No woman decides to undergo a hysterectomy without considerable thought. It is often only after years of pain that they forgo their fertility by having their uterus surgically removed. While the risks associated with a hysterectomy have reduced in the last decade, it is still considered major surgery requiring a general anaesthetic, hospital stay, and extended recovery time. When these risks are not adequately managed due to medical negligence, then it can lead to further pain and illness for the patient.
What is Hysterectomy Negligence
Medical negligence is a legal term for a healthcare professional breaching their duty of care towards a patient. It can happen in a private or an NHS hospital, but the key points are that it is avoidable and that it causes damage to a patient. As a claimant, you need to prove that the person who provided your care – such as your GP, surgeon, or nurse – failed in their responsibility and that this led to your injury.
There are three types of hysterectomy: vaginal, abdominal, and laparoscopic. Examples of hysterectomy negligence can include:
- Misdiagnosis or mistreatment of post-surgical infection
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Anaesthetic errors
- Surgical puncturing of the bladder or bowel
Not all errors are considered negligent. For example, there is a known risk of bladder perforation with the procedure, especially if there is extensive scar tissue or damage from prior operations. Where it becomes negligent is when the surgeon fails to notice the perforation, or fails to repair it correctly so that it causes illness and complications for the patient. Likewise, contracting an infection after surgery is a known risk, and may extend recuperation time. However, if the infection is not identified and treated quickly, it may be considered that the post-operative care a patient receives is substandard and therefore negligent.
How Can We Help?
Lawyers at The Medical Negligence Experts have the skill and experience to determine whether your claim has a high likelihood of being successful. With medical negligence compensation claims, the onus is on the claimant to prove that the medical professional in question breached their duty of care and that this caused avoidable harm. Being able to prove this is where having solicitors experienced in handling hysterectomy negligence claims on your side is so beneficial, because even where cause and effect are clear, negligence claims can still take many months to complete.
Solicitors at The Medical Negligence Experts will begin your application with a detailed discussion to find out about the particular circumstances around your injury. We will look at your medical records and, where appropriate, seek the opinion of an independent medical professional to substantiate your claim.
With the supporting evidence in place, we will contact the other party with the request that they acknowledge responsibility and make fair compensation. There is usually some negotiation at this point. However, the vast majority of medical negligence claims (more than 90% of those made against the NHS) conclude without going to court, and we will aim for this outcome for you, too.
There is a time limit of three years from when you received your injury to when you can lodge a compensation claim with the courts, so contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and ask how we can help obtain the compensation you deserve.
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Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
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