What is Surgical Negligence?
Most surgeons are specialised professionals in a particular area of medicine and surgical mistakes do not happen very often. However, when mistakes are made it can leave you with unnecessary physical and emotional pain. At P.A. Duffy and Company our legal team offer a range of services and will provide for your needs in helping you to make a claim for compensation.
The issue of informed consent is always prevalent in claims of this nature. A surgeon must have obtained a patients informed consent in advance of any surgery. The only exception to this is in emergency situations where urgent surgical intervention is required. There is an abundance of case law which goes in to detail on what exactly a surgeon must explain to a patient and how valid consent can be obtained.
In cases where a surgeon is found to have been negligent an independent medical expert will often set out the steps that should have been taken by the surgeon. These can include the need to seek a second opinion, performing an alternative surgery and the possible outcome for the patient if surgery was not performed at all.
Types of Surgical Errors
Every surgery has a small element of risk which a surgeon is obligated to explain to you before getting your informed consent. However, surgical errors can fall outside the scope of consent and are potentially negligent.
Such errors can include:
- incorrect dose of anaesthesia.
- infections arising from contaminated surgical tools.
- Laparoscopic (Keyhole surgery) claims.
- Invasive spinal surgery.
- Damage to organs.
- Damages to nerves and arteries.
- Urological mistakes.
- Damaging the Bile Duct during Gall Bladder removal.
- Failure to provide adequate post operative care.
How We Can Help
A wide range of surgical errors can constitute medical negligence, our expert solicitors will break down the legal aspects of your case and advise you on the potential for a successful compensation claim.
We have acted in various high value medical negligence claims in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland where surgical errors have been made resulting in very serious injuries to our clients.
All initial enquiries are free and we will always discuss the funding options which are available to our clients, including; Legal Aid, litigation insurance, legal expenses cover and private paying.