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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can you claim for nerve damage caused by acupuncture?

    Are you wondering if you can claim for nerve damage caused by acupuncture? If so, read on. More than 2 million acupuncture treatments are delivered each year in the UK, and some studies suggest that around 1 in 10 of them may result in injuries. These injuries can range from bruising to permanent damage to….

    Making a claim if laser eye surgery goes wrong

    The effects of laser eye surgery can be almost miraculous. The improvement in vision can help individuals see the world in a whole new way. However, the consequences of laser eye surgery going wrong can be catastrophic. What starts out as a journey full of hope, expectation and optimism can end up being miserable and….

    Is the hospital bed crisis leading doctors to send ill patients home?

    It seems that every day at the moment, the media is full of the latest stories from the NHS being in crisis. Patients being left in corridors, people left waiting in A&E for hours on end and hospitals taking on more people than they have beds for. It used to be that the winter months….

    The medical implications of waiting over 4 hours in A&E

    We’ve all heard horror stories from friends, relatives and media outlets about waiting over 4 hours in A&E in crowded departments up and down the country. You may have even experienced an agonisingly long wait yourself. The target of a maximum waiting time of four hours was introduced by Tony Blair’s Labour government in 2000…..

    How to claim if you have caught MRSA

    MRSA is often referred to as a ‘superbug.’ This is because it is a bacterial infection which is resistant to some of the most commonly used antibiotics. Due to its powers of resistance, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), is much harder to treat than other bacterial infections. If you caught MRSA after a hospital stay, you….

    Is the quality of service provided by the NHS being affected by waiting times?

    When it comes to national organisations anywhere in the world, it’s difficult to think of one as far-reaching, complicated and essential as the NHS. The sheer scale of services provided, the budget required and the organisation required to make it all happen is simply beyond comprehension. Often in the media we hear wildly differing opinions….

    Patient and staff safety concerns within the NHS

    The NHS is nothing less than a behemoth of an organisation. The sheer scale and size of the operation required to provide healthcare, free at the point of use to every citizen in the United Kingdom are simply mind-boggling. Every 36 hours, more than one million patients are treated through the various iterations of the….

    Rising ambulance waiting times are becoming a greater concern

    Of all the healthcare and NHS related stories that cause real concern, few are as alarming as the horrifying tales of rising ambulance waiting times. If the emergency services have been called, it’s safe to assume that the situation is serious. The wait between the call being made and help to arrive can be nothing….

    Should doctors work over the weekend?

    Sudden illness or accidental injuries can occur at any given moment in time, regardless of whether it is the middle of the week or the weekend. To ensure necessary treatment is available in case of emergencies, there is obviously a need to have doctors work over the weekend. The total number of hours doctors work….

    How a late diagnosis can affect a claim

    If you’ve been injured in an accident or you’ve developed symptoms related to an underlying health issue, early diagnosis is always preferable. The longer it takes to make a diagnosis, the lower the chances of successful treatment. A late diagnosis can also prolong suffering for patients, as they continue to experience symptoms, and there is….

    Why it is important for patients to push for medical advice

    If you’re not feeling well or you’re out of sorts, it can be disconcerting. We rely on medical experts to provide us with advice and to use their expertise and the treatments they have available to them to make us better. In the vast majority of cases, doctors, nurses and dentists do everything they can….

    Different birth injury claims

    Having a baby is supposed to be a happy, joyful event. Sometimes, however, things can go wrong and either the mother or the baby are injured during pregnancy, labour or delivery. Birth injuries can be devastating and sometimes they can also lead to severe, life-long disability. When such injuries were caused by medical professionals’ judgement….

    Different types of cosmetic dental treatment

    Given the way we live today, our teeth aren’t treated as well as we’d once hoped. Even brushing your teeth every day doesn’t seem to be enough any more. The amount of sugar and damaging preservatives in food these days means that trips to the dentist can be both painful and expensive. Dentists have a….

