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    Botched NHS Operation

    Hey Peeps


    Does anyone know how to sue an NHS trust for a botched operation?

    Reason i ask is that my dear mum had an op and when they finished the op they left bandages inside of her that obviously got infected, which were removed later.

    But since that op she has never been the same - also found out that a severe pain in her leg is due to them cutting the wrong nerve!

    Also how long can you leave something like this before you sue them?


    Thx.

    34 Comments

    Think your mum needs to speak to a solicitor

    Banned

    Sue them for money, or an apology?

    Try speaking to the PALS service at the hospital she was treated at. (patient advice liaison service)

    Banned

    I just wants someones to blames!

    said it before and i'll say it again.
    it's getting more like America everyday.

    Money for nothing and your kicks for free.

    Mod & Ed

    Jetpac

    Money for nothing and your kicks for free.




    She prob can't kick shes got nerve damage in her leg:p

    Original Poster

    Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.

    Hope u never have to ask advise for a loved one on here!

    For a tough mum who was fine before the op - but since the complications of the infected material left in her after the op she has been in and out of severe pain in the same region since.

    To the comedy **** do one - wish your mum never goes through what mine is!

    Mod & Ed

    BPD

    Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.Hope u never have … Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.Hope u never have to ask advise for a loved one on here!For a tough mum who was fine before the op - but since the complications of the infected material left in her after the op she has been in and out of severe pain in the same region since.To the comedy **** do one - wish your mum never goes through what mine is!




    What did you expect?? asking on a shopping forum about suing the nhs?? Mistakes happen, its not nice, but even dr's and nurses make mistakes, we are all human after all, as for my mother, I watched her die a horrible death, nursing her for the last 3 years of her life, if diagnosis had been made a little earlier she would still be with us, I didn't nor did my father think for even one minute should we sue the nhs, we were / are grateful for the support and help they've provided over the years to members of my family / friends and for employing me for over 22 yrs as an oncology / palliative care nurse.

    Banned

    BPD

    Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.Hope u never have … Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.Hope u never have to ask advise for a loved one on here!For a tough mum who was fine before the op - but since the complications of the infected material left in her after the op she has been in and out of severe pain in the same region since.To the comedy **** do one - wish your mum never goes through what mine is!


    so is your Mum now paying for private treatment as your local NHS is so incompetent?

    BPD

    Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.Hope u never have … Sometimes i wonder why i even bother with some of you.Hope u never have to ask advise for a loved one on here!For a tough mum who was fine before the op - but since the complications of the infected material left in her after the op she has been in and out of severe pain in the same region since.To the comedy **** do one - wish your mum never goes through what mine is!



    i feel sorry for you and your family and know what you are going through as i have been in similar situations, but i dont believe in suing ... its so american! Anyway, why take money from an institue which has been suffering from lack of funding... doesnt really sit well with me im afraid.

    Try and do some background research in to the doctors/surgons who carried out the op... if they have a history of mal practice then it might be better to sue directly..... ask to speak to the NHS HR and tell them as part of the freedom of ino act you want a report on Dr......

    Hope it helps.

    Banned

    nhs has saved me twice now, something else you can blame them for

    They gave broken operating theatre protocol, at least one member of staff usually the scrub nurse should count in and more importantly count out the swabs to ensure that nothing is left inside the patient.

    Last time I produced a shoot in a op theatre, they had one of those door cd holders hung up on the wall, and as they used each swab they were placed into the cd holder thing.

    Find a good local solicitor who specialises in medical negligance cases.

    Try having a broken hip for two months whilst the NHS say its minor muscle strain. Had to get a private x-ray to prove it was broken.

    Eff you NHS.

    ITT: People using a forum (on a website dedicated to cheap deals) as their own personal lawyer consultancy service.

    The only good bit of advice you need:
    Pay some money and go and speak to a solicitor.

