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Surgical Errors

We regularly help people make medical negligence claims, if they have suffered unexpected problems following medical or dental treatment, advice or surgical procedures.

Surgical Error Compensation Lawyers Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee   

If you have suffered illness or injury as a result of a surgical error, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against the parties responsible.  

Our lawyers here at Calio Claims have exceptional experience in handling claims related to surgical errors and can assist in even the most complex or novel cases. As a result of helping hundreds of clients make successful personal injury compensation claims, we understand all of the ways in which you may have been affected by a surgical error. Our lawyers know that it is not only the physical impact of your injury, but the psychological and financial matters that may affect you too. We can help you claim the compensation you need to recover and move on with your life. To discuss your specific circumstances with us, call us now on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.  

The majority of treatment provided in hospitals throughout Scotland is of a very good standard. Yet, mistakes can be made by medical professionals treating patients and they can lead to further complications or injury.  

It was reported earlier this year, that NHS Scotland has paid out more than £350m over the past ten years in relation to medical negligence claims with £200m of that being paid out over the past five years.  

Claims for negligent GP treatment 

GP’s are responsible for their own actions, and some examples of negligence include: 

  • failing to refer to a hospital or a specialist for further investigation into symptoms 
  • failing to act upon test results 
  • failing to diagnose illness or injury correctly 
  • prescribing the incorrect medication 

To claim compensation for GP negligence you have to be able to prove that whatever the doctor did (or didn’t do) fell below a reasonable standard of care expected of a competent doctor. It also must be proven that the failure to correctly diagnose an illness or injury either directly caused the illness or injuries described or have contributed to them. 

Injuries from treatment at hospital 

Hospitals are liable for actions of their employees and of anyone else they employ to look after patients like doctors, nurses and any other support staff. 

Mistakes that can happen during a hospital visit or stay include: 

  • discharging a patient too early resulting in unnecessary suffering 
  • failure to diagnose illness or injury correctly 
  • giving the incorrect medication 
  • substandard aftercare leading to, for example, pressure sores 
  • failure to read results correctly leading to the wrong medication or treatment being given 
  • not reviewing patient history properly 
  • unnecessary surgery

Mistakes during surgery 

Doctors and surgeons have a duty of care to their patients to ensure that they are aware of any risks involved in any recommended surgical treatment. Patients should always be told of alternative treatments available to them and be advised of the benefits and dangers, so they can make an informed decision about their treatment.  

If a surgeon fails to explain all the reasonable treatment options available (and the pros and cons) then they are liable for a negligence claim if something goes wrong. 

Some of the more common surgical errors include: 

  • leaving a swab in the patient 
  • giving a penicillin injection without finding out whether the patient was allergic 
  • not sterilising surgical instruments thoroughly 
  • failure to make a diagnosis or operate when urgency is required 
  • not advising a patient on surgical risks 
  • forgetting to remove surgical instruments

How can I make a claim for negligent medical treatment? 

There is a three-year time limit for making a claim for compensation and raising legal proceedings for medical or surgical negligence resulting in physical or psychiatric injury. It is therefore essential that if you have experienced negligence by a medical or any other healthcare professional you seek expert legal advice as soon as you can. 

If you have suffered as a result of hospital negligence following a visit or stay, you can contact our specialist solicitors for advice and support.  

Contact our surgical error compensation claims solicitors now  

If you have suffered an injury following surgical treatment that was below the standard expected, contact our specialist personal injury team today. We have offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, with our Dundee team covering Aberdeen and the North of Scotland. We will be happy to discuss your claim with you and will explain clearly and concisely how best to proceed. We will also be upfront about how likely your claim is to succeed, any costs involved and also whether we can offer to work on a no-win, no-fee basis.  

To speak to someone who can help you claim the compensation you deserve, call us now on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.  

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