Nerve damage is one of the most common injuries suffered by patients caused by surgical error. This is because surgeons are constantly at risk of harming the 100 billion neurons running along the system of nerves they are in direct contact with as they perform operations.
The slightest mistake can cause nervous damage leading to:
If a surgeon fails to identify a nerve, which is accidentally severed or damaged there could be long-term loss of function of the body part controlled by a particular nerve and even disability for the rest of a patient’s life.
Injury to a nerve caused by error or negligence can have a traumatic impact upon the whole family, especially if damage was avoidable and if sufficient, appropriate care had not been taken during a treatment procedure.
While a hospital trust has a legal ‘Duty of Candour’ to both inform and apologise to patients if mistakes have been made while in their care, it may not always be straightforward to obtain a proper explanation as to what happened and where the responsibility may lay.
If you or a member of your family have good reason to believe that an avoidable error occurred during treatment of surgery your first step should be to seek the professional advice of a legal expert. It is also crucial that they are clinical negligence specialists with in-depth knowledge and experience of the key medical issues together with a sympathetic and sensitive understanding of how everyone involved is affected.
Your Legal Friend is experienced in successfully resolving many different types of clinical negligence cases. We can help you find out the reason why you or a member of your family were not given the duty of care owed, and crucially, obtain compensation to ensure the future financial needs of providing the necessary special care, support, treatment and equipment will be properly met.
The human nervous system is complex. There are many different types of nerves, all performing different functions, which can be damaged.
There are also two nervous systems:
One system of nerves governs voluntary movements, reflexes and semi-automatic movements, such as maintaining balance, posture, walking as well as receiving messages from the skin and the sensory organs, e.g. the eyes and ears.
A second system regulates unconscious functions, including breathing, digestion, heart rhythm, blood circulation, excretion, etc and the involuntary movements of organs and glands.
There are 31 pairs of mixed nerves (sensory and motor) emerging from the spinal cord, which connect all parts of the body, except the face, which is controlled by nerves directly from the brain.
There are a number of common causes of nerve damage, which can occur if insufficient, appropriate care is not taken by a surgeon, doctor or nurse while undergoing a hospital procedure or treatment.
Clinical negligence associated with nerve damage can be caused by:
Direct physical damage
Needle / injection damage
Blood supply / pressure damage
While a surgeon and his team may have put into place appropriate procedures and will take extreme care to avoid an error being made, nerves can still be severed or damage inadvertently takes place.
Known procedures where injuries caused to nerves can occur:
If a surgical error or treatment procedure causes injury to a nerve, which results in physical impairment or a severe disability, you will want to find out why your hospital failed you in their duty of care.
As experienced clinical negligence specialists, we know that you or a member of your family will be feeling devastated that procedures may have fallen below the expected, appropriate standard. Our task is to ensure your voice will be heard and your case is made in order to bring the doctor, hospital, health trust or another medical practitioner to account for the harm and suffering caused.
Your Legal Friend is committed to ensuring victims of clinical negligence obtain answers and receive both justice for mistakes made and compensation to ensure future medical treatment and care needs are properly met.