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Claiming For Surgical Error

Claiming For Surgical Error

If you or your loved one has been wrongfully injured as a result of surgical error, you could be considered the innocent victim medical negligence. You will therefore be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering this has caused you.

When can you claim for surgical error?

All surgical procedures carry risks, about which a patient should be informed before he or she signs the consent form. Not all these risks can be prevented and therefore do not necessarily amount to medical negligence.

However, there are sadly occasions when the standard of care from the surgeon and his/her team falls below an acceptable level. This might include:-

  • Wrong site surgery
  • The wrong operation is performed
  • Retained surgical items
  • Internal damage that is caused by medical incompetence
  • Internal damage that is not noticed at the time of surgery
  • Nerve or artery damage caused by medical incompetence
  • Anaesthetic negligence
  • Failure to seek consent from a patient

There are also times when doctors and nurses make mistakes in the immediate aftermath of the operation. This can include:-

  • Failing to spot an infection
  • Failing to realise that an organ is damaged or not working properly
  • Failing to identify excessive blood loss (haemorrhage)

Compensation for surgical error

Anyone who is harmed because of surgical error (such as the examples described above) will be the innocent victim of medical negligence. Medical negligence is when a medical practitioner breaches their duty of care towards a patient, providing a substandard level of medical care which causes unnecessary physical and/or emotional injury.

The injured individual will be entitled to pursue a medical negligence claim against the surgeon or organisation responsible. This will ensure that the appropriate sum of compensation is awarded for the damages sustained. Compensation for surgical error is intended to recompense for the pain and suffering that has been caused (called general damages) and for the actual financial loss that has been incurred (called special damages).

Legal advice for surgical error

If you believe you or your loved one has been the victim of surgical error, do not hesitate to talk to a legal expert about your case. A solicitor who specialises in medical negligence will suggest whether or not you are able to claim, and if so, how much compensation you could be entitled to. It is important not to delay when seeking professional advice as surgical negligence claims must be made within three years of the event.

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