Despite the best efforts of our medical professionals, sometimes errors do happen during surgery. If you have been injured during surgery, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation, but the success of your claim depends on whether or not correct procedures were followed.
Injuries sustained despite correct procedures being followed
Before undergoing surgery, you should have a chance to fully read over the information relating to your surgery and its possible risks before giving your informed consent to the procedure. Giving your informed consent means that you fully understand the risks and agree to the surgery in spite of them. For this reason, if your injury was one of the recognised risks of your surgery, you may not be entitled to personal injury compensation. If your injury was due to medical negligence, however, or you feel that you were not able to give your informed consent at the time, you may be entitled to receive a sum in compensation.
Common successful compensation claims for surgical errors
In the UK, the most common successful compensation claims for surgical errors include claims for anaesthetic awareness (waking up during an operation), cosmetic surgery errors, complications of hysterectomies, and failed sterilisation complications. What all of these injuries have in common is that none of them are acceptable risks and all of them involve possible psychological complications, for example the trauma caused by waking up during an operation, or the lack of confidence caused by botched breast surgery.
Personal injury compensation
If you have received an injury in hospital and you’d like to find out whether or not you might be entitled to personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation.
We have been helping others like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over 14 years now, and are proud to have the endorsement of consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who has personally investigated our methods. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will most likely be done entirely over the telephone and on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown