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The NHS is a source of national pride and the envy of the world, but it is not faultless. High pressure hospital departments like the Accident & Emergency unit can be more prone to hospital injuries resulting from misdiagnosis or poor treatment. However, hospital injuries are not exclusive to a particular department; in fact, a patient can suffer an injury while only staying in a ward or even after an operation.
You can make a claim for hospital negligence if your case meets the following criteria:
This element determines whether the hospital acted in a way that falls below the acceptable standard of care.
This second element determines whether there is a direct link between the injury you suffered and the hospital’s failure to uphold their duty of care towards you. If the hospital’s procedures or actions makes your injury worse or causes you further problems, you may be entitled to compensation for hospital negligence.
First, you should register your dissatisfaction with the hospital management. If you are unhappy with their response, you can escalate the matter to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman who will conduct a thorough investigation into your complaint.
While lodging an NHS complaint does not lead directly to a compensation, it can let you understand events surrounding your case and provide the reassurance that no one else will suffer the same treatment you did. If you are still unhappy with the result of the investigation, you may start a claim for hospital negligence.
There is a strict three-year time limit for making NHS negligence claims, so you shouldn’t waste any time to start a claim. For your claim to be successful, the onus lies on you to prove that you suffered hospital negligence and an injury or illness as a result. Obtaining this information becomes more difficult with the passing of time, which can make suing a hospital for medical negligence more difficult.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation enquiry into your case. One of our specialist solicitors will discuss details of your case and determine if your claim has a reasonable chance of success. If we believe there is a valid ground for a claim, our solicitors will compile supporting evidence and make a claim against the negligent hospital.
Throughout the medical negligence claims process, our solicitors will negotiate on your behalf to achieve the maximum compensation you deserve. Regardless of the nature and severity of your injury, the right to claim compensation means you can move on after the injury; you can trust us to help you achieve this.
Pain and suffering
You may be able to make hospital claims for physical pain and suffering if you have experienced delayed recovery due to hospital negligence. For instance, after a surgery, you expect to gradually resume routine activities within a fortnight. If your health professional fails to provide appropriate post-operative care and you develop an infection as a result, this may affect your recovery time.
Patients can suffer psychological damage as a result of hospital negligence. An anaesthetic error is one such mistake that can lead to psychological damage. For instance, if a patient wakes up during an operation because of an incorrect anaesthesia dosage, or appears to be unconscious but feels the effect of the surgery or hears what is going on around, they may be entitled to a claim.
You may be able to make compensation claims for:
- Medical expenses. Compensation can be paid for your ongoing care as well as the cost of seeking private medical treatment.
- Adaptations or modifications needed in your home or vehicle as a result of the hospital negligence.
- Loss of earnings due to your inability to work while you recover from the impact of the negligent hospital care.
You may also be able to make claims for bereavement award in the event of a wrongful death. This claim can be made if you are the parent (for those under 18), spouse or civil partner of the deceased.
It also gives you the guarantee that your solicitor will do everything to ensure you receive the highest possible compensation award, especially as they wouldn’t receive any money if you do not achieve success.
When you contact us, you will speak directly to a lawyer to sue hospital. This lawyer will let you know about the facts of your case and let you make an informed decision about your case. We will also provide answers to your questions and help you navigate the typically complex claims process.