Spinal Surgery Claims

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Over 50,000 spinal surgery procedures are performed in the UK. Many of these surgeries lead to positive outcomes for patients and an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, some spinal surgeries do not go to plan. If you have undergone a spinal procedure and are now in more pain or have even been left immobile, you could claim compensation for your spinal surgery.


Making a Spinal Surgery Claim 


We have solicitors all over the UK and are specialists in medical negligence and spinal claims. Our No Win No Fee Agreement gives you complete security, and as the highest rated solicitors on TrustPilot we guide you through the entire process. We will help you:


  • Discover if you are able to make a claim
  • Find out how and why your spinal surgery went wrong
  • Understand the evidence you will need to provide
  • Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to

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What is a Spinal Surgery Claim?


When undergoing spinal surgery, you should feel confident and reassured in the safe hands of your medical team. Unfortunately though, mistakes do happen. This can mean that you are left in a more difficult physical state following surgery. When spinal surgery goes wrong, our experienced legal team can help you navigate the challenging waters of your recovery. At Patient Claim Line, we are specialists in spinal surgery claims with over 30 years of experience. We understand the complex nature of these difficult legal cases and will guide you through the process towards the financial compensation you deserve.


Types of Spinal Surgery Claims


There are many types of spinal injury claims we come across, and they occur for a number of reasons. The information below explains the different types of cases.


Spinal Injuries following a misdiagnosis


  • Diagnostic Failure: This includes failure to diagnose and treat a fracture in the neck or back, and can often be due to the injury not being picked up on an x-ray. This means the fracture is left untreated and injury gets worse.
  • Lack of monitoring: If, following surgery, your condition is not adequately monitored it could lead to deterioration and a worse outcome. Especially if there were complications during the surgery.


Spinal Surgery


  • Substandard Techniques: when your surgery was not performed adequately it can lead to symptoms being worse than before surgery
  • Anaesthetic: if an anaesthetic was not administered properly or blood pressure was not monitored throughout the procedure
  • Unnecessary surgery: undergoing a procedure you did not need. This often happens when back pain is misdiagnosed
  • Surgery delays: delays in important surgery that have led to your condition advancing


Severe Spinal Injuries


  • Cauda Equina: a rare condition where nerves in the spine become compressed very suddenly
  • Road Traffic Accidents: spinal injury can occur following serious road traffic accidents. If there is a delay in treating these injuries, outcomes can be much more severe.


Sepsis related injuries


Complications due to sepsis can cause a spinal injury in a number of ways:


  • Failing to diagnose an infection: Spinal surgery is often completed without issue even when there has been a delay in diagnosis. However, after surgery, infections can develop. If these infections are not diagnosed quickly, the infection can then cover the spinal cord and, in rare cases, cause paralysis
  • Failure to admit to hospital: Again, failing to admit a patient to hospital and administer the correct antibiotics can lead to worsening of the infection or later infections developing after surgery.
  • Failure to refer to surgical team: when prompt treatment is needed but there has been a delay in referring to the surgical team, complications can arise from not having surgery early enough.


Spinal Surgery Negligence


Patients can unfortunately come up against spinal surgery negligence at various stages of the journey. This may be during pre-operative checks, during the surgery itself, or whilst under the aftercare team. Here we outline some of the most common incidents of negligence that spinal surgery patients may face. 


During surgery


Several things could lead to spinal surgery negligence during the procedure itself such as:


  • The surgeon could make a mistake or use the wrong technique
  • The wrong equipment or knee replacement product may have been used
  • A specialist may not have been present: In complex cases, it can be necessary to have another expert present. If this does not happen the care of the patient could be compromised. 


Post Operative Treatment


Following your operation you should receive adequate care to help with your rehabilitation. Examples of inadequate care include:


  • Being prescribed the wrong medication or the incorrect dose
  • A lack of follow up appointments or reviews
  • Negligence in the nursing aftercare such as failing to move you resulting in bed sores.


How Do I Know If I Can Make a Claim?


If you have suffered any of the following medical complications following spinal surgery, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.


  • Paralysis (complete or incomplete paralysis)
  • Neurological dysfunction, or a worsening of mobility
  • Requiring a walking aid and/or wheelchair
  • Incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Foot Drop
  • Worsening of pain
  • Chronic nerve damage


It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. Complications of spinal surgery often means that patients are left in a worse physical state than before the surgery, which can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with. Our expert legal team can help you find out if you have a claim and get you the support and rehabilitation you need.


What Can I Expect? 


The final amount of compensation you receive will be decided according to the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Typically, spinal surgery compensation is awarded for:


  • The costs associated with any loss of mobility, such as changes to your home, walking aids or a new car
  • Loss of earnings while you recover, or future earnings if you can no longer work
  • Physical and emotional therapy
  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing care costs including loved ones who have had to stop work to look after you


We can also help you to find additional support from charities and support groups like Aspire and Back Up Trust.


Why Choose Patient Claim Line


At Patient Claim Line we are experts in the field of medical negligence. We can tell you if you have a case and will then investigate fully to get you the compensation you deserve. We have over 100 medical negligence solicitors based throughout the UK and so offer a local service wherever you are. We are rated excellent on TrustPilot and are owned by the UK’s leading law firm. We have helped thousands of people just like you claim the compensation they deserve.

No Win No Fee

If you are able to make a claim for spinal surgery compensation, it will go ahead on a No Win No Fee agreement. Just like our client who during spinal surgery, doctors failed to confirm her MRSA status before operating, our client was MRSA positive and contracted an infection as a result at the site of surgery. Whatever the circumstances of your spinal surgery negligence, we won’t need to pay a penny up front while we investigate and pursue your 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 Spinal Surgery Claims

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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

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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