Being admitted to hospital is often a worrying and stressful time. And can be made worse when the quality of care we receive does not meet the standard we expect. Where these instances of hospital negligence occur, you may find yourself wondering how this was allowed to happen and whether there is anything that can be done.
The most common types of hospital negligence include misdiagnosis, anaesthetic complications, surgical errors and birth injuries. All of which can have devastating effects for patients. Despite being rare, hospital neglect cases such as poor treatment and pressure sores also occur. The hectic nature of A&E can sometimes lead to patients being misdiagnosed. Even worse, there are previously reported cases where serious injuries and illnesses were not diagnosed at all, resulting in patients’ conditions deteriorating even further while they should have been receiving treatment. Bone fractures are among the most commonly misdiagnosed injuries, while conditions such as septic arthritis also occasionally go undiagnosed as a direct result of hospital negligence.
Due to the potentially life-changing nature of hospital malpractice, we never underestimate the psychological effect you may be experiencing. Our team of expert hospital negligence solicitors always does their best to provide the support their clients need. So, if your health has been affected, and you wish to seek compensation for hospital negligence and the cost of your on-going treatment and care, contact us for a free phone consultation.
The time limit on hospital negligence claims
If you believe you have a hospital negligence claim, it’s always beneficial to start the claims process as soon as possible. Your medical records and investigations will be more readily available, and your ability to recall the events will be better - all of which will help when we put your case together.
According to the law, there is a three-year time limit to make a claim. This start from when you received the negligent treatment, or from your ‘date of knowledge’, when you learned that a mistake was made. Attempting to make a claim after the 3 years will often mean your case is considered ‘statute barred’ or ‘out of time’ under the Limitation Act of 1980, Section 11.
If you are unsure if you’re within this time period, you can contact us and we will advise you on your case based upon the information you provide us. AfterA this free initial phone consultation, one of our hospital negligence solicitors will study your case, getting a feel for your circumstances, the problems you’re facing and the consequences of your injury. If they feel that the hospital service you accessed didn’t do something, or missed something that they shouldn’t have, they will go on to request copies of your medical records, with your permission. We will then tell you if we believe you have a compensation claim that will succeed or not.