Several clinical negligence claims have been made towards the NHS after a private firm performed cataract operations in an NHS hospital. Half of all patients operated on suffered complications, with one man complaining of losing his sight completely. The operations were performed by private healthcare company Vanguard Healthcare as a result of a backlog at Musgrove Park NHS Hospital in Somerset but the contract with the private firm was terminated after reports of patients suffering from complications. Some suffered from pain, swelling and blurred vision and most were elderly and infirm.
Several of the 30 patients are said to have contacted lawyers to seek compensation meaning that the NHS is likely to receive a number of claims as a result of the operations conducted by the private firm. The NHS trust is conducting its own investigation into the operations. The man who claims to have suffered from total blindness after the operation was referred for the surgery by his GP but did not feel he needed the operation. The procedure felt very rushed according to the 84-year old as it only took 15 minutes to perform. The man thought his sight would return but the hospital contacted him to state that there had been complications. The man’s family are seeking answers regarding when the hospital knew there was a problem and their reasons for bringing in the private sector.
Botched surgery and compensation
Surgical procedures which cause excessive complications or cause the sufferer to become more ill may have been botched. However, there are cases where complications may be a side-effect of the surgery itself. These potential complications should be explained to you before you have the procedure. Errors made in surgery may be the result of not following protocol, faulty equipment or patient mix-ups. There may be another reason for complications after surgery so, where there is evidence that clinical negligence may have taken place, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Clinical negligence claims
Accident Advice Helpline specialise in helping victims of accidents, injuries and illnesses that were caused by someone else’s negligence. If your illness has worsened; you suffered botched surgery or were the victim of a misdiagnosis, you may be able to win some compensation to help you cope financially after the incident. Call our 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice or try out our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures you won’t incur any financial difficulties by making your claim with us.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown