HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE COMPENSATION CLAIMS
HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE COMPENSATION CLAIMS
When you visit a hospital for treatment, the medical professional you interact with owes you the responsibility of handling your situation with a great deal of care.
If the care you receive falls short of the standard that you deserve, the impact can be catastrophic. Have you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of hospital negligence? Our hospital negligence solicitors can help you seek compensation and get the justice you deserve.
Contact us today to find out if you have grounds to pursue a claim.
What is Hospital Negligence?
Hospital negligence occurs when a patient suffers avoidable injury or harm in a hospital, as a result of negligent actions or omission of the hospital staff. This negligence may be in form of misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a patient of a condition, substandard care in treatment given to a patient etc.
Even the NHS is not faultless when it comes to hospital negligence claims. Though a vast majority of its staff take their duty of care towards patients very seriously, there are times when these medical professionals make costly mistakes that expose patients to harm. For example, in Accident & Emergency unit, which is mostly the first port of call for all hospital emergencies, medical staff constantly handle a lot of pressure and if care is not taken, may take actions that lead to hospital injuries.
Types of Hospital Negligence Claims
Hospital negligence claims differ from patient to patient. This is because no two patients have the same experience and the situation for which hospital claim arises, is based upon individual negligent experience.
At nhsnegligenclaim.co.uk, our panel of hospital negligence solicitors handle a broad range of hospital negligence related cases, some of which include:
- Accident and emergency (A&E) claims
- Hospital acquired infection - for example MRSA, C. difficile, cellulitis, and staphylococcal infection.
- Unnecessary delay in treatment or surgery
- Pressure sores related claims
- Misdiagnosis claims
- Failure to diagnose and treat
- Incorrect medication
- Incorrect hospital treatment
- Surgical errors
- NHS negligence
- ENT negligence
- Failure to monitor fluid levels
If you believe you have a reason for a medical negligence claim, even if it’s not listed above, our team is here to assist you and guide you on the course of action you should take moving forward. You can take advantage of our no-obligation case evaluation, by filling out our claims assessment form today.
Who takes responsibility for hospital negligence claims?
Many victims find it hard to bring hospital negligence claims and would rather suffer in silence. Although effort has been made to open the lines of communication between victims of negligence and hospitals, especially in the NHS, hospital negligence is still not the most easy to prove.
Depending on where the negligent treatment was received, the healthcare practitioner or hospital takes responsibility if you are able to prove your claim. Private practitioners and hospitals usually have medical malpractice insurance that cover the cost of damages or harm patients have suffered. Likewise, in cases where an NHS hospital is involved, hospital negligence compensation paid to victims come from the premiums paid by NHS Trusts to NHS Resolution.
If you have been let down in a hospital, we are here to help. Our clients never have to worry about the cost of making medical negligence claims, as we always work on a No Win No Fee basis. And if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny to our medical negligence solicitors - this is our promise to you.
What can be claimed for in hospital negligence cases?
Compensation for hospital negligence resulting in a worsened condition can be claimed for any of the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Payment for treatment (past, present and future)
- Loss of earnings and income
- Necessary medical equipment or outside care
- Rehabilitation costs
- Psychological damage
If you or your loved one have suffered harm from incorrect hospital treatment or misdiagnosis in a hospital, it is in your best interest to start your claim as soon as possible as the clock is always ticking.
Usually legal claims for medical negligence must be brought within three years of the negligent incident occurring or from when you first recognized the injury or illness. There are a few exceptions however and this is only in cases where the medical negligence involves:
- Children who have suffered negligence and cannot bring the claims themselves. Here, they have until they turn 18 to bring a claim, and the three-year limit only applies from that time.
- A victim who is incapacitated and unable to bring a claim by themselves. For example, where the victim has lost his or her mental capacity.
Not sure if you are out of time? Please feel free to contact us and we will help you confirm. It is always better to check as you may be eligible to secure maximum compensation for your suffering.
What can I expect when I make a claim?
You can expect that your claim will be contended by the defendant. In some instances, the hospital or NHS trust responsible for your hospital negligence case, be it infection, misdiagnosis, or any other substandard care, may not want to admit that negligence took place.
This is why you will need solid incontestable evidence to back up your claim and prove negligence. We are here to help in this regard. You can start your claim today and one of our expert medical negligence solicitors will get in touch to provide you the necessary information you need.
What must be proven in hospital negligence claims
If you have been subjected to poor quality treatment and care in a hospital and have suffered an injury or illness as a result, it is within your legal right as a patient to sue a hospital for negligence.
However, before a claim for hospital negligence can be established, following elements must be proven:
This element determines whether the hospital owed you a duty of care and if there was any breach in the duty of care.
This element determines whether the breach in the duty of care by the hospital is directly linked to the injury, pain and suffering you must have sustained.
Can I make a claim on behalf of a loved one?
Some hospital negligence cases may result in catastrophic consequences. For example, we have handled cases of death due to negligence. In cases like this, you may be able to make claims on behalf of your deceased loved one if you are a litigation friend ( parent, legal guardian, spouse or civil partner of the deceased)
If you have lost a loved one as a result of hospital negligence, we understand how difficult these times can be. Our friendly and understanding solicitors are here to listen to your case and will give you the best advise, represent your best interest and secure maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
No Win No Fee Hospital Negligence Claims
At nhsnegligenceclaim.co.uk, we believe that top quality legal representation should be accessible to all. This is why we handle most of our hospital negligence cases on a No Win No Fee basis.
Our No Win No Fee agreement allows victims of hospital negligence to make hospital negligence compensation claims without any upfront financial costs incurred. You will only be required to pay a fee if and only if your claim is successful.
We are confident in our expertise and you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands when you choose to work with us. Our expert medical negligence solicitors will do all that is within their power to ensure you receive the highest possible compensation award, like we do for every client.
Let us help you make your claim
There are set standards expected of health professionals in a hospital; whether a private hospital or the NHS. It is the duty of the hospital to ensure that robust processes are put in place to curb the widespread menace of medical negligence.
When hospitals fail to conform to the right standards of care and treatment procedures, patients who suffer avoidable harm may be entitled to hospital negligence compensation.
We have extensive experience in hospital negligence claims and we have handled tons of cases involving hospital infections, misdiagnosis, never events etc. Our specialist medical negligence lawyers have a proven track record of bringing successful claims on behalf of clients and getting them the justice they deserve.
When you contact us, you will speak directly to a solicitor who will investigate your case and let you know the facts about your case - whether or not you have solid grounds for a claim. Our processes are swift and easy and regardless of the complexity of your case, you can trust that we will do everything possible to secure your compensation for hospital negligence.