Surgery negligence claims

Surgery negligence claims

For finding answers and getting justice

When you have surgery, you put your faith in the medical team to carry out the operation properly. On the operating table, mistakes can still occur, even in the hands of seasoned surgeons, and the results can be significant.

Experiencing surgery negligence can be overwhelming, frustrating and distressing. The path to justice may seem obscured by complex legal processes and industry jargon, but we're dedicated to bringing clarity and hope. With a reputation built on trust, empathy and unwavering commitment, we’re here to support you in making a surgical negligence claim.

Right from our initial consultation, we aim to understand your unique situation and lend an empathetic ear to your concerns. Our team of expert solicitors don’t just see a case in you; we see a person deserving justice and compensation for the harm they’ve experienced. We will handle your surgery compensation claim with utmost diligence and care.

To speak to one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors about your situation in confidence, call us on 0800 1380 458 , or contact us through the website .

How Switalskis can help you

At Switalskis, we understand that a surgery negligence claim isn’t merely about securing financial compensation - it's a quest for justice, an affirmation of your rights, and a means to reclaim your life. When you choose us to handle your surgical error compensation claim, you can trust us to handle it with expertise, empathy and excellence.

Navigating the legal landscape of surgery negligence cases can be intricate and complex. That's where our expertise comes into play. Our solicitors have honed their skills through years of experience in successfully handling medical negligence claims. Many are accredited by the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) , demonstrating their recognised expertise in this field.

We use this collective knowledge and experience to ensure that your case is built on a strong foundation, increasing the chances of a favourable outcome. Regardless of the complexity of your case, we have the legal expertise to guide you through.

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What is a surgery negligence claim?

A surgery negligence claim is a legal action taken by a patient who has suffered harm or injury due to the negligent actions or inactions of healthcare providers during surgical procedures. It falls under the broader umbrella of medical negligence and is designed to obtain compensation for the harm suffered.

You might experience surgery negligence in a number of different ways. It could be a case of a surgical error made during the procedure itself, such as incorrect incisions, organ perforation, or leaving surgical instruments within the patient's body. Alternatively, it might involve negligence before the operation, like inadequate patient evaluation or failure to gain informed consent. Post-operative negligence, including poor aftercare, missed infection signs, or inadequate follow-up, also falls within this area.

A successful surgical error claim is reliant on two key legal principles:

  1. Breach of duty: you must demonstrate that the healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care reasonably expected from a competent professional in similar circumstances. This breach could range from outright surgical errors to instances where the risks weren’t fully explained to you.
  2. Causation: it's not enough to establish negligence; you must also prove a direct link between the negligence and your harm or injury. In other words, you must be able to show that your suffering was a direct consequence of the breach of duty.

At Switalskis, we combine our legal expertise with deep empathy to guide and support you throughout this process, aiming to secure the surgery negligence compensation you rightly deserve.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

What types of surgery can I make a negligence claim for?

Surgical negligence claims can cover all different types of surgery. Whether you've undergone a routine procedure or a high-risk operation, you may be entitled to make a surgery negligence claim if things didn't go as expected due to healthcare provider negligence. Here are a few examples:

  • Cosmetic surgery: this can range from minor procedures like Botox or dermal fillers to major surgeries such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or liposuction. Surgical negligence in cosmetic surgery can lead to severe complications, including disfigurement and long-term health problems.
  • Orthopaedic surgery: this covers surgeries related to the musculoskeletal system. Negligence can occur in operations involving the spine, knee replacement surgery, hip replacements, or other bone and joint procedures. Consequences can range from chronic pain to impaired mobility or even paralysis.
  • Cardiothoracic surgery: any negligence during heart and lung surgeries can have serious, often life-threatening repercussions.
  • Neurosurgery: given the delicate and intricate nature of surgeries involving the brain or spine, any surgical negligence can result in catastrophic outcomes, including brain damage and paralysis.
  • General surgery: negligence claims can also be made for common procedures like appendectomies, gallbladder removals or hernia repairs if they lead to unexpected harm due to negligence.
  • Bariatric surgery: negligence in weight-loss surgeries such as gastric bypass, gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy can result in severe complications and may warrant a surgery negligence claim.
  • Obstetric and gynaecological surgery: this includes negligence during procedures like caesarean sections, hysterectomies or any fertility treatments.

At Switalskis, we possess the necessary expertise across all these fields to guide you in making a successful surgery negligence claim. Regardless of the complexity or the specialty of your surgery, we’re equipped to advocate fiercely for your rights and strive to secure the compensation you deserve.

How do I know if I have a valid surgery negligence claim?

