“I felt something wasn’t right – and tests showed I had a clip left inside me after my operation”
Theatre staff are also trained to make sure that all surgical instruments are accounted for during surgery. Patients are not usually sutured until all the equipment used in an operation has been accounted for – but sadly mistakes do happen.
Surgical instruments, swabs, clips and sutures used during surgery – and scissors, needles or pins left inside a patient after an operation can result in pain and serious infection. Sharp surgical instruments such as scalpels, scissors and needles may also go on to cause further injury to organs.
Often surgical instruments left inside patients are not detected unless the patient reports pain – or infection is diagnosed. The most commonly retained items of surgical equipment are sponges.
Sometimes patients endure years of discomfort unaware of what is causing it – until an X-ray or scan reveals that a surgical instrument from a previous operation was left inside after surgery.
Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise patients who suffer pain or further injury as a result of a surgical instrument or foreign body being left inside them after a surgical procedure on how to make a no win no fee Retained Surgical Equipment Claim, including claims relating to:
Patients wishing to make retained surgical equipment claims have three years from the date of injury or diagnosis of injury in which to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.
Children who suffered further injury as a result of retained surgical equipment can make a compensation claim up to the age of 21.
In the case of a patient who has suffered catastrophic or life changing injuries as a result of retained surgical equipment, Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise on making a Serious Injuries Claim.
Duncan Lewis also advises bereaved families on how to make no win no fee Fatal Injury Claims in cases in which a loved one has lost their life as a result of medical negligence relating to retained surgical equipment.
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading no win no fee law firms and can advise both NHS patient and private patients who have suffered injury as a result of retained surgical equipment on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for surgical equipment left inside the patient, Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors advise patients to get in touch to discuss making a claim as soon as a problem occurs.
Duncan Lewis can also advise the parents or guardian of a child injured as a result of having surgical equipment left inside them after an operation on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim before the child is 21 by acting as their Litigation Friend.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Retained Surgical Equipment Claims, call Duncan Lewis Clinical Negligence Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.