Neurosurgery Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors
You might have heard the terms ‘neurosurgery’ and ‘brain surgery’ used interchangeably. However, neurosurgeons don’t just operate on the brain – instead, their area of focus is on the nervous system.
As such, neurosurgery can refer to any surgery involving the nervous system – typically surgeries conducted on the brain or spinal cord.
Whilst all cases of medical negligence must be taken seriously, these areas (the brain and spinal cord) are vital for our overall health and are extremely intricate– so when mistakes are made, this can have huge ramifications for a patient.
What is neurosurgery negligence?
If a medical professional has made a mistake before, during or after neurosurgery, causing avoidable harm to a patient, then this could be considered negligent.
In this instance, the patient or family member should seek expert legal advice from an experienced solicitor to discover whether they could have a claim.
If you, or someone close to you, have suffered avoidable harm due to mistakes made by medical professionals, then this could be a case of neurosurgery negligence.
Getting in touch with a specialist medical negligence solicitor is paramount to understanding what your next steps are.
How can we help?
Those suffering through the aftermath of neurosurgery negligence know just how frightening it can be. But you are not alone.
At SDS Solicitors, we fight for the best possible compensation for all our clients.
We know that nothing can ever erase the suffering that neurosurgery negligence has caused for you or for your loved one, but our trusted Neurosurgery Negligence Solicitors can help you determine whether you could claim compensation and demystify the process of making a claim.
If you would like to learn more about whether you have a valid claim, what you could be entitled to, what the process will involve and how we can help you through it all, call the number at the top of this page or fill out our contact form.
A member of our expert medical negligence team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Who might be affected by neurological disorders?
Neurological disorders can affect anybody.
While some, such as a slipped disk in the spine, can be caused by environmental factors (such as overexercising, operating heavy machinery, being inactive, or ageing) others are hereditary (such as Parkinson’s).
For most disorders impacting the nervous system, their cause is unknown.
Those that suffer with a neurological disorder may be referred to a neurologist, or even a neurosurgeon if surgery is required to treat their condition.
All patients are always entitled to the highest possible quality of care from the healthcare experts who oversee and carry out their treatment.
Those suffering with neurological disorders may find that a mistake made prior to, during or after a surgery dramatically reduces the quality of their life.
What conditions are treated by neurosurgery?
Neurologists receive specialist training that allows them to treat many disorders, but the brain is an incredibly complex organ, so neurologists will typically specialise in just a few.
Some of the most common neurological disorders that a neurologist may specialise in include:
- Sleep disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- A stroke
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Inflammatory conditions in the nervous system
- Brain tumours
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (such as trauma or herniation).
If doctors decide that a patient’s condition is best treated via surgery, then a neurosurgeon will oversee their treatment plan.
The responsibility of both neurologists and neurosurgeons is to give all of their patient’s the highest quality of care, and above all else, dignity. Patient’s must, at every stage of their treatment plan, be fully aware of what the risks are of their treatment.
Do I have a neurosurgery negligence claim?
Sometimes during neurosurgery or treatment, neurologists or neurosurgeons can make mistakes. For the healthcare professional responsible, this may be just a small slip, but for the patient, their life may never be the same again.
The good news is that for these patients, a claim could be possible to help compensate for the extraordinary challenges that neurosurgery negligence causes.
Of course, no amount of financial compensation could ever make up for the damage that has been caused. However, those successful in claiming for compensation can feel relief in knowing that they have one less thing to worry about on their journey.
To determine whether you could make a claim, those affected should seek legal advice from an expert solicitor with experience in handling similar cases.
How does neurosurgery negligence occur?
Many neurosurgery negligence claims involve the failure to diagnose the condition. This means doctors either fail to administer the correct treatment or administer the wrong kind of treatment. Some examples of how neurosurgery negligence can occur include:
- Failure to test adequately leading to a misdiagnosis
- Failure to adequately manage medication
- Failure to diagnose a brain tumour
- Failure to diagnose and treat spinal conditions
- Failure to identify and treat drug toxicity
- Failure to manage multiple sclerosis
Below are some more detailed examples of the most common ways by which neurosurgery negligence might arise.
