I was recently receiving surgery to correct a sore jaw. However complications arose, and as a result I have had difficulty taking and require assistance while eating. Are jaw injury claims possible against the surgeon?
It is possible to initiate jaw injury claims against a surgeon — however the process may be difficult, and as a result you are advised to consult a personal injury* solicitor at the earliest opportunity. Your entitlement to compensation will depend on whether the surgeon had carried out your procedure with carelessness and neglect, causing an injury that was avoidable. However this is often where medical negligence* cases may become complicated. It is possible that the complications that arose were unavoidable, and an injury was inevitable. If your claim is to be successful, it must be proven that the surgeon who carried out your procedure performed an action that would not have been done by a competent surgeon.
In order to establish whether you can make jaw injury claims, you may be required to acquire the testimony of medical professionals who can ascertain whether the surgeon acted negligently. If the surgeon in question does not immediately admit liability for your injury, a panel of experts will need to determine whether the surgeon in question had acted with negligence or if a reasonable action was taken. If the panel determines that the surgeon had acted negligently, this will greatly assist the possibility that your claim will be successful.
It is important to note that jaw injury claims made in relation to medical negligence* can become complicated, and for this reason it is highly recommended that a personal injury* solicitor with experience of making medical negligence* claims is consulted in order to represent the claim on your behalf. Your solicitor can assist with determining the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled, estimate the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled and assist in gathering evidence. The solicitor can also help gather the testimony of medical experts in order to establish that the surgeon had not acted with competence. It may also be necessary to undergo a medical examination to determine the severity of your injury.
The Statute of Limitations places a time limit of three years upon making a claim to compensation. It must be remembered that gathering evidence and preparing a medical negligence* claim requires great care and may take some time. For this reason you are advised to consult a personal injury* solicitor if you believe you have valid jaw injury claims.