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Surgery medical negligence can be a serious matter involving fatalities and life threatening consequences which often results in solicitors legal action claiming compensation for personal injury. Unintended injury caused by general surgery, laparoscopy (or keyhole surgery) and cosmetic surgery is usually a consequence of medical negligence. Surgery negligence solicitors can claim compensation in the following areas :-

    General Surgery

    Undergoing a surgical procedure, no matter how elementary always has its risks and complications. More than fifty percent of all medical negligence complaints stem from careless surgery. The most obvious examples of surgical misdemeanours include leaving surgical instruments in the body cavity and accidental severing of vital blood vessels and nerves :-

    • Operating on the incorrect part of the body or the removal of healthy tissue or organs may create the need for the rectification of the original problem which can require further surgery. The consequences of such negligent surgery can be devastating: the incorrect removal of a good kidney and the maintenance of the poor one can be fatal, and this has recently occurred, after a surgeon looked at the x-rays from the incorrect side and failed to adequately consult his notes.
    • Occasions in which unnecessary surgery is carried out, a consequence of confusions involving notes, x-rays or a mix up involving patients themselves.
    • Instances in which foreign bodies are inadvertently inserted into the patient is a disturbingly prevalent phenomenon. Metallic instruments, sponges and swabs have all been left in body cavities and thousands of patients make claims for medical malpractice settlements for this type of negligent surgery every year.

    Laparoscopy - Keyhole Surgery

    Laparoscopy is a less invasive procedure compared to open surgery and has become a popular choice in the UK. Laparoscopy is a precise procedure requiring extensive training and adherence to well established protocols. What patients often do not understand and are frequently not advised about is that it is more risky to undergo laparascopy than open surgery. Laparoscopy involves at least two incisions however the first one is carried out blind where the surgeon does not know what is present underneath the skin and this is the time where most errors are made. Nerves and blood vessels may be severed or vital organs may be punctured as the first incision is made to facilitate the initial insertion of instruments :-

    • The use of laparoscopy or keyhole surgery, has been increasingly prevalent over recent years and incidents of negligent surgery have correspondingly increased. Unintended injury tends to occur during the initial incision into the body which affect organs unrelated to the aim of the surgery. Most keyhole surgery-related claims involve damage to the bowels and blood vessels as a result of electro surgery.

    Cosmetic Surgery

    Every year tens of thousands of people have cosmetic or plastic surgery. Some negligent surgery involves very serious injury that can cause severe deformity. Most claims involve inadequate aesthetic outcomes of which 75% are accounted for by claims relating to breast enhancement and facial surgery. Cosmetic surgery is a fertile ground for compensation claims due to inadequate policing of the industry by the government and the medical authorities. Cosmetic surgery is a very complex form of medical practice, yet is largely unregulated.

Medical Negligence

Half of all medical negligence claims in the United Kingdom are attributed to surgery including open surgery, laparoscopy and cosmetic procedures. Most post-surgery problems are usually recognisable immediately making the case for a solicitors compensation claim for medical negligence relatively straightforward. Delays in operating and unnecessary procedures are among the most common surgical medical negligence claims in the UK. All surgery involves a certain degree of risk, yet patients contracting severe infection post-operatively and excessive obtrusive scarring are unacceptable. There are many different types of surgical errors with the most common involving laparoscopic techniques during the course of which the bowel, intestine and blood vessels may be damaged unnecessarily. Medical negligence by surgeons can be the result of not being fully trained or experienced in a new surgical procedure or as a result of a faulty piece of medical equipment, while delays in operating because of late diagnosis can cause the patient serious harm. Time limits apply; take legal advice from a surgery negligence solicitor today.

Surgery Negligence Solicitors

If you have been injured due to the incompetence of a healthcare provider during surgery you should speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about your ordeal and the likelihood of a negligent surgery compensation claim. Time limits apply and it is in your interests to obtain legal advice at an early stage. Failure to abide by the Limitation Act may mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. Don't delay - take legal advice from a surgery negligence solicitor now.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here