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Failed Vasectomy Compensation Claims
A vasectomy is a relatively simple operation, but unfortunately errors can and do happen, and this can lead to serious consequences. If you have suffered following a failed vasectomy, contact the specialist solicitors at JMW and we can help you access the compensation you deserve for the suffering caused.
To start your failed vasectomy claim with us today, simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We have the expertise and knowledge to give you the best chance of securing the compensation you deserve.
While the vast majority of vasectomies go as planned, there are instances in which the procedure is not competently performed, resulting in a range of complications including failure of the procedure or sexual dysfunction. If you have suffered complications like these, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation on account of medical negligence.
Vasectomy is a simple operation carried out under local anaesthetic as an outpatient but, as with other types of surgery undertaken primarily for social reasons (eg cosmetic surgery), it gives rise to numerous complaints and litigation. In the past it was necessary for a partner/spouse to give consent for sterilisation (male or female), but this concept is now considered to be out of date. However, the patient's doctor should counsel him about the benefits and disadvantages of sterilisation before referring him for surgery.
Complainants frequently claim that the doctor made the operation sound trivial and that if they had known that things could go wrong they would never have had the operation. They should be told that pain, swelling and bruising are all likely to occur post-operatively and that there is a 1 to 2% risk of intractable pain that may continue for months. Those men involved in heavy manual work should be warned that secondary bleeding can occur with serious consequences if they do not take several days off work. The scrotal sacs should be examined for abnormalities before surgery takes place and also a medical history taken with particular reference to anti-coagulants and anti-convulsants.
Patients must be informed that they will remain fertile for three or four months following a vasectomy and that they must continue to practice contraception until analysis of the seminal fluid shows that sperm are no longer present. Two samples of seminal fluid should be produced no earlier than ten or 12 weeks following vasectomy. If either of the first two tests show any sperm, then the test must be repeated until two consecutive analyses show no sperm dead or alive. If a few motile (swimming) sperm persist, it is wise to recommend re-vasectomy, as this may be due to early recannulisation (a rejoining of the 2 cut ends of the vas). Recannulisation can also occasionally occur at a later stage.
A vasectomy is a minor operation that involves the cutting, blocking or sealing of the tubes that transport sperm from the testicles to the penis. This is used as a means of preventing pregnancy because it prevents sperm from reaching the semen, and therefore means there will be no sperm in the semen when ejaculating and, consequently, there can be no fertilisation of the woman's egg during sex.
There are fewer vasectomies performed nowadays compared with ten years ago and requests for reversal of vasectomy (known as vaso-vasostomy) are increasing. The longer the time interval between the vasectomy and the reversal, the less chance of success. Pregnancy rates of between 35% and 80% can be expected if the interval is five years or less, but rates drop to between 9% and 35% after ten years.
JMW Solicitors has one of the most experienced and respected clinical negligence teams in the UK. We have dealt with many vasectomy claims and have the expertise needed to ensure you have every chance of success.
Our team is headed by leading clinical negligence lawyer Eddie Jones and a number of our team are members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence. Several are also members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel.
We are able to deal with cases using a no win, no fee agreement where appropriate. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.