Between 2000 and 2010, 186 medical negligence claims were pursued against medical professionals who had left surgical items in the bodies of their patients following operations. This appalling statistic is particularly concerning when you consider that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) states that such mistakes should never occur. Indeed, given the protocols that exist to prevent such errors there can be no excuses for medical professionals who exhibit such negligence. If you have suffered due to a surgical item retained in the body, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
How can be surgical items be left in a patients?
When performing surgery, doctors and the various nurses who could also be supporting them are of course under an enormous amount of pressure. Many tools may be used during an operation from scalpels and scissors to clamps and sponges, and it can be difficult to note exactly what has been used in such high pressure situations.
However, preventing surgical items being retained should still be straightforward for fully trained medical professionals. The most simple measure in place to prevent such mistakes is the requirement for medical to staff to count surgical items before starting the procedure and to count all items back in at the end. If something is thought to be missing, the patient must not be ‘sewn-up’ until it has been found.
Claiming Surgical Compensation
Patients who have had a surgical item left in their body will in all likelihood become infected, therefore suffering terrible pain, vomiting and fever. Moe serious conditions could also arise as parts of the body become septic or organs are damaged by the size and shape of the object. Not only will patients be at tremendous risk but they will have to go through the often traumatic experience of a corrective surgical procedure.
Once patients are fit and able they should ask a specialist medical negligence solicitor about making a compensation claim. The medical professional’s failure to follow procedure and protect your safety means that you should be entitled to damages and it is only fair that you receive a full and fair award. The injuries you sustain as a result of such an error mean that you may lose income due to time off work, struggle to care for your dependents and experience extreme discomfort. It is only right that you are compensated for this.
Considering a Surgical Error Compensation Claim?
If you’ve been the victim of an error in a surgical procedure, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
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