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Maxillofacial Negligence Claims

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What is Maxillofacial Negligence?

Claims related to maxillofacial and oral surgery can result following treatment of a range of medical issues impacting various parts of the skull including the jaw, face, mouth, tongue, lips, palate, orbital areas (eye sockets), as well as the neck and ears.

Examples of Maxillofacial Procedures include (but are not limited to)

  • Facial reconstruction
  • Surgery to jaw and temporomandibular joints
  • Cyst/Tumour removal from the jaw
  • Cleft-lip surgery
  • Cancer treatment, particularly removal of tumours in the head, neck, face, etc
  • Management of cranio-facial fracture or soft tissue injury

Given that maxillofacial surgery often impacts an individual’s appearance and, at times, their ability to eat or speak, adverse outcomes from such procedures can have profoundly devastating effects.

While surgeons do their best to ensure these adverse outcomes do not happen, when they do it may well be down to negligence, often negligent performance of the operation itself.

Types of Maxillofacial Negligence

  • Negligent performance of surgery, which could result in damage to the facial nerves or other permanent injury.
  • Unnecessary procedures undertaken due to misdiagnosis or failure to correctly interpret results
  • Delays in diagnosis/treatment of conditions such as cancer.
  • Nerve damage
  • Negligent performance of surgery which could lead to excessive scarring.

Our Team are aware that often these injuries can cause not only physical symptoms but also can effect a patient’s self-confidence in appearance and possible psychiatric effect. We are compassionate and well versed in dealing with claims of this type. Please contact us if you wish to discuss a potential claim.

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