A woman who underwent jaw surgery after being diagnosed with jaw joint problems ended up with severe problems when the surgeon punctured both her inner ear and outer ear. The operation led to bleeding for several days afterwards, not to mention tinnitus and problems with her balance. The woman took her case to a lawyer experienced in this particular area of medical negligence and managed to win £12,500 in compensation.
While the surgeon admitted losing track of the arthroscope – the equipment used to perform the keyhole operation – liability was not initially admitted by the hospital. However the case was successfully argued and the five-figure sum was granted. The good news is the woman’s jaw problems seem to have resolved themselves, although she has elected not to undergo further surgery to resolve the problems she now has with her hearing. The settlement is expected to cover the costs of hearing aids she will now wear for life. She went through a number of GP visits and exploratory tests before the need for surgery arose. Needless to say she expected a better outcome from the jaw surgery, but the compensation has closed the case in a satisfactory manner.
Could compensation be paid to you after botched surgery?
If you have to have an operation you would expect to feel better afterwards than you did before. However as we have seen in this case, it is not always the case that this occurs. Mistakes, errors and other similar situations are rare and most people undergo operations successfully. However if you believe you may have suffered through the negligent actions of someone involved in your care, it is worth considering whether a compensation claim might be warranted. A professional injury compensation lawyer can assist you with this.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to assist you
Our free 24/7 enquiry line is always open and ready to take your calls on 0800 689 0500. If you have had jaw surgery that went wrong, or indeed any other type of surgical procedure where negligence can be proven, contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more. Our professional and well-trained lawyers are here to provide advice and you are under no obligation to take that advice any further. If we recommend you do have a case that needs to be answered, you can launch a no win, no fee case to try for compensation.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown