A hysterectomy is a major operation, and the last thing you should expect is negligence from the medical professionals who are looking after you.
If you have received substandard care and treatment from a medical professional before, during or after your surgery, you may be eligible to bring a hysterectomy compensation claim. Our clinical negligence solicitors have helped many women and girls who have received negligent gynaecological treatment claim the compensation they deserve for their suffering. If you would like to talk to one of our experts, don’t hesitate to call free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and we will call you.
Medical negligence: hysterectomy cases
Below, we’ve listed some of the types of negligence that can occur before, during and after a hysterectomy:
- Unnecessary hysterectomy – a medical professional may have made an incorrect diagnosis for treatment involving a hysterectomy, when in fact it was not needed;
- Hysterectomy infection complications – infections can develop due to human error and poor hygiene during the procedure, or due to poor post-operative treatment and care;
- Negligence from anaesthetist – anaesthetists need to make sure patients’ blood pressure, heart rate and other bodily functions are all monitored closely during surgery. Negligence can cause severe health issues ongoing;
- Failure to obtain informed consent prior to surgery – a patient has the right to understand what is being done to her body, what the risks of the operation are, and whether non-surgical alternatives have been exhausted;
- Surgical errors – this is the most common type of hysterectomy negligence claim. Problems can occur if a surgeon makes an error, such as puncturing the bladder. But it’s important to note not all hysterectomy complications would class as negligence; some patients may suffer a punctured bladder due to the amount of scar tissue they have.
Hysterectomy negligence claim FAQs
If you are unsure about seeking legal advice, feel free to read our frequently asked questions below.
How much compensation will I get for a hysterectomy negligence claim?
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on your unique situation. Every clinical negligence claim takes into account both “general” and “special” damages, which consider the harm and injury you have sustained as a direct result of the negligence, and the financial loss you may have encountered too. Special damages include:
- Assistance needs with aftercare
- Home adaptation costs
- Cost of medication
- Cost of travel to and from medical appointments
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of potential promotion at work
Is there a time limit for bringing a hysterectomy compensation claim?
You have three years from the date of the negligence (or from the date when you became aware of the negligence) to bring a clinical negligence hysterectomy claim. This is why we encourage you to get in touch with our team of experts if you think you may be entitled to compensation.
Call us on 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat.
Can I claim compensation for an unnecessary hysterectomy?
Yes, you can. If you have had a hysterectomy following a diagnosis from a medical professional, and it transpires that the diagnosis was incorrect and your hysterectomy was unnecessary, we may be able to help you claim compensation.
Undergoing an unnecessary hysterectomy can be devastating, especially if you are planning on starting a family in the future. In some reported cases, surgeons have removed the ovaries without informed consent, while others have performed the operation as a treatment for conditions such as fibroids, when actually there are alternatives. Our experts will work with you to understand your situation and will give you the legal advice and guidance you need throughout your case.
Medical negligence hysterectomy cases – chat to our experts
If you think you may be eligible to bring a hysterectomy compensation claim, we encourage you to get in touch with our team as soon as possible. Our Head of Clinical Negligence, Robert Rose, is recognised as a Band 1 lawyer in Chambers and a Leading Individual in the Legal 500, while his clinical negligence team are also ranked as Band 1 and leaders within the legal directories. We help many individuals and their families get the compensation they deserve, and we can support with care management following traumatic medical negligence.