What Happens When Surgery Goes Wrong?
July 16, 2021
There are many ways in which surgery can go wrong. The surgery could fail, the mistake could lead to further surgery, or something even more serious happens such as amputation due to surgical mistakes. When surgery goes wrong, it can be difficult to know where to turn to. At The Medical Negligence Experts we may be able to help.
When Surgery Goes Wrong
When a person is having surgery, there is a certain amount of risk naturally involved. An example of a common risk during surgery is nerve damage. Before the surgery, the surgeon should always make you aware of the risks that the surgery involves. They should also ask you to sign a consent form to say you have been told and understand the risks that the surgery involves.
Some of the most common surgical procedures where mistakes happen include:
- Hip replacement
- Spinal surgery
- Knee surgery
- Fracture repairs
- Stomach and bowel surgery
However, there are some instances where surgery goes wrong, and unnecessary mistakes are made. An example of this is if the mistake that happens leads to an unnecessary amputation. In this case you may be able to make a claim, as the amputation could have been avoided if no mistakes were made. Another example is a partial hysterectomy to only remove their uterus (possibly fallopian tubes also). Yet instead, there was the removal of their ovaries, leaving them completely infertile.
Claiming for When Surgery Goes Wrong
If surgery goes wrong, then it can have a devastating effect. You may have to modify your home, your car, or your lifestyle may change. You may even require full-time care. When surgery goes wrong, it can almost certainly lengthen your recovery time, and may mean you have to take time off work, or give up working altogether. This is where making a claim could be helpful, as the compensation you receive can help to pay for adjustments that you may need to make to your home, car, or life.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else
Another factor that you may need to take into consideration is making a claim on behalf of someone else. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes during surgery can be fatal. If this is the case, then a loved one may be able to make a claim on their behalf.
If you have had surgery in the last three years and there was a mistake during the surgery which has altered your life or caused you serious injury, then you may be able to make a claim. In an event where the mistake happened to a child during surgery, then their parents may make a claim on their behalf. This is especially true if the mistake was avoidable.
How We Can Help
Here at The Medical Negligence Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with medical negligence claims. This includes surgery negligence claims Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.