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Thorneycroft News for January 2014

Surgical negligence

22nd January 2014

Compensation claims for surgical negligence

in the UK millions of surgical procedures are carried out each year in both the NHS and the private sector. In the vast majority of cases the surgery goes to plan, and the patient makes a full and satisfactory recovery.

There are however occasions where the procedure goes wrong as a result of negligence, and in cases like these a surgical negligence compensation claim may be justified.

Types of surgical negligence claim

There are a variety of problems that can occur as a result of mistakes during surgery or poor post-operative after-care. At Thorneycroft Solicitors our specialist team have recovered compensation for many reasons including:

  • Anaesthetic awareness
  • Internal damage to organs
  • Infected wounds
  • Keyhole surgery (to any part of the body)
  • Nerve damage
  • Objects left inside patients after surgery
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Consent issues
  • Surgical complications
  • Poor surgical technique

Expert surgical negligence solicitors

The area of surgical negligence claims is a highly complex one and it is vital that you choose the right solicitor. At Thorneycroft Solicitors our clinical negligence team have extensive experience dealing with such cases and work with the country’s leading medical care experts to ensure that we only offer the very best legal advice.

If you or a loved one has been affected by surgical negligence and find the thought of taking legal action daunting, call our team to discuss the viability of your claim. We will look after you every step of the way.

Optical surgery

22nd January 2014

Eye surgery compensation claims

Whether you have suffered a delay in diagnosis, misdiagnosis or have undergone a procedure that has directly resulted in the condition affecting the eye, you may need to consider an ophthalmology compensation claim.

Types of opthalmic negligence claims

Opthalmic negligence covers a range of areas including:

  • Cataracts
  • Retinal detachment
  • Laser eye treatment
  • Glaucoma
  • Opthalmic tumours

Opthalmic negligence legal advice

Pursuing an ophthalmic negligence claim is highly specialised field. Whether you have experienced delayed treatment resulting in late referral by your GP or local optician; or inadequate or negligent treatment at an eye hospital or private clinic, it is important to find the right solicitor.

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have a dedicated team who specialise in this field alone. There to advise you through each step of the process, from the initial advice, to possible treatment if required, we pride ourselves on our professional but caring approach.

Obstetric negligence

22nd January 2014

Pregnancy negligence claims

Whilst the majority of births take place without injury, obstetric care sometimes falls below acceptable standards which can have devastating effects on the mother and child. Whether you have suffered an injury during your pregnancy as a result of delayed or misdiagnosis, or a problem during birth that has resulted in injury to yourself or your child you may need to consider an obstetric negligence claim.

Types of obstetric negligence

Obstetric negligence can occur due to a number of reasons including:

  • Pregnancy negligence
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Incorrect monitoring
  • Maternal injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neonatal death

Obstetric claims are often some of the most expensive and complex claims that occur. It is vital that you find a solicitor who understands both the medical and legal issues involved in such cases. At Thorneycroft Solicitors our specialist team work with some of the top experts in this field to ensure that you receive both the correct initial treatment and care whilst also ensuring the long term requirements are carefully considered as part of the claim.

Obstetric negligence legal advice

Thorneycroft Solicitors not only have the right expertise and knowledge but we also offer a caring and sensitive service which recognises the individual needs of each medical negligence claim. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will proactively progress your compensation claim and will help you with any concerns you may have.

Gynaecology

22nd January 2014

Gynaecology compensation claims

Gynaecology claims concern the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system. Invasive surgery can not only be very painful, it can also be a very vulnerable experience. If you feel that your treatment was poor and that you may have experienced incorrect diagnosis or substandard surgical treatment then please find a selection of procedures we can discuss with you.

Types of gynaecological claims

  • Cancer; including vaginal, cervical, ovarian and CIN (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia)
  • Infections; including Chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Uterine disorders; including endometriosis and fibroids
  • Ovarian disorders, including polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Genital prolapsed
  • Failed sterilisation
  • Inappropriate technical performance of a surgical procedure eg incorrect insertion of a contraceptive coil, badly performed termination of pregnancy or hysterectomy or incorrectly sutured episiotomy.

Many woman receive gynaecological surgery through the course of their lifetime and most of the time these procedures are diagnosed and treated correctly. We do see instances where the treatment has not always been carried out correctly, either at diagnosis stage when misdiagnosis has led to cancer or after care where clinical negligence led to infection or more surgery.

The Gynaecological surgery claim process

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we understand how upsetting it can be when treatment of this nature goes wrong and how it takes courage to stand up and say ‘this isn’t right and I am not happy with my surgery’. Thorneycroft Solicitors have experience dealing with compensation cases of a sensitive nature and will deal with your concerns or questions with respect and understanding. You will have a dedicated specialist who will look after your case alone and talk you through the process and answer any questions or queries you may have.

Fracture treatment

22nd January 2014

Misdiagnosis of fractures

Bone fractures are extremely painful and are often easy to detect especially if they are an open fracture (punctures the skin) but on occasion there are some closed fractures which are either missed or misdiagnosed and as a result can cause extreme pain and worsening of the initial fracture.

If you fractured a part of your body and staff in the A&E dept failed to diagnose your condition then you may be able to claim for misdiagnosis of fracture. If you have had treatment for your fracture that was poor, including misalignment, and resulted in increase pain and further surgery then you may also be entitled to make a claim.

Types of fracture claim

Fracture claims can result from a number different circumstances including.