    Also, check this link: tinyurl.com/694…ure

    OP & Tomwatts you both need to speak to solicitors, both of you have grounds for sueing, negligence on the NHS side in both cases, it will be a very long costly drawn out battle with the NHS they will have the very best in the UK to represent them,
    My friend is sueing our local health trust & hospital because when she had a spinal op to remove all her discs in her lower spine they didnt tighten the screws that hold the cage together, then she had MRSA, they went back in to her spine to tighten the cage and clean the MRSA and forgot to tighten the cage, sent home and rushed to another hospital to go through it all again, 6 operations on the same wound, now she is in a wheel chair because the cage moved and caught her spinal cord.
    dont be afraid to sue the NHS they are highly insured and can cope with the loss,
    if this had happened to me i'd sue the buggers too.
    in this day and age there shouldnt be mistakes made by leaving in bandages or not tightening screws, we're in the 21 century not the dark ages.

    The NHS is a huge organisation with numerous dedicated, conscientious and hard working staff.

    In an organisation the size of the NHS there are sometimes examples of less than perfect practice. It does not mean the entire organisation is bad. If you have recieved poor service then you should take it up with the trust/department concerned. Contact the PALs service for the hospital concerned.

    vinylandtrinkets

    OP & Tomwatts you both need to speak to solicitors, both of you have … OP & Tomwatts you both need to speak to solicitors, both of you have grounds for sueing, negligence on the NHS side in both cases, it will be a very long costly drawn out battle with the NHS they will have the very best in the UK to represent them, My friend is sueing our local health trust & hospital because when she had a spinal op to remove all her discs in her lower spine they didnt tighten the screws that hold the cage together, then she had MRSA, they went back in to her spine to tighten the cage and clean the MRSA and forgot to tighten the cage, sent home and rushed to another hospital to go through it all again, 6 operations on the same wound, now she is in a wheel chair because the cage moved and caught her spinal cord.dont be afraid to sue the NHS they are highly insured and can cope with the loss, if this had happened to me i'd sue the buggers too.in this day and age there shouldnt be mistakes made by leaving in bandages or not tightening screws, we're in the 21 century not the dark ages.



    Unfortunately, my dad works in the NHS, and although he sent a letter of complaint, we didn't want to follow it up as, like posted earlier, the NHS is already under massive strain. I don't need money from them, and we were apologised to. OP - Its your choice, but I'd speak to them and I'd imagine an arrangement can be made...

    tomwatts

    Try having a broken hip for two months whilst the NHS say its minor … Try having a broken hip for two months whilst the NHS say its minor muscle strain. Had to get a private x-ray to prove it was broken.Eff you NHS.



    I saw a comment from you in a previous thread where you suggesting you might like to be a doctor. Currently (unless the present government get away with privatising the NHS), a doctors training falls largely within the remit of the NHS.

    Its a pity you have such a low opinion of an organisation that could be a potential employer.
    Edited by: "WoolyM" 28th Apr 2011

    dimebars

    I just wants someones to blames!



    blame me if you like? Johnnytwotoes will pay the compensation, hes rich btw.

    /thread

    WoolyM

    Its a pity you have such a low opinion of an organisation that could be a … Its a pity you have such a low opinion of an organisation that could be a potential employer.



    ~Its wrong isnt it. Most people start with a High opinion of their employers when they start a new job.

    Supermod

    Telephone a local solicitor to seek advice on pursuing a claim and they will invite you in after the bank holiday for an initial consultation. They will probably sign you up on a conditional fee agreement and give you details of your prospects of success.

    Take my above advice and ask for this thread to be closed as it will not end well.

    To answer your last point, the Limitation Act 1980 says that you have to bring a claim within 3 years of the date of the accident or 3 years from when you learnt of the "injury".

    Banned

    the nhs prescribed me some beconase hay fever spray when i was under 18. Turns out it stunts your growth. Can i sue for lost earnings and hot conquests, had i been over 6ft i would hate been rolling in the dough by now. As everyone knows tall people have more successful lives.

    boabbyrab

    said it before and i'll say it again.it's getting more like America … said it before and i'll say it again.it's getting more like America everyday.



    not really people want to sue but really they have no idea how hard it is in terms of effort and money to get anything out of someone.

    Supermod

    SOSAGES

    not really people want to sue but really they have no idea how hard it is … not really people want to sue but really they have no idea how hard it is in terms of effort and money to get anything out of someone.



    ...before (or after) the event insurance and conditional fee agreements make it much easier to give it a go.

    lumoruk

    the nhs prescribed me some beconase hay fever spray when i was under 18. … the nhs prescribed me some beconase hay fever spray when i was under 18. Turns out it stunts your growth. Can i sue for lost earnings and hot conquests, had i been over 6ft i would hate been rolling in the dough by now. As everyone knows tall people have more successful lives.



    But you could also thank them, as smaller people live longer on average.

    WoolyM

    I saw a comment from you in a previous thread where you suggesting you … I saw a comment from you in a previous thread where you suggesting you might like to be a doctor. Currently (unless the present government get away with privatising the NHS), a doctors training falls largely within the remit of the NHS. Its a pity you have such a low opinion of an organisation that could be a potential employer.



    I don't have such a low opinion - hence why we didn't follow things up - it was a genuine error of judgment and I fully respect the health service we have - especially when compared to many other countries.

    My little outburst (eff you nhs) is merely me venting the fact that for two months I had to take 400mg of ibuprofen to make me survive a broken hip!

    Admin

    Ok guys, cool it please. Deleting comments

    Banned

    You will know the most about the situation so I don't see a need for people to meet this thread with hostility when we know very little about your mother's condition and the quality of care received. Have you considered making a formal complaint first? The surgical team may think that they are providing an acceptable quality of treatment until a complaint is made and this could help to improve the standard of care for future patients. When it comes to whether there is a solid foundation for legal action that is only for you to decide with your mother and a (clinical negligence) solicitor. I also hope that your mother's condition improves.

    JonnyTwoToes

    Go **** yourself! How dare you!You want to drain money from an already … Go **** yourself! How dare you!You want to drain money from an already stretched organisation? What will you spend the money on? Helping your mum get better? I think not.Get real.



    the NHS have insurance to protect them against claims hun, yes mistakes are made like with my dad when he had his hernia removed they gave him painkillers that he couldnt take, luckily i spotted it before the nurse gave them to him, or the nurse who looked after me when i had pneumonia 2 years ago turned out to be the wife of the builder we were sueing , she didnt give me any antibiotics for 3 days, which lead to the infection lasting longer, but she could have killed me.
    I was apologised to by the hospital manager and thats it, thats all i wanted. but in the OP's case i think its only fair to look at compensation because they did leave bandages inside the wound and this lead to infections, who are we to say that if they are lucky enough the money wont be spent on making his mums live easier?
    each case is different , i could sue my last surgeon because the op he did on my spine has made it 1000 times worse but i wont because i knew the risks before i had the op.

    vinylandtrinkets

    the NHS have insurance to protect them against claims


    But the insurance is "underwritten" by the NHS and not private companies. NHS organisations all pay into a central fund and its from this fund that claims are met. Its still taxpayers money that meet the claims. However if someone has a valid claim then this shouldn't stop them pursuing it.

    The NHS Litigation Authority administers the scheme and they have a section on their site for patient advice nhsla.com/Pat…ts/

    thank you for the link gari189. i thought that was the case but i wasnt sure,

    vinylandtrinkets

    thank you for the link gari189. i thought that was the case but i wasnt … thank you for the link gari189. i thought that was the case but i wasnt sure,



    Still doesn't change the fact that in effect, we, the taxpayer, would be paying for the OP...

    tomwatts

    Still doesn't change the fact that in effect, we, the taxpayer, would be … Still doesn't change the fact that in effect, we, the taxpayer, would be paying for the OP...



    very true, but then the other way to look at it is we pay their wages too,
    regardless of the politics of it all, they made mistakes that could have ruined someones life
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