My protests were ignored in the hospital.
A year later, I was still in pain.
When we put our health in the hands of medical professionals, we expect a certain standard of care. Fortunately in the UK we have a high standards of healthcare overall, but this does not mean that the health service is infallible. Every year, thousands of people are injured in medical accidents, or suffer as a result of negligence on the operating table or in hospital wards. At Claim Today Solicitors we take medical negligence claims very seriously, and are able to offer accident compensation advice to those who have suffered as a result of medical accidents.
If you have suffered as a result of a faulty or poorly administered hip replacement, you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim. Speak to a member of our team on 0800 038 38 39 now to discuss your circumstances and get advice about your claim.
Types of Medical Negligence Claim
1: Mistreatment and Delayed Treatment
There are not many of us who would question a doctor’s judgement when it comes to forms of treatment available. Many of us will follow our prescriptions to the letter without question, and for this reason it is essential that doctors take care to prescribe the correct treatment for each patient. However, in some cases medical negligence on the part of doctors can lead to mistreatment, either with the wrong medication or the wrong type of specialist treatment. Mistreatment, particularly of more serious illnesses, can lead to nasty complications and potentially long-term risk for the patient. In other cases, failure to provide the correct treatment can have a similar effect to misdiagnosis,in that it delays treatment of the real problem, allowing it to develop and cause complications. Delays to treatment after diagnosis can have a devastating effect upon recovery, and so it is essential that your GP refers you to the right specialists as soon as possible. Failure to do so may amount to medical negligence if it directly leads to complications with your condition. If you have suffered as a result of mistreatment, whether in the exacerbation of your illness or to later complications, you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim. You should seek legal advice – by speaking to one of CTS’s medical negligence solicitors, you can find out more about the legitimacy of your claim and how to make the claim itself.
Medical conditions can often be extremely complex, with comorbid conditions and other factors making diagnosis a minefield. So when your doctor diagnoses you with an illness, it can be a relief to know what is wrong. A good diagnosis allows doctors to identify and prescribe the right treatment. However, in some unfortunate situations doctors can make mistakes that lead to all manner of complications. Misdiagnosis may lead to the wrong treatment, or allow the underlying illness to develop without treatment. This form of medical negligence error can have a devastating impact on the prognosis once the misdiagnosis has been identified, sometimes with lasting damage. If you have suffered misdiagnosis and wish to make a medical negligence claim, it is important to keep a record of the diagnoses and treatments you have been given, as well as the medical professionals who issued them, as well as your symptoms and any changes you experienced as a result of the misdiagnosis. The more detail you are able to provide, the stronger your medical negligence claim case. Our medical negligence solicitors can advise you of the evidence you will need to successfully pursue your claim.
3: Surgical Errors
Errors in surgery can be some of the most dramatic medical negligence claim cases. All surgery comes with risks, which should be clearly outlined to you before the operation takes place. However, in some cases injuries or further complications can arise from unforeseen circumstances, or oversights on behalf of your surgeon or anesthetic team. Mistakes in surgery can lead to blood loss, organ collapse, issues with mobility (for example in a botched hip replacement), temporary death, or heart problems. As surgical professionals are highly trained, most instances of surgical error can be rectified, but in other cases further surgeries are needed to correct the damage caused. In more serious cases, surgical errors can be fatal (see below). If you have suffered as a result of a surgical error, our medical negligence solicitors will take every aspect of your situation into account. Your medical negligence claim will seek to compensate you not only for your pain but for your discomfort in an increased hospital stay, and the further costs incurred by extended treatment or specialist referral.
4: Fatalities due to medical negligence
While in the most cases medical professionals do all they can to protect their patients during treatment, in some cases a medical accident can prove fatal. At CTS, we know that the death of a loved one is a devastating and difficult time for family and loved ones, and last thing you need is a difficult legal battle. That’s why we offer full support to families who have been affected by a death due to medical negligence, and will fight hard on your behalf throughout your medical negligence claim. Medical negligence fatality cases can be complex, with liability belonging to a number of parties within the medical team. They can be the result of faulty medical equipment, staff fatigue, low hygiene in hospitals, or even administrative errors. Our award-winning service takes into account not only your loss, but your ongoing support needs, and our expert medical negligence solicitors have your needs and comfort at the core of their work. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to medical negligence, either due to an accident on the operating table, mistreatment or misdiagnosis, or a preventable death on a hospital ward, our medical negligence team are on hand to support you.
5: Failure to inform you of certain risks
All medical procedures come with risks – whether it’s possible side-effects of new medication, clinical trials, or a routine operation – and it is the obligation of your medical professional to provide thorough advice as to the risks you will be facing. Failure to do so is medical negligence, and may lead to a number of complications is any medical accidents take place. Vicky Blodwell, head of our Medical Negligence team, has discussed the importance of risk awareness for patients here.
