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Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Claims

Reviewed by

Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 29th April, 2024

We've got your Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Claim covered

Few people manage to go through life without having to undergo any surgical procedures. For many, surgery is an unpleasant yet necessary event in our lives. As surgery becomes more common in this country, the whole process becomes a lot more of an effective way to combat illnesses. But that does not mean to say that surgery should take place when it doesn’t necessarily need to.

Medical professionals usually do an excellent job of looking after us when we feel our worst. But medical errors do unfortunately happen, and they can have a drastic effect on your quality of life. If an unnecessary surgical procedure has caused you undue harm, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. In most circumstances the person that would be held accountable for the negligence is the individual who performed the surgery. In other cases it may be another member of medical staff such as a GP who misdiagnosed you initially and therefore sent you for surgery that you did not require.

You may be able to claim if:

  • Surgical procedures have caused new injuries not previously sustained
  • Increased recuperation time due to surgery that was not necessary
  • Potential allergies or infections that could have been avoided during surgery
  • If the surgery has made old injuries, or the reason for the surgery to worsen

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What to do if you have suffered an unnecessary surgical procedure

Preparing yourself for surgery can be an incredibly stressful time. You may be worried about your existing condition, or concerned about the diagnosis you will receive as a result of your surgery. Added to this, there is the concern about the surgery itself. If your surgery is later deemed to be unnecessary, this could be as a result of negligent action from the medical team.

Further complications arise when the unnecessary surgery aggravates your presenting symptoms, or causes new injuries and stresses to your body. This is a distressing and physically enduring experience for anyone to go through, and when this action arises through negligent treatment, you have the right to enquire about compensation.

Seeking advice from medical negligence experts means that you will be taken care of every step of the way. We understand the medical sector and can help you through the claims process with ease.

We work with all different kinds of medical negligence claims at Patient Claim Line every day. We have become accustomed to nearly every possibility of claim that could be made, due to our many years of experience in this specialised field. We will always do our very best to ensure that your claim is heard and that you are awarded the compensation you deserve.


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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Claim

Unnecessary surgery takes place when a surgical procedure is carried out, despite it not being required. This may be deemed negligent, if a lack of proper consent was provided by the patient prior to the surgery taking place, or if a suitable alternative treatment was not presented.

When making an unnecessary surgery negligence claim, it should be done within three years. This three-year period will begin either from when you or your loved received negligent care or from when your injuries or illness were diagnosed due to negligence. It is important to seek this legal advice within the three-year window, as you may miss out on compensation you are entitled to. If the case involves anyone under 18, the legal case must be pursued within three years from the date of their 18th birthday.

In our experience, we have seen clients who have received unnecessary surgical procedures relating to:

  • Unnecessary amputation procedures
  • Unnecessary surgery to the back, spine and brain
  • Unnecessary procedures relating to cancer
  • Unnecessary general surgical procedures
  • Unnecessary heart surgery
  • Unnecessary orthopaedic surgery
  • Unnecessary surgery on reproductive organs
  • Unnecessary cosmetic or reconstructive surgery

Unnecessary surgery can cause further pain and suffering that would otherwise have been avoided. The impact can be long lasting.

Meet our Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Team

  • Andrew Hesketh

    Associate, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Iain Dodd

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Kathryn Sharkey

    Senior Solicitor

  • Sophie McGarry

    Solicitor Apprentice

  • Case Study

    Sarah's Story

    "Now we have peace of mind"

    My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

    In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

    He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.