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Spinal Surgery Claims

Reviewed by

Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 4th January, 2024

We've got your Spinal Surgery Claim covered

Over 50,000 spinal surgery procedures are performed in the UK. Many of these surgeries lead to positive outcomes for patients and an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, some spinal surgeries do not go to plan. If you have undergone a spinal procedure and are now in more pain or have even been left immobile, you could claim compensation for your spinal surgery.


Making a Spinal Surgery Claim 


We have solicitors all over the UK and are specialists in medical negligence and spinal claims. Our No Win No Fee Agreement gives you complete security, and as the highest rated solicitors on TrustPilot we guide you through the entire process. We will help you:


  • Discover if you are able to make a claim
  • Find out how and why your spinal surgery went wrong
  • Understand the evidence you will need to provide
  • Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to

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What is a Spinal Surgery Claim?


When undergoing spinal surgery, you should feel confident and reassured in the safe hands of your medical team. Unfortunately though, mistakes do happen. This can mean that you are left in a more difficult physical state following surgery. When spinal surgery goes wrong, our experienced legal team can help you navigate the challenging waters of your recovery. At Patient Claim Line, we are specialists in spinal surgery claims with over 30 years of experience. We understand the complex nature of these difficult legal cases and will guide you through the process towards the financial compensation you deserve.


Types of Spinal Surgery Claims


There are many types of spinal injury claims we come across, and they occur for a number of reasons. The information below explains the different types of cases.


Spinal Injuries following a misdiagnosis


  • Diagnostic Failure: This includes failure to diagnose and treat a fracture in the neck or back, and can often be due to the injury not being picked up on an x-ray. This means the fracture is left untreated and injury gets worse.
  • Lack of monitoring: If, following surgery, your condition is not adequately monitored it could lead to deterioration and a worse outcome. Especially if there were complications during the surgery.


Spinal Surgery


  • Substandard Techniques: when your surgery was not performed adequately it can lead to symptoms being worse than before surgery
  • Anaesthetic: if an anaesthetic was not administered properly or blood pressure was not monitored throughout the procedure
  • Unnecessary surgery: undergoing a procedure you did not need. This often happens when back pain is misdiagnosed
  • Surgery delays: delays in important surgery that have led to your condition advancing


Severe Spinal Injuries


  • Cauda Equina: a rare condition where nerves in the spine become compressed very suddenly
  • Road Traffic Accidents: spinal injury can occur following serious road traffic accidents. If there is a delay in treating these injuries, outcomes can be much more severe.


Sepsis related injuries


Complications due to sepsis can cause a spinal injury in a number of ways:


  • Failing to diagnose an infection: Spinal surgery is often completed without issue even when there has been a delay in diagnosis. However, after surgery, infections can develop. If these infections are not diagnosed quickly, the infection can then cover the spinal cord and, in rare cases, cause paralysis
  • Failure to admit to hospital: Again, failing to admit a patient to hospital and administer the correct antibiotics can lead to worsening of the infection or later infections developing after surgery.
  • Failure to refer to surgical team: when prompt treatment is needed but there has been a delay in referring to the surgical team, complications can arise from not having surgery early enough.


Spinal Surgery Negligence


Patients can unfortunately come up against spinal surgery negligence at various stages of the journey. This may be during pre-operative checks, during the surgery itself, or whilst under the aftercare team. Here we outline some of the most common incidents of negligence that spinal surgery patients may face. 


During surgery


Several things could lead to spinal surgery negligence during the procedure itself such as:


  • The surgeon could make a mistake or use the wrong technique
  • The wrong equipment or knee replacement product may have been used
  • A specialist may not have been present: In complex cases, it can be necessary to have another expert present. If this does not happen the care of the patient could be compromised. 


Post Operative Treatment


Following your operation you should receive adequate care to help with your rehabilitation. Examples of inadequate care include:


  • Being prescribed the wrong medication or the incorrect dose
  • A lack of follow up appointments or reviews
  • Negligence in the nursing aftercare such as failing to move you resulting in bed sores.


How Do I Know If I Can Make a Claim?


If you have suffered any of the following medical complications following spinal surgery, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.


  • Paralysis (complete or incomplete paralysis)
  • Neurological dysfunction, or a worsening of mobility
  • Requiring a walking aid and/or wheelchair
  • Incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Foot Drop
  • Worsening of pain
  • Chronic nerve damage


It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. Complications of spinal surgery often means that patients are left in a worse physical state than before the surgery, which can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with. Our expert legal team can help you find out if you have a claim and get you the support and rehabilitation you need.


What Can I Expect? 


The final amount of compensation you receive will be decided according to the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Typically, spinal surgery compensation is awarded for:


  • The costs associated with any loss of mobility, such as changes to your home, walking aids or a new car
  • Loss of earnings while you recover, or future earnings if you can no longer work
  • Physical and emotional therapy
  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing care costs including loved ones who have had to stop work to look after you


We can also help you to find additional support from charities and support groups like Aspire and Back Up Trust.


Why Choose Patient Claim Line


At Patient Claim Line we are experts in the field of medical negligence. We can tell you if you have a case and will then investigate fully to get you the compensation you deserve. We have over 100 medical negligence solicitors based throughout the UK and so offer a local service wherever you are. We are rated excellent on TrustPilot and are owned by the UK’s leading law firm. We have helped thousands of people just like you claim the compensation they deserve.

No Win No Fee

If you are able to make a claim for spinal surgery compensation, it will go ahead on a No Win No Fee agreement. Just like our client who during spinal surgery, doctors failed to confirm her MRSA status before operating, our client was MRSA positive and contracted an infection as a result at the site of surgery. Whatever the circumstances of your spinal surgery negligence, we won’t need to pay a penny up front while we investigate and pursue your claim.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Spinal Surgery Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Spinal Surgery Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Spinal Surgery Claim

Compensation for failed spinal surgery can be tens of thousands of pounds. The final amount of compensation you can get for a medical negligence case will vary according to the circumstances of your claim. For cases where there has been complete paralysis, there will be significant costs in future care and medical bills, this means the total amount of compensation may be higher. Once we understand the details of your case, we can advise on estimated compensation figures.

Even if you have recovered from your initial problems and have had additional surgery to correct it, you are still eligible to make a claim. Your spinal surgery should have been performed properly the first time and your aftercare should have been straightforward. If following initial surgery, you have had to go back for corrective surgery, this may still be a case of medical negligence.

If you have had spinal surgery to correct pain, discomfort or ongoing mobility issues, and have ended up in a worse condition after the surgery, then there is a possibility that something went wrong during your procedure or your pre and post operative care. When you contact Patient Claim Line, we find out all of the details of your case and can advise if we think you are eligible for compensation.

A claim will take less time if the other party admits liability. It takes time to gather evidence and proof that medical negligence occurred. Some claims take a few months while others may take a year or more. We will keep you informed throughout every step of your claim.

Meet our Spinal Surgery Team

  • Peter Rigby

    Director of Medical Negligence

  • Alison Flaherty

    Partner, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Michael Gray

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Iain Dodd

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

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