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Weight Loss Surgery Negligence Claims
If your weight loss surgery has gone wrong as a result of medical negligence, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation. At JMW, our specialist solicitors have years of experience successfully recovering compensation in such cases, and are ready to help you
Our expert clinical negligence team will provide compassionate and comprehensive legal advice and guidance throughout the claims process to make sure you get the outcome you deserve. We understand how important compensation can be in helping to get the lives of negligence victims back on track, and will help you build the strongest possible case
Speak to us about your weight loss surgery negligence claim today by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time of your choosing. We are able to take on some cases on a no win, no fee basis.
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How JMW Can Help
Our expert solicitors understand that making a weight loss surgery claim can seem like a daunting and complex prospect, which is why we are here to guide you through the process, providing compassionate and educated support at every stage
We are here to do all of the hard work to make the process is as stress-free as possible for you. We know that you have been through a lot, which is why we always take a professional and sympathetic approach to every case we take on
The medical negligence team at JMW is highly regarded throughout the UK, and includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence. As such, you can rest assured that you are receiving legal advice of the very highest standard.
Our solicitors have many decades of experience in claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of clients who have suffered because of medical negligence.
How to Make a Weight Loss Surgery Compensation Claim
If you think you may have been a victim of negligence by a medical professional before, during or after weight loss surgery, you could be entitled to compensation. However, it is vitally important to seek the help of an experienced law firm, such as JMW, to build a strong case that will drastically improve your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.
Our specialist solicitors are experts in weight loss compensation claims and will discuss the full details of your case with you, before consulting the relevant medical records and speaking to independent medical experts to find evidence that you were the victim of clinical negligence.
We will always aim to settle the claim at the earliest opportunity to help you move on with your life, and will work to obtain interim payments whenever possible to help pay for any immediate care you may require
What is weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery is a procedure carried out by medical experts to help people - usually, those who are morbidly obese and whose condition is seriously placing their health at risk - lose a significant amount of weight. The surgery is often seen as a last resort after other forms of treatment have proven unsuccessful, and is usually only carried out for clinical rather than cosmetic reasons.
Many patients find this type of surgery to be very effective, but the surgery carries various risks and there can be many complications involved, including:
- Blocked out
- Blood clots
- Dislocation of the gastric band
- Excess skin
- Leaks in the gut
- Wound infections
It is also not unknown for medical professionals to perform negligent or unwarranted surgery, the consequences of which can be serious or even fatal. If you have undergone weight loss surgery and believe clinical negligence caused a negative outcome, or if you were not informed of the potential complications of weight loss surgery beforehand, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation
What are the different types of weight loss surgery?
A number of types of weight loss surgery are offered to patients with different health needs, including:
- Gastric band surgery, which involves a constricting ring being placed around the stomach
- Sleeve gastrectomy, which involves the removal of most of the stomach, with only a sleeve-shaped cylinder of stomach remaining
- Gastric bypass, which involves the digestive system being rerouted past most of the stomach
- Gastric balloon, which involves a silicone balloon being inflated in the stomach
- Liposuction, which involves the removal of unwanted body fat deposits from specific areas
What are the benefits of weight loss surgery?
The clearest benefit of weight loss surgery is that it leads to a significant reduction in weight, which may not have been possible through non-surgical methods. It can also result in:
- Improvements in other areas of health, such as heart disease and diabetes
- The risk of heart attacks and strokes being reduced
- Better general wellbeing
- Improved confidence
What should patients consider before weight loss surgery?
You should only be considered for weight loss surgery if you have a body mass index of 40 or more. The recommended range is slightly lower - 35 to 40 - if you have a serious health condition that could be improved by surgery, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Weight loss surgery is usually provided by the NHS only when certain conditions are met, including:
- You have tried all other forms of non-surgical treatment, including improvements in diet and exercise, but this has not resulted in a beneficial level of weight loss being achieved for six months or more
- You are healthy enough to undergo the surgery
- You agree to certain long-term follow-up treatments after your surgery
The surgery is not normally recommended if you have a serious illness, such as liver disease or cancer, and undergoing the surgery would not improve it.