  • Fracture misdiagnosis
  • Missed Fractures
  • Failure to order, or misinterpretation of X- rays
  • Misalignment of fracture
  • Whether it’s a major break or a subtle fracture it is important that you are correctly diagnosed early on as delays to treatment can result in long-term disability and surgery.

Fracture negligence specialist solicitor

Making a fracture negligence claim is a complex area and it is important to find a solicitor who specialises in this area of clinical negligence.

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have a dedicated team that specialises in this field who can offer initial advice and support to assess the merits of each individual case.

Nursing care negligence

22nd January 2014

Care home claims & compensation 

Poor nursing care can arise in hospitals, nursing homes or in the community. When you are at your most vulnerable – whether very young, infirm or elderly, recovering from surgery or disease – you need to know that the nursing care offered is appropriate and of an acceptable standard. When something goes wrong the results can be shattering.

One group increasingly at risk is the “forgotten generation”. As our elderly population has grown, so has the requirement for nursing care to this vulnerable population and this area in particular has become under increased scrutiny.

Types of nursing care negligence claims

  • Substandard nursing care can arise in a number of areas including:
  • Poor hospital nursing care
  • Poor nursing home care
  • Poor community nursing care
  • Errors in medication

Poor care can lead to loss of dignity and even loss of life. With this particularly sensitive area of law you need specialist advice from lawyers who have the relevant expertise and are sensitive to the situation.

Nursing care specialist solicitors

Our expert team works with the county’s leading nursing care experts across a wide range of specialisms to ensure that we offer the very best legal advice. If you or someone you love has been the victim of poor nursing care, our team will give you initial advice on your case and look after you through every step of your claim.

GP negligence

22nd January 2014

GP negligence claims

GPs are generally the first point of contact for a person suffering an illness. Whilst they are not specialists in different areas, it is their role to identify problems, and refer patients to specialist doctors when necessary.

Whilst the general standard of GP care in the UK is high, sometimes this care can fall below an acceptable standard which can have sometimes serious consequences. In these cases a claim for GP negligence may be justified.

To speak to one of our specialist gp negligence team for a free initial interview call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 093 2030, or complete our simple enquiry form and we can call you back at a time to suit you.

Types of GP negligence claims

Many people have suffered illness or injury as a result of the treatment given to them by doctors or hospital staff who have not acted properly. Our expert team of solicitors understands the complexities of making a GP negligence claim and have successfully dealt with a number of cases resulting from:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Failure to refer
  • Prescribing incorrect medication
  • Important symptoms ignored
  • A delay in diagnosis or treatment
  • Failure of a medical product or device

It is a GP’s job to ensure you follow the right course when it comes to finding a cure for your health problems, whether it be by giving you the right diagnosis or referring you to a specialist. Failure to do so can result in your suffering.

Specialist GP negligence solicitors

GP negligence teamOur team specialises in GP negligence claims. We offer a free initial interview in order to review your specific circumstances and assess the viability of your doctor’s negligence claim.

To speak to one of our specialist GP negligence team call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 093 2030, or complete our simple enquiry form and we can call you back at a time to suit you.

 

 

Cosmetic surgery

22nd January 2014

Cosmetic surgery negligence

People undergo cosmetic surgery for many reasons. They may have suffered a traumatic illness such as breast cancer and hope that the procedure will help them return to normality. Some may seek treatment following an accident. Others may be doing so for purely cosmetic reasons.

Whatever the driving factor, when a procedure goes wrong both the psychological and the physical effects can be truly devastating.

Types of cosmetic surgery negligence claims

Cosmetic surgery negligence can occur as a result of a number of different procedures including:

  • Breast augmentation or reduction
  • Face lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Dermal fillers
  • Rhinoplasty – nose job
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Bariatric surgery-weight loss
  • Gastric bypass or banding

Every patient, whether private or NHS, considering cosmetic surgery should undergo a psychological assessment to ensure that they get the right outcome from the procedure. It is commonly accepted that those suffering from depression do not obtain good results.

Cosmetic surgery negligence legal advice

Most surgeries will be carried out by private clinics. When things go wrong the clinics tend to blame the surgeons as independent contractors. It is important to check in the small print whether the clinic is offering the procedure or if it is offering an introduction to a surgeon who is an independent contractor operating under his own insurance.

It is particularly important to seek specialist solicitors who are familiar with the potential pitfalls of private clinics and the contractual elements of the agreements for such surgery.

We have a dedicated team that will provide expert advice in this complex area. There to advise you through each step of the process, from the initial advice, to possible treatment if required, we pride ourselves on our professional but caring approach.

Pressure sore negligence

22nd January 2014

Bed sore claims & pressure sore compensation

Pressure sores, also known as bed sores or pressure ulcers, are a growing area of concern so much so, that the government has introduced national guidelines in an attempt to reduce the number of patients developing them.

Pressure sores are entirely preventable. If you or a loved one has developed one as a result of poor nursing care or failure to follow the guidelines then a claim may be justified.

Types of pressure sore compensation claims

Bedsores are graded 1-4 with grade 4 being the most severe where the sore penetrates through to the bone.

Not only are these excruciatingly painful, but they can also prove fatal. Many never heal which can cause serious consequences to a person’s quality of life. Complications such as sepsis, gangrene and renal failure may follow.

Pressure sore specialist solicitor

Making a pressure sore negligence claim is a complex area and it is important to find the right solicitor.

At Thorneycroft Solicitors we have a dedicated team that specialises in this field who can offer initial advice and support to assess the merits of each individual case.

Dental negligence

22nd January 2014

 

Dental negligence