What other types of medical negligence claim are there?
Common medical negligence claims include birth injury claims, injury in surgery and misdiagnosis. As medical negligence specialists, we also see a wide variety of other types of claim involving many different circumstances and outcomes. Given the number of different treatment options available today, including advances in surgical techniques making new procedures possible, the situations where there is potential for an accident or error to occur are many. Whilst in most cases, the treatment you receive is of the required standard, if a doctor, nurse or surgeon makes a mistake and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
What does making a claim involve?
Making a medical negligence claim involves providing evidence regarding what happened, what the consequences were and who is responsible. It also includes asking for financial compensation. A claim could be about private or NHS care, hospital negligence, GP negligence or treatment received at a clinic, dental surgery or optician.
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“We are familiar with every type of claim and have helped thousands of injured patients make a successful claim for compensation.”
Other types of claim
Accident & Emergency claims typically involve people experiencing delays that worsen their condition or errors in diagnosis leading to mistakes in their treatment. This includes being sent home without treatment when the patient should be admitted to hospital, signs of injury being missed - such as an undiagnosed fracture - and serious health problems going unnoticed, such as heart problems. Read more about A&E claims here
GP negligence claims
Most claims against a GP are regarding a misdiagnosis and failure to refer to a specialist. Delays and mistakes in correctly diagnosing illnesses such as cancer can have devastating consequences for the patient and their family. This is one of the more common claims of negligence against GPs. We also see errors in prescribing medications. Read more about GP claims here
Infection claims can arise as a result of poor hygiene and poor infection control in hospitals and clinics. They can also happen because signs of infection are missed and, subsequently, the infection is not treated promptly or adequately. Specific infection claims include MRSA, C.Difficile, Sepsis and necrotising fasciitis. Read more about infection claims here
People can suffer serious injury, or even death, because of a medication error. Claims include mistakes on prescriptions leading to the wrong drug or dose being given, a dispensing error in the pharmacy or mistakes make by health professionals administering the drug. Read more about medication errors here
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