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Settlement for nerve damage caused by surgery

01.12.2013

Nerve damage can occur for a number of reasons, including medical negligence. If your nerve injury has occurred because of sub-standard care, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Our nervous system is incredibly fragile. Nerves carry commands from our brain to the various parts of our body, but if a nerve is damaged it can lead to ongoing pain, numbness and – in more serious cases – significant disability arising from paralysis or reduced mobility.

Whilst serious nerve injuries are relatively rare, if you’ve been affected it’s important that you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor. Our experienced team has dealt with claims involving nerves that have been trapped or severed during surgery, as demonstrated by this case study.

Case study – Mr C

Our client, Mr C, underwent surgery to repair an inguinal hernia, during which the surgeon noted and removed a small hernia sac with a large lipoma. Mr C was in considerable pain after the operation so was kept in hospital overnight nefore being discharged with the prescription painkillers.

Our client continued to suffer with persistent pain in his groin which worsened over the following months. He returned to the hospital for a laparoscopic exploration of the groin the following year, but his symptoms failed to improve and he was referred for a pain management assessment.

A further 10 months passed before Mr C was assessed in the pain clinic. He was advised that his pain was likely to be due to a nerve injury caused during his hernia repair surgery. He had a nerve block injection but the effects of it were short-lived and he continued to suffer with persistent and severe pain.

We obtained a report on Mr C’s prognosis and were advised by our expert that Mr C’s condition was permanent, with no prospect of improvement. His continued groin pain limited his mobility and his ability to perform the normal activities of daily life. He was also no longer able to continue his hobbies and was forced to reduce his working hours.

Claire Levene, specialist medical negligence solicitor, assisted Mr C in bringing an action against the hospital alleging that it was negligent in damaging our client’s nerve during surgery and delaying diagnosis of his nerve injury.

The defendant hospital disputed liability but despite this, the claim went on to settle out of court for £120,000.

If you’re looking for advice on making a nerve damage claim, or if you’d like to speak to a medical negligence solicitor about a nerve injury you’ve sustained, we may be able to help.

Call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form to speak to a medical negligence legal specialist.

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