Hospital Negligence Claims

Solicitors in Essex & London


Mistakes within hospitals can arise in a number of ways, sometimes without fault and sometimes without causing any harm. On occasion, however, avoidable mistakes are made and they can cost patients their health and even their lives.

Failing to diagnose, or incorrectly diagnosing, a condition is a common error and can result in serious and significant consequences for the patient.  Even where the correct diagnosis is made, mistakes can be made in the treatment provided, for example;

  • The patient may not receive the correct treatment or receive it in time;
  • There may be a failure to notice and act upon a patient’s deterioration;
  • The window of opportunity for surgery may be missed;
  • Unnecessary delays in treatment or surgery may occur;
  • Surgical errors may occur;
  • Post-operative care may be compromised;
  • Follow up care/aftercare may be lacking.

Our team of clinical negligence solicitors in Essex and London are recommended by Legal 500 for their work in bringing claims against hospitals to a successful resolution for patients and their loved ones.

Hospital negligence can be categorised in a number of ways, including:

A&E Claims

Mostly, the care and treatment provided by the A&E department of the NHS is suitable and reasonable for the needs of each individual patient but, sadly, there are times when the level of care falls considerably short of what is expected and required.

Such errors include:

  • Diagnostic failures, errors or delays
  • Mistakes in taking a patient’s history
  • Failing to note the patient’s symptoms or duration of symptoms
  • Failure to carry out correct and detailed examinations
  • Failing to undertake accurate and/or appropriate investigations including X-rays, scans and blood tests
  • Failing to interpret investigations properly/inaccurate reporting of results following x-rays, scans etc., meaning that fractures, aneurysms, stroke, Cauda Equina Syndrome and many other conditions can be wrongly ruled out if not carefully checked by appropriate staff.

Other errors arise due to a failure to treat, for example, failure to note and act upon a patient’s deterioration or a failure to operate or operating wrongly, as well as inadequate post-operative aftercare.

These errors needlessly cost lives and legal action is sometimes required to compensate you for the injury suffered or loss of life of a loved one.

Our clinical negligence solicitors in Essex and London have dealt with many claims relating to negligence in A&E departments and are on hand to answer any of your queries.

Anaesthetic Claims

Finding yourself awake during a surgical operation is rare but it does happen and it can be traumatic.  It can result in serious psychological harm, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or depression.

Anaesthetic Nerve and Spinal Cord Injuries

Patients can suffer injuries when anaesthetics are mistakenly injected into the spinal cord or into nerves which results in severe pain and serious disability.

Anaesthetic Brain Damage and Stroke

Serious injuries can arise when anaesthetists make mistakes during operations. For example, failing to regulate blood pressure can result in brain damage or strokes.

Where people are left with severe disabilities following anaesthetic issues it is important to secure compensation; this will help to ensure you or your loved one receives the best quality of life in the future by procuring the best medical care, help with nursing at home, assistance in the household and with daily tasks as well as recovery of lost income.

Our clinical negligence solicitors in Essex and London have dealt with many anaesthetic claims and are on hand to answer any of your queries.

Delayed Diagnosis Claims

When treating any illness or injury, time is of the essence. A diagnosis must be provided swiftly and treatment commenced based on that diagnosis reasonably quickly in order to give the best chance of recovery.

Delays in diagnosis or treatment can result in a deterioration of symptoms and can even result in death. If you have suffered a delay in diagnosis or treatment and this caused you harm you may be able to recover compensation.

Our team of medical negligence solicitors in Essex and London have years of experience in bringing claims relating to delayed diagnosis to a successful resolution.

Misdiagnosis Claims

Injuries and illnesses can be difficult to identify, particularly when it is an emergency. Doctors and medical practitioners are specially trained to maintain accuracy of diagnosis, even when placed under significant pressure. If the medical professional who was responsible for treating you or a loved one failed to diagnose an illness or injury, you may be able to recover compensation.

Our team of medical negligence solicitors in Essex and London have years of experience in bringing claims relating to misdiagnosis to a successful resolution, both for individuals and families who have lost a loved one as a result of negligence.

