Heart surgery, also known as cardiac or cardiovascular surgery, is often carried out to treat ischemic heart disease or valvular heart disease or to correct congenital heart problems, and can include heart transplants. With the development of new surgical techniques, the risk of heart surgery has dropped, however, as with any surgery, there are risks of complications. The most common type of heart surgery is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
Women and those who are older are at increased risk when undergoing heart surgery, whilst other conditions such as lung disease, kidney disease and diabetes can also increase your risk. Complications can include stroke (affects 2 to 3% of people), infection, bleeding, ischemic heart damage, neurological disorders, cardiac tamponade (a life-threatening condition) or damage to the blood vessels surrounding the heart. Lack of proper medical judgement and failure to adequately perform surgery could result in heart surgery error, with serious consequences for the patient.
If you or a relative has suffered injury after undergoing heart surgery, you may be able to claim compensation for heart surgery error and should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, for further advice.
How to claim compensation for heart surgery error
Whilst medical negligence claims may not be as straightforward as some other personal injury claims, you can make life a whole lot easier by ensuring you choose a professional, reputable personal injury lawyer. It’s rare for claims such as this to settle, so a court case will probably take place, but with a personal injury lawyer working on your behalf, you have every chance of getting the settlement you so rightfully deserve. There is usually a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, but it’s best to seek advice as soon as possible after your surgery.
Choosing a personal injury lawyer
With so many personal injury adverts online and on TV, you may not know where to start when it comes to choosing a reputable personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline has experience in the industry and we don’t deal with any other area of law. In addition, we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and endorsed by our patron – TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there is no need to let the worry of expensive upfront legal fees prevent you from making a claim for compensation. Call our team today for expert, no-obligation advice on your individual situation.Open Claim Calculator