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  • Overview

    When can you claim compensation for negligence during surgery?

    We expect to be safe in the hands of medical practitioners. Clinical negligence can have devastating effects on our health and psychological wellbeing. When a medical practitioner causes injury during a surgical procedure, it is often possible to claim compensation.

    You can make a claim for negligence during any type of surgery, for example:

    • Urological surgery (e.g. kidneys, bladder, prostate)
    • Gynaecological surgery
    • Opthalmological surgery (eyes)
    • Cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery
    • Oncology surgery (for cancer)
    • Defective medical products
    • Anaesthetic treatment
    • Keyhole surgery
    • Ear, nose and throat surgery
    • Obstetrics
    • Gastroenterological surgery (bowel, stomach, intestines)
    • Heart surgery
    • Neurosurgery (nervous system, spinal cord and brain)
    • Orthopaedic surgery (e.g. hip replacement, arthroscopy, ankle surgery)
    • Vascular surgery (arteries and veins).
       

    You can also bring a claim on behalf of a child.

    How our clinical negligence solicitors can help with a surgery claim

    • The size of our clinical negligence team and the breadth of our knowledge in negligent surgery compensation claims means it is likely that we have already recovered compensation in a case with similar circumstances to yours
    • Our overriding aim is to protect your interests and achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term. We make sure your case is fully investigated and guide you carefully through each step of the claim process
    • Giving personal service and acting with sensitivity is important to us
    • We can help you find out why the system has failed you and what went wrong. Or prevent the same thing happening to somebody else
    • Negligent surgery compensation claims are complex and require high levels of expertise. We create a team of specialists including:
      • the best independent case managers and consultants in the country
      • barristers known for their expertise in the specific area
      • clinical negligence lawyers with experience in negligent surgery claims.
    • Our lawyers are specialists in medical negligence cases and our clinical negligence team is one of the most established, teams in the country

    • We are high ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession 'Chambers and Partners' and 'The Legal 500'.
       

    Free initial consultation

    Contact one of our team of specialist lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of your receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee arrangement.

    Call us 01892 510000 or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your negligent surgery compensation claim.

     

           

  • Related Client Stories

    Failure to treat perianal abscess leads to multiple surgeries

    Our client, Mrs A, required nine surgeries after a hospital failed on two occasions to treat her perianal abscess with antibiotics, instead discharging her home without treatment, leading to cellulitis and worsening of the abscess. 

    Thumb surgery causes ruptured tendon, pain and poor movement

    Our client, Mrs P, suffered a ruptured tendon within her thumb after arthrodesis surgery, leading to further surgery, pain and restricted movement within the thumb.

    Brain surgery patient dies after overdose of blood thinner

    We acted for the bereaved partner of Mr K, who underwent brain surgery, to treat a meningioma tumour. Following the surgery he was inappropriately monitored resulting in an overdose of anti-coagulant (blood thinning) medication, intracranial haemorrhage, causing significant neurological damage and eventual death 2 ½ years later.

    Patient suffers cardiac arrest after appendectomy surgery

    Our client, Mr A, suffered from a cardiac arrest after his abdominal aorta artery was perforated during surgery to remove his appendix, leading to large internal bleeding. He required additional surgery to repair the damage, required a prolonged stay in hospital with a complicated recovery and suffered psychiatric harm.

    Failure to refer for carotid ultrasound scan causes stroke

    Our client, Mr H, suffered a stroke after the Stroke Prevention Unit at Darent Valley Hospital failed to refer him for carotid ultrasound scan.

    Failure to provide antibiotics prior to appendectomy surgery

    Our client, B, suffered severe infection following his appendectomy surgery after the hospital failed to prescribe prophylactic antibiotics prior to his surgery. He required additional surgery, PTSD and additional scarring as a result of the failure.

    Patient suffers sepsis following septoplasty surgery

    Our client, Mrs C suffered sepsis, hearing loss, PTSD and scarring after undergoing septoplasty surgery. The hospital had failed to take account of the fact that she was at a high risk of infection due to her immunosuppressant treatment for her pre-existing multiple sclerosis. 

    Obstetrician misses rectal tear causing recto-vaginal fistula

    Our client, Ms Q, suffered a rectal tear at the time of her forceps delivery, which was subsequently missed by the obstetrician and not repaired, leading her to develop a recto-vaginal fistula.  She required multiple surgeries including a colostomy and suffered with faecal incontinence and psychiatric harm.

    Dental patient suffers severe burn to mouth during extraction

    Our client, Ms W, sustained severe burns and facial scarring to the side of her mouth and lips whilst undergoing extraction of her wisdom teeth under anaesthetic.

    Toes misaligned during hammertoe and bunion surgery

    Our client, Mrs E, underwent surgery for hammertoe and bunion correction on her left foot and suffered severe misalignment of her big and 2nd toes due to misplacement of the screws and K-wires by the surgeon.

    Infant dies after lack of treatment for airway narrowing

    Our client, Miss J, suffered a cardiac arrest, brain damage and subsequently death after a hospital failed to investigate and treat her airway narrowing despite several signs and a previous life threatening event where Miss J had turned blue and choked on secretions.

