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Weight Loss Surgery Claims Solicitors

Did you suffer injuries from a mishandled weight loss surgery? We can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Weight loss surgery is designed to help people towards a healthier lifestyle. When something goes wrong, it can do the exact opposite, placing your long-term health and wellbeing in serious jeopardy.

If this has happened to you or someone you love, our weight loss surgery claims solicitors can help you secure much-needed compensation and answers. With over 30 years of specialist experience and millions recovered in compensation, we are the team you can trust to fight for your right to justice.

Gillian Gadsby - Medical Negligence Solicitor, Co-founder and Managing Partner
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Do you have a weight loss surgery claim?

Weight loss surgery helps people with a high BMI lose weight quickly. This usually goes well, but mistakes can happen. If your surgeon or another professional is responsible for a negligent error, the consequences can be life-changing.

From gastric bands that are incorrectly placed, to damage inflicted on nerves and blood vessels. If you have suffered an avoidable injury, you may be able to make a weight loss claim and pursue the compensation and answers you need to move past this distressing experience.

Our clients don’t pay a penny unless we win their case.

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The specialist weight loss surgery claims solicitors for Essex & East Anglia

Nobody should endure negligent care during a weight loss surgery. Since 1993, we have ensured anyone affected by this finds their path to justice.

Working closely with you and meticulously investigating all evidence, we minimise the stress of making a claim and pursue a settlement that secures your future. With 96% of cases resolved out of court and a firm ‘no win, no fee’ approach, we strive to give you complete peace of mind every step to a successful outcome.

What does our weight loss surgery claims process look like?

Free consultation: Legal process to validate a negligence claim
A free initial consultation

Call us, request a callback or complete our online form and we’ll assess if you have a valid medical negligence claim.

Funding your claim and no win no fee: Legal process for a negligence claim
Funding your claim

Discover the ways we can fund your claim without you paying a penny at any stage of the process.

Evidence investigation: Legal process for a negligence claim
Investigating evidence

We gather medical records, witness statements and more to learn what happened to you and prove your claim.

Medical experts to review your case: Legal process for a negligence claim
Instructing independent medical experts

We work with impartial, experienced medical experts to establish whether your injuries were due to substandard medical care.

Valuing your claim for compensation: Legal process for a negligence claim
Valuing your claim

We assess your health and financial losses to accurately estimate how much compensation your claim is worth.

Presenting your case: Legal process for a negligence claim
Presenting your case

We contact the Defendants and the Courts on your behalf to set out your allegations and receive a response.

Negotiating a settlement: Legal process for a negligence claim
Negotiating a settlement

We work to achieve a fair settlement for you outside the courtroom – this is how 96% of our cases end.

Litigation and preparing for trial: Legal process for a negligence claim
Preparing for Trial

If we must proceed to Trial, we fully prepare you for what to expect so you receive the right result in court.

We believe everyone has the right to justice, no matter their financial circumstances. At Gadsby Wicks, we ensure you can claim without ever paying anything upfront – guaranteed.

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What you need to know about weight loss surgery claims

What is weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is surgery performed on your digestive system to help you lose weight.

These procedures are often performed on people suffering from obesity or who struggle with obesity-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, and have found it impossible to lose weight through other means, such as diet and exercise or prescription diet pills.


What can go wrong during weight loss surgery?

While the overwhelming majority of bariatric surgeries are handled competently, mistakes can and do happen. When a breach of duty of care occurs, it can seriously endanger a patient’s safety and welfare in several ways:

  • Damage to nerves and blood vessels
  • Internal bleeding caused by poor surgical technique
  • Incorrectly placed gastric band
  • Stomach joins stapled incorrectly
  • Leaks of bile and other fluids
  • Improper application of anaesthesia
  • Failure to monitor heart rate and breathing
  • Infections during surgery

Problems can often be rectified if the patient is monitored correctly. However, this is sadly not always the case, and post-surgery negligence can be just as problematic as the initial mistake. Examples of this include:

  • Failure to identify and respond to signs of ​​post-operative infection or malnutrition
  • Failure to spot signs of internal bleeding
  • Failure to recognise stomach punctures and leaks
  • Delayed emergency corrective surgery for an obstruction, which could cause a patient to become septic
  • Failure to make someone aware of requirements post-surgery (e.g. failing to provide proper advice about nutrition and vitamin supplements)

If these mistakes are proven to have caused your injuries, our specialist clinical negligence lawyers can help you claim damages.

Infographic - Weight loss surgery NHS Digital research showing over 1 million hospital admissions for obesity in 2019/2020

How do I prove weight loss surgery errors were caused by negligence?

The consequences of poorly performed weight loss surgery or inadequate aftercare can be far-reaching. It could range from requiring additional procedures to correct mistakes and longer recovery times, to complications that affect a person for the remainder of their life. In the worst cases, negligent acts can cost someone their life altogether.

If you or someone you care about has been affected by the negligent actions described above, our weight loss surgery claims solicitors can help you prove you have a claim, and secure the compensation you deserve.

To prove that you have a legitimate compensation claim, it is important to answer three key questions:

  1. Did a healthcare professional breach their duty of care towards you?
  2. Did you suffer pain, injury, loss or damage during or following treatment?
  3. Was the causation of your suffering a direct result of the breach of duty?

To help you answer these, we will assess medical records, witness statements and all available evidence. We will also talk to an independent bariatric surgeon, whose expertise will help us establish whether your surgeon’s actions were negligent, and quantify the settlement you deserve.

How can weight loss surgery claim compensation help me?

The amount of compensation you are entitled to following a weight loss surgery claim will largely depend on how your injuries have affected your life, and can help towards a range of costs:

  • Future procedures and treatments
  • Loss of earnings
  • Annual check-ups and scans
  • Ongoing therapies
  • Required medication
  • Home and vehicle adaptations
  • Mobility equipment
  • Travel expenses
  • Long-term care requirements

In the unfortunate circumstances that surgical complications lead to a patient’s death, their dependents can claim for their pre-death pain, suffering and loss of amenities and for any financial support or services the deceased provided for them.

We investigate all available evidence, including medical records, witness statements and independent medical opinion to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to.

How long do weight loss surgery claims take to settle?

There is no firm answer to this question – every surgical negligence claim is different, and the time it takes to reach a final settlement will depend on several factors, including:

  • The stance taken by the Defendants
  • The time it takes to hear back from medical experts

As specialists in weight loss surgery claims, we can ensure that your case will be pursued in the most efficient way possible, and we typically expect a claim to be settled within two to five years.

How long do I have to make a weight loss surgery claim?

In most circumstances, you have three years to make a weight loss surgery claim. However, there are exceptions:

  • Claimants under the age of 18 have until their 21st birthday to make a claim
  • There is no time limit for a claimant who is mentally incapacitated

We always recommend contacting us even if your claim is made outside the standard three-year window. Every claim is at the court’s discretion, and we will always advise on whether your case is likely to be accepted.

Contact our expert weight loss surgery claims solicitors

If you or a loved one sustained injuries from weight loss surgery and would like to speak to someone about your options, our team is here to listen and advise you on your next steps.

  • We are the only medical negligence specialist firm in Essex & East Anglia
  • 96% of our cases are successfully resolved outside of court
  • No win. No fee. You only pay if your case is successful
  • Work alongside one specialist solicitor throughout your entire case
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