If you have suffered nerve damage due to mistakes made during surgery or other medical treatment, our medical negligence solicitors could help you claim compensation for your injury and its consequences on your life.
Whether the nerve injury occurred when receiving an injection, the administration of a drug or through surgery, mistakes made in your treatment could entitle you to make a nerve injury compensation claim. Nerve damage can range in severity from minor, short-term issues through to life-changing injuries which affect movement, mobility and function of a limb or area of the body.
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a nerve injury or nerve damage can be complicated as there are a number of factors in play. At Devonshires Claims, our medical negligence solicitors are experienced in carefully assessing your injury and liaising with medical experts to secure the best compensation pay-out for you. We can help you access the best private treatment, therapy and rehabilitation so you make the quickest possible recovery from your nerve injury.
Contact Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence solicitors today to start your free no-obligation case evaluation. If we feel that your nerve injury has resulted from medical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation to reflect the injury, your pain and financial losses. We provide a ‘No Win No Fee‘ agreement. This means that you will not be charged any upfront legal costs in order to start your nerve injury claim and if your claim is not successful, you will not incur any costs*. Contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email email@example.com or complete our online contact form.
You may have suffered nerve damage if you had an operation or treatment and experienced:
- Paralysis and immobility
- Shooting pains
- Numbness and tingling feelings
- Feeling hot and cold
- Muscle weakness, including heavy feelings in arms and legs
- Loss of balance and co-ordination
- Difficulty in lifting feet or moving toes
- Difficulty in picking up or holding objects.
Situations where nerve damage could occur
Mistakes made by a surgeon or during treatment could include:
- Nerve damage – this is particularly common in certain operations such as back surgery, spinal disc surgery, hip or knee replacement surgery i.e. following procedures where nerves could be severed
- Nerve damage following hip replacement surgery e.g. damage to the nerves resulting in foot drop.
- Damage to the inguinal and genitofemoral nerve following hernia surgery
- Damage to nerves following surgery to remove cancer
- Damage to the obturator nerve resulting from tension-free vaginal tape surgery
- Negligent use of medications, including B6 (pyridoxine), isoniazid, HIV drugs, or chemotherapy
- Improper use of equipment, such as surgical retractors and surgical tourniquets
Mistakes made by your GP or consultant could include:
- Failure to diagnose certain degenerative conditions related to the nervous system
Mistakes associated with injections, syringes and other methods of administering drugs could include:
- Negligent or careless administration of an injection or injuring a patient with a sharp object which could have resulted in a nerve injury
- Spinal cord injury resulting from a caudal epidural or facet joint injection
- Median and radial nerve damage inflicted while taking blood from the arm
- Negligent administration of anti-blood clotting drugs which could result in bleeding in or around the nerves
- Injection of drugs into or near the nerves or drugs which may be toxic to nerves
Mistakes made in other fracture or tissue related injuries could include:
- Heavy pressure applied to an area of the body which could result in serious nerve damage
- Other types of nerve injury associated with mistakes made when re-setting a bone or treating a fracture.
Nerve Injury FAQs
Yes. There are many negligent causes of nerve injury.
Nerve damage is often caused by the negligent administration of anaesthesia to patients. When administering anaesthesia – whether locally, regionally, or generally – there are precautions that must be made in order to avoid contact with any nerve.
When a local anaesthetic is injected by an anaesthetist, GP, nurse, consultant or other health care professional, care must be taken to make sure that the needle does not come into contact with a nerve.
The same care must also be shown when injecting an anaesthetic regionally eg. into the spinal column. Because the spinal column hosts many nerves, any negligence or mistakes made by the health care professional when injecting an anaesthetic (eg. to pregnant women during childbirth) could potentially have devastating and long-term consequences such as chronic pain, paralysis, back problems, loss of function in limbs and other issues.
As well as the administration of anaesthesia, other examples of nerve damage associated with medical negligence include:
- Severed nerves during surgery eg. joint replacement, hernia repair surgery
- Improper use of equipment, such as surgical retractors and surgical tourniquets.
- Injection errors where nerves are damaged by negligent GP, surgeon, nurse or other healthcare professional
- Injection errors where drugs are administered too close to a nerve, or the wrong drugs are injected
- Spinal cord injury by caudal epidural and facet joint injection
The amount of money you could claim for your nerve injury will depend on:
- The nature and extent of your injury – including your physical and emotional pain and suffering, and
- Any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
There are two types of compensation (also known as damages) available to victims of medical or clinical negligence. These are general damages and special damages.
