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Surgery is something that many people will have to undergo at some point in their life. People rightly expect that when they have surgery they will cure their medical ailment and make a full recovery. However, this is not always the case and when things go wrong there may be grounds for injured parties to make surgical error negligence claims.

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors have experience in dealing with a wide range of different surgical disciplines. Below are some of the more common types of surgical error negligence claims include:

A failure to remove a medical tools or product. When surgeons undertake surgery they use lots of different pieces of equipment. Occasionally a patient can be closed (stitched up) with medical equipment left inside them. These types of clinical negligence claims happen because of human error and lack of appropriate checks taking place at the end of the surgery. A failure to remove medical tools is classified as a ‘never event’ by Hospitals which means it should never happen.

Anesthesia error claims. Sometimes this is referred to as ‘anaesthetic awareness compensation claims’. This is where the doctors have not calculated correctly what dose of drugs to give a patient causing them to wake up during surgery. Successful anaesthetic negligence compensation claims will be for the pain, suffering and shock that a patient might experience.

Orthopaedic negligence claims. Orthopedic doctors deal with bones. Common claims involve failed joint replacements(such as hip and knee), incorrect use of metal on metal replacement joints and failures to properly repair broken bones.

Gynaecological negligence claims. Gynecologist deal with the female reproductive system. Common types of gynaecological negligence compensation claims can include, failed endometrial ablation, hysterectomy, bladder injuries, bowel injuries, damage to the fallopian tubes and ovaries, uterine perforation and pelvic floor injuries.

Gastroenterology negligence claim. An endoscopy is where a camera is passed down a patients through to have a look at their upper gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes, the endoscopy can cause perforation which should be treated to prevent internal bleeding. Similarly, a colonoscopy is performed to look at the lower gastrointestinal tract (the bowel).

Eye Injury claims (Ophthalmic treatment negligence claims). The most common complaint surrounding eye injury compensation claims involves incorrect treatment for cataracts and glaucoma. Eye injury claims can often have significant effects on the patient as vision can be compromised.

Internal medicine negligence claims. Internal medicine refers to doctors of different specialists that treat illnesses to internal organs. For example a, herpetologist will look after the liver. Gastroenterologists may look after the pancreas and colorectal surgeons will look after the bowel. It is important that when internal organs are not functioning properly that they are repaired. Pancreatitis for example if left untreated can cause a patient to suffer a cardiac arrest.

Microbiology negligence claims. Unfortunately, a very common side effect of surgery is the development of an infection. Whilst the ward doctors will be the doctors that actively treat the infection they often do so on advice of Microbiologists. It is important that a microbiologists advised on the correct antibiotics to prescribe. If a post-surgical infection is not managed properly it can cause sepsis (blood positioning) which can be fatal.

The above is not an exhaustive list of the types of claims that our medical negligence lawyer are able to help with. If you think you might has a surgical negligence claim please contact our Medical Negligence Team on 020 3405 2860 or e-mail or complete our short form.

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including Legal Aid and ‘No Win No Fee’.