In 2015, 300 people suffered injury as a result of medical negligence
Surgical procedures are stress-inducing, but advances in technology and improved medical knowledge mean that the vast majority are completed successfully. However, mistakes do occasionally happen.
Data published by NHS England showed more than 300 patients suffered a preventable medical accident in 2015. This included failing to remove foreign objects after surgery, providing improper prosthetics to patients and removing incorrect body parts.
Medical errors can cause life-changing and irreversible damage as happened in the case of a 35-year-old Manchester woman, who suffered a serious brain injury after a surgeon at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust accidently inserted medical equipment too far into her brain. She now suffers from speech and sight problems, mental health issues and has a limited life expectancy.
If you feel that you have suffered an injury as a result of a surgeon’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Linda Millband, national practice lead of the medical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “In a clinical environment, one error can turn a person’s life upside down. Suffering long term complications after you have put your life in the hands of a medical professional is unacceptable.
“The specialist lawyers at Thompsons have successfully represented many patients who have fallen victim to negligent medical care and by securing interim payments to cover rehabilitation, at the same time as working closely with charities and support groups, such as Headway we can ensure that the injured receive a high level of care both during and after the case has concluded. On principle we only work for victims of accidents and injuries, and never for insurance companies or employers.
“If you feel that you have suffered as a result of the negligent actions of those you entrusted with your medical care, our medical negligence team will go to the ends of the earth to ensure you receive full support and are properly remunerated for your suffering up to the date of settlement and into the future.”
Concerned about negligent medical treatment or diagnoses? Talk to us for advice and support today.
Our discreet and compassionate medical negligence solicitors are experienced in the full range of medical injury claims and will work with you to establish whether you have a medical negligence compensation claim.
If you, or a loved one, think you have suffered medical negligence, such as a birth injury (for example, a cerebral palsy diagnosis following a difficult birth), misdiagnosis (such as cancer misdiagnosis), or suffered negligence during an operation contact us for advice.
If the incident happened more than three years ago, you will usually not be able to make a claim for compensation. However, exceptions do apply – such as instances where you could not have reasonably known your symptoms were caused by clinical negligence, or cases involves adults who lack legal capacity or children – so contact us for advice.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.