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Surgery negligence claims

If you or your family have suffered a serious injury as a result of negligent surgery, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our surgery negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

Business as usual during COVID-19

During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Our medical negligence solicitors specialise in general surgery negligence and have extensive experience in various general surgery claims.

General surgery refers to the following:

  • bowel claims
  • abdomen claims
  • bile duct claims
  • gut claims 
  • gall bladder claims 
  • colon claims 
  • liver claims
  • pancreas claims

General surgery can be performed as an emergency or as a scheduled operation. Negligence or medical accidents during general surgery can have devastating and sometimes fatal consequences.

The development of keyhole surgery (also known as laparoscopic surgery) has led to an increase in the number of general surgery claims.

Sometimes surgical instruments may accidentally be left inside a patient following such a procedure.

Our general surgery experience

We have extensive experience in dealing with general surgery claims. For example, we have acted for many clients who have suffered major abdominal injuries, including:

  • a young woman where delay in diagnosing appendicitis rendered her infertile 
  • an RAF pilot who suffered catastrophic brain damage following delay in treatment after his abdomen became rigid. He was awarded £4.81 million.

We also see many cases where patients have not been consented correctly for procedures or where their post-operative care is negligent, for example, failure to perform regular observation. 

We acted for Vera following a delay in performing a laparotomy after an initial procedure to remove her gallstones perforated her bile duct. Vera was left with life-changing injuries, and recovered £200,000 in compensation.

Medical negligence relating to surgery can have a devastating effect on patients and sometimes proves fatal. Keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) and cosmetic surgery are a common cause of medical injuries during surgery.

We have acted in a wide range of general surgery cases, where the most common medical accidents include:

  • leaving surgical instruments in the body cavity
  • accidentally severing vital blood vessels or nerves
  • operating on the incorrect part of the body or the removal of healthy tissue or organs
  • carrying out unnecessary surgery as a consequence of a misdiagnosis or confusion involving notes, x-rays or patients themselves
  • leaving items in the patient's body after surgery; this can include sponges, swabs and surgical instruments

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.