Failure to Treat Negligence Claims
If you’re feeling worried enough about your health to make time in your busy schedule to sit in a GP’s waiting room surrounded by other sick people, you expect that they will take your complaint seriously enough to investigate it and treat it. And if you are in so much pain or distress that you believe your nearest Accident and Emergency department is the best place for you, it can be confusing and upsetting when you’re sent home with little more than a sympathetic nod and the advice to take a paracetamol and wait for it to get better on its own.
What is Failure to Treat?
Failing to examine, correctly diagnose, and treat an ill or injured patient is clinical negligence and certainly not a level of care anyone deserves. Your condition should not have to be life-threatening to be addressed seriously.
A patient who admitted to a London hospital with a bone infection received no antibiotics for three days. Staff ignored his request for a scan because it was the weekend and there was no specialist on site to authorise it. The patient developed a rash which staff dismissed as an allergy, but which was diagnosed as a symptom of sepsis when he went into septic shock, and his organs began shutting down. He was left severely brain damaged, and his wife had to give up her job to care for him full time.
In this instance, which settled out of court, the hospital agreed to pay several million pounds in compensation with a part as a lump sum and the rest in annual chunks.
Other examples of negligence due to failure to treat include:
- A baby who developed cerebral palsy after their jaundice went untreated.
- A woman who died due to not receiving appropriate treatment when suffering an asthma attack while in the hospital.
- A dentist who neglected to treat gum disease.
How Can We Help?
Starting a claim for compensation for medical negligence may feel like a daunting task, but it is as simple as asking the expert team of solicitors at The Medical Negligence Experts. You can expect four things to happen after you make your initial enquiry.
An experienced medical negligence lawyer will talk to you about what happened to you, your current situation, and why you believe negligence was responsible. They may also refer to an independent medical specialist and, after a thorough assessment, will be able to advise whether your claim has a solid chance of success.
If you decide to proceed, we will help you collate the information to prove negligence was responsible for your injury or illness.
We will submit this information to the care provider responsible together with a request for fair compensation based on any expenses you have incurred, loss of earnings both now and in the future, and the cost of any ongoing rehabilitation treatment or care. The defendant will investigate the situation on their side, and either admit liability and make an offer of payment or refuse responsibility. In the first scenario, we will then negotiate until we reach an amount which is fair and reasonable. If they do not accept liability, we will refer your claim to the courts and continue to support you until resolution.
There is a three-year time limit for making a medical negligence claim so start today and contact The Medical Negligence Experts.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.