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Nerve Damage Claims

If you've suffered nerve damage due to mistakes made during surgery, our medical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation.

Nerves are delicate and easily damaged during surgery. Medical staff have a duty to reduce the risk of nerve damage by checking the location of nearby nerves before operating.

Nerve damage is particularly common in certain operations such as back, hip or knee surgery or hernia repairs. You may have suffered nerve damage if you had an operation and experienced:

  • Paralysis and immobility
  • Altered sensations
  • Shooting pains
  • Tinging feelings
  • Feeling hot and cold
  • Muscle weakness.

These symptoms can be life-changing and you deserve compensation to help you cover any expenses you might face. We can help you access the best private treatment, therapy and rehabilitation so you make the quickest possible recovery.

Surgery is an anxious and stressful experience at the best of times and we understand how traumatic it can be when something goes wrong. We’ll make your nerve damage claim as easy as possible so you can focus on getting better.

Our team includes some of the leading medical negligence lawyers in the country and we have helped thousands of people who have suffered due to negligent surgery.

We also accept nerve damage claims on a No Win No Fee basis* which means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees, even if your case is unsuccessful.

Call us free today on 0808 301 1768 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your nerve damage claim.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Nerve Damage Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • Can I Make A Nerve Damage Claim For Someone Else?
    • In some circumstances you might be able to make a claim on behalf of someone else, including:

      • On behalf of a child who has experienced negligent surgery before their 18th birthday
      • For someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case
      • On behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away

      To make a claim for someone who has passed away, you’ll normally have three years from the date of their death or three years from the point where surgical negligence was discovered.

    • Can I Make a No Win No Fee Nerve Damage 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 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.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim, either from the date of the surgery or from the point where it was discovered that negligent treatment was responsible for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • If you suffered negligent surgery before you turned 18, you can make a claim for your accident up until your 21st birthday. Claims for children under 18 must be handled by an adult. These cases are subject to different time limits as growth can impact on your injuries which means working out how much compensation you need can take time.
      • If you need to claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have mental capacity, the three year time limit doesn’t apply. This changes if the person who experienced negligence regains mental capacity, where they will then have three years from this date to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Meet Our Nerve Damage Claims Team
    • Our experienced team of lawyers understand that you’ll be going through a distressing and traumatic time and may be worried about your future, your long-term care or your financial security. Whatever your circumstances, we want to help you find out exactly what happened and why, securing the compensation you deserve to help you recover.

      With offices across the country, our solicitors will never be too far away from you. We have one the largest medical negligence teams in the UK made up of some of the country’s leading lawyers. Our experts don’t only handle compensation claims, but campaign to ensure patient safety. We support Action against Medical Accidents AvMA), a charity which supports those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical accidents.

      Meet our nerve damage claims solicitors

      As a full-service law firm, we have a number of teams who’ll be able to support your claim, including:

      • Asset Management – to make sure you have access to funds throughout your life
      • Client Liaison Managers – to help you plan and access the best care and support
      • Court of Protection – this team can set-up personal injury trusts which can prevent your state benefits being influenced by your settlement
      • Wills – protect the future of your loved ones by setting up and updating your Will
      • Employment – to help with any issues that may have arisen by having time off

Over the last two and a half years, I couldn’t have got to where I am now without the support of Irwin Mitchell.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Nerve Damage?

Nerves are fibres that carry information around your body and are vital to everything that your body does. Damage to a nerve can interrupt this information and cause a variety of potentially life-changing symptoms.

This information includes your brain telling your body what to do and your body telling your brain what it senses, e.g. heat and pain. There are also nerves that control involuntary processes in your body such as digestion or heart rate.

Nerve damage can stop your brain’s orders from reaching certain body parts or interfere with the sensations that you feel. This can cause a range of symptoms, such as:

  • Paralysis and immobility
  • Altered sensations
  • Shooting pains
  • Tingling feelings
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Muscle weakness.

These symptoms can have a huge impact on your quality of life and prevent you doing normal day-to-day activities. They can also affect your mental wellbeing and lead to psychological issues such as stress, anxiety or depression.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following surgery, you may be able to make a nerve damage compensation claim. Call us today on 0808 301 1768 for a free initial consultation.

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How Does Nerve Damage Happen?

Nerves are delicate and can easily be damaged by surgical procedures. Surgical staff must take care to check the location of nearby nerves when operating anywhere in the body.

This helps them avoid damaging a nerve by cutting, burning, stretching or compressing it during the operation.

Medical staff can check where nerves are with radiology before the operation or visually during the procedure itself.

The most common forms of surgical nerve damage are:

  • Severance of the radial nerve
  • Nerve severance during hip replacement surgery
  • Nerve severance during knee replacement surgery
  • Spinal cord injury by epidural.

If you have been affected by one of these types of surgical nerve injury or any other, please contact us to find out how you can make a nerve damage claim.


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How Much Nerve Damage Compensation Can I Expect?

Compensation can make a real difference to your life, helping you access the healthcare and support you need to make the best possible recovery. By making a nerve damage claim with us, we can get you funds which can help pay for:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychological therapy
  • Private surgery (where appropriate)
  • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
  • Loss of income
  • Household adaptations

The amount of compensation you get will depend on the severity of your injuries and the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need and will make sure that your compensation can cover their suggestions.

If the medical professional or organisation that performed your negligent surgery accepts responsibility for your injuries, we can help you get early compensation payments. Often known as interim payments, these funds can help pay for ongoing care costs and expenses during your claim.

Contact our team on 0808 301 1768 for more information on making a nerve damage claim.

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As well as securing compensation and rehabilitation for our clients, we also campaign for changes to patient safety by supporting Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

This UK charity provides advice and support to people who have suffered because of lapses in patient safety, working in partnership with health professionals, the government and the NHS to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

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