In recent years, massive budget cuts have led to A&E departments across the country struggling to meet government targets. Overworked and understaffed, negligence can occur, and with many more people than ever before using A&E, accidents can happen. Patient care can suffer and the level of treatment provided to patients may fall below par on occasion. There are a whole host of different reasons why you may be visiting A&E – here are a few examples of illnesses or injuries which could be misdiagnosed or missed:
- Undiagnosed head injuries
- Missed heart attacks
- Undiagnosed kidney failure
- Missed pregnancy complications, such as ectopic pregnancy
If you think that you have received substandard treatment at your local A&E, or medical staff have missed a serious injury which has led to further pain and suffering, it’s normal to feel upset and angry. Contacting a personal injury lawyer can help you to understand whether staff have been negligent and whether you could be eligible to claim compensation for A&E negligence.
How to claim compensation for clinical negligence
There is normally a three-year time limit in place to claim, so if you are considering claiming compensation for A&E negligence, it makes sense to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They will normally instruct an independent expert in emergency medicine, who will carry out a breach of duty report to conclude whether your A&E treatment was negligent. Provided they agree that negligence has occurred, you’ll normally then be examined by another expert, who will report on your injuries. These reports and any information provided by you will form the basis for your compensation claim. Choosing a lawyer that has been accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers gives you peace of mind that they are a professional with experience handling personal injury compensation claims.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
We’ve been dealing with personal injury claims since 2000 – in fact, we don’t deal with any other area of law. This means we’re totally focused on what we do best; getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. So if you’re considering claiming compensation for A&E negligence, why not get in touch today? Our team are always on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. We’re here 24/7 and it’s free to call – we even offer a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’* service, which means no expensive legal fees to worry about upfront. However, A&E negligence has affected your life, contact us and we will help you claim compensation. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim