The bowel is the last portion of your digestive tract and is sometimes referred to as the large intestine or colon. The digestive tract is a hollow tube that extends from the mouth to the anus.

The function of the digestive system is, in simple terms, to take nutrients from the food that is put into the body and to get rid of any waste (parts of the food that the body does not need). The bowel is where the waste products of eating are stored until they are emptied from the body in the form of a bowel movement.

Common causes of bowel injuries

An injury to the bowel can be caused by a high impact accident such as a road traffic accident (RTA) or a fall from a significant height.

Also, with a spinal cord injury, damage can occur to the nerves that allow a person to control bowel movements. So, whilst in those circumstances the bowel is not injured, the effects of the bowel function can be the same as if it had been injured.

Impact of bowel injury

A ruptured bowel (sometimes called a perforated bowel) is an extremely serious condition, which will have long lasting repercussions and can have a huge impact on your life. A ruptured bowel is a hole, nick or cut, which causes food and faeces to leak into other areas of the body and can result in infection, sepsis (infection of the blood), septic shock, peritonitis and organ damage.

A damaged bowel can lead to:

  • complete dependence on the use of a colostomy with no ability for natural bowel function
  • impaired bowel function with the intermittent need for a colostomy
  • penetrating injury causing various symptoms to bowel functions

Symptoms of a bowel injury can include:

  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • painful stomach cramps or discomfort
  • bloating

Food poisoning and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Food poisoning such as salmonella, e-coli and cryptosporidium can cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is highly likely that you are suffering with IBS if, over a period of 6 months you have suffered the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain/discomfort
  • bloating of the stomach
  • change in bowel habit
  • rectal bleeding
  • anaemia
  • unexplained weight loss
  • fever

No win, no fee bowel injury compensation claims

We carry out many of our claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs for you and, provided that you have not misled or acted against the advice that we have given to you, no financial risk to you – even if your claim is not successful.

Contact us

If you, or a loved one, have suffered a bowel injury or irritable bowel syndrome as a result of an accident or from food poisoning please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers or our Clinical and Medical Negligence solicitors to see if you have a bowel injury compensation claim on freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a free, no obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.