My doctor prescribed me the wrong medication / dosage to treat my epilepsy. What are my options?
For those suffering with epilepsy, medicine (also known as anti-epileptic drugs or AED’s) can help decrease the frequency or severity of seizures and, in some cases, may even prevent seizures entirely.
When successful, AED’s can transform a patient’s life for the better.
However, when a doctor makes a mistake and prescribes a patient with the wrong dosage or the wrong medication, the patient could end up getting more seizures, experiencing cluster seizures, or going through status epilepticus (a seizure lasting longer than 5 minutes).
No one deserves to go through such extreme conditions, especially not when they were completely avoidable.
To find out if you could have a claim, get in touch with us by calling the number at the top of this page.
My doctor misdiagnosed my spinal condition. Is it medical negligence?
Most neurosurgery negligence claims are made because of negligence during spinal surgery. More specifically – the misdiagnosis of a spinal condition.
What makes this particular form of negligence so dangerous is that spinal conditions can worsen over time.
The spine is extremely important in supporting the rest of our body. When conditions affecting the spine are left untreated, they can cause debilitating pain for the patient; resulting in incontinence, paralysis or another disability to develop.
If this sounds familiar, then you may have a claim. To find out for sure, get in touch with us.
My brain tumour wasn’t picked up on by doctors. Do I have a claim?
Just like when spinal conditions are left undiagnosed, when a doctor fails to diagnose a brain tumour, then the patient’s condition can worsen.
If the patient’s tumour is left untreated and given time to spread to other vital organs, the patient may therefore need to undergo a more aggressive form of treatment.
In some cases, a patient’s cancer may worsen to the point that their condition becomes terminal.
Neurosurgeons and neurologists are experts in their field. While mistakes can happen, it is the responsibility of your healthcare professionals to monitor your symptoms, diagnose your condition in a timely manner and act accordingly. Failure to diagnose a brain tumour that results in further damage to the patient is an example of medical negligence.
Contact us to find out if you could be entitled to compensation.
An accidental incision was made in the wrong area during surgery. What can I do?
During a surgery, doctors may make an incision in the wrong area, causing untold damage to the patient. This is also an example of medical negligence as harm which could have been avoided was caused.
If you have suffered through loss of income, emotional turmoil or damage to your physical health as a result of an unintentional laceration during brain or spinal surgery, then you could have a claim.
And if a close loved one has been through this but is unable to make a claim, then you might be able to make a claim on their behalf.
To find out what your options are, get in touch with us.
My doctor failed to inform me of the risks involved with my surgery. Can I get compensation?
Before any course of treatment, a patient should be made completely aware of the risks involved with their procedure.
Not only that, but patients should also be given a consent form to sign prior to a procedure to signify that they are fully aware of what their surgery could lead to. Agreeing to a surgery without being aware of the risks is not considered to be consent.
Failure to provide patients with the opportunity to give their consent is an example of malpractice.
Many other conditions, when misdiagnosed and therefore left untreated for longer, can cause further problems for a patient. Epilepsy, subarachnoid haemorrhage, drug toxicity and multiple sclerosis (MS), when left untreated due to an initial misdiagnosis, can lead to permanent brain damage, their condition worsening rapidly (in the case of MS in particular) or even death.
There is a reason why neurosurgery claims are amongst the highest medical claims – the entire journey, from the first symptoms to the diagnosis, through treatment and the aftereffects of malpractice, is hugely traumatic.
But the good news is that for all those who suffer the aftermath of malpractice, there is hope.
Claiming for compensation allows patients to take back some of what has been lost.
To learn if you could have a claim, get in touch with a solicitor who is on your side.
We are a leading specialist medical negligence law firm acting for claimants nationwide.
Our expert medical negligence solicitors regularly act for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
Our team of recognised Surgery Negligence Claims Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.
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