Surgical Error Claims
Going into hospital for an operation of some kind can be a nerve-wracking and even stressful time for any person. This is a perfectly natural way to feel. Undergoing surgery requires placing a huge amount of trust in the people caring for you and if you feel that the standard of care provided to you has not been as high as it should have been, then you may be a victim of medical negligence.
Many of the surgical error claims that we handle at The Claims Partnership often have accompanying psychological pain along with physical symptoms. We will handle your case expertly and with the respect you deserve.
The complexity of surgical error cases
Surgical error claims are some of the most complex and difficult medical negligence cases to review. This is because the case hinges on being able to prove that qualified medical professionals acted in a manner that fell below the expected standards of care and resulted in harm to the patient. Because of this, the arguments put forward will be highly technical and focus closely on biological and medical details. So it’s vital that you have a trained and experienced medical negligence solicitor fighting your corner.
Common surgical errors
- Anaesthetic complications e.g. anaesthetic awareness or reaction
- Cancelled or delayed operations
- Wrong operation is performed
- Wrong body part is operated on
- Foreign objects are left in the body
- Perforated organs
- Post-surgical infection
- Nerve or brain damage
- The operation was unnecessary
- Failure to obtain proper consent
How much compensation could I claim?
There is no way to accurately determine how much compensation you could be awarded before your case begins, as it depends so heavily on the precise details of your case. Ultimately a number of factors will be taken into consideration, including the damage that was done during the surgery, the impact it had on your life and your outlook for the future e.g. rehabilitation, permanent paralysis, etc.
How long will the process take?
As we mentioned above, surgical claims are among the most complicated of cases, and this means it can be years before they are even heard in a court. This can put off a great deal of people, especially when combined with the prospect of legally taking on a private practitioner or the NHS. There will be a significant amount of medical evidence required on both sides, and expert testimony from impartial medical experts may also be needed.
However, we don’t believe that this should put you off making a claim for surgical errors. An event such as this can have a drastic and often devastating impact on your life. It could result in permanent changes to your way of life or mean you are out of work for the foreseeable future. It could impact your psychology well-being or your social life. If that is the case, then you deserve the chance to be compensated regardless of the challenges ahead.