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Lady left in constant pain following wrist surgery receives compensation of over £400,000

Mrs C has recovered compensation following wrist surgery carried out


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Errors in surgery

Every day thousands of operations are performed throughout the UK. We place our trust in healthcare professionals to carry out operations with reasonable care and skill. However, due to carelessness or lack of attention mistakes are made.

The effects of an error occurring in surgery can be devastating resulting in permanent disability and even leading to death.

What are errors in surgery?

Surgery is a specialist area in which surgeons are highly trained.  However, errors can occur during an operation.  Errors in surgery can range from surgical equipment being left in the body to death as a result of a perforated organ.

We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have suffered as a result of negligence during surgery, such as:

  • Damaged nerves, tissue and veins;

  • Perforated organs;

  • Surgical equipment being left your the body;

  • Operating on the wrong body part or organ;

  • Poor post operative care including haemorrhage and deep vein thrombosis/peritonitis.

Medical care and rehabilitation

Medical care for errors in surgery can range from a need to be monitored to requiring further surgery and extensive rehabilitation.  The range of errors is extremely vast.  Every case will be different depending on the facts. We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country. We take an active role in providing quality information and advice about the extra resources that may be available. We work with rehabilitation experts both in the NHS and in the private sector to ensure the continuity of your care.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is also to assist you to help rebuild your life and we can do this by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with your:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Some people who suffer from errors made during surgery will require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can support you and  work closely with you. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

  • Charities and support groups.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation for an error made during surgery?

Sometimes things can go wrong in surgery and we will investigate whether the error happened as a result of the negligence of your surgeon to decide whether you can obtain compensation.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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