6: Hospital Superbugs, Cross-contaminations and Infections
With so many patients suffering from different illnesses in the same place, risk of bugs and cross-contamination in hospitals is very high. Superbugs are mutated forms of infection which resist antibiotic and other treatments. Fortunately, many measures have been put in place to ensure greater hygiene and security for patients in UK hospitals, so that the frequency of cases of MRSA, C. Diff, and other superbugs remain low. However, sometimes medical negligence can lead to cross-contamination and infection, for example if equipment is not properly sterilized, doctors and surgeons do not prepare properly for surgeries, or the wrong antibiotics are administered. In these cases, it can often be proven that the infections arose as the result of direct medical negligence on behalf of the hospital, and you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim. Superbugs and other contaminants can be particularly dangerous to patients who are immunosuppressed, meaning that their bodies lack the usual defenses against incoming bacteria and viruses, which is often the result of surgery of immunosuppressant drugs and treatments.
7: Hip replacement injuries
Thousands of people in the UK have undergone hip replacements as a result of old age, illness, or injury. While hip-replacements are considered routine operations by many of the surgeons who perform them, they also have a high risk of failure relative to other routine operations. At CTS we have seen cases of medical accidents on the operating table leading to serious complications, but also medical negligence claims against the companies who produce the hip implants.Recent concerns have arisen about the longevity of some implants as a result of errors in production.When you undergo an operation to replace your hip, you expect it to be conducted professionally, and for the implant to function effectively in the long term. Medical negligence cases around hip replacements include failures in effective recovery, long-term pain or mobility issues, errors leading to repeat surgeries, undue wear and tear to hip implants as a result of poor manufacture.
8: mplant and prosthetic injury or disfigurement due to cosmetic surgery
A botched surgery of any kind can have a dramatic impact upon your life, but never is it more delicate than when medical negligence leads to long-term disfigurement. For many, the opportunity to address serious issues of self-esteem, dysphoria, or to undergo reconstructive surgery after a serious injury, is a vital part of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, in some instances cosmetic and prosthetic surgeries can go wrong, leading to mistakes that may require further surgery to remedy, or which it may not be possible to fix. At CTS, we know that disfigurement due to medical negligence comes with psychological as well as physical impacts, and may lead to traumatic changes in your wellbeing and lifestyle. All this, as well as any additional surgery or equipment (such as glasses or breast reconstruction) is taken into account when you pursue a medical negligence claim, so that you receive the fullest compensation.
9: Dental negligence
Dental negligence arises as a result of negligence on behalf of dentists, orthodontic surgeons and dental assistance, which can lead to serious complications following dental treatments. Failed root canal operations, botched implants, and poorly constructed fillings can lead to nasty complications, such as infection, gum disease, or the need for replacement further down the line. For more about dental negligence in teeth whitening treatments, and how to make a medical negligence claim against your dental practitioner, read more here. Other stories about medical negligence claims: Jaundice brain disease win shows support for victims of medical negligence. Why is it worth making a compensation claim?
How to pursue a medical negligence claim
If you have suffered due to a medical accident or mistreatment and wish to make a medical negligence claim, you will need to provide as much evidence as possible as to the circumstances of your injury or prolonged illness. Much of this will be contained in your medical records, held by your GP or hospital staff, but you can strengthen your case in a number of ways: · Photographs: by taking photographs of your physical symptoms, you can maximize your medical negligence case, particularly if you are able to show progression or worsening over time, or the results before and after the medical negligence occurred. · Symptom Diary: by noting down your symptoms on a day-to-day basis, you can provide a strong supporting document to show the longevity and daily impact of the medical negligence injury. · Witnesses: anyone who was present at the hospital or your doctors appointments may be able to support your case with testimonial evidence. · Speak to a medical negligence specialist: a specialist solicitor will be able to guide you throughout your case, ensuring that you do not miss anything, and conducting vital investigations into the circumstances of your medical negligence injury or illness. It is important to instruct a solicitor as soon as possible.Starting your medical negligence claim is quick and easy – simply call our specialist medical negligence team on 0800 038 38 39 or fill in our enquiry form to receive a call back within 24 hours. Our team has years of experience handling medical negligence matters, and we will make sure that you are kept informed of your cases’ viability and progress throughout the claim process. We work on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim – so don’t delay, claim today!
Starting your medical negligence claim is quick and easy – simply call our specialist medical negligence team on 0800 038 38 39 or fill in our enquiry form to receive a call back within 24 hours. Our team has years of experience handling medical negligence matters, and we will make sure that you are kept informed of your cases’ viability and progress throughout the claim process. We work on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim – so don’t delay, claim today!