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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Vasectomy mistake could see man awarded £100,000 in compensation

    By David Brown on June 15, 2014

    A man who was admitted to hospital for a minor urological operation at Royal Liverpool Hospital in February 2014 was mistakenly given a vasectomy instead.

    The patient was left sterile and doctors were forced to operate again to reverse the vasectomy. The man now needs to wait to see whether his fertility has been restored. There is a 50% chance that men who have vasectomies reversed will be unable to father a child naturally, and for fertility treatments the success rate drops to around 25%.

    The NHS class this type of mistake as a ‘never’ event – this means that it should never happen if correct surgical procedures are followed. Lawyers representing the patient say he could be awarded a six-figure sum in compensation. The surgeon in question has been barred from carrying out further operations whilst the incident is fully investigated.

    In 2013, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that between 2011 and 2012, 326 ‘never’ events had occurred. Of this total, 161 were patients who had been left with swabs or other objects in their bodies after surgery, and 70 were those who had experienced ‘wrong-site’ surgery, where the wrong part of the body is operated on.

    Claiming compensation for medical negligence

    Medical negligence does not just cover accidents during surgery such as this vasectomy mistake, it can also cover a whole host of other situations such as:

    • Misdiagnosis
    • Failure to treat or delay in treating patient
    • Providing the wrong treatment
    • Birth injuries to the mother or baby
    • Failing to monitor a high-risk pregnancy
    • Misinterpretation of scan results for cancer or a tumour

    If you think you have suffered medical negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Your situation does not need to be as extreme as the above story – even minor injuries or mistakes made by a medical professional may be classed as medical negligence if you have experienced pain and suffering as a result.

    How to make a claim

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we can help you get the ball rolling when it comes to making a claim. You could even just ring for advice – our team of professional personal injury lawyers are happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so if you’re not sure whether to make a claim or not, just ask us!

    We work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you don’t need to worry about affording expensive upfront fees. With over 14 years’ experience in the industry, you can trust us to get you the compensation you deserve.

    Source: Liverpool Echo 

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    Date Published: June 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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