During surgery, we expect to receive the highest possible standard of medical care. Sadly not every operation goes smoothly and if your operation goes wrong, the consequences can be life-changing.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of surgical negligence or mistakes during a surgical procedure, you may be able to claim compensation.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation for surgical negligence.
They have helped many clients secure damages against those responsible, with injuries such as nerve injuries, brain and head injuries, spinal injury claims and hospital-acquired infections including MRSA or Sepsis.
What counts as surgical negligence?
Healthcare providers and surgeons have a legal duty of care to ensure their premises are safe and hygienic and that the treatment they provide is accurate and effective.
If the care you received from your surgeon was substandard, you may be able to claim compensation. This could be negligence such as if your healthcare providers:
- Performed the wrong operation or operated on the wrong body part
- Left foreign objects in the body
- Caused infection from poor hygiene
- Didn’t inform you about the risks of surgery or check your suitability for surgery
- Injected too much or too little anaesthetic
- Caused nerve damage or injury to your organs
- Used defective medical products or prescriptions such as contaminated blood transfusions
Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors will discuss the details of your case and determine whether your injury was caused by negligence.
Do surgical negligence claims help with access to medical treatment and rehabilitation?
Yes, if your claim is successful and liability is accepted for your injury or illness, your specialist solicitor can help you access any medical treatment and rehabilitation you need during the course of your claim. Novum Law has a strong track record securing early interim payments before final settlements are agreed to pay for care and support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or the date when you realised your injury may have been caused by someone else’s mistakes or negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of your baby, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18, they can bring a claim in their own right but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until they are 21 to do so.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist medical negligence team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you will receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Starting a surgery negligence compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.