There are certain risks involved in any operation, and you should be warned of these risks before undergoing surgery.
However, if you’ve been injured while in surgery and the injuries you’ve sustained were avoidable, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Negligence in surgery
Surgical negligence can cover avoidable scarring, surgical errors (for example operating on the wrong part of the body), surgical items being left in the patient’s body, nerve damage, infections, or anaesthetic complications.
The following questions may be asked:
- Was the operation necessary?
- Was the expected outcome of the operation different to the actual outcome?
- Were you warned of the risks or potential complications?
- Has your recovery time been lengthened?
If you think you’ve been the victim of medical negligence and you’re not sure whether you can claim surgery compensation, you can give one of our helpful, legally trained advisors a call.
Why claim surgery compensation?
Claiming surgery compensation can help cover the cost of future treatment, as well as compensating you for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.
It can also help draw attention to the cause of your injury and prevent the same thing happening to someone else.
We understand that you may want to make a complaint about your surgeon, whether or not you choose to claim compensation. For information on making a complaint about your NHS treatment, visit the NHS Choices website.
Should I make a claim?
Some patients worry that claiming surgery compensation can impact upon the standard of treatment you or others will receive in future. However, if your claim is successful, your compensation will be paid by the NHS Litigation Authority or hospital’s insurance provider, and does not come out of the day-to-day budget for running the hospital.
- We can help with both claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers
- Our solicitors can arrange a 'second opinion': a medical assessment from an independent third party
- You should start your claim within three years of the ‘date of knowledge’ – the date on which you realised you had suffered as a result of medical negligence
- Our solicitors are leading medical negligence specialists – whatever your situation, it’s likely that our solicitors will have experience in similar claims