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A&E (Accident and Emergency) Negligence Claims
A&E consultants are tasked with treating casualties, and diagnosing tens of thousands of patients a year, with injuries ranging from anything from minor cuts to major road traffic accidents. In the majority of cases, the A&E department works extremely well, and the service they provide is excellent.
But what if you are one of the unfortunate ones, and the negligent treatment you receive in the accident and emergency department means that you suffer additional injury or illness? If you’ve suffered from a further injury or illness, caused by the negligence of a medical professional in A&E, you may be entitled to claim compensation due to medical negligence, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, with MG Legal's medical negligence specialist solicitors.
So, what are some common A&E negligence claims?
Around 1.3 million people per month in England attend the A&E department, seeking medical advice, care and assistance from medical experts. Unfortunately, mistakes including poor treatment can occur, and the mistakes are potentially life changing, mentally, and physically. Over the last 10 years, MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors have won tens of millions of pounds in compensation for clients who have suffered further injury or illness, after attending their local A&E department, with the negligent treatment resulting from:
Misdiagnosed bone fractures – as a result of rushing through a medical examination, and not referring the injured patient for an X-ray, or MRI scan;
Prescription errors- as a result of test results not being read correctly, or not being able to read the test results;
Incorrect treatment- not recognising the critical nature of a patient’s condition leading to delaying their treatment and a worsening of their health;
Delayed treatment – an injured patient left waiting for hours, without medical attention, or not escalating necessary treatment, if a patient’s condition worsens;
Hospital infections – such as Escherichia coli or meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA;
An injury from using the incorrect technique to move a patient, or because they don’t employ adequate safety procedures;
Inadequate patient examination- including rushing examination and misdiagnosing the cause of a condition;
Turning an injured person away from the A&E department without being seen by an A&E doctor, or being sent home without proper treatment of their injuries or illness;
Falling out of a wheelchair, or bed. This actually happens more than you think, and if elderly or frail patients are not supported properly, then they can fall from the bed, or wheelchair, causing them to be injured. MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors recently settled a case where the sides of a bed were not put up, causing an elderly lady to fall out of bed, and break her hip.
How do I make a claim for A&E negligence?
If you are looking to make a claim for financial compensation as a result of injuries caused by A&E negligence, then the most important thing to do is get in touch with a specialise medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible.
The medical negligence claims process can become complicated, and a specialist medical negligence solicitor, such as MG Legal’s friendly team, will know how to handle the process in the best way possible. Your designated solicitor will take all of the necessary steps to build your claim to be as strong as possible, including seeking expert medical assistance and medical reports, all on your behalf. This allows you to navigate through the process in a stress-free way, and to focus on getting back on track with your daily life and routine after your injuries.
How long do I have to make an A&E medical negligence claim?
The time limits are strict, subject to the 1980 Limitation Act and if you have suffered negligent treatment in an A&E department, then it is important that you seek advice from a solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases as soon as possible. In most cases, a claim should be made within three years from the date the negligence occurred, or the date you were first aware that you had suffered injury or illness due to a medical practitioner's negligence.
There are, as with most things in life, some exceptions:
If you were under 18 years old at time you suffered the negligence, then you have three years from your 18th birthday within which to make a claim for compensation.
Time limits may also differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney.
Why choose MG Legal for my A&E compensation claim?
When you choose to instruct MG Legal’s medical negligence specialists on your A&E negligence claim, then you will only deal with one solicitor from the day you speak to us until we conclude your case. We know that in times like this, when you have been unfortunately let down by the medical profession and healthcare system that you trust so well, you need a reliable legal team that you can rely on to build a strong case.
Our medical negligence solicitors accept all A&E medical negligence compensation claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, and have a success rate in excess of 99% for all medical negligence claims that we accept. This means that if we do not win, we do not get paid for our work.