Hero Image

Compensation for surgical errors

Most surgical procedures are unproblematic, however, surgical errors can and do occur.


Our expert medical negligence solicitors can provide advice about claims if you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a surgical error or if an operation has gone wrong.

Surgical error can take many forms; there could be a failure to diagnose; failure to operate with the appropriate urgency; or the patient may not have been advised properly about the risks or alternatives to surgery. Injuries can arise during surgery if adjacent organs, nerves or other bodily structures are damaged. Post-operatively, there could be a failure to monitor a patient or take appropriate precautions to avoid infection. Occasionally, cases can arise where surgical instruments and swabs have not been removed leading to a further unnecessary operation.

Patients have a right to be told about the benefits and risks of any procedure they may face, including warning signs that could suggest post-operative complications. Our clinical negligence team has extensive knowledge and experience in representing clients who have suffered surgical errors.

Surgical negligence claims can involve a wide variety of medical procedures. For example such claims can relate to orthopaedic surgery, gynaecological surgery, bowel surgery, eye surgery, cosmetic procedures, heart surgery, neurosurgery and urological surgery.

Everyone is different, the treatment they undergo and how they respond to that treatment will always be different. Claims for cases of sub-standard surgery can be made whether the operation was essential, elective or undertaken for purely cosmetic reasons.

Don't be put off seeking our help. Shoosmiths will advise you initially free of charge and will always find a way of helping you that best suits your individual needs.

Types of Surgical error claims

'I am very happy with the service provided in what was a very sensitive and personal case. Everyone dealt with me in a caring and helpful manner. I would definitely recommend Shoosmiths.'


Surgical Error Claims

Our clients are the centre of everything we do. Their needs are our priority. We have considerable experience in a variety surgical error claims and can guide you through the process as quickly as possible.

Why Shoosmiths

Who we work with

  • Brain Injury Group
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • Headway
  • SIA
  • Back Up
  • Macmillan
  • Danielles Flutterbyes
  • Forces
  • Bens Heroes Trust

Our accreditations

  • Accredited Personal Injury
  • Apil
  • Ama
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Legal 500
  • UK Chambers
  • The Society Of Clinical Injury Lawyers