Understanding medical negligence and personal injury claims

Written by: Keoghs Solicitors

Date: 7th January 2014

The United Kingdom’s standard of medical care is renowned throughout the world. However medical professionals can and do make mistakes and fail in their duty of care to patients. Systems put in place to safeguard patients can also fail.

Typically, the types of medical accidents and cases of medical negligence include:

  • A delay in diagnosis, which results in your chances of recovery being affected adversely
  • Badly performed surgery or procedure
  • Inappropriate or incorrect treatment, surgery or procedure
  • The failure of a medical device or an adverse reaction to an administered drug
  • Delays during childbirth which lead to the child or the mother being injured

Below is an overview of one of our recent medical negligence cases, where, upon behalf of our client, we successfully secured a five figure settlement.

Swab left in abdomen after surgery results in a five figure medical negligence settlement

Nine days after surgery in hospital, our client had acute abdominal pain. Problems with the recovery continued and a CT scan identified a retained swab. Our client had to have further surgery under general anaesthetic to remove the retained swab from the abdomen. Due to the hospital’s negligence, our client required a further operation and endured additional pain and suffering and was left with further scarring.

As a result of our involvement the hospital speedily admitted that it had been negligent in failing to removing the swab after the first operation and our client received a five figure sum by way of compensation.


Please contact us if you feel that you or a loved one have suffered medical negligence. We can help you to receive the compensation you deserve.

Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris fight tirelessly for our clients in order to achieve the optimum result and outcome for you. John Gorner and his team of experts are renowned for understanding all the issues surrounding medical negligence and personal injury claims and offer the highest level of professionalism, advice, dedication and expertise, in order to achieve successful and significant result s for our clients.

In the majority of medical negligence cases there are strict time limits on when you can commence court proceedings, to progress your claim; for this reason it is vital that you seek advice from our medical negligence experts as soon as possible.