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Obtaining compensation after cosmetic surgery gone wrong

In one of our recent posts, we discussed a negligence claim launched against a London cosmetic surgeon who famously performed a breast enlargement operation on live television. The complaint against the surgeon is not in relation to that procedure but to a tummy-tuck surgery that the patient claims went wrong. 

Negligence claim launched against London cosmetic surgeon

If you choose to undergo cosmetic surgery, then you undoubtedly expect the surgeon to warn you of any possible side effects or complications. Often patients must review and sign consent forms that describe such complications so that patients are fully aware of the risks. Individuals who undergo cosmetic surgery should also expect to have follow-up consultations with the surgeon to ensure that problems, if they arise, are properly monitored and addressed.

NHS: Never event due to surgeon's distraction

In one of our recent posts, we discussed an egregious surgical error that occurred at Royal Liverpool Hospital in Merseyside. A patient was in hospital for a minor urological procedure, but a surgeon mistakenly performed a vasectomy. You can read more about the incident here.

Patient undergoes mistaken vasectomy in Merseyside

They are called "never events" for good reason, and the list of them is long but nonetheless shocking when you consider their devastating effects. In the medical field, never events include but are not limited to the following:

Surgeon: 'Team dynamics,' not incompetent surgeons, pose greater risk

The question is whether or not publishing mortality data linked to individual surgeons has a positive or negative effect on patient safety. One might think that the positive effect would be two-fold: surgeons with high death rates would be held to account, and by accessing the data, patients could avoid certain surgeons.

31 patients suffer eye damage after botched cataract operations

In the last two years, private healthcare providers have been awarded 70 percent of the contracts offered by the National Health Service. Along with this gradual privatisation of the NHS, serious concerns have been raised regarding patient safety.

26 incidents of procedural or treatment negligence since 2009

Going to hospital is certainly not an enjoyable experience, but it should not be one in which a patient is concerned that a physician will worsen his or her health. There are, of course, many different situations in which a physician or surgeon is unable to treat a patient, but that is often because of the nature of the injury or illness. When a surgeon causes or worsens the injury or illness, however, it is a sign of surgical negligence, for which a patient can receive compensation.

UK doctor loses licence in London, moves to US

In Britain, a doctor was convicted of manslaughter in the death of a woman he had injected with sedatives. In the U.S., he has allegedly injured a number of patients by posing as a spinal surgery specialist. Now, he is set to have his licence stripped in the U.S., 13 years after he lost his licence in the U.K. Has this doctor learned from his medical negligence, however?

Delivery left mother with life-changing injury

Earlier this month, a High Court judge awarded a 36-year-old London woman £1.59 million after a series of unfortunate and preventable missteps that caused a serious bowel injury. The woman had previously earned £10,700 per month through her work as a vice president within the financial sector, but her injury has left her unable to work and, as such, her award also compensates her for loss of future earnings. She was also awarded interest and her legal costs.

South London gynaecologist under investigation

Imagine the shock that many women received after they were sent letters informing them that their gynaecologist has been removed from the South London Healthcare Trust for performing unnecessary surgeries and removing the wrong organs during surgery. Many of these women have sought help from solicitors after they say they experienced inexcusable medical mistakes, potentially hoping to file negligence claims against the trust.

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