Why do mistakes happen in A&E?
Accident and Emergency Departments are often the first port of call for many people who require treatment for an injury, worrying symptoms or a deterioration in an existing condition. A&E doctors and other medical professionals need to be able to deal with a wide range of problems, from traffic accidents and broken limbs to bleeding, infections and heart attacks. Despite the pressures of being a busy department, the treatment you receive in A&E should still be up to the required standard. If your treatment is below what is expected and causes you further harm, you may have a claim for compensation.
When could I make an A&E claim?
Most of the problems encountered in A&E are concerned with delays or errors in diagnosis and mistakes or failures in treatment. These range from errors that happen in examining the patient - including overlooking symptoms or not noting a deterioration in their condition - to failing to provide appropriate treatment according to the severity of the injury or condition. They also include not checking the patient's medical history properly and not taking adequate notes.
Some of the problems leading to A&E claims
- Failure to carry out investigations and tests
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Failure to prioritise treatment according to the patient's condition
- Incorrect treatment
- Medication errors
- Misdiagnosis leading to failure to admit the patient to hospital
- Misinterpretation of test results , scans and X-rays
No Win No Fee
- Pay nothing upfront
- Pay nothing as the claim progresses
- Pay nothing if you lose
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence means that harm has been caused through medical treatment because the care you received was not up to the accepted standard. Medical negligence (also called clinical negligence) can happen in a number of situations which include: when there are problems during labour, leading to a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother when…
How long will my claim take?
It can take 12-18 months to investigate a medical negligence claim. Most cases are then settled but, if a claim goes all the way to Trial, it can take a number of years to reach its conclusion. Particularly complex claims, such as those involving birth injuries and catastrophic injury, can take several years to determine the…
Can I get Legal Aid?
If the claim relates to a brain injury suffered by a child at, or around the time of, birth, it may be possible to arrange for it to be funded through the Legal Aid Scheme. In that event, the Legal Aid Agency will be responsible for all of our fees and expenses and both you…
How much will it cost me to make a claim?
If we take on your medical negligence claim and you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement which is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement. This means that you will not need to pay anything upfront, there are no hidden costs and you pay nothing if…
What can making a medical negligence claim achieve?
Court proceedings are extremely costly, stressful and time consuming. Therefore, it is important to understand what we can and cannot achieve. We are lawyers and our role in helping you to bring a claim for medical negligence is to try to obtain financial compensation for the injury that has been have suffered. Whilst we try…
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