    Inferior vena cava vein damaged during laparoscopy surgery

    Burns to gums and face during root canal treatment

    Our client, Mrs D, was injured when her dentist incorrectly applied chemicals to her tooth, causing the chemicals to pour onto and burn her gum-line and the inside of her face during root canal treatment.

    Wrong surgery performed as a result of administration error

    Our client, Mrs L was due to undergo an ulnar nerve release operation on her elbow. Due to an administration error, the surgeon incorrectly performed a tennis elbow release surgery instead. Mrs L then waited 6 months to undergo the correct surgery and had an additional 6-12 month recovery time.

    Negligent post operative care causes ankle damage

    Our client, Miss S received negligent post operative care following ankle surgery, which lead to various wound complications. As a result, Miss S had a further 3 surgical procedures which she otherwise would not have had and suffered with numerous symptoms while her ankle slowly recovered.

    Broken femur took over a year to unite after negligent surgery

    Mr E was 40 years old when he was involved in a road traffic accident.  Following the accident he was taken to the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, with multiple injuries including a closed fracture to the right femoral shaft.

    Failed hernia repair and removal of lax skin surgery

    Failed hernia repair and removal of lax skin surgery  

    Hospital catheter negligence causes permanent bladder problems

    Hospital catheter negligence causes permanent bladder problems

    Child’s lip scarred after being burned by dentist

    Our client, Mr C, suffered permanent injury to the corner of his mouth on the right hand side, caused by the negligent actions of a surgeon, who during a procedure to extract Mr C’s teeth, caused an overheated drill to come into contact with his mouth.

    Patient wrongfully treated for recurrence of bowel cancer

    Our client, Mr H, was told he would need to undergo chemotherapy, chemo-radiotherapy and surgery for what was assumed, by his consultants, to be a recurrence of his bowel cancer.  He suffered a bowel perforation as a result of the chemotherapy and was then told he did not in fact have a recurrence of the tumour.

    Negligent prostatectomy and Argus sling surgeries

    Our client, Mr K, suffered from incontinence, infections, severe pain and psychiatric harm after a number of failures by his urology consultant including the performance of a procedure which had been unauthorised and not licenced by the PCT.

    Young woman has facial scarring after wisdom tooth extraction

    Our client, Miss V, was shocked after she came round from her anaesthetic during a routine wisdom tooth extraction, to find the maxillofacial surgeon had burnt her lip causing a disfigurement at the corner of her mouth.

    Poor haemorrhoid surgery causes multiple problems

    Our client, Mr B, suffered with pain and faecal leakage, a feeling of incomplete evacuation and problems with frequency following a botched haemorrhoid anopexy surgery, where the surgeon stapled the surgery site incorrectly.

    Permanent stoma required following bowel surgery leaks

    Our client, Mr F, was compensated £140,000 after he suffered from a prolonged, undiagnosed abdominal abscess which developed after he had leaks into his abdomen following an ileal pouch surgery.

    Death following inadequate hernia repair surgery

    Our specialist clinical negligence lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £90,000 for the widow of a woman who died following a hernia repair operation undertaken with inappropriate equipment.

    Patient suffers severe anoxic brain injury due to bronchoscopy

    Specialist Clinical Negligence lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £400,000 plus annual payments for a claimant who suffered a severe anoxic brain injury after going into cardiac arrest whilst undergoing a bronchoscopy.

    Hypoxic brain damage after delayed caesarean section

    The team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured over £4 million for a child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury after being starved of oxygen during a delay in performing a caesarean section.

    Patient suffers acute heart failure following negligent management of post operative complications

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who obtained £15,000 compensation for a woman when her husband died from post operative complications following a right total hip replacement.

    Compensation recovered for failure to diagnose diseased retina

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a gentleman who suffered a complication after cataract surgery at Pembury Hospital.

    Compensation recovered for negligent treatment of ectopic pregnancy

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £112,500 for a client who suffered a psychological injury following an unsuccessful operation to remove an ectopic pregnancy (which can be fatal if not treated). So severe was the pain that our client believed she was indeed going to die.

    Hospital's failure to treat brain aneurysm causes barrister's death

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently settled the claim of a widow whose barrister husband died following his transfer from Kent to a London hospital with a suspected brain aneurysm.

    Swab left inside patient following episiotomy repair

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered compensation for a patient who had a surgical swab left inside her following an episiotomy.

  • Latest Updates

    Patient dies after surgery for mis-diagnosed recurrence of cancer

    Mr P, sadly died after a he was incorrectly diagnosed with a reoccurrence of his rectal cancer, treated with chemo and radiotherapy followed by a resection surgery, which caused him to go onto multi-organ failure.

    Should I settle my medical negligence compensation claim directly with NHS Resolution?

    Often when patients are unhappy with the treatment they have received from an NHS hospital they will make a formal complaint to the Trust. Formal complaints are a useful way of getting essential information about the treatment a patient has received and may sometimes result in that Trust apologising to the aggrieved patient.

    Unnecessary operations

    We have been instructed by a number of clients to investigate their concerns about surgical treatment carried out by  orthopedic  surgeon Mr Sahaib Mohammed Sait at the BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital, near Dartford in 2016.

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James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.

Client

Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was very helpful and friendly.

Client

I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

Client

I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.

Client

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