It can be hard to know whether you’ve got a strong case, but Switalskis is here to explain it all. Here are the key factors to consider when determining the validity of your claim:

  • Duty of care: all medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. This refers to the responsibility they have to ensure the wellbeing of their patients. In a surgical context, your surgeon, anaesthetist and the supporting medical team all owe you a duty of care.
  • Breach of duty: did your medical team breach their duty of care? A breach can happen if the care you received fell below the standard expected of a reasonably competent healthcare professional in that specific field.
  • Causation: the next factor to consider is whether the breach of duty directly caused harm or injury to you. This is often the most complex part of a surgery negligence claim and where our expertise becomes vital. We work with medical experts who can provide evidence to establish the link between the negligence and the harm you've suffered.
  • Damage or harm: finally, it’s necessary to prove that the breach of duty has led to actual harm or loss. This can be physical, such as pain, injury, disability or having to undergo further surgeries. It can also be psychological, including conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety. Financial losses, such as loss of earnings or the cost of care and treatment, can also form part of your claim.

We understand that every case is unique. Our team of experienced surgery negligence solicitors is here to listen empathetically to your experiences, carefully analyse your situation, and provide you with a clear, informed opinion on whether your claim is valid.

Taking the first step may feel daunting, but with Switalskis you’ll never be alone on this journey. Contact us today and together we can start working towards the justice you deserve.

Making a surgery negligence claim

The process of making a surgery negligence claim may initially seem overwhelming, especially when you’re dealing with the repercussions of negligent care. We’re here to ease that burden and guide you along each step of your journey towards compensation. Here’s what to expect when making a surgery negligence claim with us:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Reach out to Switalskis for a free, no obligation initial consultation. During this meeting, we’ll listen to your story, understand your concerns and explain whether we think you have a strong case. If we decide to proceed, we can then discuss the next steps and the available funding options.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We’ll gather all the relevant information we need to build your case. This will include applying for all of your medical records, including your GP records. We’ll ask you for photographs, receipts and any other documents that may support your claim. We will take a detailed witness statement to tell your version of events. We may arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical expert to provide an unbiased view of your injuries and future prognosis. The aim will be to prove that the negligence was responsible for your injury and consider the potential value of the claim.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we have supportive evidence, we’ll send a letter of claim to the doctor and/or hospital involved. This will outline details of the claim and state allegations regarding the negligent treatment.

Step 4: Defendant response

The defendant will then have four months to investigate the allegations made against them and respond to the letter of claim in a letter of response. This letter will include whether the defendant accepts they are at fault, which is called an admission of liability. If they do not accept fault, they will state this in the letter and this is called a denial of liability. We will advise you of the next steps at this stage.

Step 5: Settlement and compensation

If the defendant or medical practice has admitted fault, negotiations can start. Our surgery negligence solicitors will negotiate on your behalf, using our expertise and experience to secure the highest possible compensation amount for you. At this stage, we will discuss how much compensation you may receive. This will be calculated to cover the pain and suffering caused by the surgery negligence, as well as any financial losses or expenses you’ve experienced as a result.

Step 6: Court proceedings (where necessary)

Most claims will be settled through negotiation, without needing to go to court. In the rare instances where the case does go to trial, you can trust us to represent you throughout the process.

Making a surgery negligence claim with Switalskis means you are never alone in your fight for justice. Our team is with you every step of the way, offering expertise, empathy and relentless dedication. Reach out to us today to get started on your claim.

Is there a time limit on making a surgery negligence claim?

The time limit, or limitation period, for making a surgery negligence claim is important to be aware of. Usually, you must make your claim within three years from the date of the negligent surgery, or from the date you first realised that your injury or illness may have been caused by negligence. This is known as the 'date of knowledge'.

However, it's important to note that there are exceptions to this rule. For instance:

  • Children: if the surgery negligence occurred when you were under 18, the three-year time limit only starts to run from your 18th birthday, meaning you have until you're 21 to make a claim.
  • Mental capacity: if the person affected by the negligence lacks the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, there may be no time limit for making a claim. This rule can often apply in cases where a person has suffered severe brain damage as a result of surgical negligence.
  • Fatal cases: if a loved one has tragically died as a result of surgery negligence, you usually have three years from the date of their death to make a claim.

Regardless of your situation, we recommend getting in touch with our team of expert surgery negligence solicitors as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin investigating your claim and gathering essential evidence, the better positioned we’ll be to help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Can I make a no win, no fee surgery negligence claim?

