A hospital should help patients to recover from an injury or illness, which is why no-one should ever expect to endure additional pain and suffering once they arrive.
While most patients will not need to worry about substandard care during a hospital stay, it is possible for healthcare practitioners to be negligent towards the very people they are supposed to be caring for.
If you believe you have been neglected during a hospital stay, keep reading to learn more about your rights and options.
What is Classed as Hospital Negligence?
Medical practitioners in both NHS and private hospitals have a duty of care towards their patients. If one or more practitioners provide substandard care to patients and caused them unnecessary pain and suffering, this could be classed as hospital negligence.
Examples of hospital negligence include:
- A medical misdiagnosis
- Mistakes during an operation
- An incorrect diagnosis in A&E
- Poor post-operative care
- No informed consent
- A hospital acquired infection (such as MRSA or C-Difficile)
- The administering of the wrong medication
Reasons to Make a Formal Hospital Complaint
If you suspect you have been the victim of hospital negligence, consider making a formal complaint to either the NHS or a governing body.
If you experienced an error at an NHS hospital, they will perform an in-depth investigation to identify if, how and why you received poor quality care during your stay. As a result, you could receive an apology for medical negligence and a written explanation of why it happened.
What’s more, their findings could potentially support a hospital negligence claim, as it could provide evidence that you were a victim of a medical error. As a result, it could help you to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
The Time Limit for a Hospital Negligence Claim
There is a statutory time limit in place for hospital negligence compensation claims. Presently, you have three years from either the date of your injury or from the date you became aware of medical negligence. However, if you were under 18 years of age at the date of the incident, you will have until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
If, however, the claimant is under the age of 18 or has legally been ruled out of managing their finances due to a mental disability, you could serve as their litigation friend. If a claim is successful, any compensation awarded will be entered into a trust for the victim, with the aim of supporting both their care and recovery, or it will accrue interest until they can successfully manage their finances.
Make a No Win No Fee Medical Claim
No patient should be forced to pay any form of price for hospital negligence. To ensure you don’t suffer any additional pain and suffering, embark on a hospital negligence claim on a no win no fee basis.
Our medical negligence solicitors will develop a robust case to help you receive the maximum compensation amount. What’s more, our no win no fee medical claims ensure you will not need to pay any upfront legal costs, so there will be no financial risk. Contact us today to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.