Claims for medical negligence during surgery

clip_image002As with most medical procedures in the UK, the vast majority of operations are carried out successfully and routinely. However, there are occasions when things go wrong and mistakes are made, whether in the NHS or in private hospitals, clinics and treatment centres.

These are the nightmare stories that people dread, and fear of it happening can make an already nervous and stressed patient even more so. Of course, sometimes surgery doesn’t go according to plan, not because of any mistakes having been made, but because of a complication occurring during the surgery. Surgery can be, by its very nature, risky.

However, sometimes medical negligence does occur during surgery, in which case it needs to be shown that the surgeon did not carry out his duty of care to an acceptable standard, and that injuries or harm was caused as a result of that failure.

Medical negligence can occur during all types of surgery, including:

  • General surgery
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Heart surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Gynaecological surgery
  • Gastroenterological surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cosmetic (plastic) surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Amputations
  • Anaesthetic treatment
  • Ophthalmological surgery

Negligence can include the wrong operation being performed, the wrong body part or organ being operated on, leaving objects inside patients, nerve damage, brain damage, perforation of organs, failure to obtain proper consent, or infection as a result of poor hygiene. Reasons for it can include faulty instruments, inadequate training, tiredness due to overwork, or failure to communicate correctly.

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence during surgery, or of any other type of medical or clinical negligence then please have a read of our “guide to clinical and medical negligence” which provides more information about making a claim, or give us a call on 01782 713 755. We offer a personal service and will meet with you, go through your records and discuss with you face to face the strengths and weaknesses of your claim. We will help you decide whether or not you should proceed with a claim. Pursuing a claim can be extremely complicated and there are time limits involved so it is important to speak to us as soon as you can.

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