What is a Hysterectomy?
A Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure, performed to remove a woman’s womb. Around 60,000 hysterectomies are performed within the UK every year, and statistics show that 1 in 5 women will eventually have the operation. Women aged between 40 and 50 are most likely to have the surgery, as younger women often decide to delay the surgery where possible, as removing the womb would compromise their fertility.
Considered to be a major operation, there is a prolonged hysterectomy recovery time and often there can be hysterectomy side effects. The surgery will only be performed after all other less invasive treatment plans have been exhausted.
Even when performed by an experienced surgeon, the procedure still exposes patients to a range of risks; avoidable hysterectomy errors are considered to be medical malpractice, and often a medical negligence claim can be made.
How Does Hysterectomy Negligence Happen?
As part of their extensive training, surgeons are taught methods and techniques that aim to reduce risks. There are a range of methods for performing the procedure, and a surgeon may elect to perform a vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy or an abdominal hysterectomy; each technique will have a different hysterectomy recovery time associated with the surgery.
Unfortunately, not all surgeries proceed as planned; complications can occur and some of these are due to avoidable surgical errors. Anyone subject to such clinical negligence is advised to make a medical claim for compensation.
Hysterectomy Errors include, but are not limited to, the following complications
- During surgery a bladder or bowel may be mistakenly punctured or lacerated, or the ureter damaged. Mistakes such as this may require additional surgery, required to correct a medical mistake, which shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
- The patient may develop an infection as a result of negligent work practices, where hygiene protocols aren’t followed correctly.
- A patient may be given the incorrect medication, either of the wrong type or dosage. This can have severe implications, for example the patient may suffer undesirable side effects.
What are the Consequences of Hysterectomy Negligence?
Any of the above complications can severely prolong recovery time, or even cause new injury to the patient. These factors can lead to further time off work, loss of earnings and in some situations, increased child care costs. Before undertaking surgery the patient may have considered the impact recovery would have on their day to day life, but they couldn’t have accounted and planned for the effect of unforeseeable, avoidable complications. Hysterectomy compensation can help ease the financial pressure inflicted by surgical errors.
Our Hysterectomy Claims Experience
When making a claim for Hysterectomy compensation, we will assess the impact of your negligent treatment to gain a greater understanding of the consequences that you have suffered, and those that could have materialised. If we can determine that complications and further suffering could have been avoided had you been treated appropriately, we can build a case that medical practitioners and authorities will struggle to defend against.
It is important for people to come forward. By holding medical authorities to account for their malpractice, we can prevent such errors from reoccurring; in making a claim with a medical negligence solicitor, not only will you be compensated for your inconvenience, but you will also be helping others to avoid further injury in future. You need to be quick though, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice and support. We have specialist team of medical negligence solicitors in place, with a wealth of expertise and knowledge, that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Their years of legal service mean that it’s likely they will have overseen a case like yours in the past; this means that they can focus on the most critical evidential and medical matters from the outset when investigating your claim. This helps us to achieve the greatest possible success for your Hysterectomy Error claim.
You may be worried about the possible costs in claiming against the NHS; so we have specialist teams in place to help you secure all the assistance available to you. Whatever the situation, we are likely to find a way to help.