The latest compensation figures released to the public have indicated a sharp rise in the value of compensation paid out to patients in the past year. The 12-month period between 2012 and 2013 saw a total pay-out amounting to £5,117,274. However, the same period from 2013 to 2014 saw the amount rise to £14,821,215.
These figures came from the NHS Litigation Authority and indicated payments that were made either directly to patients or to their families. They specifically mentioned ‘inadequate nursing care’ as being one of the first two primary contributors to the situation in each case. The sum was divided between over 400 patients or their direct families.
The compensation to cover inadequate nursing care varied in severity. Infections and broken bones were listed among the situations, along with the death of an individual being treated in a few rare cases. Other cases are still going through the legal process to determine whether more compensation should be paid out in those instances. It remains to be seen what the official compensation figure will be in the next tax year.
How do you know if you are entitled to compensation as a result of medical malpractice?
Despite these figures, it is important to remember just how many people receive treatment either as in-patients or out-patients during any given year. Ideally, there would be no need to pay any amount of compensation for inadequate nursing care because it would not exist. In those situations where injuries or illnesses are contracted or made worse because of negligent actions or care, compensation should rightfully be paid to those patients who are affected. If you are in this situation then do seek professional legal advice before doing anything else.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline for information and advice today
If you believe you have cause to bring a ‘no win, no fee*’ claim as a result of potentially poor treatment you have received, get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. There is a time limit in which you have to make your claim, so make sure you call our free 24/7 enquiry line today to find out how to proceed. We can advise you and, if you do go ahead, you can benefit from the experience and knowledge of our professional injury compensation lawyers. Contact Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out where to go next.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown