What are the common causes of negligence during knee replacement surgery?

Knee surgery involves bone and cartilage being removed from the patient’s knee and being substituted with organic or man-made components.

Although many operations are performed successfully, mistakes can occur. Common examples of negligence associated with knee replacement surgery include:

  • ·        Use of the incorrect component
  • Nerve injury – nerves above and below the knee are vulnerable to injury during surgery. The peroneal nerve is especially vulnerable and damage to this nerve can lead to continuous pain and mobility loss.  
  • Vein or artery damage – if not noticed, this can have extremely serious consequences
  • Infection 
How can Clinical Negligence solicitors at Tees help me when I have already been given legal advice?

In most cases, you will receive excellent advice from solicitors practicing Clinical Negligence. However, if you believe you have received inappropriate advice or are concerned about your ongoing claim and how it is currently being dealt with, we can assist. Our Clinical Negligence solicitors at Tees are professional, friendly and helpful with expertise in both Clinical Negligence and Professional Negligence claims.

 

We will review your case thoroughly and work closely with you to ensure that your claim is pursued appropriately or (if you have suffered loss) we may be able to bring a claim against your previous solicitor for negligence.

 

 

 

 

Why would a gallbladder removal operation need to be performed?

The most common reason for removal of the gallbladder is because the patient has painful gallstones which have been a persistent problem and cannot be treated via a different method.

It is possible that some patients may find that gallstones do not cause any symptoms. However, occasionally the presence of gallstones can stop the flow of bile which causes significant pain for the patient (in the upper abdomen region). The severity of the pain may mean that surgery is necessary. It is also possible that some patients may be at risk of jaundice.

What are the most common causes of negligence during a gallbladder operation?

The majority of gallbladder operations are performed successful. However, mistakes can be made by the surgeon. 

 

For example, a surgeon may make an error when trying to decipher the complicated anatomy surrounding the gall bladder. This can result in metal clips (used during the procedure) being placed on the incorrect ducts, which can lead to severe and permanent damage. 

 

A further operation called a Roux-en-Y may then be necessary. This procedure creates a new pathway for bile to flow from the liver to the small intestine.

 

Who can bring a medical negligence claim?

If you have been injured as a result of negligent medical treatment you can bring the claim yourself.

You can also bring a claim if you are the next of kin of someone; who has died due to negligent medical treatment, or who cannot take action themselves as they do not have capacity, this includes children.

Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of medical negligence claims are settled without the need of going to Court.  There are instances where claims do proceed to trial, but they are a very small minority and steps are taken where appropriate to avoid the need for going to Court.

Can you only pursue a claim against the NHS?

No, medical negligence claims can be brought against private doctors, surgeons, dentists and other health care providers, not just care or treatment received via the NHS.

How are claims valued?

You can claim compensation for any injuries or losses suffered which are a direct result of the negligent treatment. Compensation is calculated using damages that have been inccurred. This can include, but is not limited to:

·         Compensation for pain and suffering

·         Payment for ongoing treatment

·         Loss of earnings

·         The cost of extra care

·         The cost of any aids and equipment you may need

The amount that is to be awarded is of the courts discretion and comes solely down to how much a person has been injured due to the medical negligence and how their quality of life has been affected.

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