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If you’ve received medical treatment in hospital that’s gone wrong or led to unexpected complications and injury it can have a significant impact on your life. Our medical negligence solicitors have decades of experience advising clients bringing claims relating to a wide range of hospital care and treatment and so know how to help you find out and understand what went wrong – and then obtain you compensation for your injuries and any financial losses. Our team also sees a claim as an opportunity to throw a spotlight on vital patient safety lessons for medical institutions, helping them to avoid further instances of substandard care.
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Support focused on you
If you have suffered an unexpected injury whilst receiving treatment in hospital you will likely have a lot if questions about what happened, as well as trying to deal with the injuries you have suffered and the impact these are having on your life. Our specialist and dedicated Solicitors take the time to get to know you and understand what has happened and how it has affected you to provide you with the best advice for your individual circumstances:
- Helping you ascertain what happened
You may need help in finding out what went wrong and why it happened. We work with leading independent medical experts to advise on the standard of care you received and to explain where this may have gone wrong and if any complications occurred which should not have, and also to advise if you have suffered avoidable injury as a result.
- Claiming for compensation
If the injuries you have suffered as a result of negligent treatment in hospital are affecting your day-to-day life, you can pursue a claim for compensation for your injuries and out of pocket financial losses. Our specialist solicitors will work with you to understand the injuries you have suffered and financial losses you have incurred to submit a maximised claim for compensation for you as promptly as possible.
- Tailored help and advice
Every client and their claim is unique. However, thanks to our experience, we’ll be able to give you the individual advice, help and support you need to achieve the best results for your situation and as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What hospital treatment may lead to a negligence case?
Treatment provided in hospital is very wide-ranging, but in summary if something has gone wrong with your treatment and you have suffered injuries which were unexpected then you may have a claim if the treatment you received was negligent. Some examples of claims relating to negligent hospital treatment which we have advised on include:
Surgical negligence – this can include carrying out the wrong procedure or causing additional injury during the procedure; retained surgical equipment or swabs causing infections or the need for further surgery to remove the equipment; anaesthetic errors; failing to discuss the potential risks of surgery and any alternative treatment options and therefore failing to obtain your proper consent.
Mis-reported x-rays and other radiology – including failures to report abnormalities on x-rays or other types of scans, such as fractures or suspicious masses; or failures to communicate abnormalities on scans.
Medication errors – either being given too much medication (an overdose) or too little medication; or even being given medication by the wrong method.
Falls in hospital – these can occur as a result of failures to support a patient with difficulties moving around in hospital; or failing to properly assess the risk of a patient falling and provide appropriate support, including re-assessing this risk if the patient’s condition changes.
Infection/sepsis – infections can occur for a variety of reasons, some negligent (for example as a result of poor hygiene/cleanliness) and some non-negligently. If the infection is then not diagnosed and treated promptly, for example due to a failure to note a change in the patient’s condition/observations, then it can develop and become more serious causing damage to internal organs, or potentially fatal.
Can I bring a claim if the treatment was in a private hospital?
Yes, you can bring a claim in relation to either NHS or private treatment. The only difference is that if your treatment was provided privately then the claim may need to be brought against the Consultant directly, who will most likely be insured and/or the private hospital. With NHS treatment the claim is usually always brought against the NHS Trust responsible for the hospital where you received the treatment, and not against any individual doctor.
How long will it take to make a claim against a hospital?
This is difficult to answer because each claim is unique and the timescale will depend on number of different factors. As a general rule it is likely to take in the region of 2 years to conclude, but can be quicker or longer than this in some cases.
What is the deadline for making a claim?
Generally speaking, in England and Wales you have three years to commence a claim either from the date of the negligent medical treatment, or from the date you became aware that there may have been negligence, whichever is the later. Establishing when the 3 year time limit starts from can be complex and therefore it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Failing to commence Court proceedings within 3 years can leave your claim out of time.
There are different rules for children, who can commence Court proceedings at any time up until their 21st birthday.
How much compensation will I receive?
This again is unique to each claim and your particular circumstances. You are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries (known as general damages) and also any out of pocket financial losses, such as loss of earnings, treatment expenses, travel expenses. We will discuss with you the impact of your injuries and what losses you can claim for and ensure that your claim is maximised.