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Claim against breast surgeon Ian Paterson

If you have been affected by the former breast surgeon Ian Paterson, you could claim for compensation today with Leigh Day.

Claims against Ian Paterson

Former breast surgeon Ian Paterson put many patients’ lives at risk through unnecessary operations and unapproved techniques. If you were one of his patients, you may be able to claim compensation.

Paterson was suspended in 2011 and jailed in 2017, having been found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding. However, lots of former patients are only now finding out from private medical providers and NHS Trusts that they may have undergone unnecessary surgical procedures at his hands.

It can be shocking and horrifying to discover you were exposed to such actions. As he treated thousands of patients between 1994 and 2011, the number of people who may be able to claim compensation continues to rise. Fill out the Ian Paterson enquiry form if you believe you may be able to claim.

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The Ian Paterson inquiry

Ian Paterson was employed by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust – since taken over by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. Paterson also had practising privileges at private hospitals Spire Parkway in Solihull near Coventry, and Spire Little Aston in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham.

An independent inquiry was set up to look into the Ian Paterson case. In February 2020, the report highlighted various recommendations relating to:

  • Information to patients
  • Consent
  • Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings
  • Patient recall and ongoing care for all of Paterson’s patients by the NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare.

Some patients did receive compensation from Spire Healthcare, but it was criticised as it failed to contact every patient affected by Paterson’s actions. After Paterson’s conviction a report in the Independent on 11th April 2021 also identified an agreement between the healthcare company and 40 law firms preventing any of his new victims from bringing claims for compensation.

Who can bring an Ian Paterson claim?

Anyone who was a patient of the surgeon Ian Paterson may be able to bring a claim. Even if you didn’t experience a physical injury, you might still be eligible to claim – especially if you received unnecessary or inappropriate procedures, treatment or surgery.

The quickest and easiest way to find out if you can bring a claim is to complete the Ian Paterson enquiry form. One of our team will listen to your case and assess your eligibility, informing you whether you can bring a claim or not.

How much could my claim be worth?

The amount of compensation you could be entitled to will vary on an individual basis. It will generally depend on the type of surgery or procedures that were carried out and the extent of any injuries you suffered.

In 2017 more than 750 patients of former surgeon Ian Paterson received compensation from a £37 million fund . In 2021 a new fund was created to provide further compensation. Claims could range from hundreds of pounds to six figure sums, depending on the circumstances.

How do I claim against Ian Paterson?

To start your claim against Ian Paterson, fill in our online enquiry form. We will process your application and contact you in due course. Or you can call 020 7650 1200 and speak directly to one of our team.

You can simply enter your contact details and one of our specialist team will be in touch to discuss your case. It’s also possible to write a message and attach any supporting documents (such as hospital letters). These can help our team assess your eligibility and provide proof if you decide to claim.

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Ian Paterson FAQs

If you want more information about the Ian Paterson case, find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about it below.

In 2017 the former breast surgeon Ian Paterson was jailed for 20 years. He was found guilty of carrying out unnecessary surgery on more than 1,000 women over a period of 14 years . He is currently serving his 20-year sentence and in 2021 lost a bid to challenge the convictions at the Court of Appeal.

Ian Paterson was suspended by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), which ran Solihull Hospital, in 2011. Later the same year he was suspended by Spire. However, he was not convicted and sentenced to prison until April 2017 after a formal trial.

The Paterson inquiry is a government-led report reviewing the circumstances around the former surgeon’s malpractice and unnecessary surgery. It aimed to uncover what had happened and how, to provide recommendations that will improve the safety and care of patients in the future.

Read the Paterson inquiry online.

Anyone who believes they were a patient of former surgeon Ian Paterson could be eligible to bring a claim. It’s believed he worked with more than 11,000 patients during his employment by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust at Spire Parkway, Solihull, and Spire Little Aston in Birmingham.

If you were ever treated by Paterson, you may be able to claim compensation – even if you never underwent surgery. Fill in our enquiry form and one of our specialist team will assess your eligibility and be in touch with the next steps.

The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. This can include:

  • The surgery or procedures you underwent
  • Any physical injuries caused
  • Emotional distress

Compensation from a £37 million fund has already been awarded to more than 750 former patients of Paterson.

There is no fixed timescale for how long it could take to receive compensation. We realise this can be frustrating. However, our team working on the case will keep you regularly updated and can provide you with a rough estimate based on your circumstances.

If you were treated by Ian Paterson between the years of 1994 and 2011, you may be eligible. Any woman who underwent surgery at Spire Parkway, Solihull, and Spire Little Aston in Birmingham under his recommendations could have a claim.

The easiest way is to fill in an enquiry form. One of our team will assess your eligibility and let you know. Any supporting evidence could help – such as hospital receipts, documents and more that show you were one of his patients.

At Leigh Day, we act for affected clients on a “no win no fee” basis. This ensures you get at least 75% of any compensation you may be awarded if the claim is successful. You don’t need to make any up-front payment or similar to bring the claim.

Yes – already more than 750 former patients have been awarded compensation from a £37 million fund set up. More than 5,500 further former patients have been contacted by Spire Healthcare as a new fund has been created to compensate more of his victims.

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