Surgical Mistakes - Making a Medical Negligence Claim
While surgery in the UK is usually safe, it is never a risk-free procedure and from time to time mistakes or complications during surgery do occur. Such problems are not always as a result of negligent actions by the medical staff involved in an operation, but unfortunately human error is not unheard of, although such occurrences are comparatively rare. Knowing how to cope with surgical mistakes when they happen to you can be distressing, and you may find it difficult to deal with the situation.
Reasons for Making a Medical Negligence Claim
Understanding the error and knowing how to act are the first steps to recovery, and consultation with a professional who deals with such matters is highly recommended. In some cases you may receive advice to make a claim, especially if you have suffered as a result of the surgical error. There are many reasons why you could make a claim as a result of surgical errors that take place either during the procedure itself or in the post-surgery period. Surgical mistakes may be as a result of staff who are inadequately trained, faulty equipment or simply if procedures are not explained properly. Other common reasons for making a compensation claim include:
- Anaesthetic awareness (being partially or wholly conscious during surgery)
- Brain or nerve damage
- Cosmetic (or plastic surgery) issues
- Damage to vital organs
- Failure to obtain consent for surgery
- Infection of wounds
- Laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery)
- Surgical instruments that are left inside the patient following surgery
How a Medical Negligence Solicitor Can Help
In the event of wishing to claim compensation following a surgical error, it is very important to seek professional guidance from a qualified solicitor who can assess the circumstances and give considered advice about the likelihood of making a successful claim. A solicitor specialising in this area will be able to advise you thoroughly on the action to take.
Dealing with surgical errors can be a difficult and trying time, but utilising the expertise of professionals is a highly recommended course to follow. As with any medical claim for compensation, early consultation with a solicitor is highly recommended.
If you have been victim of medical negligence you could be entitled to compensation.
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