Hospital blunders in Sussex have led to the NHS paying out over £36 million in compensation over a 12 month period. This figure includes compensation paid to patients, staff, claimants and members of the public, as well as legal costs relating to claims.
This figure covers from April 2013 to March 2014, and is a marked increase on the previous year’s figure of £25 million. This doesn’t necessarily mean that more complaints have been received, as cases can take several years to reach a settlement. The NHS Litigation Authority deals with claims – £19.5 million was paid out for claims against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for hospital blunders, whilst East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust shelled out £7.6 million and £9.4 million respectively.
A spokesman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust said, “We take patient safety extremely seriously at all times and we fully investigate any incident.” In 2014, an eight-year-old boy from Lewes was awarded £9.5 million after he was left brain damaged. Complications during his birth at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton meant oxygen to his brain was cut off, leaving him with cerebral palsy.
Have you been left injured after a hospital error?
We trust doctors, nurses and other medical staff at hospitals to provide us with a high level of care. If this falls short of the standards expected, mistakes could be made, with serious consequences. If you have been injured during surgery, have undergone a difficult birth which has left your child injured or have suffered some other form of injury whilst visiting hospital, spending time in hospital as a patient or even working at a hospital, you may be able to claim compensation. Hospitals are managed by their respective NHS trust, so any claims for compensation are made against the trust, rather than against the hospital itself.
Claiming compensation for your injuries
Whether you have been injured whilst working at a hospital or whilst spending time there as a patient, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers has been helping people just like you claim the compensation they deserve since 2000. We don’t charge any upfront fees – all our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* basis, and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice. So whether you’re ready to make a claim or simply need to find out more about what the claims process involves, you can call us today. Why not take the 30-second test on our website, to find out how much you could claim?
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown