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Tissue damage is commonest cause of surgical negligence suits

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:692
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. London

    Damage to underlying structures is the commonest complication for which patients successfully sue surgeons, a UK survey suggests. The survey, by the Medical Defence Union, found that damage to veins, nerves, and other underlying structures accounted for nearly one third of 115 successful claims, with infection accounting for another 12%.

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