Hospital Neglect Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by hospital negligence and neglect, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, midwife or other medical professional, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove the negligence happened. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.

We can help you make a medical negligence claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

In this article

Introduction

A report by NHS Resolution showed that the NHS paid out £2.4bn in damages for clinical negligence claims in 2019. 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 110,000 for 2019/20.

As with previous years, the service area with the highest number of complaints was 'inpatient hospital acute services' with 49,757 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.

NHS Resolution 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.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.

Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.

Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

No win, no fee, no risk

'No win, no fee' means that if you do not win your injury claim, you will not have to pay your solicitor any money. Known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA', no win, no fee is a legal contract entered into between you and a solicitor.

Our no win, no fee guarantee

If you have been injured and someone else was to blame (even partially), our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

If your injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

What is Legal Aid available for?

In 2000, the government abolished the right to legal aid in medical negligence cases. Depending on an individual's circumstances, Legal Aid may be available for discrimination cases, criminal cases, family mediation and court or tribunal representation.

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning medical negligence claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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Injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Claiming on behalf of another person.

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

I need the money now - what are my options?

If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.

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How to I get an interim compensation payment?