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General Surgery

Helping you to recover

What is involved?

Undergoing surgery is a major moment in any person’s life. In the majority of cases, surgical procedures go according to plan. However, mistakes do happen. If a doctor fails to provide the proper standard of care, the patient may suffer an injury which could have significant and long lasting consequences.

You may be left with a permanent injury, or may require additional or more extensive surgery to repair the damage that has been caused. A patient may also face significantly longer recovery times.

There are a number of situations in which doctors may fail to provide the proper standard of care to patients undergoing surgery and there is a wide variety of mistakes that can happen during surgery.

These can include inadequate patient consent, unnecessary surgery, avoidable injuries during the procedure, infection, retained foreign body (leaving things behind), wrong site procedure (surgery carried out on the wrong part of the body), or failure to identify abnormalities during exploratory procedures.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our Clinical Negligence team has particular expertise regarding problems during surgery
  • You can trust our approachable lawyers to always treat you with respect and empathy
  • We offer FREE initial telephone advice, a FREE first interview and we can advise on funding
  • Your needs come first – we are able to travel and visit you at home if this is appropriate

Call our experienced Clinical Negligence team now to discuss your needs.

If you have suffered an injury during a procedure which was caused by a mistake made by your doctor, or if you feel that you did not give informed consent for a procedure, it may be possible for you to claim for clinical negligence. We have acted for a number of patients who have been adversely affected due to mistakes during surgery.

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"I want to thank you so much for everything, I am so glad we found you, because of you, our lives will hopefully be a lot less stressful. Even though it cannot fix my health problems, it at least gives us peace of mind that whatever may happen in the future, we have choices we may never had had before, so thank you again, we appreciate every single thing you have done for us."

(Gall Bladder Surgery Claimant)


"Thank you for the endless effort you have put into this case and the personal touch you have brought to us at such a difficult time."


"Catherine has exceeded our expectations enormously in every way. We genuinely cannot think of one way that improvements could be made. Catherine's service to us was invaluable, beyond the job description, she was an enormous support and kept us going through the darkest of times."


"Very client focused...she fights for her clients. She doesn’t attempt to extract every penny she can out of the Defendant in respect of her own costs, only in respect of damages."


"Carolyn Lowe handles complex clinical negligence claims ranging from neonatal injuries and stillbirths to injuries suffered as a result of negligent orthopaedic surgery. Market sources say: 'She does her job extremely well and makes everyone feel comfortable around each other'."

Notable Work

  • Acted for a claimant who underwent an appendectomy operation leading to a perforation of his sigmoid colon with catastrophic consequences. The claim was settled for a sum in excess of £1 million.
  • Acted for a claimant who suffered significant internal injuries during gall bladder surgery. She was left with chronic pain and recurrent infections as well as restricted mobility. She required assistance in her day to day life. We obtained a settlement of £1.375 million and the ability to return to court for further compensation in the event she developed sepsis.
  • £525,000 for a gentleman in his 60s who suffered subtle brain damage due to misplacement of the scalpel during ENT surgery. He required support and assistance to continue with his employment and to engage in day to day activities.
  • Achieved a £750,000 settlement for a man whose claim related to negligent knee surgery. This left him with severe, permanent pain and being likely to require an amputation.
  • Securing a £1 million lump sum and annual payments of £50,000 a year for a client who suffered chronic pain after a disc became infected during spinal surgery. The gentleman was not adequately informed regarding the risks of and alternatives to surgery and had he been given sufficient information would not have consented.
  • Pursued a claim against three defendants for a lady who had been incorrectly diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent unnecessary surgery resulting in permanent disfigurement. He achieved a significant settlement figure without the need to attend court.

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‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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