Surgery Negligence Claims

Most surgeries go ahead without any problems. But if you’ve been injured due to a surgeon’s negligence, we could help you make a claim.


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What is a surgical negligence claim?

Surgical negligence refers to preventable errors or negligent actions before, during or after surgery. It applies to both the NHS and private practice and includes:

  • Damage to nerves or tissue
  • Delays in carrying out surgery
  • Improper sterilisation of surgical instruments
  • Incorrectly administered anaesthetic
  • Lack of aftercare resulting in infection
  • Objects or instruments left inside a patient during surgery

These are just a few examples of how surgical negligence can occur. So if you have suffered another form of negligence in surgery, you may still be able to make a claim.

Our friendly claims team can let you know if you have a strong case as part of a free no obligation consultation. They’ll listen to the details of your situation and let you know how we can help.

Why make a surgery error claim?

Most surgeries carry an element of risk, and this should be discussed with you prior to your operation. But if errors are made that result in infection, injury or further complications, you could be entitled to compensation.

It can be devastating when a surgery that was meant to help you has the opposite effect, and we know that making a claim won’t reverse what happened. But it could help you to deal with the aftermath.

For instance, if you’ve had to take time off work to recover, compensation could help to take away some of the financial stress caused by your loss in earnings. It could also help you pay for any corrective surgery that you’re forced to undergo as a result of the negligence you endured.

Taking legal action will draw attention to the problems that led to your injury or illness, too, which could help to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We work with solicitors who are experienced in handling surgical negligence claims. They will gather evidence to support your case and negotiate with the other side to get the best possible outcome for you.

If your surgery was performed by the NHS, our solicitors could also help you make a formal complaint about the treatment you received. This will prompt an NHS investigation into your case, and you’ll be updated with what is being done to address the problems highlighted.

For these types of claims, we work on a No Win No Fee basis. So there will be nothing to pay upfront and no legal fees to cover if your case is unsuccessful.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Surgery negligence claims FAQs

How long do I have to make a surgical negligence claim?

You’ll usually have three years to make a surgical negligence claim. This could be three years from when your surgery took place, or from when you first became aware of your injuries – known as the date of knowledge.

While three years sounds like a long time, we would always suggest speaking to a legal expert as soon as you’re able to. This could help your solicitor to access relevant evidence to support your claim – such as medical notes and witness accounts.

For more information on the time limits surrounding these claims, see our free resource guide.

How much compensation could I get for a surgical error?

This is a difficult question to answer without speaking to you about your case. But if your claim is successful, your compensation will most likely be split into what’s known as general and special damages.

  • General damages*
    This part of your compensation will account for the pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of negligence – which could include the psychological impact of the operation having gone wrong.
  • Special damages
    These damages are intended to cover any financial losses related to your case. This could range from lost earnings to the cost of transport to and from hospital appointments. Try to keep hold of any parking tickets or taxi receipts, as these could be used when negotiating compensation.

* For a rough idea of how much your surgery negligence claim could be worth in general damages, try our free compensation calculator.

I’ve suffered surgical negligence – what should I do?

Your health comes first, so we would always suggest seeing a medical professional before doing anything else. The full extent of your injuries might not be obvious straight away, so it’s important that you’re checked over by a specialist.

After this, you might consider making a surgical negligence claim. We can speak to you about your case and answer any questions you might have about the claims process.

If we think you have a case for compensation, we’ll ask if you’d like to be put in touch with one of our dedicated solicitors. This will be completely up to you, and we’ll never pressure you into making a decision.

To find out more about how we could help you, give us a call on the number at the top of the screen or request a callback. You can also reach us by filling in our quick and easy online claims form.

We’re here to take some of the stress out of what can be an extremely difficult time.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

Whether you want to make an accident and injury claim, or need a solicitor for personal or business law matters - our friendly team are here to help, 24/7.

Free initial consultation

Our fully trained legal advisors are happy to offer initial guidance and advice for free

No Win No Fee*

No Win No Fee solicitors - you don't pay a penny up front when making a claim

No pressure

We offer advice with no obligation.  We never cold-call or apply pressure to our customers


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