We are all familiar with the routine of pre-flight checks made by pilots before taking off. Now it seems as if the NHS may be adopting a similar routine to minimise the chances that accidents or errors will occur on hospital wards. The hope is that it will start to reduce the number of fatal medical errors that are leading to deaths in hospitals every year.
According to information released recently, more than 1,000 deaths that resulted in compensation payments occurred in English hospitals in the last year alone. This equates to around three people losing their lives each day. When many of these instances could have been avoided, the hope is that the checklists and routines that will be introduced will serve to reduce any errors that could otherwise occur.
Statistics have also revealed that 56 ‘never events’ have happened in the last three months in NHS hospitals in England. ‘Never events’ are those events that should never happen. The new system was developed with the help of a former pilot who lost his wife through a series of hospital errors.
Is it possible to claim compensation from the NHS for fatal medical errors?
Absolutely. There is always a chance and indeed a right to claim compensation in situations where medical negligence has taken place. It must be solidly proven and have evidence to back up the claims. Where this is the case there is a right that compensation should be granted to the family of the person who died. Of course compensation could also be paid for serious medical blunders where the person lives but is severely affected by the incident.
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Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown