Unnecessary Surgical Procedure Claims

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Unnecessary Surgical Procedures

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 Procedures Claim?

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

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with 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 Procedures Claims

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


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

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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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.

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