Recent information has come to light that reveals nearly £70 million has been granted in compensation payments for major medical blunders. Some of these payouts have been given as a consequence of negligent actions during childbirth by the medical staff taking part. In some of these cases the negligent behaviour has led to a lifelong disability for the baby involved, sometimes as a consequence of brain injury.
Three claimants have shared over £6 million in the last four months owing to medical negligence cases. It is also the case that overall figures for medical negligence are rising year-on-year.
The year from 2010/11 saw a total of nine cases granted approval for compensation to be paid. This led to a total of £13 million paid out. All statistics come from the Department of Health, and the Health Minister Edwin Poots has had to ask for more funding in 2013, simply to foot the bill for these blunders. Some are speculating that the cuts to funding have backfired and led to a higher probability that such blunders could occur. In this case it would appear as if cutbacks have made it more likely that blunders – and therefore compensation claims – have become potentially more probable.
What could a blunder like this do to your health?
The nature of major medical blunders is very different to a minor medical error. A major blunder can result in serious disability or even death for the person concerned. For example if something should go wrong at the birth of a baby, the health of that baby could be vastly diminished throughout its life. Someone who is injured in this way could end up needing 24/7 care for the rest of their lives. No one wants this to happen to anyone, which is why improvements must be made to the way people are treated.
Contact AAH if you believe you have a strong case for compensation
It is difficult to assess a complex medical case if such a blunder has occurred to you or someone you know. That’s why a free call to Accident Advice Helpline is the best course of action. Our enquiry line is open 24/7 and costs you nothing, so you can speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer to find out whether a no win, no fee* case might be a good idea. Don’t wonder whether you could bring a claim – find out for sure today.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown