A&E Treatment

Accident and Emergency - Healthcare Treatment

Accident and Emergency departments are in the frontline of care for patients who attend hospital with acute rather than chronic conditions. The range of issues handled by A&E staff is vast and often their role is to assess and transfer patients in need of further care to a specialist department.

Accident and Emergency Treatment Failures - Medical Negligence Claims Advice

It is therefore essential that all staff in accident and emergency departments are highly trained and flexible in terms of how they deal with patients in their care.

Our specialist solicitors know very well the common types of medical negligence complaint against A&E staff and have set out some examples below:

Common accident and emergency treatment claims:

  • Lack of examination
  • Failure to refer to X Ray or failure to read X Rays properly in the context of Orthopaedic injuries
  • Patients presenting with diffuse symptoms such as headache or generalised pain can often be overlooked and sent home with advice to take painkillers
  • In the context of a patient suffering from meningitis for example such advice could have devastating consequences


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Medical Negligence Compensation

The standard of care by which the actions of A&E staff are judged in the context of a claim for compensation is whether the care fell below that of a reasonably competent practitioner and if the care given was unusual but accepted practice it may still be difficult to progress a claim.

Accident and Emergency treatment is fast moving and it is important that a competent department has adequate risk assessment measures in place to ensure that staff are properly trained to deal with common emergencies and that adequate medical care is given.

Accident and emergency negligence claims

Call our medical negligence solicitors today on Freephone: 0808 129 3320 or use our free, no obligation, online enquiry form to discuss your medical negligence compensation claim.

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