Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments are often extremely busy and under a lot of pressure to deal with patients quickly and efficiently, but this doesn’t mean it is acceptable to receive below-standard medical care.
Should you need to visit A&E, you have a right to expect the proper diagnosis and treatment of a serious health condition.
Sadly, the pressure of an A&E environment means that sometimes this does not happen.
What is considered A&E negligence?
In some instances, patients may experience unacceptable a&e delays or feel that they have not been treated in the correct way.
This can lead to substandard care culminating into medical negligence and errors, which could have been avoided.
When things go wrong in the Accident and Emergency department, the repercussions can be catastrophic with the potential of serious, long-term harm.
If you feel you have experienced clinical or medical negligence during your visit to the A&E department, we urge you to phone the Medical Negligence team to discuss your situation and we can assist.
Common examples of negligence in Accident & Emergency include:
Errors in noting a patient's medical history
Failure to thoroughly and correctly examine a patient's symptoms
Not carrying out the relevant investigations, which may include x-rays, scans and blood tests
Misinterpreting the results of x-rays, scans, or blood tests
Failure to diagnose and/or treat conditions or injuries such as a fracture or Cauda Equina
Failure to recognise the severity of a condition, leading to a delay in diagnosis or treatment
A&E not admitting patients to the hospital when they should; sending them home instead
Failure to recognise life-threatening conditions such as severe internal bleeding or obstetric complications, causing avoidable deaths
Inadequate care after operations or treatment
Do I have an A&E claim?
When patients have been a victim to medical negligence, there can be a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty around whether the situation was negligent.
When clarifying whether there has been medical negligence, two questions are asked:
- Was there a breach of duty?
- Was the breach of duty the cause of your pain or loss?
A breach of duty occurs when the patient received below the expected standard of care for a medical professional, while causation requires the pain/loss to be caused as a result of the negligence (rather than the underlying condition).
Are you entitled to A&E compensation?
Clarify Your Options in a Free Initial Consultation.
Remember, if you think something has gone wrong but you are not sure if you are eligible to claim for accident & emergency negligence, you lose nothing by speaking to a professional.
Our initial consultations are free and carry no obligation, allowing you to learn more about the legal options available to you without worrying about payment.
In your free consultation, we will ask for some further details to clarify the circumstanced of your medical experience.
This will give us a better understanding of the options available to you, which we will share and allow you to make a decision regarding how you would like to proceed.
We also deal with the majority of our medical negligence cases on a no win no fee basis.
Have Confidence and Support from an Expert Legal Team
If you or a loved one has suffered unnecessarily in A&E, Medical Negligence Solutions can help you claim compensation.
Our professional team have more than 25 years of experience dealing with a range of medical negligence claims.
Although A&E Negligence Claims can be challenging, requiring significant evidence to prove your case, Medical Negligence Solutions are experienced in overcoming these obstacles.
We will guide you through the complex legal process with ease and confidence. Simply phone to book your free initial consultation today: 0300 303 3634.
Frequently asked questions
Is there a time limit for bringing a compensation claim?
Yes, there is. In general, the time limit is 3 years from the date of the negligent treatment. If you were initially unaware that there was negligence at play, the 3 year time limit will apply from the date you first became aware that you suffered a significant injury and that injury was due to the defendant’s negligence. In practice, this means a claim form must be issued at Court to commence proceedings within 3 years of the negligent act or knowledge of the negligence.
What if I am unable to travel to important meetings?
Our team will not hesitate in travelling to the most convenient location for you, at a time that suits you. With our nationwide offices in both the North West and London, it is easy for us to travel and we want you, the client, to come first.