If you’ve suffered due to a hospital’s negligence, we can help
Everybody has the right to a high standard of care – you deserve to feel safe while you’re being treated in hospital. Although most hospitals and medical staff meet these high standards, there are some cases where mistakes or negligence can cause complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a hospital’s negligence, it’s likely to have affected your career, income, family and social life, on top of being physically painful. In some cases, the consequences of hospital negligence can be life-changing.
Your compensation can help you receive the support and treatment you need. It can also help to cover the financial impacts, such the cost of time off work, so that you can focus on your recovery.
Claiming compensation can be hard to think about at such a stressful time – we’re here to answer your questions and offer free, impartial advice. You can get in touch with us on 0800 540 4258 , or fill in our secure online form to request a call back.
Can you make a hospital negligence claim?
If you or a loved one have experienced substandard care during a hospital visit leading to complications or distress, then you may be able to make a claim.
The best way to find out is to speak to us for free on 0800 540 4258 . We’ll never rush or pressure you into making a claim – first and foremost we’re here to give you the advice and support you need.
We’ll leave you to decide whether you’d like to go ahead in your own time – if you do want to take the next steps, we can put you in touch with a specialist solicitor to suit your case. They’ll be happy to answer your questions and will work hard to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you’re owed.
If you don’t feel ready to speak to us, you can try our online claims checker. It will quickly tell you whether you could make a claim in 5 simple steps.
What is ‘duty of care’?
All medical professionals and hospital staff have a ‘duty of care’ to you as a patient. This means the staff members working to support you must avoid taking actions that may cause you harm.
They must maintain a high standard of care so that you do not suffer any further injuries or distress – the hospital that provided your care will have a set of patient rights that they must always follow. You can read more about this on our patient rights page.
Accident and emergency claims
A visit to A & E can be very unexpected and stressful. After a sudden injury or health problem, the accident and emergency department is the place most people turn to for help.
A & E departments are very busy, with people coming and going at all hours – in most cases, doctors and hospital staff work tirelessly to make sure every patient is treated in the best way possible.
However, when mistakes do happen they can be life-changing. If you’ve been injured due to negligent treatment in A&E, we can help you.
Whether your condition was made worse by delayed treatment, misdiagnosis, mistakes in drug dosage, or any other negligent treatment, we can help you get the support, apology and compensation you need.
If you’re unsure whether you can make a claim, you can get in touch with us for free, impartial advice on 0800 540 4258 . We’re here to answer your questions and can let you know whether you can claim.
Types of hospital negligence
There are many different types of hospital negligence. We’ve listed some examples below, but please don’t worry if your experience isn’t included here, we may still be able to help you.
- Being given the wrong medication or dosage
- Errors during surgery
- Substandard level of care during childbirth that resulted in complications
- Suffering from needle-related injuries
- Anaesthetic complications
- Delayed treatment or misdiagnosis
If the proper safety and hygiene precautions aren’t carried out in hospitals, this can cause infections. Some of these can have serious consequences, and can even be life-threatening.
There are lots of infections you could suffer from due to a hospital visit, such as:
- Bacterial infections, such as MRSA and C.difficile
- Viral infections, such as Norovirus
- Infection of surgery sites
- Urinary tract infections
- Infections of the bloodstream
- Infections of the skin and soft tissues
Hospitals and staff should take actions to avoid these infections from spreading or coming into contact with patients.
About your compensation
Nobody expects to be injured or left worse off after a hospital visit, and everybody has the right to feel safe. Aside from the support compensation can give you in your recovery, it can also help to highlight hospital safety issues so that other people don’t suffer in the same way.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will work hard to understand the impact your injury or experience has had on your life, and will take this into consideration when putting together your case.
For example, they’ll take into account any expenses caused by your injury – this may include further medical treatment, lost earnings due to time off work, as well as travel and accommodation costs.
They’ll also consider the wider effects of your injury on your family, social life and hobbies – suffering an injury can be isolating, and we’ve seen how compensation can help people to get their independence back.
You can reach us online or on 0800 540 4258 for free advice. We can let you know whether you could make a claim and can run you through the details so you’ll know exactly what to expect.