Understanding hospital neglect and hospital negligence
A report by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) showed that the NHS paid out £840,751,934 in damages for clinical negligence claims during 2013/14. This figure highlights the reality of poor care in some departments of some hospitals.
Hospital negligence and neglect refer to errors occurring within a hospital that have resulted in patient suffering or further injury.
These forms of negligence can occur across all hospital departments, from A&E to surgery and from X-ray to other outpatient services.
According to a report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIS), the total number of written complaints for NHS hospitals (including community and family services) exceeded 175,000 for 2103/14.
The service area with the highest number of complaints was ?inpatient hospital acute services' with 34,400 complaints.
Common hospital negligence claims
Some of the most common examples of hospital negligence and neglect which result in claims include:
- Surgical errors, including after-surgery care
- Hospital acquired illnesses and infections (such as MRSA)
- Misdiagnosis or failure to adequately test, diagnose and treat
- Failure to sufficiently check and monitor, leading to problems such as pressure sores, malnutrition or dehydration
- Incorrect medication or treatment given
- Administrative errors
The NHS regard many categories of injury-causing hospital errors as 'never events'. Not only can these errors lead to worsening of current illness or injury, they can lead to serious health complications and psychological distress.
What is the claims process for hospital negligence?
When a person suffers as a result of hospital negligence, contacting the hospital to raise a grievance is usually the first step; a specialist solicitor will confirm with you how to proceed.
The NHS has its own complaints procedure through which patients dissatisfied with their level of care can report their concerns.
Once reported, the NHS acknowledges a person's right to have a complaint properly investigated, to ask for an independent review and to receive compensation if harmed.
The NHS Litigation Authority deal with claims out of Court and pay out for claims relating to public hospitals. Private hospitals will have their own processes and insurance.
Your right to take your claim to Court is, in most cases, not affected by following the hospital's own process first. Your solicitor will be able to advise on this point further.
Guaranteed No Win No Fee - No Catch
A no win no fee agreement (more correctly known as a Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and a specialist injury solicitor.
The no win no fee agreement is the conditions under which the solicitor is instructed by the claimant.
The contract lays out what the lawyer will do as well as how he will be rewarded if your compensation claim is won.
If you choose a Quittance solicitor for your hospital negligence compensation claim there will be no hidden costs in the terms and conditions , nothing to pay up-front and the complete peace of mind that you wont be out of pocket.
Get your free Compensation Claim Report
A Compensation Claim Report (CCR) provides in-depth information about your claim without any lengthy phone calls.
Your free CCR will look at the main points relevant to your case. The report includes:
- a range of possible compensation awards
- factors affecting the duration of the claims process
- issues that can affect the chance of success
The CCR helps you decide if and when to make a claim.
The next steps
When you are ready to start your compensation claim here or contact us on 0800 612 7456.
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