A&E Medical Negligence
Have you been the victim of medical negligence in an A&E Department? Claims National is a medical negligence specialist who can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a compensation claim for medical negligence.
A&E medicine can include a wide spectrum of diagnosis and treatment. The most common potential medical negligence within an A&E involves missed fractures, missed severed nerves or tendons. Failures to diagnose more serious conditions such as Heart attacks can lead to a patient after attend A&E with chest pains, being sent home undiagnosed and shortly after dying. Failure to diagnose problems that untreated can lead to sub-arachnoid hemorrhage such as head injury, abdominal pain or severe infection.
Our team will be able to tell you if you are eligible to make a No Win – No Fee claim. We ensure that you receive 100% of your compensation. Whether you win or lose, you will not have to pay any solicitor’s fees.
A and E negligence comes in all different shapes and sizes. A and E departments cover a wide range of injuries and conditions and therefore the staff in an A and E department are usually always busy. However A and E staff have a duty of care, of which instructs them to cater for your needs to the best of their ability which is sometimes neglected in stressful periods, possibly causing pain and suffering for patients. Examples of accident and emergency negligence are:
- Failing to examine a patient properly or at all
- Failing to refer for x rays or misreading them
- Missing obvious symptoms
- Sending patients home who should have been admitted to hospital
- Late diagnosis
- Failing to spot that someone has had a heart attack or a punctured lung
- Missing obvious fractures
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A full example of an A and E negligence case is that of when a man had visited an A and E department in 2010, due to a jaw injury he had obtained whilst having an epileptic fit. It was established that the patient had a laceration to his chin, but no X ray was undergone. He was prescribed anti inflammatory tablets in A and E. Following this, the patient found he had problems with chewing his food and therefore made a visit to see his GP, who reassured him that the anti inflammatory tablets given by A and E would start to work soon enough. The patient’s condition continued to worsen until he could barely open his jaw before being referred as an urgent case to another hospital. He was diagnosed with a fracture this time, which was missed by the previous hospital due to A and E negligence, and therefore was able to make a claim for compensation for failure to carry out an X ray. His case settled out of court for a compensation sum of £20,000 to cover his pain and suffering.