Throat infections can be common therefore many people simply receive a diagnosis and prescription from a GP after examination. However, if this does not help the condition, you may be referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist for further examination. Some throat conditions may require surgery, especially if they could pose a danger to the patient or they may progress and cause recurring infection or pain. Tonsil removal, or a tonsillectomy, is a common procedure which is usually recommended for those who have recurring tonsillitis infections. Surgical removal of the adenoid glands is also a common, lower-risk procedure recommended for those who suffer problems breathing through the nose or chronic deafness. Some patients may need to have a small procedure to correct sinus problems. In rare cases, surgery is performed to remove cancer of the larynx. Although surgical procedures carry some element of risk, the risk should be reduced by good practise and following protocol. Uncommonly, negligence may occur which may cause injury to the patient.
Risks of throat surgery and negligence
As with any kind of surgical procedure, there are some risks and side-effects involved. These include pain in the throat, some bleeding and swelling. However, if there is nerve damage or damage to the vocal cords, you may be unable to speak or you may suffer long-term pain. If negligence occurs, you may also have trouble swallowing in the future. This could prove problematic and patients may need to be entered into hospital to help with dehydration or lack of food. If you have been a victim of negligent throat surgery and have suffered injury which affects your daily life, you may be able to claim compensation.
What we can do to help
At Accident Advice Helpline, we believe in integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability which means we believe you have a right to treatment without suffering. Where there is evidence of negligence and you were injured as a result of throat surgery, Accident Advice Helpline has a good chance of winning you some compensation to help you cope financially with loss of wages or medical costs. Your own finances are protected as we operate on a no win, no fee* policy and you are under no obligation to pursue your case after calling our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. However, you will reap the benefits of claiming compensation with us.