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Nerve Damage Compensation Claims

Medical surgeons perform a multitude of different surgical treatments to assist patients with many varying conditions and, in most of the situations they deal with, they perform their duties to an extremely high standard. However, sometimes mistakes do happen in surgery which can lead to nerve damage. If you have suffered nerve damage following a surgical procedure, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation against the surgeon or hospital that treated you. On this page, you will find general information to consider before making your claim, together with details of how our team can help you.


Helpful Information

Here at McCarthy + Co, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors have many years of experience in assisting people whose lives have been negatively impacted due to a poor standard of medical care. If you have experienced a form of surgical negligence that led to nerve damage, our expert team will be able to advise you on whether you might have a case and then guide you towards winning the compensation that you deserve.

Bringing a nerve damage compensation claim

Nerves are delicate and can be easily damaged during a surgical procedure. Medical staff are trained to understand the risk of nerve damage by assessing the location of nerves before implementing the surgery. Sometimes they may get this wrong and cause damage to you with ongoing ramifications. If you have suffered due to one of the following issues, our team might be able to take on your case and help you to bring your compensation claim.

  • Muscle weakness – you have felt debilitating levels of weakness following your surgery.
  • Shooting pains – you have felt persistent pains in the affected parts of your body following the surgery.
  • Altered sensations – you have experienced debilitating changes to the quality of your life following surgery, such as altered vision or hearing.
  • Hot and cold sweats – your quality of life has been affected by dramatic changes in your temperament.
  • Paralysis and immobility – the surgery has directly led to your inability to move certain limbs or has resulted in complete paralysis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions our team are often asked.

  • What is nerve damage?

    Nerve damage occurs when nerves in the body are injured or damaged, affecting their ability to communicate with the brain and other parts of the body. This can result in symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness, typically in the hands and feet. Causes vary widely, including diabetes, trauma, infections, exposure to toxins, and surgical error. The extent of nerve damage can range from mild, causing temporary symptoms, to severe, leading to long-term disability. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and addressing the underlying cause to prevent further damage.

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  • How can healthcare providers minimise the risk of causing nerve damage in patients?

    Surgeons and other healthcare professionals avoid this by employing meticulous surgical techniques, carefully monitoring and adjusting drug dosages, especially those known to affect nerve health, and using precise diagnostic tools to avoid unnecessary procedures. Regular training and adherence to best practices in patient care, including thorough patient assessments and the use of advanced imaging techniques, are crucial. Additionally, early intervention in conditions that predispose individuals to neuropathy, such as diabetes, can prevent or limit nerve damage. Effective communication with patients about potential risks and symptoms of nerve damage is also essential for early detection and management.

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  • When might I have the basis to bring a negligence claim for nerve damage?

    You might have the basis to bring a negligence claim if you can demonstrate that the healthcare provider owed you a duty of care, breached that duty through an act or omission, and directly caused you to suffer nerve damage as a result. This includes situations where the provider failed to follow standard medical practices, made errors during surgery, improperly administered treatments, or failed to diagnose or manage conditions leading to neuropathy. Proving that the nerve damage was preventable and resulted from the provider's negligence is key to establishing a valid claim.

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  • How do I make a start on bringing my claim?

    If you have suffered nerve damage and it has resulted in any of the side effects noted on this page, it is important to document the details of your experience as soon as you are able to. You should then seek the advice of specialist medical negligence solicitors, who will investigate your claim and help you to determine your case and its likely outcome in terms of compensation.

Start the process of bringing your nerve damage claim

If you have suffered nerve damage in surgery, and you believe the medical staff who treated you were negligent, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has experience bringing claims relating to a wide variety of healthcare settings, including nerve damage claims arising from a surgical error. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

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