If you were injured in some way you would expect to receive medical treatment for your injuries if they were bad enough to warrant such treatment. While the vast majority of healthcare providers such as GPs and hospitals do provide excellent care in this way, there is the potential for gaps in the service to appear.
For example someone may attend a particular hospital for treatment and have to wait many hours to be seen for what could potentially be a nasty injury. In other cases there is the potential for someone to be redirected to another service when there isn’t necessarily a need for this to occur.
It is in cases such as these that some people end up thinking about claiming compensation for delayed medical treatment. The outcome of such an occasion depends on the nature of the injury and of course all the other things that can come into play. For example someone might end up recovering less well from an injury due to a delay in receiving the appropriate treatment. A good example would be if someone cut their finger off. If it is reattached quickly it can sometimes be saved, but if a delay were to occur it becomes far less likely this would be the case.
What are the potential consequences of not receiving treatment at an appropriate time?
We have already seen above what could potentially happen in some cases. Of course it is vital to remember that the vast majority of hospitals are able to see patients and treat them appropriately within a suitable amount of time.
Procedures are adhered to and put in place to ensure cases like this rarely happen. As we have seen though, there can potentially be incidents that do see people injured and perhaps not recovering as well as they may have done through a delay in treatment.
Do you want to consider claiming compensation for delayed medical treatment?
If this situation sounds familiar and you would like to find out more, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We have a team of professional injury compensation lawyers ready to consider your case, so call the free 24/7 enquiry line now to speak to someone.
We’re here all day and all night, so whenever it suits you is the best time to call. You must do so within three years of the injury or incident, so don’t delay a moment longer.
Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown