Spinal Surgery Claims*

Spinal surgery can be life-changing, eliminating excruciating pain that you may have suffered from for years. However when errors occur during this type of operation, you might experience long-lasting health problems that could impact the rest of your life.

Our medical negligence lawyers are here to help you claim compensation if something went wrong during your surgery. We can help if your surgeon made mistakes during:

  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Discectomies
  • Disc replacement surgery
  • Laminectomies
  • Aminotomies

Complications during spinal surgery can be very serious, sometimes causing irreversible damage to the spinal cord which can result in loss of sensation and even paralysis. Other problems that can occur relating to spinal operations include:

  • Unnecessary surgery due to an incorrect diagnosis of back pain
  • Delays in surgery causing further health problems
  • Operating on the wrong part of the spine
  • Anaesthesia problems
  • Errors resulting in nerve damage/damage to the spinal cord

Our solicitors have the experience and knowledge needed to get the best outcome for you. We can help you secure compensation to pay for rehabilitation.

Medical Explanations

What Can Go Wrong In Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Spinal fusion surgery is used to join two or more of your vertebrae together using bone grafts or artificial screws and rods. This technique can strengthen the spine and prevent pain which can be caused by spondylolisthesis (when a vertebrae slips out of place) or degenerative disc disease (discs gradually wearing down).

When errors are made during spinal fusion surgery, the results can be very painful. We might be able to help you make a claim if your surgeon:

  • Failed to prevent infection (most commonly in cases involving the insertion of rods)
  • Damaged other vertebrae or organs during surgery
  • Caused nerve damage (which can cause paralysis)
  • Incorrectly performed a bone graft
  • Made errors when inserting rods and plates
  • Didn’t recommend rehabilitation when needed after surgery

Negligent surgery can leave you with further spinal problems which may need extensive treatment to relieve the pain. We can help you secure compensation which can help pay for treatment and advice from spinal care experts, making sure you make the best recovery possible.

What Errors Can Be Made In A Discectomy?

Discectomies are performed in order to remove the entirety or part of a herniated disk which is located between your vertebrae. This procedure can be advised to solve problems caused by damaged discs which can put pressure on the surrounding nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately surgeons sometimes make errors during discectomies but we’re here to help if this has happened to you. We could help you make a claim if your surgeon:

  • Severed an artery during surgery
  • Delayed surgery (this can lead to nerve compression)
  • Failed to remove the disc completely
  • Damaged the dura (outer membrane of the spinal cord)
  • Caused a nerve injury (including the sciatic nerve)
  • Didn’t refer you for necessary physiotherapy/hydrotherapy
  • Failed to advise you about post-operative care

Your Legal Options

What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?

After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up an initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim.

We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

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Medical Law:   Our Priorities
As experienced solicitors, we know how to pursue these kinds of Spinal Surgery claims.  We understand the needs of our clients.   We can employ the resources to be effective in complex medical negligence litigation.
Medical Law:  Our Promise to You
We are dedicated to the service of our clients from our initial consultation and case review until we reach a settlement or judgment on your behalf.   Your best interests are our priority.  If you or a loved one have suffered due to medical negligence, we want to help you by finding out, what happened, who was responsible and holding that responsible party or parties to account.

*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Regulation 8 of S.I. 518 of 2002.

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Medicallaw.ie is a team of experienced solicitors and medical consultants who specialise in taking on medical negligence claims.

The team is headed up by Siobhan Fahy, Solicitor.

We are all well qualified in our respective fields and have years of experience in the area of medical negligence. We seek justice and financial compensation for patients who feel that they have been the victim of medical neglect.

We recognise the dedication of those who serve in our hospitals and health service, but the reality is that our health system is so inadequate that many people find they have become victims of a particular consultant or the Health Service Executive itself. We are here to help.

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