Can you trust advice from the NHS?
Posted on 11th November 2019
We all instinctively trust the information provided to us by medical professionals, including those on NHS Helplines. However, a UK Court is to look into whether NHS services responded quickly enough to calls to examine a four year old boy who subsequently died as a result of a norovirus illness and dehydration. For MG Legal, your local Medical Negligence Solicitor, this is not the first time we have heard of such cases. The child, who had suspected learning difficulties, was suffering from the norovirus and was thought to be unable to accurately express his illness, was pronounced dead over five hours after the first attempt was made to summon medical assistance.
Help was first sought via the NHS 24 telephone service at 6:00 who provided advice but with no solution offered or emergency referral taking place, his condition worsening, they contacted their GP at 08:20 to seek further advice and assistance. The GP surgery treated the matter apparently as routine and dispatched a doctor five hours later at 11:00. The child later, sadly, died following the alleged lack of care on the part of the various medical professionals and a formal Inquiry has been commenced into the circumstances.
This tragic case is a reminder that, whilst we do look to our medical profession for our advice, there are unfortunately not perfect and whilst there is no desire to cause harm. Here at MG Legal, your local Medical Negligence Solicitor we know that this is one of the most sensitive and personal type of case that people can bring. MG Legal, your local Medical Negligence Solicitor, will look at your claim professionally and we will ensure your claim has the maximum chance of success, working to progress the case swiftly and efficiently whilst keeping you fully informed of the progress of your case at this stressful time of your life.
At MG Legal, we act for people of all ages and, just like the above example, if your child, who can be your own child or anyone for whom you are a guardian, is under the age of 18, you are permitted to bring a case on their behalf. We will gladly carry out initial investigation on your behalf, free of charge, with a view to accepting instruction on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee agreement) so that MG Legal can help prevent the same mistake happening again and also obtain the award you deserve for the injury you have suffered as a result of Medical Negligence.
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