Due to diagnostic and surgical advances over the past 25 years, spinal surgery is carried out much more frequently than was formerly the case. However, the increased prevalence of spinal surgery has also led to a greater understanding of the complications which may arise from such surgery and which can have substantial impact upon a patient’s quality of life. As a consequence, it has become more widely accepted that spinal surgery should generally be reserved for patients who have debilitating symptoms that have not been responsive to adequate trials of non-surgical treatments.
Back surgery is normally considered in patients suffering from:
- Disc herniation (ruptured or slipped discs);
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal); or,
- Degenerative disc disease (the progressive deterioration of spinal discs).
Where conservative management is ineffective in treating these conditions, the spinal surgical procedures which may be discussed with patients include:
- Spinal fusion surgery; or,
Complications during spinal surgery are often very serious and can result in irreversible damage to the spinal cord, including nerve damage and paralysis.
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If you have experienced a poor outcome from spinal surgery, it is important to seek advice in relation to whether you may have grounds to bring a legal claim* for compensation with respect to your injuries. If you were not provided with sufficient information in relation to the risks associated with your proposed surgical treatment in order to provide informed consent or if the complications which you experience indicate a potential failure to carry out the surgery in a competent manner, a legal claim may be able to be brought on your behalf. As part of such a claim, the costs of remedial treatment required for your current condition can be sought together with appropriate compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenities which you have experienced to date and which are likely to continue into the future.
Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company have investigated several cases of alleged negligently performed spinal surgery which has resulted in serious injuries to patients. As a result of this experience, we will be in a position to provide you with detailed advice with respect to the prospects of successfully bringing a legal claim following a full assessment of the circumstances of your particular surgery and injury; to secure the expert evidence which will be necessary in order to fully investigate and to establish your legal claim and to guide you through the legal processes which are involved in bringing a negligence claim of this nature.
We have advised and assisted patients who have undergone spinal surgery unnecessarily, surgeries which have caused injuries to the spinal cord including dural tears resulting in leaks of cerebrospinal fluid and post-operative cauda equina lesions. We have also advised and assisted patients who have suffered post-operative infections and blood clots/haematomas.