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Woman’s Eyesight Deteriorates Due To Medical Negligence During Surgery

Irwin Mitchell's specialist medical negligence team has secured a five figure sum for a woman who suffered a severed facial nerve during surgery.

Our client, Mrs K, was 81 years old when she began to experience pain from lumps in her neck. She had surgery to remove these lumps but she suffered severing of her facial nerve during the procedure.

A nerve repair was performed, but Mrs K has not completely recovered from her surgery and still has problems with her eyes where she is unable to completely close them. She has had some reconstructive surgery on her eye lid and has a platinum weight placed on the upper lid. Her condition has stabilised but she is unlikely to improve.

Mrs K is experiencing a reduction of vision in both eyes due to cataract formation. She has had surgery which has helped and remains under review.

Mrs K instructed Irwin Mitchell to investigate a claim against the hospital. Julia Willoughby-Smith represented Mrs K and was able to establish that the severance of the facial nerve could have been avoided.

Court proceedings were started and the case settled for £25,000.

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of surgical negligence, we may be able to help you claim compensation. See our Medical Negligence Guide for more information.

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