For an initial consultation about a medical surgery compensation claim, please call the specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online.
Surgical negligence explained
All surgery involves an element of risk. However, as a patient in either a private or NHS medical facility, you have the right to receive a certain standard of care. When it comes to surgery, you expect to receive adequate treatment from a trained, skilled surgeon and their medical team.
Deciding to undergo surgery involves a great deal of trust on behalf of the patient. In some cases, the patient is quite literally putting their life in the hands of a medical professional.
In most cases, the standard of care provided is exceptional and without fault, and the outcome of a procedure is positive for all involved. However, unfortunately not all operations go to plan. Sometimes the outcome - such as injury to the patient or a worsening of the medical condition - is an unavoidable complication of surgery and isn’t an indication of negligence. On other occasions, the surgeon fails to perform the procedure to an acceptable standard. It may be a mistake, oversight or a lapse in concentration, or negligence or incompetence on the part of nurses, anaesthetists or other support staff.
Negligence by surgeons or clinicians can be due to faulty or misused instruments or from a lack of training. Some surgeons take on or are given too much work, leading to excessive tiredness, which in turn can result in lapses in concentration or a drop in the quality of their work. Others may fail to deal with consent issues properly or explain procedures post-surgery. This lack of communication can lead to clinical negligence claims.
Whatever the reason for the negligence, a surgical mistake can leave the patient with serious or even life-threatening medical problems. An existing condition may worsen, or further complications develop.
If you’ve been a victim of a surgical mistake and you think you’re entitled to claim surgery negligence compensation, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. Please call our specialist solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or start your claim using our online contact form.
Examples of surgery compensation claims include:
- Cosmetic surgery issues
- Gynaecological issues
- Organ damage
- Retained objects inside patients (i.e. instruments of surgery)
- Nerve damage
- Urological claims
- Failure to obtain proper consent for the procedure or part of the procedure from the patient
- Wound infection caused by poor hygiene
- Anaesthetic awareness - the patient being awake or partially awake during a procedure when they should be unconscious
- Brain damage
- Errors in carrying out keyhole (laparoscopy) surgery
How surgery negligence compensation can help
While compensation can’t change what happened or heal any injuries you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, it can be very important for those affected by a surgical mistake.
This is because compensation can be used to cover the potentially significant expenses associated with medical care, as well as rehabilitation costs. The money can also be used for travel costs or adjustments you need to make to your home.
Lastly but just as importantly, money from surgery negligence claims can be used to compensate you for loss of earnings if you’re unable to work as a result of your injuries.
For more information on how much compensation you could expect to receive if you win your case, please call our experienced team of solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 to discuss the details of what happened.
Our expertise in surgery compensation claim cases
Our clinical and medical negligence solicitors are nationally-renowned experts when it comes to securing compensation for negligent treatment. The cases we’ve handled have involved all kinds of surgery, from minor and routine procedures to major operations. Whether you were treated by the NHS, a private hospital, clinic or semi-private NHS treatment centre, Slater and Gordon can help.
In order to understand what happened and to evaluate the circumstances of your surgical accident, we offer an initial consultation with a highly experienced surgery negligence compensation solicitor. During this time, we’ll listen to all the details of your case and help you to understand whether or not you’ve a surgical error claim. Our solicitors don’t use complicated legal jargon and only ever offer honest, realistic advice about the likelihood of success in your case.
Our UK contact centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to a legal professional for advice you can trust, we’re here for you.
No Win No Fee surgery compensation claims
You shouldn’t be left out of pocket simply for seeking financial redress for a mistake or negligence that has negatively affected your life. This is why the majority (98%) of our clinical and medical negligence claims are funded by a No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you in starting a compensation claim, as you won’t pay anything in legal fees or other costs unless you win your case.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and best known consumer law firms, with a particularly strong reputation for our success in personal injury cases. We’ve medical and clinical negligence solicitors, with vast experience in surgery negligence claims, on hand to help in your case. Because we’ve offices throughout the UK, we can assist you no matter where you live.