Can I claim for hospital negligence?
Whether your experience was in a private or NHS hospital, if you’ve suffered an injury due to substandard care, you may have a hospital negligence claim.
Spending time in a hospital can be a stressful experience, even when you don’t have complications to deal with. But nobody expects to experience medical negligence when they’re being cared for by professional health workers. We’re here to help you gain compensation for any hospital negligence you’ve experienced.
We’ll use our over 20 years’ of experience to help you get access to justice.
What is 'hospital negligence'?
Hospital negligence means the medical staff working to make you better failed to carry out their ‘duty of care’.
All medical staff at a hospital have a duty to provide you with the best possible healthcare. If your care falls below this standard and you’re injured as a result, this can be considered negligence.
We can help you make a medical negligence claim and talk you through the claims process. We’ve helped thousands of people claim for hospital negligence and will be able to advise you in minutes on whether you have a claim. Contact us for advice on 0800 540 4258
How much could I claim?
Although we’re unable to advise you exactly how much your claim might be worth, we understand that many people want to know how much they may be entitled to before making a claim.
Because of this we created our industry leading compensation calculator to help you understand the potential value of your claim.
Our calculator will ask you some questions about yourself, your accident and your injury and then provide a guide compensation figure.
We believe that if you’ve suffered an injury from negligence then claiming is always worth it. Your claim can highlight a worrying level of care that needs attention and could prevent others from experiencing the same distress as you.
If you decided to start your claim, your solicitor will let you know your settlement figure as soon as possible. You can contact us today about your compensation on 0800 540 4258 for free.
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What is a ‘duty of care’?
A ‘duty of care’ means the legal and moral obligation all medical staff must uphold when caring for you. It means that, when you are in a medical environment, the staff members working to support you must avoid taking actions that may cause you harm.
This includes maintaining a high standard of care so that you do not suffer any further injuries or distress as the result of negligence or inaction.
The medical institution that provided your care will have a set of patient rights that they must follow at all times. You can read more about this on our patient rights page.
Types of hospital negligence
There are many different types of hospital negligence. Below are some examples of medical and hospital negligence:
- Receiving the wrong diagnosis for your injuries or ill health, which led to further injuries or complications
- Being given the wrong medication or wrong dose
- Suffering an error during surgery
- A substandard level of care during childbirth that resulted in complications
- Suffering from needle-related injuries
We’ve also recently seen a rise in the number of acute kidney injuries. This type of injury is often caused by misdiagnosis or neglect while in a hospital (for example, not being given enough water or other liquids to drink), which leads to severe dehydration.
There are serious side effects to acute kidney injury, and in some cases it can be fatal. Please call us today on 0800 540 4258 if you think you or a loved one has been put at risk.
We know that each hospital negligence case is unique and your experience may not be listed above.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’ve experienced a different type of hospital negligence. We can let you know in minutes if you have a compensation claim.
Anaesthetic complications can lead to life-limiting disabilities and deep psychological trauma
Many people are understandably nervous about being anaesthetised or “put under” so that surgical procedures can be carried out. And while the vast majority of anaesthetisations happen without any negative side effects, on some occasions mistakes are made by the medical staff which can have life-changing effects.
Waking up during surgery can be an extremely traumatic experience known as anaesthetic awareness. If you’ve experienced this complication and you have suffered as a result, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.
Nerve and spinal cord injuries
Improper delivery of anaesthetic can cause painful and debilitating nerve and spinal cord injuries.
Brain damage or strokes
Failure to correctly manage a patient who is under anaesthetic can have very serious consequences such as brain damage or strokes, leading to lifelong effects.
Allergy to anaesthetic
Allergy to the anaesthetic used can provoke reactions including rashes, vomiting and breathing problems known as anaphylaxis. If your anaesthetist fails to take account of pre-existing allergies recorded in your patient notes you may have grounds to make a claim.
Can I make a hospital negligence claim?
If you’ve experienced substandard care during a hospital visit, leading to complications or distress, you may be able to claim. The best way to find out is to give us a call. We can provide free advice with no obligation to claim.
By calling us, you’ll have the opportunity to tell us in complete confidentiality about your experience of hospital negligence. We can also answer any questions you have.
If you have a claim, and you’d like to go ahead with it, we’ll put you in contact with a specialist solicitor who will look after your hospital negligence claim.
Hospital infections are rare, but when they do happen they can have a profound, potentially life-limiting impact on the victim. If you’ve suffered a hospital infection, there’s a strong possibility that there has also been negligence from the medical staff who are trusted to look after you.
There are a number of different types of hospital infections that you might have suffered from either during or soon after your stay in hospital, including:
- 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
I got an infection at a private hospital, can I still claim?
Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim if you contracted your infection in a private hospital. In fact, if you’ve developed an infection at any healthcare provider, whether it’s NHS or private, a dentist, optician, doctor, physiotherapist or other specialist doctor, contact us to see if you can make a medical negligence claim.
Whether you’re visiting someone in hospital or you’re a patient yourself, there are things you can do to prevent yourself, your family and your loved ones from acquiring a hospital infection, including:
- Washing your hands or using the alcohol hand gel provided
- Avoiding moving between different hospital wards
- Keeping your friend or family member’s bed area clean and tidy
- The NHS Choices website also advises patients, or those visiting patients, to report any unclean facilities or equipment to members of hospital staff.
Why choose us?
We can’t begin to understand how distressing being a victim of medical or hospital negligence feels. But we do understand how important it is for you to get back to your daily life and recoup any financial losses.
We have experience of hospital negligence claims and can help you gain access to the justice and claim the compensation you deserve.
Since 1993, we’ve recovered thousands of pounds in compensation for the victims of hospital and medical negligence, using our no win no fee service. There is no financial risk to making a no win no fee hospital negligence claim with us. Read more about no win no fee on our no win no fee claims page.
From the moment we’re in contact with you, your case will be handled in a confidential and sensitive way. Our legally trained advisors will talk you through the claiming process and answer any questions you have. They’ll then connect you with a solicitor that is right for you, who will be on hand throughout your claim.
Cases of medical and hospital negligence are thankfully rare, but we’re here for you if you’ve suffered from substandard care.