Undergoing surgery can be a stressful experience. While most operations performed in the UK have a successful outcome, occasionally mistakes can and do happen.
If you have been a victim of surgical error, our team of experts can provide you with advice and support to guide you through making an operation claim.
Why should I trust Thompsons with my operation claim?
Thompsons’ medical negligence solicitors have a wealth of experience in running and winning surgical error claims involving failed sterilisation, complications of hysterectomy procedures, anaesthetic awareness, and breast surgery errors.
Our team is currently representing more than 500 patients who have undergone unnecessary breast surgery at the hands of Ian Paterson.
For more information on how Thompsons can help you claim compensation for surgical errors, read below.
Frequently asked questions about making an operation claim
1. What is an operation claim?
An operation claim is a type of medical negligence claim. A patient can make an operation claim if an error occurred during or after surgery that has left them with an injury or health concern. Surgical errors can happen when a surgeon lacks the skills to carry out the surgery successfully or if the surgeon is negligent. Surgery is a highly-skilled medical practice and there is always some element of risk involved. However, the patient still has a right to operation compensation if a mistake has been made.
2. What should I do if I have been a victim of surgical error?
If you have been a victim of surgical error, you should seek medical advice to rectify the problem, then contact Thompsons Solicitors. Our specialist team will investigate whether you are the victim of surgical error and help you to make a surgery claim. Our lawyers will also instruct medical experts for medical evidence to prove that the operation was negligent.
3. What types of surgical errors can I claim for operation compensation?
Claims for surgery errors can be made when a surgeon has:
- Performed inappropriate surgery on the patient
- Carried out an operation on the wrong body part
- Failed to provide an appropriate level of care to the patient
- Caused an infection as a result of poor hygiene
- Caused further injury to the patient or made an existing condition worse
- Left surgical equipment inside the body of the patient.
4. How much compensation can I claim for a surgical error?
The amount of compensation you can receive from a surgical error claim depends on the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your lifestyle. When calculating your operation compensation, our expert lawyers will consider the general damages, the physical pain and suffering caused as a result of the surgical error, any care needed to help you around the house, loss of earnings incurred since surgery, plus any travel and medical expenses that arise from the surgical error, such as physiotherapy or private treatment.
5. What are time limits for making an operation claim?
There is a three-year time limit to make an operation claim. This means you have three years from the date of the surgery or from the point where you discovered that the negligent surgery was responsible for your injuries. There are exceptions to the rule, but you should seek legal advice as soon as possible if you wish to make a claim.
6. How can I make an operation claim?
If you have been injured as a result of a surgical error, contact Thompsons Solicitors to begin an operation claim. Making a claim for operation compensation can be complex, but our specialist team can guide you through the process and will offer support and advice along the way.
Before an operation claim can be made, a formal complaint will need to be made to the relevant hospital or healthcare provider where you had your surgery. Our expert lawyers can advise you on how to do this, free of charge and with no obligation.
Call us on 0800 0 224 224 for free legal advice. Alternatively, start your operation claim by completing our no-obligation online claim form. One of our specialist lawyers will get back to you to discuss your case.