Can you sue for nerve damage?

By Zoe Diss

Man holding his wrist

Nerve damage can be a debilitating condition, causing pain, weakness, numbness, and impacting daily life.

If you’ve suffered nerve damage and believe it stems from substandard medical treatment, you might be wondering if you can take legal action. This article explores the possibility of suing for nerve damage in the UK, focusing on:

  • Suing after surgery: When surgical procedures go wrong.
  • Suing hospitals: Holding healthcare institutions accountable.
  • Suing dentists: Malpractice during dental procedures.
  • Making a claim: The process of seeking compensation.

Can you sue for nerve damage after surgery?

Surgery carries inherent risks, but complications arising from surgical negligence can be grounds for a claim. Examples include:

  • Nerve damage caused by improper surgical technique.
  • Nerve damage due to misplaced instruments during surgery.
  • Post-operative nerve damage resulting from infection or inadequate monitoring.
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Can you sue a hospital for nerve damage?

Hospitals and the trusts which administrate them can be held liable for nerve damage if it’s proven to be a result of negligence by their staff. This could involve:

  • Mistakes made by surgeons, nurses, or anaesthetists.
  • Negligence in aftercare leads to nerve damage (e.g., infections).
  • Failure to diagnose or treat pre-existing conditions that contribute to nerve damage.

Can you sue a dentist for nerve damage?

Dental procedures can also lead to nerve damage if negligence is involved. Some potential scenarios include:

  • Nerve damage during tooth extraction or root canal treatment due to improper technique.
  • Nerve damage caused by dental injections administered incorrectly.
  • Failure to diagnose or treat infections leads to nerve damage.

Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors represented Mr Shaw after doctors ignored a blood test which led to necrotising fasciitis and sepsis.

Mr Shaw

Making a nerve damage compensation claim

If you believe you’ve suffered nerve damage due to medical negligence or as a result of an injury, here’s what to do:

  • Seek medical attention: Address the nerve damage with a medical professional and document your condition.
  • Gather evidence: Collect medical records, and witness statements (if applicable), and document the impact on your life.
  • Contact a specialist solicitor: A specialist nerve damage solicitor can advise you on the viability of your claim and guide you through the legal process.


Nerve damage can significantly impact your life.  If you believe it’s a result of medical negligence or as a result of an injury, you might be entitled to compensation.  Consulting a nerve damage solicitor is crucial to understanding your legal options and navigating the claims process.

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