Has medical negligence hampered your surgery? Then Claims National can provide you with the guidance to make a compensation claim for surgical medical negligence.
Many surgical procedures have low incidents of medical negligence so when death or serious complications do arise it tends to be from medical negligence.
These cases are caused by poor post operative care, including failure to diagnose a complication or problem that has arose because of the surgery. Surgical errors can range from:
- Keyhole surgery, such as gallbladder operations involving injuries to the bile duct
- Cervical lymph node biopsies involving injuries to the accessory nerve
- Anaesthetic errors
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Breast reduction surgery
The majority of surgical procedures and operations practiced in the UK are successful with beneficial outcomes for the patient however, due to medical/clinical negligence, mistakes can sometimes occur, having devastating effects for the patient and their family.
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There are many types of operations in which mistakes can be made. Following, is an example of a surgical negligence case that won compensation for the suffering patient:
John Thompson was a member of the Army, as well as a keen rugby player. Once whilst playing rugby, Mr. Thompson dislocated his left shoulder, and continued to suffer with pain in his shoulder and therefore received surgery, which was performed by an Army surgeon.
Whilst in surgery, Mr. Thompson’s biceps tendon was accidently divided, and consequently he obtained ongoing problems with his shoulder, requiring further surgery. Eventually, Mr. Thompson was medically discharged from the army, as his condition was continuing to worsen. With the help of specialised and dedicated solicitors, Mr. Thompson received £190,000 in compensation for his injuries and loss of career, as well to contribute to the costs of specialist medical attention he now requires, as well as physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
Another example of a surgical negligence claim was when a patient underwent a laparoscopic sterilisation in November 2004, only to find that she was pregnant 13 months later. Luckily, her pregnancy was uneventful and the child she gave birth to was happy and healthy. It was then discovered by a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist that the sterilisation had been negligently performed and the Filshie Clip that was applied to the right fallopian tube had been applied inaccurately by the surgeon and therefore failed to block the tube. The woman received a compensation sum of £27,000 for her negligent surgery.