Delayed surgery claims

When you’re told that you need surgery, you expect to have it done quickly. What you don’t want to have to deal with is delayed surgery and the problems associated with it.


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What is delayed surgery negligence?

Delayed surgery is when you need to have an operation but it doesn’t happen when it should. This could be due to a health concern or it could be down to negligence on the part of the hospital and doctors treating you.

This could be down to an initial misdiagnosis, ignored symptoms or even lost records. When this happens, a delayed surgery can become medical negligence.

Why should I make a claim?

If you’ve suffered from delayed surgery, a claim could help you claim the compensation you need to help you recover.

A delayed surgery could have caused a number of health problems, including:

  • More pain
  • Reduced life expectancy in serious conditions
  • New illness
  • Illness spreading

If your health has deteriorated as a result of your delayed surgery, you may need specialist care, including home and vehicle modifications. These expenses can add up to particularly high figures. Making a delayed surgery claim could help you cover these costs and get you back on your feet.

Is there a time limit for delayed surgery claims?

In most cases, the time limit for delayed surgery claims is three years. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

If you were not made aware of the negligence for a period after it happened, you will then have three years to make a claim after being made aware. This date is referred to as the date of knowledge.

For those who suffered delayed surgery negligence as children, they can make a claim at any point up to their 18th birthday. At this point, they will then have a further three years to make a claim.

Meanwhile, if you are claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, you will not face a time limit. This means you can make a claim at any point.

How much can I claim?

Every experience of delayed surgery negligence is different. That means that the compensation you will be awarded will depend on your specific situation.

Compensation will be decided based on the severity of your injuries and how they might affect your daily life. For example, the amputation of an arm at the shoulder could see compensation of £120,270, while the loss of sight in one eye could result in up to £48,080 in compensation.

For an idea of how much you might be entitled to, see our compensation calculator.

I think I have a delayed surgery claim – what should I do?

If you think you have a delayed surgery claim, you should contact First4Lawyers. Just give us a call, request a call back at the top of the screen or start your claim online.

Our friendly and compassionate advisors will help you work out the best next steps for you. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will then take over the management of your case, helping to ensure you have the strongest claim possible.


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