Potential costs are among the biggest concerns our clients have about claiming compensation. At Switalskis, we’re committed to making the process as accessible as possible by offering various funding options to meet your needs:

  • No win, no fee agreement: also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA), this is the most common way to fund a surgery negligence claim. Under a no win, no fee agreement, you won’t need to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. Our costs are written off. If you win your case, a percentage of your compensation will be used to cover our fees. This option allows you to pursue your claim without any financial risk, and we’ll discuss all of the potential costs with you upfront to avoid any surprises.
  • Legal expenses insurance: we will begin an insurance policy to cover you for the out-of-pocket costs we experience during the investigation. We have our own insurance provider that we use. However, you may have legal expenses cover as part of your home or car insurance policy, which can also be used to fund your claim. We’ll assist you in understanding your policy and liasing with your insurer.
  • Legal aid: in very rare cases, Legal Aid may be available for clinical negligence claims, although it’s usually reserved for specific situations. Our team can guide you on whether you might be eligible.

Remember, your first consultation with our clinical negligence solicitors is free and without obligation. We’ll discuss the funding options available to you and help you choose the best one for your situation.

How long do surgery negligence claims take?

Surgery negligence claims, like any other type of legal proceeding, can vary significantly in length. It's difficult to give a definitive timeline as every case is unique, and comes with its own set of circumstances that can influence how long the process may take. However, to offer a broad idea, a surgery negligence claim can take anywhere between several months to a few years to resolve.

The duration of your claim depends on several factors, including the complexity of your case, the willingness of the other party to settle, and the amount of evidence needed to prove negligence. If the case is complex, involving intricate medical details, it could require more time to gather all necessary evidence, including medical records and expert testimonies.

Cases where liability is disputed may also take longer, and could potentially progress to a court hearing - this is rare. Alternatively, if the opposing party is quick to admit fault and agree to a fair settlement, the claim process could be significantly shorter.

Rest assured, our team of experienced surgery negligence solicitors will work diligently and efficiently to progress your claim as swiftly as possible, keeping you updated at every stage. We understand the emotional toll these proceedings can take, and we aim to provide not just legal support, but also emotional reassurance during this challenging time.

Always remember - the ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, and sometimes, this requires patience and thoroughness. Even if the process takes time, we're committed to ensuring that you receive the full compensation you deserve for the negligence you've suffered. In most instances, we can request interim payments to help cover the costs of any expenses while your case is being progressed.

How much compensation can I expect from a surgery negligence claim?

The question of compensation in a surgery negligence claim is an important one, but it's also difficult to provide an exact amount due to each case being unique. With varying circumstances, injuries and impacts on the claimant’s life, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact figure without a detailed examination of your case.

However, the main aim of the compensation in surgery negligence cases is to put you, as far as possible, back into the position you would’ve been in if the negligence hadn’t happened. This means the compensation awarded will typically cover:

  • General damages: this is for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you’ve endured as a result of the negligence. Previous cases are usually used by the courts to decide how much compensation will be awarded for different types of injuries, from minor to severe.
  • Special damages: this is intended to cover financial losses you've incurred due to the negligence. This could include loss of earnings, the cost of care and assistance, medical expenses and travel costs.
  • Future losses: if the surgery negligence has led to long-term or permanent injuries that will affect your ability to work or require ongoing care, the compensation will take this into account as well.

Our experienced surgery negligence solicitors will make sure that all aspects of your loss are accounted for. We work with medical experts to assess the full impact of your injury on your life, not just now but also in the future, to ensure that you receive a compensation amount that’s reflective of the severity of harm and loss you've suffered.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

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Suzanne MunroeDirector and Solicitor
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Sarah WalkerDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

At Switalskis, your fight becomes our fight. We strive to ensure that your voice is heard, and your rights are defended. As we navigate the legal proceedings of your claim, we continually strive for excellence in securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Clarity in complexity

Surgery negligence compensation claims might seem complex, but with us, they don't have to be. We’re committed to simplifying the complicated. We’ll address all your queries, make the process simple, and ensure you're fully informed throughout the process.

Empathy at every step

When dealing with something as personal and emotionally taxing as a surgery negligence case, you need more than just legal representation; you need a team that genuinely cares. We don’t treat you as just another client; we see you as an individual, with unique experiences and needs.

Expertise you can trust

When handling a matter as significant as a medical negligence case, it's crucial to have trusted experts by your side. At Switalskis, we bring together decades of expertise and a proven record in surgery negligence claims. We’re dedicated to advocating for your rights and achieving the most favourable outcome for you.

Many of our solicitors hold accreditations from the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) , recognising their expertise in the field.

Championing your rights

Our team is committed to safeguarding your rights and ensuring your voice is amplified. We’ll guide you through every aspect of the claims process, ensuring you're well-informed and confident in making the right decisions. With Switalskis, it's more than just a claim; it's a quest for justice and your rightful compensation.

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Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you feel that you’ve been a victim of surgery negligence, it's crucial to take that first step towards justice. Switalskis is here to guide you through the process, providing expert advice, emotional support and strong representation.

Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or getting in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.

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