The mere thought of having to make a hospital negligence claim is a concern for anyone facing major treatment, because the result of botched treatment can be devastating. Thankfully, most hospitals offer an excellent level of service, but if negligence does occur you are entitled to compensation for any distress and medical problems you suffer.
Fortunately, if you do experience any problems we at Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to help you make a claim. Hospital negligence can take a variety of forms, including basic misdiagnosis or mistreatment; however, it also extends to mistakes made by an accident and emergency department, which can delay care, result in incorrect care, surgical failings or hospital-acquired infections.
Cases of hospital negligence
The most basic form of hospital negligence is misdiagnosis and mistreatment. If you are under the hospital’s care following a referral from your GP any harm caused by misdiagnosis and subsequent mistreatment can be grounds for a hospital negligence claim.
Delays in treatment and testing that directly impact your chances of recovery may also be grounds for such claims. If the delay or mistake has a direct impact on your recovery and long-term health there may be grounds for a hospital negligence claim.
Due to the very nature of hospitals we expect them to provide a clean and hygienic environment, places that will aid the recovery process. It should come as no surprise therefore that hospital-acquired infection may be grounds for a negligence claim.
If there is a provable lapse in standards, which results in cases of cross contamination or the outbreak of one of the super bugs, such as E. coli or MRSA, the hospital can be held accountable for the damage caused to your health. Remember, one of our experienced solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline will be happy to discuss your claim.
At the most serious end of the hospital negligence spectrum are mistakes that result in the death of the patient. Often linked to mistakes in surgery – for example, medical equipment being left behind or failure to carry out the operation correctly – it can also extend to other departments. Accident and Emergency is often the first point of contact if you are experiencing a serious condition and any mistreatment or misdiagnosis has the potential to have long-term impacts on your recovery.
Equally, childbirth is a stressful time and any mistake made by midwives or other medical staff could cause serious harm to you or your child. This kind of mistake can result in serious on-going medical problems, so if you suspect one has been made you should phone Accident Advice Helpline immediately and one of our advisers will be happy to evaluate your case.
Hospital negligence claims require several pieces of key evidence in order to ensure success. Firstly, you must clearly demonstrate that negligence was involved; this will be documented in the hospital’s medical records, as the corrective treatment or diagnosis of symptoms will be logged.
Whether you make a full recovery is also an important factor; a mistake that results in life-long damage will have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you are likely to be awarded. The compensation you receive is intended to cover the cost of the damage you suffer, both financial and physical. It typically includes loss of earnings and on-going medical bills.
If you think you have a case all you have to do is call Accident Advice Helpline and we will be able to quickly assess and process your claim.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown