If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an NHS Hospital A&E Department due to clinical or medical negligence, our Medical Negligence Solicitors may be able to help you get compensation.
We’re careful and sympathetic listeners, and we’re experts as shown in our many Medical Negligence Case Studies. Call us for a free consultation.
If we can take on your case, we can help you get the best possible compensation and rehabilitation support.
At the same time, we'll work closely with the NHS to make sure your case is resolved as quickly as possible and that lessons are learnt.
For free legal advice get in touch with our Medical Negligence Solicitors. We may be able to visit you at home (in England or Wales) and deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.
Can I Claim Compensation for A&E Negligence?
You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered harm because the care provided by A&E (Accident and Emergency) fell below reasonable standards. If this is the case, then you could be able entitled to compensation for the wrongdoing and the financial losses you suffered as a result.
Making a Claim
If you believe your health suffered because you received inadequate or negligent care at A&E, ensure that your medical issues give basis for a negligence claim by firstly starting the NHS complaint process. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors offer free legal advice on making a claim and we can help you with the NHS complaint process.
In general, and with few exceptions, you must make your claim within 3 years from the time your injury occurred. However, some A&E medical errors might not be noticed for many months until further symptoms are being assessed by another doctor or nurse.
A&E negligence cases can be complicated, and they involve detailed investigation and a great deal of evidence in order to prove the case. Your injury will also need to be assessed by a relevant medical expert, so we can value your claim.
The amount of compensation will depend on many factors, but our Medical Negligence Solicitors can advise you of previous amounts of compensation awarded in similar A&E negligence cases.
Accident & Emergency departments can be a highly pressured and fast-paced working environment, especially when we consider the long hour’s staff often work and the limited resources they have.
But while the care provided by A&E departments is often excellent and meets the highest standards, emergency treatment errors are surprisingly common, leading to different types of medical negligence claims.
Types of A&E Negligence Claims
Delays - A&E departments treat the most serious injuries caused by accidents and adverse reactions, so time is often of the essence. Delays in diagnosis and ultimately in providing treatment can cause illness, lead to initial injuries deteriorating and, to some extent, avoidable death.
So if the delay in diagnosis and treatment in A&E was unreasonable and your condition worsened, you may be able to claim compensation for the avoidable pain, suffering and financial losses caused as a result.
Misdiagnosis - Some illnesses and injuries might be difficult to diagnose at the relevant time, but this could eventually lead to an injury or medical condition becoming worse and, in some cases, having fatal consequences. Misdiagnosis in A&E departments is not uncommon.
Medical Treatment Errors - This includes the failure to refer for appropriate tests, insufficient examination, misinterpreting test, x-ray or scan results and mistakes in taking the patient’s history.
A&E Treatment Targets Changing
The NHS has announced plans to stop attempting to treat all patients within 4 hours of arriving. Instead, it is planned to prioritise treatment for the most critically ill patients with the symptoms of heart attacks, acute asthma, sepsis and stroke should get their care started within an hour. The remainder of targets will be based on average waiting times.
The 4-hour waiting time target was introduced in 2004 and has not been met since 2015. Only time will tell if this change results in a return to patients being left untreated or reduced patient safety.
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