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NHS or Private Health 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.

Funding Your Claim

Please download our short guide about funding your claim.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

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

Give us a call 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.

Testimonials

Dealing with one person when possible. Clear, simple advice.

- Mrs S A Flynn, London

Listened well, advised well.

- Gower House Ltd, Newport

Excellent service in a clear and concise manner.

- Derwen College, Oswestry

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

Very good team across many disciplines.

- Woodland Heritage Ltd, Surrey

Quotes

Very personable solicitor who spoke in plain English and was approachable.

- Mr J Hughes, Church Stretton

The use of clear modern language and presentation with legal jargon kept to a minimum where possible.

- Mr P King & Mrs D King, Prestigne

He was always calm, efficient, prompt and helpful.

- Rev M Thomas & Prof K Thomas, Oxfordshire

When the lawyer handling my case was not available, his assistant handled the situation very well and kept us informed through to completion.

- Mr P Joyner & Mrs J Joyner, Bromyard

As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

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