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Nurses play a pivotal role in providing care and improving the health conditions of their patients. Their responsibilities include ensuring that patients receive the correct medication, and their health is monitored through the treatment and recovery process to help nurse them back to health. In the vast majority of cases, nurses provide a high standard of care and are exemplary. However, mistakes can and do happen; if you have been a victim of negligent treatment by a nurse, you can make nursing negligence claims.
Medical Negligence Direct works with a panel of specialist nursing negligence solicitors with experience in making claims on behalf of victims of nursing negligence. No matter the nature of negligence, we can help you obtain maximum compensation within the shortest possible time.
Call us on 0800 644 4240 to speak with one of our solicitors or fill our free claims assessment form, and we will call you back at a convenient time for you.
What is Nursing Negligence?
Nursing negligence occurs when the quality of care provided by a nurse fails to meet a reasonable nursing standard, leading to injury or illness for a patient.
Duty of Care in Nursing
Duty of care is a fundamental aspect of professional nursing. According to the NMC code, nurses have a duty of care at all times and people must be able to entrust their health and lives into their care. If a nurse has failed to uphold their duty of care when treating you – whether this is due to NMC code bullying or some other reason – you may be able to make duty of care claims.
Nursing negligence can occur in care homes, hospitals, and doctors’ surgeries. Nursing negligence examples include:
- Failing to follow a care or treatment plan
- Failing to monitor a patient or perform assessments, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment
- Failing to escalate the health concerns of a patient to a senior doctor
- Administering the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage
- Failing to work with proper hygiene procedures, leading to an infection
- Misusing medical equipment
Nursing negligence can have a life-changing impact on the life of a patient. If you or a loved one suffered an avoidable injury or illness due to a nursing mistake, you may be able to sue the NHS or the private healthcare provider responsible for your care.
What are Nursing Negligence Compensation Claims?
A nursing negligence compensation is the legal action you can take against your nurse or healthcare provider when they fail in their duty of care towards you, leading to an injury, illness or life-threatening situation.
Sadly, many medical claims nurse involve loved ones who have been victims of negligent treatment when under the care of a nurse. In very shocking cases, some patients have been left without water, under unclean conditions, and even starving.
This is not acceptable in the medical negligence UK law and we work with the right solicitors to fight for victims and obtain justice for the suffering they have experienced. In some nursing negligence cases, our clients do not just seek financial compensation; they really want an explanation for why things went wrong. It is vital that you seek expert legal advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights; our medical negligence lawyers will be happy to discuss your chances of making a claim.
How to Make a Claim for Nursing Negligence?
If you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of failure on the part of a nurse to uphold their duty of care, you may be entitled to medical nursing claims. We strongly recommend that you speak with expert nursing negligence solicitors for malpractice cases involving nurses before making claims for medical negligence.
The medical negligence law in the UK is complex; as a result, working with an experienced solicitor significantly enhances your chances of receiving the compensation award you deserve.
The panel of solicitors we work with at Medical Negligence Direct are leading experts when it comes to handling medical legal cases involving nurses. We have the resources to read and understand between the lines of medical records, and how even the littlest of details may play an important role in proving your case. We are also able to obtain expert evidence from medical specialists to build a robust personal injury claim.
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Who is Liable for Nursing Negligence?
Nurses are mostly employed by a public and/or private institution; while they may be at fault for the injury or illness a patient suffers, the employer may be sued for nursing negligence and responsible for any payable damages.
Making NHS Negligence Claims
The NHS aims to provide smooth and safe care and treatment, helping patients make full recovery; however, mistakes can and do happen. When they do, patients may wish to make a complaint about the quality of care they received. A complaint may result in admission of liability, may lead to the release of key information that you may otherwise have not had access to, and can even help you make a claim.
All NHS complaints are made through the NHS complaints procedure and should be made within six months of the incident, or six months from the date you became aware that you had legitimate grounds to lodge a complaint. These strict time limits may be waived in some cases, but there should be good reason.
