Medical Negligence and Surgical Errors in Northern Ireland

22 June 2014

Worthingtons Solicitors provide legal advice on Medical Negligence claims, surgical error claims and birth injury claims in Northern Ireland

When one considers the vast number of surgical procedures carried out in Northern Ireland every year it is perhaps not surprising that errors can and do arise and as such there are not always grounds for a claim in negligence to be pursued, particularly if the error is deemed to be a ‘recognised complication of surgery’.

In some cases however, these errors can or could have been avoided and where the surgery is found to have fallen below an acceptable standard, a medical negligence claim may be capable of pursuit for those injuries that have arisen as a consequence.

Examples of errors which occur prior to and during surgery include the following...

·Infection sustained during surgery, such as MRSA

·Items left behind during surgery, such as a piece of equipment

·Surgery on an incorrect body part/organ/vessel

·Surgery on the wrong patient due to errors in notes and records

·Failure to adequately review notes and records and in particular pre-operative scans and images.

In addition to the above, errors can occur where medical students/junior doctors are permitted to operate without the appropriate level of training, experience or supervision.

If you have sustained injury, loss or damage as a result of a surgical error, you may have grounds to pursue a medical negligence claim provided it can be shown that the error could have been avoided and ultimately resulted in injury, pain, discomfort over and above that which you would have experienced as a result of the surgery itself.

Worthingtons Solicitors have represented injured parties in a wide range of cases involving surgical errors which have resolved successfully. We will advise on the availability of legal aid and legal expenses insurance.

If you or anyone you know has suffered from medical negligence and or an error during surgery please contact Claire McDaid in or Belfast office or Nikki McConnell in our Newtownards office for a Free initial consultation.

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