Hospital Negligence
Hospital Negligence

Hospital Negligence

Medical practitioners have a legal obligation to provide their patients with a reasonable standard of care.

This applies to all doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other healthcare staff who work in our hospitals.

Substandard hospital care

If a patient attends hospital and receives a poor standard of care, and this causes him/her to suffer wrongful injuries, there could be a case of medical negligence.

Hospitals are large places and usually have lots of different departments. Consequently there are many ways in which a hospital negligence claim can arise, including:

  • A&E failing to admit and refer a patient
  • A&E failing to diagnose a fracture
  • Doctors failing to diagnose and treat medical emergencies such as meningitis, heart attack, necrotising fasciitis and sepsis
  • Wrongful injuries to mother and/or baby on the maternity ward, such as cerebral palsy or missed perineal tears
  • Surgical errors such as wrong-site amputation or failed sterilisation
  • Oncologists failing to diagnose cancer
  • Nursing staff failing to prevent a pressure sore
  • Poor hygiene causing hospital acquired infections
  • Medication errors

Speak to a solicitor

These are just a few examples of hospital negligence. If you suspect you have sustained injuries because of poor hospital care (or your loved one has), you need to speak to a solicitor.

You do not necessarily have to have been admitted to a ward; hospital negligence claims often relate to care that was provided in Accident and Emergency.

By speaking to a solicitor, you can find out whether the care provided to you/your loved one was negligent. If so, you will be legally entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.

Compensation for hospital negligence

A successful medical negligence claim will result in you being awarded a sum of compensation. This is intended to reflect the physical and emotional pain you have suffered. The compensation award will also reimburse you for all the money you have lost because of the negligence be it a loss of earnings, the cost of medical treatment or a lost pension.

Making a compensation claim should also help to improve standards at the hospital in question. Often a claim will highlight wrong-doings, allowing hospital staff to learn lessons from the incident. Sometimes it will even prompt new guidelines or protocol to be issued.

Want to know more about claiming for hospital negligence?

To find out more about claiming compensation for poor hospital care, please get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors. We offer everyone a free, no-obligation enquiry.

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