Before making a complaint, it is important that you know what you wish to achieve and the outcome you desire for in response to your concern. This is because not everyone would wish to pursue NHS clinical negligence claims for NHS compensation. Before making a decision, we recommend that you get in touch with our NHS solicitors to ensure you make informed decisions every step of the way.
Making Medical Negligence Claims Against a Private Provider
Private healthcare providers owe their patients the same duty of care as NHS professionals. They are responsible for the health and safety of patients throughout their care. If you have received medical care at the hands of a nurse and suffered harm while at a private healthcare facility, you may be able to make hospital negligence claims.
The medical negligence claims process is similar for both the NHS and private healthcare providers. The main difference is that you may have signed a contract at the start of your treatment with the private provider indicating what a successful outcome will look like. When this is not achieved, you may be able to make a complaint and/or a claim. Each private provider may have their own complaints process.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive for Nursing Negligence?
No two nursing negligence cases are exactly the same, as negligent medical care can affect different people in different ways. This means that your claim is unique to you, and there is no straightforward answer to this question.
The compensation award you receive will depend on the severity of your injury, its long-term impact, and the costs incurred as a result. Typically, you may be able to make claims for ongoing illness, recovery time, medical expenses, expected lifestyle changes, and the care and support provided by family and loved ones.
Is There a Time Limit for Making Nursing Negligence Claims?
Like any medical negligence claim, there is a three-year time limit to nursing negligence claims. This time limit begins from the date you suffered the injury due to medical negligence. In some cases, you may not become aware of the negligence until a later date. If so, the time limit begins from when you became aware that your injury was due to negligent treatment; this is known as the date of knowledge.
However, there are exceptions to this rule, which may make the time limit more flexible. We strongly advise that you seek legal advice as soon as possible while the circumstances surrounding the negligent treatment are still fresh to mind.
Will My Nursing Negligence Case Go to Court?
The vast majority of cases are resolved outside the walls of a court. You can rest assured our medical negligence solicitors will do everything possible to help you receive the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. However, if the other party denies liability or fails to provide a fair compensation for your suffering and an agreement cannot be reached, your case will likely go to court.
If it does, you can trust that we will be with you every step of the way.
Funding a Nursing Negligence Compensation Claim
The panel of solicitors we work with at Medical Negligence Direct will manage your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Under this arrangement, you will be able to start a compensation claim without paying any upfront fees. If your claim is successful, a success fee (0-25% of your final compensation) will be deducted from the compensation you receive. If your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay anything.
The No Win No Fee agreement means there is no financial risk to you. At Medical Negligence Direct, we understand that you are already going through a difficult time; our aim is to simply the claims process as much as possible and help you rebuild your life quickly. If you are looking to make a claim for medical negligence, we will be happy to discuss the facts of your case and let you know whether you can make a No Win No Fee claim.
Why Choose Us?
When the worst happens, it is important that you have someone you can turn to. At Medical Negligence Direct, we work with highly experienced medical negligence solicitors who understand what is duty of care in nursing, the types of nursing standards, and can help you rebuild after experiencing negligence at the hands of a nurse.
When medical negligence happens while receiving care from doctors and nurses, you may be wondering why medicine is not nursing or why medicine and not nursing. While doctors largely take responsibility when medical care goes wrong which may give rise to GP negligence claims, nurses can also be negligent themselves. No matter how peculiar your situation may be, you can trust us to help you achieve the NHS compensation you need and deserve.
If you believe you have been a victim of nursing negligence and are unsure how we can help, call us today on 0800 644 4240 or fill our free claims assessment form and one of our specialist solicitors will contact you at your convenience.
Frequently Asked Question about Nursing Negligence Claims
How do you prove negligence in nursing?
In order to prove negligence in nursing, you must be able to show that the standard of care you received fell below that of a reasonably competent nurse.
Can I get sued as a nurse?
Yes, if it can be proven that a nurse has failed to perform his or her duties in a competent manner and that failure caused a patient harm, a nurse can be sued.
What is the difference between malpractice and negligence in nursing?
Nursing malpractice and negligence are the same. It refers to failure on the part of a nurse to adequately manage his or her tasks, causing a patient harm as a result.