Laparoscopic surgery, also known as ‘keyhole surgery’, is a less invasive method of surgery than open surgery. It reduces risks and visible scarring due to the tiny size of the incision, but because surgeons have a limited view of the site they’re operating on, there is the potential for mistakes to be made. Whatever type of keyhole surgery you are undergoing, there are risks. In order to reach the operative site, vital organs usually have to be bypassed and occasionally these could be damaged. Common areas to suffer damage by laparoscopic surgery include the bile duct and intestine walls and blood vessels.
Because of the tiny size of the incision, absolute precision is needed for laparoscopic surgery – if an accidental incision is not spotted instantly, it could cause internal bleeding and in rare cases death. Failing to follow accepted protocols and best practice are the most common reasons for laparoscopic surgery error, and this increases the risk of an accident occurring.
How to claim clinical negligence compensation
If you have suffered after a surgical error, the last thing you probably feel like doing is dealing with any kind of stress. Find the right personal injury lawyer, however, and the whole claims process for clinical negligence compensation can run smoothly. Your lawyer will normally instruct a specialist medical expert to assess whether negligence did in fact occur. If they conclude that it did, they will assess what damage was caused, and this will form the basis for your claim. The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on pain and suffering caused, as well as factors such as time off work and loss of earnings, as well as any future health care needs caused by the negligence.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline have many years of experience handling claims for medical negligence compensation, and we’ve seen it all, from birth injury claims to road traffic accident claims. So don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call us for advice – there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so that’s another load off your mind. We offer advice and support every step of the way towards getting you the compensation you deserve, so why not call us today to find out more about how we can help you with your claim for laparoscopic surgery error.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown