Have you, or a loved one, suffered from medical negligence during an operation for varicose veins? We can help you by explaining the process to make sure you completely understand what options are open to you for both speeding your recovery, and getting you compensation for medical negligence.
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What is a Varicose Vein?
A varicose vein is the name given to a vein which has weakened. This weakening means that the blood can flow backwards, and this can lead to blood building up in the vein. In normal veins, the muscles and vein system makes sure that the blood keeps flowing round the body in one direction. A weakness in the vein can stop this from happening. Varicose veins don’t always need a corrective operation, but this can be the recommended course of treatment if there are complications such as swelling, pain or ulcers on the leg.
Most varicose veins are found on patients’ legs, and can appear discoloured, twisted, swollen or distended. A patient suffering from varicose veins can also suffer from swelling in the feet or ankles or muscle cramps. These complications can be detrimental to quality of life, and as such treatment is required promptly.
Surgery to Treat Varicose Veins
Surgery on varicose veins is not an unusual procedure and is usually very straightforward. In fact recent statistics from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) show that there up to 35,000 such operations every year in England Wales.
Sometimes however, errors are made during the operation and these can have an impact on the health of the patient. Sometimes, a mistake made during surgery can amount to medical negligence. This means that the patient can put in a claim for both compensation, and for any costs associated with corrective surgery in the future.
What Mistakes Can Be Classed as Medical Negligence?
Any surgery which does not come up to acceptable standards can amount to medical negligence. Some of the more common complications experienced after having varicose vein surgery include damage to vessels and nerves, which causes problems with mobility.
If this has happened, it is important that legal advice is sought as soon as possible. If you delay making a claim to long, you could find that you miss out on your right to claim compensation entirely. What’s more, further surgery might be needed to reverse the nerve damage, which may will give you a strong medical negligence claim.
Surgical Errors and Varicose Veins
Surgery is not always recommended for varicose veins, especially when veins are not causing any pain. Sometimes though there are situations when further treatment may be needed to alleviate symptoms, deal with complications or for cosmetic reasons. Consultants and surgeons have to use all of their skill and attention to detail when operating. In the instances where they fail to do this, mistakes can happen. These can include:
• Excessive levels of scarring
• Delays in treating any post-operative infections
• Permanent or serious damage to nerves
• Any other error during varicose vein surgery
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To give your case the best chance of success, it is absolutely essential that you have a dedicated specialist in this area. And the best way to check this is to see whether they are on either of the two main medical negligence panels run by highly respected campaigning charity AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) and the Law Society itself.
In 2019 there are over 190,000 qualified solicitors in England and Wales. Only 180 or so are on both of these panels. The head of our specialist medical negligence team is Denise Broomfield – who has membership both of these panels. So you know when you instruct us, that you’ve got a real expert on your side – and one whose expertise has been independently tested and accredited regularly.
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