Crucial delays in receiving treatment have led to a compensation payment of £5 million for a London-based woman of 36 who had to wait more than an hour and a half to receive urgent treatment after collapsing at home in 2007.
After an urgent call to emergency services, the delay occurred because the address the woman and her boyfriend were living at was marked as a high-risk address. This led to the ambulance staff waiting a short distance away for police back-up to arrive. The delay resulted in a lack of oxygen leading to permanent brain damage to the patient. The compensation package allows for a lump sum payout of £1.4 million as well as a series of annual payments for the rest of her life.
Delays in receiving medical treatment could lead to compensation claims
For the most part London Ambulance Service runs an excellent and high-quality service, as is the case with every other ambulance service across the country. However, as this case shows, there are occasions when things can go wrong, and if you have evidence of negligence you are entitled to put forward a claim for compensation.
In some cases where injury or illness is experienced, the sooner medical attention is received the better the outcome can be. This case has shown just how important a fast response is – and what can happen when things go wrong. If you believe you have a case to make for compensation following actions that could be someone else’s fault, it is wise to contact professional injury compensation lawyers for more information and advice.
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If you want to know whether you might be entitled to compensation you can take our fast 30-second online test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. Regardless of whether your case involves the London Ambulance Service or any other medical personnel, you should get no-obligation advice from our lawyers today. You have three years from the date of the incident to take the first steps in making a no win, no fee* claim in this situation. Any potential payout will vary depending on the severity of your situation. As you can see from the case mentioned above, some payouts can be very high if care is required for the rest of the individual’s life.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown