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General surgery has advanced significantly over the years and is used to treat both routine and complex medical problems.

Such surgery can be performed as a scheduled operation or an emergency. The majority of operations are performed to a high standard and result in improved outcomes for patients. Unfortunately however mistakes do still occur which can result in serious injury and even death.

Medical negligence claims can arise from incidents that arise prior to or during surgery and also in the post-operative period of treatment. Such incidents and the injuries that result can cause devastating consequences for the patient and their family.

At Freemans we have extensive experience with all types of general surgery claims, no matter the circumstances in which they arise.

The main areas in which we see medical negligence claims arising as a result of general surgery are:

  1. Surgical errors during surgery resulting in damage to organs and nerves
  2. Surgery performed on the wrong part of the body
  3. Anaesthetic errors prior to surgery
  4. Surgical instruments and other foreign bodies being left inside a patient following surgery
  5. Unnecessary or incorrect surgery being performed
  6. Incorrect choice of surgical technique – laparoscopic (keyhole) or open surgery
  7. Delays in undergoing necessary surgery
  8. Poor post-operative treatment and failures to respond to the development of post-operative complications
  9. Infection developing as a result of surgery

General surgery encompasses the specialties of breast, vascular, upper gastrointestinal, colorectal (rectum, anus and colon) and hepatobiliary (liver, gall bladder and bile ducts) surgery and the most common types of general surgery subject to medical negligence claims involve surgery on the following organs:

  • Bowel
  • Abdomen
  • Bile Duct
  • Gut
  • Gall Bladder
  • Colon
  • Liver
  • Pancreas

Surgery is of course also performed on many other area of the body and mistakes can occur with these procedures as well. Other common types of surgery in addition to general surgery include:

  • Orthopaedic
  • Cosmetic
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Eye (ophthalmological)
  • Gynaecological
  • Heart and Cardiac
  • Neurosurgery
  • Urological
  • Vascular

We at Freemans have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of Clinical Negligence claims. We appreciate that if an injury is sustained due to surgery there are a number of consequences to contend with such as painful symptoms that require corrective surgery, development of unforeseen symptoms, disability and even in the worst circumstances, death.

Using our knowledge and expertise we will ensure that your claim is investigated fully in a sensitive manner. We will work tirelessly to ensure you are not only compensated for the pain and losses caused by your injuries but that you also receive support and any further treatment and rehabilitation you may need.

Please call one of our solicitors today on 0191 222 1030 for a free consultation in relation to your claim or complete our website enquiry form.



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