Surgical negligence occurs when surgery is not performed to an acceptable level, either as a result of a mistake from a qualified professional or an operation carried out by a surgeon that is unqualified or unfit to perform in their role.
Surgeons carry the same duty of care to their patients as any other medical professional and, if that duty is breached and an accident, injury or illness follows as a result, there may be grounds for a surgical negligence claim.
More often than not, with such a qualified Irish workforce, it is an error in surgery that leads to a surgical negligence claim.
It is important to remember that, with any case of medical negligence, it must be proven that the practitioner involved did not perform to an acceptable level.
Surgery as a course of treatment is usually a last resort because it carries so many risks, and an unsuccessful surgery may not be the fault of the surgeon.
If they are deemed to have performed their duties to an appropriate standard, it may be difficult to pursue a surgical negligence claim.