If you or a member of your family has suffered from negligent treatment in hospital, call our medical negligence solicitors for an initial consultation on freephone 0800 916 9049 or start your claim online and we’ll call you.
Most hospital treatment in the UK is of a high standard, but things can go wrong. Hospital errors can make the stressful experience of having to go into hospital much worse.
Hospital negligence and misdiagnosis
Sometimes doctors make mistakes by failing to diagnose a health problem, diagnosing the wrong condition (misdiagnosis) or delaying the diagnosis. These hospital errors can cause serious damage and injury. Common mistakes include:
- Failing to take a patient’s history into account
- Failing to examine a patient properly or to note all of their symptoms
- Failing to carry out the right investigations (including X-rays, scans and blood tests)
- Failing to interpret investigations properly
- Making administrative errors - for example, losing or mixing up patient records, or noting the wrong diagnosis, treatment or medication on a patient’s chart
For many conditions and injuries, early diagnosis can make all the difference when it comes to making a full and speedy recovery. Any avoidable delays can cause significant damage, or lead to the worsening of a condition. In the worst cases, a delayed diagnosis can cause a treatable illness to advance into a life-threatening situation.
Getting the diagnosis wrong can be just as catastrophic for the patient’s health and wellbeing. An incorrect diagnosis usually leads to the wrong treatment or medication being administered. At best, this treatment will have no effect - which of course means that the actual illness or injury isn’t being treated. At worst, the treatment can worsen the illness, cause unwanted side effects or lead to other unwanted outcomes.
If you believe that your doctor misdiagnosed a condition or unnecessarily delayed your diagnosis, please contact Slater and Gordon Lawyers as soon as possible. We can offer expert advice on whether you can claim and what to do next, drawing on our years of specialist experience working on clinical and medical negligence claims.
Hospital negligence and treatment errors
Sometimes doctors make mistakes in treating a condition, which can lead to a worsening of the condition or other side effects. Compensation claims can be brought after mistakes such as:
- Failing to give the correct treatment
- Giving the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medication
- Failing to notice when patients get worse
- Failing to operate when necessary
- Making errors in surgery
- Failing to provide adequate care after surgery
- Neglect of a patient - for example, failing to monitor nutrition, hydration and other elements of basic care
If you believe any of these mistakes happened during your treatment, or that you’ve been a victim of hospital neglect, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
The mistake or neglect you’ve experienced could’ve made your illness worse, lengthened your recovery time or left lasting physical or psychological damage. Due to this, you could be facing expensive medical bills or costs for adjustments to your home. You could also lose income if you’re unable to work. This is why compensation can be so important.
If you’ve acquired an illness or infection such as MRSA while a patient at a hospital or medical facility and you believe that the staff or facilities were to blame, you could claim compensation. These infections can be caused or spread by a failure to properly clean hospital equipment, or by staff failing to follow the correct procedures.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help if you’ve suffered unnecessarily because of a hospital-acquired illness or infection. Please call us on 0800 916 9049 to speak to an experienced, compassionate medical negligence specialist.
Choose Slater and Gordon for No Win, No Fee hospital neglect claims
Of course, no one wants to be left out of pocket simply for pursuing a claim for compensation. With this in mind, 98% of clinical and medical negligence claims handled by Slater and Gordon’s personal injury team are funded by a No Win, No Fee agreement. Formally called a Conditional Fee Agreement, this means that no fees are paid unless you win your case, so you don’t have to risk your finances in order to pursue your claim.
To find out whether you can claim through a No Win, No Fee agreement, simply give us a call.
You can reach our hospital neglect claims team on freephone 0800 916 9049 - this number is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Alternatively, use our online contact form to make an enquiry and one of our personal injury specialists will get back to you.
Immediate representation wherever you’re based
Our hospital negligence solicitors can provide immediate legal representation, as well as rehabilitation support, to you wherever you’re based in England, Scotland or Wales.
If you can’t come to us, don’t worry. We’re happy to offer hospital and home visits for people who are unable to attend one of our UK offices. This means a Slater and Gordon clinical negligence specialist will come to you directly.
A personal injury specialist will take all of the details of what happened and offer expert, honest advice on whether you’ve a valid claim and the next steps to take.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers has a large team of expert medical negligence solicitors that collectively have won tens of millions of pounds in compensation for people who’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence. We’re one of the largest personal injury law firms in the UK, with a reputation for excellence in this specialist area of the law.
Many solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK charity for patient safety and justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).