Legal Advice After a Surgery
We are blessed in the UK with an outstanding National Health Service. If you’ve ever had surgery, you’ll know that thousands of people get life-saving operations across the country every day. Unlike other nations, it’s all free at the point of use and one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
That doesn’t mean things can’t go wrong, of course. While the majority of surgical procedures go ahead without any complications, there are always risks involved.
You may have an operation for any number of reasons. It could be the simple removal of a mole or a cataract operation or something more complicated such as having a heart valve replaced or surgery to take out a tumour.
We put our trust in the surgeon to carry out these procedures with due diligence and care. If the surgery is performed negligently, however, it can have a huge impact on the individual’s health and wellbeing. It’s not just the initial surgery where problems can occur either – after care is an important part of recovery and if it’s substandard it can undo the potential good of the operation.
Examples of negligence can include:
- A surgeon carrying out the wrong procedure or removing the wrong organ.
- Puncturing vessels or organs during surgery that has an effect on the outcome.
- Causing problems such as nerve damage in a routine surgical procedure because of negligence.
- There’s also the old medical cliché of leaving sutures and surgical instruments inside patients. It actually does happen.
Surgery is carried out in a wide range of different circumstances every day. It’s not just in hospital emergency rooms. You might have a cosmetic procedure such as injecting Botox, carried out at a private clinic, for example. Your local dentist will often carry out minor operations such as removing a tooth. These are all medical procedures that can go wrong
The surgeon carrying it out might not be fully qualified or simply inept. They may be pushed for time, tired because they have been working too many hours. The surgery might have been carried out perfectly but the post-operative care wasn’t up to the appropriate standards.
Do I Have a Claim?
If you believe you have suffered from a negligent medical procedure, the chances are you’ll be trying to recover rather than thinking about making a claim for compensation. The effects of this kind of negligence, however, can be long lasting and life-changing.
Getting the right legal advice as soon as you can is important when you are considering making a claim for negligence. At Forster Dean, we have experienced and fully qualified solicitors on hand who can talk you through the entire process and listen to your story. Our initial consultation is free and you’ll be able to find out if you have a case to move forward and claim compensation.
We offer a no win no fee service for medical negligence claims such as those that arise during or after surgery. That means you won’t have to pay until the claim has been settled in your favour.
We have offices all around the North West, including Widnes, St Helens, Crewe and Runcorn. Contact us today if you’d like to discuss a potential claim.