Undergoing surgery of any kind in hospital is stressful and worrying, whether you are being admitted yourself or waiting anxiously for a loved one. Normally, we like to think we can rest safe in the knowledge that experienced, professional doctors and medical staff will care for us and whilst this is usually the case, mistakes can occur during any surgical procedure. This doesn’t automatically mean that clinical negligence has occurred, however, if mistakes have occurred, the possibility of negligence needs to be considered. When a claim for compensation for negligent surgery is made, there are a number of different things that you could be claiming for – here are a couple of examples:
- Nerve damage – damage could be caused to nerves during surgery such as kidney transplant or hysterectomy. Nerve damage can lead to loss of strength and long-term numbness in the legs
- Wrong site surgery – this is more common than you may think! If the wrong part of your body is operated on, the doctor or NHS Trust in question will find it hard to defend their actions
Claiming compensation – what happens now?
Before a claim for compensation for negligent surgery can be made, it needs to be established whether the patient was warned about the risks and gave their informed consent. A personal injury lawyer will also need to establish whether surgery was carried out correctly and as the patient expected. You should try to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your surgery – although there is a three-year time limit in place for compensation claims, it’s better to act sooner rather than later. Your settlement will take into account things such as pain and suffering caused, loss of earnings and any ongoing costs, such as care, associated with your injuries.
How we can help with medical negligence claims
With many years of experience handling clinical negligence claims, Accident Advice Helpline will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. However, you have been injured, you can get in touch with us today on our freephone helpline for confidential advice; there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you do decide to go ahead, remember all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so that’s another weight off your mind. Whether you have suffered nerve damage after surgery which went wrong or someone you love has suffered after wrong site surgery, we can help. Call us today to speak to one of our professional personal injury lawyers.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown