Medical Negligence

General Surgery Negligence Compensation

The specialist legal professionals here at Lanyon Bowdler are highly experienced at dealing with claims involving medical negligence arising out of general surgery.

If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury during surgery, please get in touch with the team for some specialist advice, who will screen your claim free of charge and be able to help you through every step of the journey towards getting compensation.

WHAT IS GENERAL SURGERY?

It is a very wide range, as General Surgeons are responsible for all aspects of surgery, often related to emergency conditions. Typical areas include:

  • Cosmetic
  • Cardiac
  • Gynaecology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Vascular
  • Neurosurgery
  • Keyhole, Laparoscopic surgery
  • Ophthalmic
  • Circumcision 

Keyhole surgery can be a particularly vulnerable area, due to the camera initially being inserted by the surgeon “blind”, which can endanger vital organs.

Keyhole surgery was a pioneering procedure introduced over 10 years ago and was lauded as the future of medicine. However, the Royal College of Surgeons has since admitted that the technique was actually introduced too soon without full regulations, so has subsequently issued guidelines for its use.

COMMON INJURIES RESULTING FROM NEGLIGENT GENERAL SURGERY

Claims for compensation that the specialist lawyers at Lanyon Bowdler have dealt with have related to a wide range of injuries, including:

  • Poor results from surgery
  • Damage to internal organs or nerves during surgery
  • Unnecessary surgical procedure
  • Failures to administer anaesthetic appropriately
  • Retention of instruments within the body
  • Failure to gain necessary informed consent
  • Anaesthetic awareness (patient awareness under general anaesthesia)

You may be surprised that some surgeons fail to obtain consent, as required by the law, as well as being a central aspect of most professional codes of ethics. Patients must, as a matter of course, be given a full explanation of the risks and what is involved in the surgery itself, along with information about alternative procedures which may be available.

When the patient gives consent, their decision must be voluntary and not subject to any coercion. Failure to obtain consent is taken extremely seriously, and if a patient is harmed without giving consent, they have grounds to make a claim for medical negligence.

CONTACT LANYON BOWDLER SOLICITORS

Please get in touch with one of our specialist clinical negligence lawyers if you consider that you may have a general surgery or anaesthetic awareness claim.

Give us a call on 0800 464 0086 or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.