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Updated June 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your bladder injury such as catheter placement, surgical repair, antibiotics and pain medication.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average bladder injury general damages compensation

The following bladder injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Bladder and bowel injury
Total loss of bowel and bladder function Up to £167,450
Bladder injury
Long-term injury with full recovery £21,280 to £28,460
Serious impairment of control £58,160 to £72,660
Complete loss of function and control Up to £127,870
Total loss of bowel and bladder function Up to £167,450

Types of bladder injury

Compensation has been awarded for a range of bladder injuries and conditions, with ruptured or perforated bladder injuries being the most common:

Ruptured bladder

A ruptured or perforated bladder is a serious injury that is caused by trauma to the pelvic region. Ruptured bladder injuries fall into three broad categories:

  • Blunt trauma injury, such as a high-velocity blow to the in a road traffic accident, a cycling accident, a pedestrian accident or a fall from a height.
  • Penetrating wounds, such as stab wounds caused by criminal injury or dangerous machinery at work.
  • Perforation injuries that occur when the bladder is accidentally pierced during surgery as a result of clinical or medical negligence.

The majority of traumatic bladder injuries are successfully remedied by surgery. However, short-term or long-term serious complications can occur, including infection (peritonitis), bleeding, urinary retention, blockage of the urethra and scar formation.

Bladder prolapse

The NHS estimate that one in 10 women will have surgery to rectify a prolapsed bladder by the time they are 80 years old.

Common causes of a prolapsed bladder include:

  • A manual handling accident or other exertion in the workplace
  • Medical negligence, which may occur during a forceps delivery, Caesarean section, hysterectomy or other surgery.

A prolapsed bladder is not life-threatening but it can trigger long-term problems such as urinary difficulties, stress incontinence, lower back pain or pain during sexual intercourse.

Who is liable?

If you sustained a bladder injury in a work accident, road accident, or through medical negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.

Bladder injuries often require surgery and lengthy rehabilitation. In workplace accidents, claims against employers are based on evidence showing a failure to mitigate risks.

For injuries from vehicle or pedestrian accidents, lawyers reference driving laws to prove negligence.

Clinical negligence claims require showing that the medical care was substandard and directly caused the bladder injury. Specifically, in surgical cases like bladder perforations, it's not enough to show a surgical error; it must be proven that the error was not identified and repaired during surgery, leading to significant harm.

What happened?

The process for a bladder injury claim depends the circumstances of the accident. To learn more, click the icons below:

No win, no fee bladder injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim bladder injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor