Surgical procedures can involve elective surgery – when the patient is notified or chooses the date of their operation – as well as emergency procedures as a result of an adverse medical event (such as a heart attack), or an accident in which injury such as a fracture occurs.
In elective surgery, X-rays, scans and other tests such as biopsies are taken – and when in hospital, patients are subjected to a thorough pre-operative evaluation.
In emergency surgery, the same amount of care should be taken to assess and evaluate the patient’s condition.
However, when medical staff fail to follow protocols or fail to communicate effectively with each other – referred to by the NHS as “human factors” – then mistakes and errors can happen.
In cases of unnecessary surgery, an error may originate at the diagnostic stage of treatment – for example, if a patient is incorrectly diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery, which they do not have. Mistakes in diagnosing different types of cancer – such as breast cancer, prostate cancer or liver, lung or kidney cancer – may mean a patient has an organ removed or undergoes a surgical procedure unnecessarily.
In some cases where patients undergo unnecessary surgery, life changing disabilities may occur – or even death. If a healthy kidney is removed rather than the diseased kidney, a patient can be left with a very poor prognosis and require kidney transplant surgery.
In cases of trauma surgery, if the wrong limb is amputated, a patient is left severely disabled and utterly devastated.
Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise patients who have undergone unnecessary surgery – or surgery involving a procedure on the wrong part of the body – on how to make a no win no fee claim for compensation, including claims relating to:
Patients who have suffered unnecessary surgery as a result of medical negligence can make a no win no fee claim for up to three years from the date of surgery or diagnosis of injury.
Children who suffer injury as a result of unnecessary surgery can make a compensation claim up to the age of 21.
In cases where a patient has suffered catastrophic or life changing injuries as a result of unnecessary surgery, Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise on how to make a no win no fee Serious Injuries Claim.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has died as a result of unnecessary surgery on how to make a no win no fee Fatal Injuries Claim.
Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can also advise patients from overseas who have been treated in UK hospitals on how to make a no win no fee claim for unnecessary surgical procedures.
Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors are a leading no win no fee law firm and can advise NHS patients and private patients who have suffered injury as a result of undergoing surgery which turned out to be unnecessary on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Because of the limitation period for making unnecessary surgery medical negligence claims, Duncan Lewis solicitors advise patients to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss making a claim.
In cases where a patient has suffered serious or catastrophic injury as a result of unnecessary surgery negligence, the Duncan Lewis clinical negligence team can put patients in touch with agencies who can advise on rehabilitation, adaptations to the home and disability benefits.
Duncan Lewis can also advise the parents or guardian of a child who has suffered injury as a result of unnecessary surgery 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 Unnecessary Surgery Claims, call Duncan Lewis Clinical Negligence Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.