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

Digestive system problems resulting from medical errors or contaminated food can have long-lasting health effects.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a digestive system injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Compensation can help with treatment costs, dietary changes, and ongoing chronic conditions.

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

With 500,000 admissions for digestive issues each year, you are not alone

The NHS reported that 497,314 people were admitted to hospital in 2021-22 with digestive problems and related abdominal symptoms (digital.nhs.uk).

Most of the body's internal organs are involved in the digestion process, and as such if they are injured the digestive system can be upset. If you have digestive system problems as a result of an accident or an illness that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

Am I eligible for digestive system problem compensation?

You should be entitled to digestive system problem compensation if your injury resulted from the negligence or actions of another person or organisation, or from an accident that was not your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Can I claim compensation if I was partly at fault?

The law concerning liability (or blame) for an accident is complex, and varies depending on the situation.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they were partly responsible for their injuries, or were uncertain.

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 after a digestive system problem diagnosis do I have to start a claim?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a digestive system problem?

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.

Digestive system problem compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated July 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

Special damages are awarded to compensate you for any costs or losses you've incurred or might incur as a result of your accident. These costs might include loss of income, including future loss of income, or any other out of pocket expenses.

Special damages may also be awarded for medical treatments or procedures that you might need to treat your injury, including antacids, anti-diarrheal medication, probiotics and dietary changes.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average digestive system problem general damages compensation

The following digestive system problem 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
Digestive system
Serious non-penetrating injury with ongoing symptoms £15,260 to £25,240
Moderate non-traumatic injury £3,590 to £8,670
Severe toxicosis £34,940 to £47,730
Severe damage with ongoing symptoms £39,100 to £56,270
Penetrating wounds, lacerations or serious pressure £6,010 to £11,450
Serious non-traumatic injury £8,670 to £17,450
Minor non-traumatic injury £830 to £3,590

About digestive system problems

The digestive system is an immensely complex internal system within the that transforms the food we eat into energy. It involves four main stages: Ingestion, mechanical and chemical digestion, absorption and egestion.

Healthy digestion is an important part of living a healthy life. Many factors can cause damage to the digestive system. Some common injuries that can cause damage to the digestive system include:

  • Stab wounds
  • Industrial lacerations
  • Seat belt pressure
  • Ingesting chemicals
  • Car accidents causing damage to internal organs
  • Food poisoning

Injured internal organs can damage the digestive system, leading to further medical complications. This could include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastroenteritis, indigestion, and extreme sensitivity or allergies to some food groups, as well as a number of other problems like kidney or liver failure.

Making a compensation claim for digestive system problems

In order to make a compensation claim, a third party must be responsible for the injured digestive system. A claim of negligence will be made against the third party for failing in their duty of care. A third party might be:

An individual

If the injury was sustained in a fight or in a car accident that was not your fault.

A company

This could be a hotel company for example if the injury happened on holiday, or the manufacturer of a food item if this caused the injury to the digestive system.

An employer

If the injury happened at work the employer may be found responsible. This would be employer negligence.

What can I claim compensation for?

Depending on the severity of the digestive system problem, compensation can be claimed for the following:

  • Pain and suffering caused as a result of the injury
  • Impact on lifestyle and quality of life
  • Long-term health impact
  • Income lost as a result of incapacitation
  • Psychological damage as a result of injury
  • Any medical costs incurred.

Some people will be affected by digestive system problems for the rest of their lives. This will impact on their quality of life and may result in further illness. Compensation can go some way to help alleviate suffering and discomfort.

What happened?

The claims process will vary depending on how your digestive system problem happened. Click the icons below to learn more:

No win, no fee digestive system problem compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim digestive system problem 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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Citations

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Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director