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Surgical Negligence: Surgery Errors & Negligence Claims and Surgical Injury Claims

 

The specialist medical solicitors 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 Results of Surgical Negligence

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.

Lanyon Bowdler Clinical Negligence Team Win 'Team of the Year' in Personal Injury Awards 2018

Lanyon Bowdler won the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year title at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in Manchester, beating off competition from across the UK.

Kay Kelly, head of the team said: “This is absolutely wonderful news and is a fitting tribute to the expertise and dedication of our clinical negligence lawyers.

“Clinical negligence is a particularly sensitive area of law which makes a tremendous difference to people’s lives. A successful claim can be vital for the person’s recovery and future quality of life, so to be recognised as being the best team in the country for our work means a great deal.”

 

 

The team is both proud and delighted to have won this award. The winning video submission can be viewed below.

 

 

You can view the highlights from The Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018 here.

 

Funding Your Claim

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Contact Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

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

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm, so please get in touch if you or a loved one have been affected by a botched surgical procedure birth injury. Our team will be happy to talk you through the process of filing a compensation claim. There is no obligation you or any charges for our initial assessment. 

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for any form of Serious Injury Claim or Medical Negligence Claim, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on your team. Lanyon Bowdler's Medical Negligence team is widely acclaimed and recognised as one of the best clinical negligence departments in the country. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes and help to get your life back on track.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading UK full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in the UK.

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