Infection Claims

Infection is a well-known risk of medical care and treatment.  Sometimes the infection is unavoidable, however, there are occasions where patients contract an avoidable infection due to unsafe practices, unclean conditions and inadequate hygiene. In addition, a claim may arise where there has been a failure in the diagnosis of an infection within a reasonable time frame or there has been a failure to treat an infection appropriately or expeditiously.

Our clinical negligence lawyers in Essex and London have dealt with many claims relating to infections contracted whilst in hospital and are on hand to answer any of your queries.

Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) Claims

Anyone affected by C. Diff has the potential to claim compensation if it can be shown that hospital staff have failed to follow the correct and proper infection control policies and this has resulted in you or a loved one contracting C Diff, or there has been a delay in diagnosing and treating the infection.

Clostridium Difficile is a spore-forming bacterium which can cause illness such as diarrhoea and severe inflammation of the bowel when certain antibiotics disturb the balance of "normal" bacteria in the gut.

Symptoms can include fever, decreased appetite, nausea and so on. Some patients can die as a result of complications from this infection.

Our Legal 500 recommended team of solicitors in Essex and London have experience in dealing with negligence claims relating to the contraction of Clostridium Difficile and are on hand to answer any of your queries.

Sepsis Claims

The terms sepsis and septicaemia are often used interchangeably. They both refer to an infection of the blood - the only difference is that septicaemia is always a bacterial infection of the blood. Sepsis can refer to a bacterial infection or a viral or fungal infection of the blood.

Sepsis is a common post-operative complication. This is because the patient will have an open wound which is very vulnerable to infection. The skin is a natural defence against bacteria. Once it is cut open, the body will immediately be more susceptible to infection as the wound provides an opportunity for the bacteria to get in.

A diagnosis is crucial and is reliant upon medical practitioners noticing a patient’s symptoms and recognising them as the initial stages of sepsis. Patients must be monitored closely, observing any deterioration in their condition.

Sadly, nurses and doctors do not always spot the early warning signs of sepsis or the change in a patient’s condition is noted but the seriousness of the matter is not appreciated and the patient is left untreated. This can result in significant ill health or even death.

Our clinical negligence lawyers in Essex and London have dealt with many claims relating to sepsis and are on hand to answer any of your queries.

Pressure Sores Claims

Negligence can cause or worsen pressure sores if:

  • A person remains in the same position for too long
  • The patient isn’t provided with a suitable bed
  • Staff don’t correctly clean or dress wounds
  • Staff fail to spot a pressure sore developing and take action to avoid it

Sores can take significant time to heal and can occasionally result in amputation.  They can delay your or a loved one’s recovery by a lengthy period of time and result in additional convalescing.  The consequences can result in loss of earnings, the expense of home carers, the cost of prosthetics, psychological damage and so on.

Our medical negligence solicitors in offices across Essex and London have dealt with many claims relating to pressure sores and are on hand to answer any of your queries.

Surgical Claims

While surgery in the UK is usually safe, it is never risk-free. Mistakes can happen and these are not always as a result of negligence, but there are times when negligence is the ultimate cause.

Surgical mistakes may arise due to inadequate training, the use of defective equipment, a lack of care taken during surgery resulting in damage to organs or retention of surgical instruments, lack of communication and proper consenting and so on.

Understanding what went wrong and why and how it can be rectified is fundamental. Our team of clinical negligence solicitors can help you achieve this, and pursue a claim on your behalf.

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Find out more with a free Medical Negligence consultation

We offer a free initial meeting to discuss your negligence claim against a hospital, assess the merits of any action and try to give you an indication of the compensation you may be entitled to and the likely duration of your case.  We act for most of our clients on a no win no fee basis, or under a legal expenses insurance policy.  We have disabled access at our Hornchurch, Brentwood and Upminster offices.  If more convenient, we are happy to visit our clients at home or in hospital in Essex, London or further afield.

Our Medical Negligence accreditations include:

APIL
The Law Society Member of Personal Injury
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