The amount of general damages or compensation awarded will be determined by:
- Your pain, suffering and loss of amenity (impact on your life)
- The nature of the injury and its severity
In order to calculate the compensation figure, your solicitors will refer to the guidelines published by the Judicial College. However, to allow us make a more in-depth and comprehensive assessment of the potential compensation you could claim, contact our clinical negligence claims experts today.
The amount of special damages or compensation awarded will be determined by:
- Your financial losses or other costs incurred
- Examples of special damages can include:
- Loss of earnings / income, including future earnings and loss of promotion and pension contributions
- Restorative medical treatment and future treatment requirements
- Rehabilitation costs eg physiotherapy
- Home and car adaptations
- Care costs – current and future requirements
- Travel costs to and from medical facilities
It is possible to sue the NHS for nerve damage caused by negligent surgery or other medical negligence such as mistakes made when injecting a patient with an anaesthetic, a drug or when taking blood samples.
In order to make a negligence claim, it is must be shown that the care you received fell below the standard that could be expected from a competent medical professional.
Many medical procedures have an acceptable level of risk and even routine procedures can cause harm. Because of the complexity of nerves and the nervous system, determining the nature and extent of damage is not a simple process. Therefore specialist medical negligence solicitors should be contacted in order to determine the extent of your injury and the impact on your physical and psychological well being.
At Devonshires Claims, our medical negligence solicitors have years of experience in dealing with complex medical claims, including those associated with nerve injuries.
We will carefully review your case and determine whether you have the grounds to pursue a medical negligence claim. If we feel that you do, we will work hard to secure the maximum compensation for the injury you sustained and the short and long-term care you may require.
The time limit to make a medical negligence claim is generally three years from the date of the alleged negligent medical treatment. This limit is known as the limitation period.
There are exceptions to this three year limit.
Children cannot bring a negligence claim themselves, and will require a ‘Litigation Friend’ to bring this on their behalf. A litigation friends is usually a parent or close relative.
A medical negligence claim can be brought on behalf of a child at any time before their 18th birthday. Once they turn 18, they will have three years within which to make a claim.
2.Date of Knowledge
If a patient was unaware of the negligent medical treatment, the three year limitation period will start on the date that they were made aware of the negligence.
In order for a claimant to ‘have knowledge’ three main requirements must be satisfied. These are:
- That the injury was significant;
- The injury was attributable in whole or in part to an act or omission which is alleged to constitute negligence, nuisance or breach of duty;
3. Mental capacity
A child or adult without capacity to run a claim, may not have a time limit within which to bring a claim. We recommend that you contact Devonshires Claims if you have any queries involving those who lack capacity and our specialist solicitors will be able to assist.
If a patient had died from a nerve injury resulting from medical negligence, the three period will apply from either the date of death or the date of knowledge, whichever is later. The estate of decreased may bring a compensation claim.
In order to start your compensation claim, we recommend the following steps:
- Gather evidence of the injury: We recommend that you carefully document your symptoms and the nature of your injury.
- Gather any medical reports: It is important to gather and organise your medical reports (letters, emails, test results, scan results, x-rays) and any other related information.
- Contact a specialist law firm with experience of dealing with complex medical negligence cases such as nerve injuries. We recommend starting your claim as soon as possible so as to ensure an accurate recollection of events.
To start your nerve damage claim, contact Devonshires Claims medical negligence experts today. We provide a free no-obligation case evaluation.
Following your free case evaluation, if our claims experts feel that you have the grounds to make a compensation claim for your nerve injury, we will offer you a no win no fee agreement.
A no win no fee agreement is also known as a conditional fee agreement.
Under this agreement, there are no costs to pay if you are not successful* and no upfront costs to start your claim.
Your solicitor will explain the process to you before you sign a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. You will know exactly what to expect and can make your claim in confidence.
Consult our ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence claims explainer for more information.
Why Choose Devonshires Claims to support your nerve damage claim?
Devonshires Claims has a team of leading medical negligence solicitors who have secured justice and compensation for victims of medical negligence throughout the UK.
We have successfully represented patients who have been seriously harmed by medical errors or negligence by a GP, nurse, anaesthetist, surgeon, dentist or other medical professional.
Our medical negligence experts are specialists in assessing nerve damage injuries as well as other complex cases, such as surgical negligence cases. Having the support and experience of our specialist team, will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve and require for your future medical needs and loss of income – especially if you are unable to work for a period of time.
Start your nerve injury compensation claim today on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Contact our solicitors today to book your free case evaluation. Call us on 0333 900 8787, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.
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