Accident and Emergency Claims
When patients receive a below standard level of care in an A&E department, the level of their emergency can be heightened. Whether the medical complaint is a misdiagnosis, failure to treat, administration of wrong medication or any other medical error, complications in accident and emergency can elevate a medical condition severely.
All UK doctors are bound by the regulations of the General Medical Council, the body responsible for determining the acceptable levels of treatment offered to patients. Those who fall short of these levels can be held liable for suffering to patients and compensation can be claimed from them.
Malpractice in an A&E department can exacerbate an existing injury or illness, cause additional health problems, or at worst prove to be fatal. If you have been the victim of negligence or substandard care in an accident and emergency department, a medical negligence solicitor can help you access the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to claim.
Why do errors occur in Accident and Emergency?
The NHS is a national establishment that is at the heart of our heritage and social wellbeing. In the vast majority of cases, the care provided by doctors and staff throughout the NHS is first rate. Unfortunately, the NHS is more stretched now than ever. With financial demands, limited supplies and greater regulations, sometimes errors do occur. These errors can have a severe detrimental impact on a patient and their confidence in future treatment.
Staff throughout the NHS have communicated how underfunded and overworked individuals are, and this can have a direct impact on the levels of care that are provided to patients. Although such errors are not planned and mistakes are made inadvertently, the detrimental impact on patients can be significant and so the law enables victims of substandard healthcare to claim compensation when things go wrong. If you have suffered adversely because of negligent A&E treatment, an injury solicitor would be pleased to support you in accessing the compensation that you are due.
Common Causes for A&E Claims
Injury solicitors have extensive and varied experience in accident and emergency claims from patients who attended hospital with a wide range of conditions. Some of the most common causes for accident and emergency compensations claims that solicitors deal with include:
Like in all areas of medicine, errors in diagnosis can occur. Examples of potential misdiagnosis claims include:
- Not carrying out a thorough examination of a patient
- Not organising required tests and investigations
- Misinterpreting or miscommunication of test results
- Errors in understanding a patient’s medical history
- Failure to admit patients or sending patients home too quickly
A&E Errors with Treatment
Some A&E claims revolve around errors that are made in providing treatment to patients. This includes:
- The administration of incorrect treatment
- Failure to prescribe any treatment at all
- Failure to recognise side effects
- Not operating on a patient when needed
- Surgical errors
- Poor standards of aftercare
- Neglectful treatment of patients
If you have been the victim of an error made by a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional whilst receiving treatment in hospital, you could be eligible for compensation. To find out if you have a valid claim, contact a solicitor today for a free case assessment. You can find out within minutes if you are eligible, and a legal adviser will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the service or the processes involved.
Am I eligible to make an accident and emergency claim?
If you have been the victim of substandard medical treatment in an accident and emergency department and as a result, you have suffered from injury or illness, you may be eligible to make a clinical negligence claim.
To be successful in your claim, it must be demonstrated that the doctor or medical staff who dealt with you provided a below acceptable standard of care and that in doing so you suffered either physically or mentally. This substandard care includes misdiagnosis, early hospital discharge, delays in investigations or treatment and failure to act appropriately.
If you believe that the care and treatment that you received in A&E fell below the acceptable standards as outlined by the regulators of medical practitioners in the UK, the General Medical Council, call free on 0800 678 1410 to discuss your eligibility to make a claim.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that is paid to you will depend upon the level of damage caused by the errors or neglect that you have suffered. The more severe your suffering, the greater the level of compensation you are likely to be awarded.
A&E errors can be fatal and in instances such as this or where life changing health inflictions are incurred, the largest compensation sums will be paid. When negotiating your settlement, your solicitor will demonstrate the physical impact of the medical negligence, as well as the emotional effects and any financial losses that you have suffered.
Your injury lawyer will be highly skilled in attaining the highest awards possible whilst maintaining an empathetic and skilful approach throughout your case. All clients are offered an initial consultation at no charge where a solicitor will evaluate your case and offer an experienced estimate of the likely amount that you could be entitled to.
Why should I choose you to process my claim?
Your solicitor will have a vast amount of experience in processing all types of medical and clinical negligence claims. As mentioned above, the service starts with a free case assessment, which is where your solicitor will determine if they can help with your case. This is provided with no pressure or obligation to proceed further, so you are always in control.
If your solicitor feel that you have a valid case, they will offer you a no win no fee service. Also known as a conditional fee agreement, no win no fee means that if they are unable to win your claim, you won’t pay your solicitors a penny.
To find out if you have a valid claim, or to ask any questions you may have, contact a solicitors today. You can request a call back by entering your contact details into the form below, or call the freephone number 0800 678 1410 to speak to an experienced legal adviser straight away.