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A hospital is a place where we receive medical care and attention when we are ill or injured. As a result, you expect it to be safe and offer the best quality treatment you deserve. If mistakes are made at any point during the medical care process, whether this is a delayed diagnosis or a surgical error that makes your condition worse, you may be entitled to a hospital negligence claim.
Coping with the outcome of errors made while under hospital care can be very distressing, but our experienced medical negligence solicitors combine their medico-legal knowledge with a friendly approach to help you navigate this process and make a successful claim. Whether this error is committed by a medical professional at the NHS or a private institution, we will help ensure your case is resolved as quickly as possible.
Types of Hospital Negligence Claims
If a hospital fails to follow proper health and safety procedures, infections can spread quickly. Some of these infections can have devastating effects, and may even lead to death. Here are some of the most common types of hospital negligence claims:
Accident and Emergency Claims
The accident and emergency department is an invaluable part of any hospital, as it provides care for patients who suddenly fall ill as well as victims of minor accidents. As a result, it is often crucial that patients receive prompt attention in order to ensure appropriate treatment is administered. While medical professionals in this department are usually under pressure to provide prompt medical attention, it is their duty to ensure they reasonable standard of care is maintained. If your doctor fails to do this, you may be entitled to a hospital negligence claim.
Most cancer negligence claims involve delayed diagnosis of the condition, resulting in the need for an avoidable, more aggressive treatment procedure. At this time, the cancer is at an advanced stage, and the impact on life may be fatal.
Errors made during a surgical procedure can cause avoidable pain. Surgical negligence occurs when medical professionals fail to meet certain standards during an operation, leaving you with further injuries. If you have suffered surgical negligence during an operation at a hospital, you can make a claim for hospital negligence.
Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
You have complete trust in your health professional to find out what us wrong with you. As a result, error in diagnosis can have a devastating impact on your health. If you have been a victim of misdiagnosis in a hospital, you may be entitled to a hospital negligence claim.
An anaesthetic is a drug that is usually administered in the hospital to numb sensation and prevent pain in particular parts of the body. When there is an error in the administration of an anaesthetic, it can result in nerve damage, brain injury or even death.
Pressure Sore Claims
There are a range of reasons for which a patient may be confined to bed. This may be due to the need for extended bed rest following a surgical procedure or they are suffering a disability that affects their mobility. Whatever the case may be, medical staff must meet an acceptable standard of care when dealing with vulnerable patients. Failure to properly manage a patient confined to bed may lead to pressure sores which can be difficult to treat.
Pressure sores may also mean prolonged hospital stay or even lead to infections that are life-threatening. When a patient develops pressure sores, their ability to recover from the original medical condition may also be affected.
The thought of having an amputation can be distressing, especially as it often follows a devastating injury. However, there are times when amputation may have been prevented had a medical professional fulfilled their duty of care. For instance, a medical professional may fail to identify a pre-existing condition or even mis-identify the correct limb for amputation, causing the patient to lose two limbs.
Can I Make a Hospital Negligence Claim?
You can make a claim for hospital negligence if you have been harmed by the actions or inactions of a health professional during your hospital stay. Sometimes the injury suffered due to negligent treatment are obvious from the word go; the hospital will carry out investigations to determine whether the injury was due to hospital negligence.
At other times, however, the injury may not be immediately obvious. For instance, when misdiagnosis is long-term, a patient may continue to suffer harm without realizing. Whatever your situation may be, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors who will discuss the options available to you.
Can I Make a Claim on Behalf of Someone Else?
If a loved one has suffered an injury due to hospital negligence, it is understandable that you want to do the right thing. If you wish to make a claim on their behalf, we would arrange for one of our solicitors to speak with the victim of hospital negligence to confirm whether they gave you consent to represent them. In situations where this is not possible, for instance if the victim is unable to speak, a claim may be made on their behalf.
Hospital negligence can have a devastating impact. We know that hospital compensation claims cannot take your loss and pain away, but it can provide the financial support you need to navigate this difficult time. The financial settlement can be used to cover legal expenses, medical bills and even funeral costs.
Is there a Time Limit for Hospital Negligence Claims?
Yes. Generally speaking, there is a three-year time limit for most medical negligence claims, including those related to hospital negligence. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you are claiming on behalf of an individual who lacks mental capacity following negligent treatment at a hospital, the time limit will only apply when he/she regains capacity. If you are claiming on behalf of a child, time limits will only begin from the child’s 18th birthday.
We recommend that you contact expert medical negligence solicitors as soon as you suspect you may have been a victim of negligent treatment. Our solicitors will evaluate your case and determine whether it is still within the time limit for making a medical negligence claim.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive for Hospital Negligence?
There is no specific answer to this question, as the compensation amount depends on the nature and severity of the harm you suffered. Our hospital compensation claims solicitors will try to understand how your life has changed due to the injury and will consider this when developing your claim. Some of the factors we will consider include:
- The pain and suffering endured.
- Financial support required to cover the cost of medication, treatment or medical equipment, as well as any modifications to your home.
- Loss of income if you have had to quit work due to the injury.
- The impact of your injury on your hobby, social life and family. Some injuries can cause victims to isolate; compensation may help restore their independence.
These factors will be considered during negotiations for the compensation you are entitled to. Asides the financial support this compensation can provide, it can also help to shed light on the negligence you suffered and ensure no one falls victim again.
How Much Does it Cost to Make a Hospital Negligence Claim?
At Medical Negligence Direct, the vast majority of claims are handled via a medical negligence No Win No Fee UK agreement. This means you won’t have to pay any upfront fees for your claim. If you lose the case, you will not pay anything. If your claim is successful, a percentage of your final compensation will be deducted. All of this will be discussed with you at the start of your claim.
Why Choose Medical Negligence Direct?
We are leading the charge to help victims of negligent treatment. When you get in touch with us, one of our experienced medical negligence solicitors will guide you on how to claim for hospital negligence. We will also discuss how you can fund the claim, and what you can expect as compensation award.
Do not hesitate to call our patient claim line medical negligence today on 0800 644 4240. Our solicitors will be happy to discuss with you at your earliest convenience.