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Failed Vasectomy Compensation Claims
A vasectomy is a relatively simple operation but unfortunately, errors can and do happen, which can lead to serious consequences. If you have suffered due to a failed vasectomy, the specialist solicitors at JMW can help you access the compensation you deserve for the suffering caused.
We have the expertise and knowledge to give you the best chance of securing the compensation you deserve.
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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 members of the team are part of the Law Society’s specialist panel of medical negligence solicitors and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel.
We are able to handle cases using a no win, no fee agreement where appropriate. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further, you have no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.
Reasons for Making a Claim for a Failed Vasectomy
While the vast majority of vasectomies go as planned, there are instances in which the procedure is not competently performed. This can result 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.
A vasectomy is a simple operation carried out under local anaesthetic as an outpatient. However, as with other types of surgery undertaken primarily for social reasons (for example, cosmetic surgery), it gives rise to numerous complaints and litigation. Doctors must counsel patients about the benefits and disadvantages of sterilisation before they are referred for surgery.
Frequently, complaints are made about doctors making the operation sound trivial, and if patients had known the procedure could go wrong, they would never have had the operation. Patients should be told that pain, swelling and bruising are all likely to occur postoperatively, and that there is a 1-2% risk of intractable pain that may continue for months afterwards.
Also, the scrotal sacs should be examined for abnormalities before surgery, and medical history should be taken with particular reference to anticoagulants and anti-convulsants.
What is a vasectomy?
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 as it prevents sperm from reaching the semen, meaning no sperm will be present during ejaculation so there woman’s egg will not be fertilised during sex.
What advice should be given following a vasectomy?
Patients must be informed that they will remain fertile for three or four months following a vasectomy, and 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 10 or 12 weeks following vasectomy. If either of the first two tests show any sperm, 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 the rejoining of the two cut ends of the vas (recannulisation). Recannulisation can also occasionally occur at a later stage.
Also, men involved in heavy manual work should be warned that secondary bleeding can occur and can result in serious consequences if they do not take time off work to recover.
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If you would like to make a claim for a failed vasectomy, we are here to provide the guidance you need to ensure you receive compensation. Either call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.