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General Surgery Claims

Our medical negligence solicitors specialise in general surgery negligence and have extensive experience in a wide variety of general surgery claims.

General surgery refers to the following types of claims:

  • 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 that are being made
Sometimes surgical instruments may accidentally be left inside a patient following such a procedure.
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Our general surgery experience

We have extensive experience in dealing with general surgery claimsWe have acted for a number of clients who have suffered major abdominal injuries including:
  • a young lady where a delay in diagnosing appendicitis rendered her infertile 
  • a young RAF pilot who suffered catastrophic brain damage following a delay in treating him after his abdomen became rigid. He was awarded £4.81million.
In addition, we see many cases where patients have not been consented correctly for procedures or where their post operative care has been negligent, for example in failing to take regular observations. We acted for Vera following a delay in performing a laparotomy after an initial procedure to remove her gallstones had caused a perforation (hole) in her bile duct. Vera was left with major, life changing injuries, and recovered £200,000 in compensation.

General surgery negligence

Medical negligence relating to surgery can have devastating effects on patients and sometimes it may even lead to death. 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 and 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


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For further information or if you believe you have a General Surgery claim, please contact us.

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including no win, no fee.

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