Spinal Surgery Claims

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

We've got your spinal surgery claim covered

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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Georgia Briscoe

Georgia Briscoe
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

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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.

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Meet the team

Georgia Briscoe

Georgia Briscoe
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation

Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.

Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.

Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.

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Bilal Qasim

Bilal Qasim
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Having joined Patient Claim Line in 2017, Bilal is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with extensive experience in the medical negligence field. He has recently qualified as an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council, International Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bilal has been recognised for his excellent client work, having received the ‘Customer Award’ at our annual awards evening.

Having had continuous exposure to medical negligence claims throughout his career, Bilal has developed a large skillset, enabling him to bring matters to time-efficient, amicable solutions. Bilal completes a formal assessment of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within his team run smoothly and that our customers receive the justice they deserve.

Bilal was also the recipient of the Customer Feedback Champion award in 2019.

 

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Jennifer Argent

Jennifer Argent
Medical Negligence Solicitor

Jennifer joined the team in 2018 with a wealth of experience of working in Medical Negligence in several firms across the North of England. As a Solicitor, Jennifer has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim. She works efficiently to achieve the best outcome for her customers. She has a wide range of experience within Medical Negligence and has particular expertise in delayed diagnoses of cancer, shoulder and eye injuries.

 

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Hannah joined our Medical Negligence Department in February 2017, managing with a wide-ranging caseload with a particular interest in fatal claims.

Now, as a Senior Solicitor, Hannah supervises and develops junior members of her team and takes immense pride in delivering excellent client care and establishing a rapport with her clients to provide support throughout the claims process.

Above all, Hannah stands tall as a brilliant example of compassion and professionalism, inspiring many around her to strive for the highest standards of excellence.

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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.

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