There are numerous types of medical negligence a patient can suffer at the hands of a
Doctor, GP or any other type of medical professional. This could be a misdiagnosis of a
condition whether this is a broken bone or a more life threatening condition such as Cancer
to undergoing surgery and suffering further issues, this is known as surgical negligence.
Other types of medical negligence range from failure to refer patients on for relevant
treatments to overdoses of medication. A lot of people are unsure if they have suffered
medical negligence so it is paramount that if you feel you have been the victim of medical
negligence that you do speak to Specialist Solicitors who will be able to offer impartial
advice on whether or not you have grounds to make a potential claim.
So what is medical negligence?
The definition of medical negligence is substandard care which has been provided by a
medical professional to a patient, which has resulted in patient suffering an injury or caused
an existing condition to worsen.
IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN VICTIM OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR
SPECIALIST SOLICITORS ON 0800 999 3372
What are the 5 most common surgery mistakes?
1 — Leaving a Foreign object inside a Patient.
Complicated procedures/operations require variety of tools including scalpels, clamps
sponges and pads. It is down to the surgeons and nurses to keep track of apparatus being
used but unfortunately mistakes are made and medical tools have been left inside the
patients during surgery.
This is one of the most common mistakes made during surgery and can cause further issues
such as infections and then requires further surgery to have removed.
2 — Performing the Wrong Procedure
When you enter the hospital for a specific procedure, you do expect that procedure to be
carried out in the best possible way. Unfortunately as cases have shown Doctors have
performed the wrong procedure, not only will you have to undergo the original procedure,
but you may also need additional care to repair any damage that occurred from the first
3 — Operating at the Wrong Site
Sometimes surgeons perform the right procedure on the wrong body part. This kind of
surgical error has led to some people having the incorrect limb removed as a result of this,
again not only will the procedure need to be performed on the correct site but this will no
doubt leave people with further long term issues.
4. Inflicting Nerve Damage/further internal damage
Surgical teams are often in direct contact with nerves and their surrounding tissue and the
slightest mistake can leave often lasting damage to the patient as a result of this mistake.
Another common aspect of surgical mistakes is further internal damage to other organs,
certain organs are compacted or in contact with other organs and procedures such as C-
sections in some cases has left patients with perforations to the bladder requiring corrective
surgery and in some cases permanent Stoma bags due to the negligence.
5. Administering Too Much Anaesthetic
Anaesthesia errors are often fatal. If the anaesthesiologist gives a patient too much of the
drug, it can deprive the brain of oxygen, resulting in brain damage and even death. In rare
circumstances, a patient might have a bad reaction to anaesthesia, but when an actual error
occurs, the patient's family has a right to pursue compensation.
IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED SIMILAR NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER FORM OF MEDICAL
NEGLIGENCE THEN GET IN TOUCH WITH ONE OF OUR SPECIALIST SOLICITORS FOR A FREE
NO OBLIGATION ASSESSMENT OF YOUR CLAIM.
How long it might take to make a claim?
If it is found that you have suffered medical negligence and you did wish to proceed with a
compensation claim then the time it takes for you to receive a pay-out will depend on the
nature of the negligence you have suffered and the injuries you are suffering from. By
speaking with a Solicitor they will not only be able to assist you with making a claim but they
will be able to give a rough guide as to how long it would take to receive a settlement if your
claim is successful. Although the process may seem long and daunting not to worry your
Solicitor will be by your side each step of the way offering advice and support
What are the Initial steps?
Your Medical Negligence Solicitor will help you understand how the claim process works.
Once you complete our Free Assessment a Solicitor will call you and discuss your case in the
strictest confidence. Our Solicitors are specialized and fully trained to ask you the right
questions and are there to listen. We understand this is a difficult time and can be very
stressful which is why our Solicitors will be by your side throughout the whole process