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Mr Arunkalaivanan (‘Arun’) Claims

Mr Angamuthu Arunkalaivanan (known as Mr ‘Arun’), a consultant uro-gynaecologist who primarily worked at City Hospital, Birmingham, is currently under scrutiny following concerns over patient safety. Our solicitors could help you claim compensation if you've sustained an injury following treatment by Mr Arun.

There are concerns that Mr Arun has wrongly been implanting synthetic trans-vaginal meshes (TVMs) to treat a condition known as “pelvic organ prolapse” (‘POP’) in women. The use of TVMs carries the risk of serious injury for the patient and there are a number of alternative treatments that Mr Arun could have used.

In 2009, the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust instructed its staff to only implant TVMs as a last resort due to international doubt about the safety and effectiveness of the devices. In particular, NICE, the regulating body for health technology in England and Wales, has stated that there is ‘insufficient information’ about the safety of TVMs. Mr Arun may have disobeyed this instruction and continued using TVMs as a ‘first line’ treatment instead of safer alternatives.

The Trust has now written to over 200 Birmingham patients regarding these concerns. Mr Arun also practiced privately at the Edgbaston Hospital and the Priory Hospital. If you’ve been written to or think you have received substandard care from Mr Arun at any of these hospitals, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Our specialist lawyers have a great deal of experience of clinical negligence claims. In addition, the lawyers handling cases against Mr Arun have specialist experience with TVM claims and are already involved in claims against some of the manufacturers of these products.

We can help you get the compensation you deserve for any injuries that Mr Arun’s treatments have caused and any ongoing health problems they cause in the future. Call our team on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for more information.


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Mr Arunkalaivanan Claims - More Information
    • How Much Can I Claim?
    • How much compensation you receive for an injury caused by a defective medical product will depend on various factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim will depend on many factors, including:

      • Current and future loss of earnings from being unable to return to work
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Whether you need modifications to your home
      • Whether you need mobility aids or specialist equipment
      • Your pain and suffering, and the nature of any ongoing problems you have

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6567 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury or illness caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

        1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
        2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
        3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepts liability, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

          Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court will put a timetable in place and manage your claim towards trial. There is still the possibility for your opponent to settle.  If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you are unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • What Is A Group Claim, And What Are The Benefits?
    • When an entire line of medical products is defective, many people may suffer injuries as a result. In these situations, it is possible to make a group claim to ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      In some cases a group action may be appropriate way for the court to manage a number of similar claims together without having a trial of each individual claim. Group actions can help people to share legal expertise as well as the cost by working together, to try and maximise the chances of being fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      We have extensive experience in pursuing group actions relating to many different types of claim, including for defective products, drugs and medical devices.

      The expertise and results achieved for our clients means that Irwin Mitchell is the most highly ranked personal injury firm in the UK by two independent leading legal reviews.

      If you're unsure about whether making a group claim is right for you, it's best to seek some advice. Contact us and we'll be able to advise you on the options.


They were always there to answer my questions and queries when I was at my most vulnerable and they persevered to obtain the best possible result."

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does The Medical Community Stand On TVMs?

The use of mesh is controversial to many in the medical community because there is so little information about the long-term use and risks of the mesh product.

NICE, the regulator for health technology used in England and Wales, has stated that "insufficient information" is available about the effectiveness and safety of trans-vaginal mesh use in prolapse surgery in women, and has called for a review. Scottish health ministers have called for TVMs to be banned or their use suspended.

In Europe, the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has recommended that, due to the risks posed, trans-vaginal mesh surgery should only be used when other surgical options have either failed or are expected to do so.

The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) in the USA issued a public health notification to medical professionals in 2008 warning of serious TVM complications such as erosion, pain, discomfort, recurrent prolapse problems and incontinence, amongst others. In 2011 the FDA issued an update advising that these complications are “not rare”. They have re-categorised TVMs from Class II to Class III, which indicates they pose a higher risk to patients.

Some studies have found that trans-vaginal mesh is associated with a high rate of complications, with a risk of over 30% of patients becoming permanently disabled or experiencing long term symptoms, even with complete mesh removal. Similarly, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) advised in 2013 that the risks and benefits of mesh are unclear and it is currently recommending that operations using mesh are only performed as part of an audit.

In light of this mounting concern, many NHS Trusts have taken the decision not to offer trans-vaginal mesh as a first surgical repair treatment when pelvic organ prolapse has occurred. This was the concern and the decision taken by Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust.

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What Symptoms Are Associated With Trans Vaginal Meshes? (TVMs)?

Trans-vaginal meshes (TVMs) are products historically used by specialist uro-gynaecological surgeons when treating a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse in women.

Potential symptoms that TVMs can cause include:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Bleeding
  • Erosion of tissue
  • Perforation into surrounding organs
  • Difficulty having sexual intercourse
  • Recurrent prolapse
  • Incontinence

It has been found that the removal of the mesh to try and improve symptoms has also proved to be difficult, since the mesh was designed to stay in the body indefinitely. Patients often need several revision surgeries to attempt to remove the mesh. In many circumstances, complete removal is not possible.

If you have suffered any of these symptoms following treatment by Mr Arun, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Call our specialist team on 0800 121 6567 to find out more.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Claim Against Mr Arun?

Our medical negligence and product liability solicitors have worked with victims of defective medical products and negligent medical practitioners for many years, and we understand the physical difficulties, anger and lasting trauma this can cause.

We also understand that it can be difficult to know who is to blame and who ought to be held accountable for your illness or injury. In these situations, it helps to have the experts on your side – if you've suffered because of the actions of Mr Arun, we'll work tirelessly to make sure you receive all of the support, advice and care you need while we help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Helping our clients access medical care and support, including physiotherapy and surgery, as well as mobility aids and home modifications, is as important to us as pursuing financial compensation. This support is essential for adapting to life after an injury, and our approach has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

If you have any questions about making a claim, or how we can help, then please don't hesitate to give us a call today on0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free initial consultation on your case. We'll discuss your situation with you, and give you our expert advice on your options. We're here to help.



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