Surgical Negligence Claims

When you undergo surgery, you place your trust in medical staff to perform the procedure correctly. However, even in experienced hands, mistakes can happen on the operating table, and the consequences can be grave. Making a claim, however, can help to make up for the suffering caused. The JMW team has helped countless people with their surgery negligence claims and can guide you throughout your case.

If you or a family member have suffered a surgical error caused by a doctor or surgeon's medical negligence, our team of experienced solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation. Call us on 0800 054 6512, or submit an online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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About Surgical Negligence

Every surgical procedure has an element of risk, but you are still entitled to expect medical professionals to perform surgery to the best of their ability to avoid complications. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and errors do occur that result in claims being made. Examples of injuries on the operating table caused through negligence include:

Surgical negligence can leave you concerned about long-term care, worrying about financial issues or, in the worst-case scenario, grieving a lost loved one.

Compensation can be claimed for time off work, medical costs and the effect that the pain and suffering has caused to you and your family.

Why Surgical Errors Happen

A high proportion of medical errors are associated with surgery. There seems no reason to suppose that surgeons make more mistakes than other healthcare professionals, and the explanation is probably that surgical errors are much easier to recognise than other medical mistakes.

Advances in technology mean that surgical procedures are changing all the time and sometimes when surgeons are on the 'learning curve' of a new technique risk to the patient is increased.

Surgical errors occur for all kinds of reasons from a basic lack of knowledge to the failure of a piece of machinery in expert hands, but the most common reasons are:

  • Delay in operating
  • Inadequate pre-operative assessment
  • Unnecessary operations
  • Delay in diagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis resulting in delayed operation

Cosmetic Surgery

As demand for cosmetic surgery grows, so do the numbers of adverse incidents. Legislation has been introduced to try and rectify the problems of lack of regulation and under-qualified doctors undertaking this lucrative type of work, but this remains an issue.

Many people undergoing cosmetic surgery underestimate the risks involved and are bitterly disappointed if results are not perfect. Common post-operative complications of cosmetic surgery include -

  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Scarring
  • Skin loss

Why Choose JMW?

Our clinical negligence team is highly experienced in helping people who have suffered due to a wide range of surgical errors. We are knowledgeable and understanding and can provide the expert guidance you need to ensure that the seemingly complex task of making a compensation claim becomes as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

The team is considered by many as among the very best across England and Wales. It includes a number of solicitors who are members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor's panel, as well as the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.

Case Studies
  • Part of Appendix Left Behind After Surgery Leads to Further Appendicitis - £6,750

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  • Wrong Operation for Bunion - £25,000

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  • Swab Left in Abdomen - £7,500

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  • Hysterectomy Results in Incontinence - £150,000

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  • Man Permanently Scarred Due to Negligence During Surgery - £6,000

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  • Burst Wound Following Operation - £7,500

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  • Necrotising Fasciitis Following Sterilisation - £40,000

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  • Poor After-Care Resulted in Amputation of Finger - £27,000

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  • Bilateral Oesphageal Tears Sustained During Procedure - £60,000

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  • Chemical Burn During Surgery - £8,500

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  • Bowel Perforation Following Laparoscopy - £80,000

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  • Perforated Bowel - £250,000

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  • Negligent Knee Operation £185,000

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  • Negligent Post-Operative Care Leads to Neurological Problems - £400,000

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  • Negligent Knee Replacement - £370,452

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  • Brain Damage Caused by Anaesthetic Accident - £60,000

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  • Ureter Damage After Surgery - £25,000

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  • Damage to Ureter at Hysterectomy - £38,000

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Talk to Us

To make an enquiry without any initial cost or obligation, call us free on 0800 054 6512, or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible. Getting in touch with us is the first step to getting the legal guidance and compensation you need.


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