General Surgery Claims

The general surgeon is involved in all aspects of surgery, and is typically responsible for the treatment of patients with emergency conditions. Over recent years general surgery has been divided into a large number of subspecialties, thus general surgeons may be responsible for carrying out procedures in any of the following areas:

  • Cardiac
  • Cosmetic
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynaecology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular
  • Keyhole/ Laparoscopic surgery
  • Compensation claims resulting from negligent surgery often relate to:
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Poor results from surgery
  • Damage to nerves during the surgery
  • Retention of instruments
  • Unnecessary surgical procedure
  • Anaesthetic awareness
  • Failure to gain necessary consen

Before performing any surgery, all surgeons must have the patient’s consent to have the surgery done except in emergency situations. In order for consent to be valid, a patient must be advised of and understand all the known associated risks and possible adverse outcomes before agreeing to undergo the procedure. A medical negligence claim may arise in circumstances where a patient has undergone a surgical procedure without being fully informed of the risks associated with the surgery.

If you believe that you were not provided with appropriate or competent medical care then you may have a claim for compensation for your injuries.