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Vascular surgery negligence claims

If you have problems with your arteries or veins, then you may undergo vascular surgery. This specialist type of surgery deals with diseases that affect the vascular system. If not treated appropriately, problems with the vascular system can result in serious health problems and even amputation.

At Fletchers Solicitors, we understand the suffering that can be caused by vascular issues, especially when they are not treated correctly. Our lawyers are specialists in medical negligence and have over 200 years’ combined experience, so we are experts in identifying the kinds of negligence that can occur with vascular surgery treatment.

What is a vascular surgery negligence claim?

Vascular surgery is a complex and specialist type of surgery that is performed by a qualified, specialist surgeon. Whilst the majority of surgeries are completed successfully, unfortunately sometimes mistakes can occur.

Medical negligence can arise through the treatment of vascular conditions and diseases when a medical professional offers a substandard level of care. This could mean that the medical professional failed to recognise symptoms of vascular disease, offered the wrong treatment for the condition or even made mistakes during surgery. Claims can also arise if medical professionals fail to efficiently screen patients who are at a high risk of developing vascular issues. Common claims include haemorrhage, damage to blood vessels, blockage of arteries or grafts and even amputation.

If you or a loved one has suffered vascular issues as a result of negligent care, or a vascular condition has been misdiagnosed or not properly managed, then you could be entitled to compensation. Whilst financial compensation can’t reverse the damage caused by negligent care, it can help you to move on from the incident and plan for the future.

Fletchers Solicitors believe that everyone should be entitled to fair legal representation, which is why we offer a No Win, No Fee legal service to take the financial strain out of the claims process. Our experienced lawyers will collect medical records, documents and statements on your behalf to build your claim and will guide you through the legal process with compassion and professionalism.

Different types of vascular surgery negligence claims

There are many ways that negligence could occur during treatment of vascular conditions. This may include:

  • Failure to prevent the development of a blood clot in the leg (DVT, deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (PE, pulmonary embolism) due to negligent care
  • Failure to test for or properly medicate patients who are more at risk of developing vascular issues, such as those with a family history of blood clots or patients who are overweight
  • Failure to prescribe blood thinning medicine to prevent blood clots
  • Failure to recognise the symptoms of vascular problems, for example PAD, peripheral arterial disease or CLI, critical limb ischaemia, or delay in diagnosis and failure to treat them appropriately

Patients place their health and trust in the hands of the surgeon that is delivering their treatment and so when things go wrong it can feel like a betrayal. If the mistake has lead to life-changing consequences, then it can be devastating.

We understand that when you’re recovering from the aftermath of a medical negligence mistake, making a claim may seem like an overwhelming task. That’s why our dedicated lawyers will work closely with you to collect the facts of your case, before requesting your medical records on your behalf. Our expert team of medical negligence specialists will also work with leading medical professionals to assess the care you received, so that we can build you the best case.

Is there a time limit on making a vascular surgery negligence claim?

Claims for vascular surgery compensation must be brought within three years of the relevant incident, or three years from when you first became aware that a mistake was made. This is known as the “date of knowledge” and refers to when you first found out that something might have gone wrong with your treatment. Often people find out that a mistake has been made straight away, but sometimes it can actually be a matter of months, even years, before anyone admits that something has gone wrong.

If you or the person the mistake happened to is, or was under the age of 18 at the time the incident occurred, then the time limit is three years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday).

If the person the mistake happened to does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake, there can be no time limit.

After the three year limitation period has expired you will likely be debarred from pursuing a claim. So, it is crucial that you seek legal advice as soon as you think a mistake may have been made, even if you’re not sure about what exactly went wrong. At Fletchers Solicitors, our legal advisors can assess the facts of your case quickly over the phone, so you can find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Speak to a legal advisor free of charge today on 0330 013 0251