What Is A Hernia?
A hernia refers to a weakness within the muscles, and the surrounding tissues of the abdomen wall, which allows the contents of the abdomen to protrude, causing discomfort to the sufferer. Most cases are of inguinal hernias (in the groin area) and hiatal hernias (or ‘hiatus hernias’, in the upper stomach), but women may suffer an umbilical hernia and, in rare cases, babies may be born with a diaphragmatic hernia.
Whilst in some cases protruding organs may be moved back into place by hand, more frequently surgical intervention is required. Without surgery, hernias may become strangulated, the organs losing blood flow which can, in the worst case, prove fatal. They may also cause an obstruction in the bowel, considered to be a medical emergency.
How Are Hernias Treated?
Hernia operations repair hernias by stitching together the weakened tissue. In some procedures, mesh may also be used to reinforce the area. Hernia repair can be performed as either open surgery or laparoscopically, with respective risks and benefits.
Despite the routine nature and frequency of such surgeries, the operation still exposes patients to numerous risks. Avoidable complications or surgical errors are considered to be medical negligence, and may be grounds to make a claim for compensation.
What Constitutes Medical Negligence In Hernia Surgery?
There are complications associated with negligence in surgical hernia repairs. The surrounding organs may be mistakenly damaged, or the patient may develop an infection due to negligent work practices.
Other risks accountable to medical negligence include:
- Failure to diagnose the first symptoms of a hernia. A delay in diagnosis may cause the hernia symptoms to worsen, exacerbating pre-existing muscle weakness.
- Errors during surgery may result in nerve damage, causing further issues
- Re-occurrence of the hernia if repair surgery isn’t effectively applied.
What are the Consequences?
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 other opportunity costs, and in some situations, increased child care costs.
Before undertaking surgery, the patient may consider the impact recovery would have on their day to day life, but they cannot account and plan for the effects of unforeseeable, avoidable complications. Hysterectomy compensation may ease the financial pressure inflicted by surgical errors.
Our Negligent Hernia Surgery Experience
Our medical negligence solicitors understand better than anyone how injuries caused by malpractice do not solely cause long-term health problems. They also mean time off work, leading to the further distress of income loss. This may result in depression and other psychological symptoms. Our solicitors have overseen hundreds of hernia surgery claims. Their experience means they can focus upon the pertinent clinical matters from the outset, collating the evidence needed to substantiate your medical claim.
At Asons, we take the time to thoroughly research and understand your situation so that we can secure the compensation which will support you – both now and in future. 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. We take all factors into account when preparing your hernia surgery claim because this ensures the best possible outcome for you and your family.
It is natural to be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you.
We help acquire all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to collate all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved, substantiating your claim.