In an era where technology and medicine are the most advanced they have ever been, surgical procedures still require a high degree of precision, expertise, and strict adherence to medical protocols. Despite these advancements, deviations from the expected standard of care during surgery can lead to surgical negligence, with profound implications for a patient’s health and overall quality of life.
Any error in surgery, whether minor or significant, has the potential to be considered surgical negligence. Common examples of such mistakes include:
- Mis-Surgery: Operating on the incorrect body part or the wrong patient altogether.
- Unwarranted Damage: Causing unnecessary harm during the surgical procedure.
- Neglectful Care: Displaying a lack of attentiveness or due care during an operation.
- Blood Loss Mismanagement: Failing to control blood loss efficiently.
- Foreign Object Retention: Leaving instruments or materials inside the patient’s body after surgery.
- Nerve Damage: Causing nerve damage due to surgical mistakes.
- Organ Perforation: Accidentally perforating organs not related to the surgical site.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to surgical negligence, it’s crucial to understand the steps involved in making a claim:
- Act Promptly: Time is of the essence. Seeking legal guidance without delay ensures compliance with strict deadlines and strengthens your case.
- Document Everything: Keep detailed records of your experience – the treatments, the personnel involved, and the timeline of events.
- Secure Medical Records: These documents are crucial; they serve as evidence and support your claim.
- Official Complaints: While optional, filing a complaint with the hospital can be beneficial to your case.
- Financial Impact: Compile an account of all related expenses, including medical bills and lost income.
At Anthony Joyce & Co Solicitors, we offer unparalleled legal expertise to those affected by surgical negligence. We understand the complexities of these situations and are dedicated to guiding you through the process of making a claim.
Acting promptly is vital; the sooner you contact us, the quicker we can begin to investigate and advise on the most effective course of action for your case.