Failure To Remove Objects During Surgery

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

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Failure to Remove Unintended Foreign Objects During Surgery

Although the need for surgery has seen a rise in the last couple of years, for a variety of reasons, it also means that surgeons are becoming more skilled and practised in their chosen fields, technically allowing for less errors. However, mistakes during surgery do happen, and these kinds of mistakes can include a failure to remove foreign objects from your body. If you have been victim to this, and the mistake has caused direct harm to you, you may be entitled to compensation.

It can be very distressing to be told that further surgical procedures are required to rectify a mistake made during surgery. Naturally, we have come to expect a high level of care when it comes to surgical procedures, and expect that the procedure will result in a positive outcome. When this does not happen, it can be devastating for those affected.

In most instances, the person you would be looking to claim against would be the person who you feel has been negligent towards you. This may be the surgeon themselves, any assisting medical staff or the hospital trust. Proceeding with this claim is something that we can support you with, and handle all of the paperwork and investigation on your behalf.

The types of foreign objects that you may be able to make a claim for are:

  • Small cameras and other visual items
  • Operating tools
  • Tubes and other equipment
  • Swabs and other gauze type items

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What to do when surgery is deemed negligent

Every surgeon has a duty of care to perform your surgery to the highest possible standards. When there is failure to remove foreign objects during a procedure, then the surgery could be deemed negligent and you may be entitled to compensation.

This type of negligent action can be incredibly distressing for those involved. Additional surgeries are required to rectify the mistake, and that means going under the knife for at least a second time. This comes with additional psychological impacts, as well as the added pressure on your body to withstand further procedures.

Complications from a failure to remove foreign objects include:

  • Further surgeries to rectify the mistake
  • Greater risk of infection and complications
  • Additional pressure on your body
  • Psychological damage caused by the distress

When something as distressing as this happens, it is important to work with a medical negligence expert who understands the intricate and complex world of medical law. We have many years of experience handling negligence cases and helping to bring about justice for those who need it most.

At Patient Claim Line, we understand the undue stress that cases of medical negligence can put on your life. We are here to take the stress out of making a claim and getting you back on track. Our team of highly qualified professionals are just a phone call away to fight on your behalf and get you a fair outcome.

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Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Head of Group Action

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.

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