    Medical negligence claims for delays performing emergency caesarean sections

    Giving birth can often be a stressful ordeal and while a lot of this stress is placed on the mother during labour, it’s up to the medical team to minimise all risk and allow the mother to give birth in as calm a manner as possible. While child labour is very rarely a calm process,….

    Injuries caused by medical mistakes in labour or delivery

    The period before giving birth is often filled with excitement and anticipation of what’s to come with the joy of a newborn. When you go to the hospital on the day of your delivery, you wouldn’t expect to experience any complications on a day that you’ve been looking forward to for so many months. There….

    Claiming for nerve injuries caused by surgery

    Nerve damage is an extremely painful injury to sustain and something that no patient imagines to suffer when they head into surgery. Unfortunately, due to the lack of focus or skill of a surgeon, nerve damage can be the unexpected result of surgery. This can often result in years of physiotherapy in attempting to regain the….

    Claiming for nerve injuries caused by injections

    Nobody likes getting injections. Going to the doctor is often filled with dread and if you know you’re going to have an injection then the whole experience is made all the worse for it. Usually, going to the doctor involves resolving a medical issue. In isolated instances, you can leave with more problems than you….

    Cosmetic dental claims

    With modern propaganda convincing young people that perfection is looking flawless, many have turned to the cosmetic industry, spending thousands on what isn’t always the desired outcome. We at Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you with claiming for cosmetic dental claims. You can also claim against dentists who have failed to deliver in….

    Claiming for anaesthetic errors in birth

    Having a baby is one of the most beautiful moments in any person’s life. For some it doesn’t get much better than becoming a mother or father. The moment when your new-born is brought into the world is a moment few can understand without experiencing it first hand. Holding your baby for the first time….

    In focus: Delayed diagnosis of tendon injuries

    Tendon injuries can be a serious matter depending on which tendon and just how badly it has been injured. This may have been caused by a nasty slip, trip or fall or perhaps whilst playing sport. Whatever way this was caused, if you feel the tendon has been damaged, always get it checked out by….

    What Is Cerebral Palsy?

    Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system and brain, and can happen before, during or just after birth. This can be a seriously debilitating disease and can cause problems for both children and adults who are sufferers. Though the ailment is still being researched and not a lot is known about….

    At what time should I make my medical negligence claim?

    From slips, trips and falls to accidents at work, everyone experiences mishaps at some point in their life that can lead to personal injuries with varying degrees of severity. Unfortunately, at times, some of us will require medical attention, be it GP services, emergency care or acute hospital services. In cases such as these, we….

    In focus: Breast cancer misdiagnosis

    Breast cancer is one of the biggest worries among British women. According to statistics published by the NHS, it is the most common form of cancer in the UK: Around 48,000 women a year (most over the age of 50) are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer in itself is a terrible ordeal and it’s….

    In what types of medical establishment do negligence claims originate?

    Before attempting to clarify where potential claims may originate, it may be helpful to define what clinical or medical negligence is. In essence, it is a doctor, therapist or nurse’s breach of duty of care towards a patient, resulting in harm being inflicted on that patient. Clinical negligence This basically means that on any occasion….

    Defining medical misdiagnosis

    Dictionaries define medical misdiagnosis as an incorrect diagnosis or incorrect assessment of a condition. In reality, there are actually two very different kinds of misdiagnosis, namely making a wrong diagnosis or failing to make a diagnosis altogether. Incorrect diagnosis An incorrect diagnosis may mean a doctor diagnosing a bone fracture as a much less serious….

    Undiagnosed fractures and your claim eligibility

    As personal injuries go, you would think that fractures stand out as something that is easy to notice and diagnose, if somewhat difficult and often painful to heal and rehabilitate. However, you would be wrong. Fractures, whether they are the result of an accident at work, a road traffic accident or a slip, trip or….

    How can I tell if I have experienced a surgical error

    What is a surgical error? A surgical error is anything that has gone wrong during a surgery or procedure you have had carried out on you. This can be both cosmetic and non-cosmetic and if serious can lead to a serious accident, including, believe it or not, office accidents. How can I tell if I….

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