Medical Negligence in Hospitals
Posted on 25th November 2019
The strain on NHS hospitals has been revealed once again by the sight of patients at Royal Cornwall Hospital being queued up for hours in corridors, ambulances waiting six-deep for their patients to be admitted to A&E. The hospital announced a “black alert” OPEL 4 status which is the most severe alert level a hospital can apply. This means that patients should expect significant delays and that the hospital is “unable to deliver comprehensive care”, placing patient safety at risk. Video footage demonstrates the level of delay and overcrowding with all but the most critically ill patients being queued up in corridors on seats, wheelchairs and trolleys.
Whatever the cause of any kind of alert like this, we do not always get to choose when we need medical attention and so when we go to hospital, it is often because we have to, rather than because we choose to. It is not unusual and indeed it is common sense that injuries, if treated properly and quickly have a better chance of recovery than those injuries that are delayed in getting treatment or which are treated badly.
MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor in Garstang, Preston, has extensive experience of dealing with medical negligence cases and the story above is a prime example of the cause of many types of negligence. Tired doctors making mistakes is often the cause of cases taken on by MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor in Garstang. Whether it is by misdiagnosis of a condition, not interpreting an x-ray or test correctly, providing the wrong treatment or sometimes just sheer inattention to a patient who needs care, such as those with dementia, injuries can take many forms.
It is sometimes the case that if a patient attends hospital, or their GP, the injury is to some degree “self-inflicted”. However, just because you broke a wring when you fell off some ladders or cut your hand on a broken plate, doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to proper medical care to set it right again. At MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor in Garstang, we have seen countless examples of why a lack of proper medical care can result in an injury not healing correctly or infection setting in.
Your hospital or medical practice doesn’t need to have had an OPEL 4 alert either, even on the quietest days, mistakes can still, unfortunately happen. Here at MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor in Garstang, we don’t want you to have these problems, but we are here when they do happen to try and help put things right again. Our clients have included people who had broken bones that weren’t diagnosed from x-rays, people who had internal problems that weren’t scanned and picked up, people who had surgical procedures that led to complications and also those by relatives of people who can’t speak for themselves who had become injured because they weren’t given adequate care.
MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor in Garstang, look to take all cases on a Conditional Fee Agreement “no win, no fee” basis so that you can have peace of mind that your claim is in good hands and that you won’t have the risk of paying legal fees up front. Please contact our offices in Garstang, Lancaster and Longridge today to discuss how we can help you with your medical negligence case.
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