Surgical Medical Negligence Claims

Surgery has saved and improved countless lives, and the vast majority of operations go according to plan. Unfortunately though, mistakes can happen, and these can have a devastating effect on the lives of patients.

Bolt Burdon Kemp has an established history of winning compensation in very complicated medical negligence cases, and we do so while providing the best possible support and advice during the process.

If you think you or a loved one has been affected by a surgeon’s mistakes, then please contact us and we will give you our expert advice, usually on a no-win, no fee basis. Most cases do not even reach court.

The risks involved with surgery

All surgery comes with a risk, and it’s important that the risks are clearly explained to the patient before the procedure, so that an informed decision can be made by a patient about whether to go ahead.

With a person’s life often being in the hands of the surgeon, it’s understandable that the patient and their loved ones will feel anxious. The thought of anything going wrong is unbearable and, when the worst happens, it can be very difficult to come to terms with.

Examples of medical negligence in surgery

If the surgery is carried out in a way that is substandard, and the patient’s condition is worsened as a result, our solicitors will be able to assist you in your claim for compensation.

The following are other examples of negligence that can occur in surgery, and are grounds for compensation:

  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Surgery carried out on the wrong part of the body, such as the wrong limb
  • Foreign objects, such as surgical instruments, left in the body
  • Failure to identify abnormalities during exploratory procedures
  • Avoidable damage to tissue, nerves and muscle
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Failure to manage an emergency situation appropriately

If the patient believes that the risks involved with the operation weren’t adequately explained, and that they would have chosen not to proceed with surgery if they had been, then there may also be grounds for compensation if a complication occurs.

In some cases, issues arising from surgical negligence can be remedied with further operations, and a full recovery is possible. In other cases surgical negligence may lead to life-changing consequences, or even death.

Claiming compensation for surgical negligence

A financial award can only go so far in compensating an individual or their loved ones for the damage caused by surgical negligence, but it can help people deal with their injuries and any life adjustments.

If compensation is due, the size of the pay-out will be determined based on the severity of the injuries caused by the medical negligence.

The settlement can also cover any financial expenses that have come about as a result of the substandard surgical procedure. This may include the cost of any extra care required.