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Hospital Accident & Emergency Claims

Medical NegligenceIn the vast majority of cases hospital accident and emergency departments provide an invaluable and in some cases life saving service for sick and injured people. Doctors are expected to work through (an often large) backlog of people requiring a timely diagnosis and treatment when required. However, due to the highly pressured environment, even the most highly qualified and proficient medical experts can make mistakes. Regardless of the difficult circumstances faced by most medical staff you should expect and deserve the highest standard of hospital care possible. If you have suffered an injury or illness which is a consequence of a poor management of your experience in A&E you could qualify for a compensation payout for medical negligence.

If you are considering making a medical negligence claim due to an injury or illness that was caused by your time in a hospital A&E department through misdiagnosis, mistreatment or accident you may wish to view the following sections.

Who can make a claim for medical negligence?

Are there time limits for making a medical negligence claim?

How much would my medical negligence claim be worth?

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

Hospital A&E Successful Claims

Law firm Irwin Mitchell reports two claims relating to mistakes made by a hospital A&E department as examples of successful medical negligence claims.

In the first example, a gentleman attended A&E for a nausea and vomiting condition on day one and after an examination and an x-ray was diagnosed with renal impairment and discharged. The next day, his GP referred him to hospital for another x-ray which this time showed a bowel blockage – after a hospital stay of a couple of days he was again discharged. Days after his latest discharge from hospital, he collapsed and was found to have a perforated bowel. He underwent surgery and subsequently caught MRSA. The gentleman made an accident and emergency medical negligence claim and was awarded a six figure settlement from the local NHS trust.

The second example involved a lady taking her 16 day old baby to the GP with symptoms of constipation and discomfort. The GP advised that if the conditions were to get worse that the baby should be taken to hospital. The baby’s condition got worse and she was taken to A&E whereby the hospital put the baby’s breathing difficulties down to her constipation. The baby’s mother sought a second opinion and took the baby to another hospital. Tragically after an examination at the second hospital, they confirmed that the baby had meningitis and sadly the baby died shortly afterwards. The baby’s mother took out a medical negligence claim and received over £30,000 from the local NHS trust.