No win, no fee hospital negligence compensation claims
Be represented by a highly-experienced hospital negligence lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.
What is hospital negligence?
Hospital negligence is when medical professionals make mistakes or fail in their duty of care to you, leading to injury or making an existing condition worse.
There are many circumstances under which a person may be entitled to compensation after receiving negligent or substandard hospital care.
We’ve helped people claim compensation for hospital negligence in cases, including:
- Accident and emergency (A&E) claims— such as failure to correctly diagnose an injury or illness, to make appropriate assessments or take scans, or ensure a patient is seen by a senior member of staff.
- Surgical errors— such as wrong site surgery and injuries caused by surgery, and misdiagnosis.
- Poor hospital care — leading to illness, bed/pressure sores, dehydration and malnutrition.
- Failure to monitor a patient’s condition – leading to wrong treatment and worsening conditions.
- Birth negligence – leading to injuries to mothers and babies.
- Orthopaedic claims— including misdiagnosis of fractures, failure to carry out x-rays, failure to properly treat fractures, incorrectly performed surgery.
Hospital Negligence Specialists
We take all hospital negligence claims seriously, working hard to secure compensation for you and your family.
For many people, making a medical negligence claim against a hospital can be a daunting process, so we’re here to help by offering professional advice and support throughout your claim.
- Our specialist hospital negligence lawyers can help you claim the best possible compensation following negligent hospital care.
- Our lawyers are dedicated to helping with your recovery and gaining access to any rehabilitation or specialist treatment you may need.
- We are specialists in rehabilitation for patients with birth injuries, orthopaedic injuries, GP or hospital negligence and misdiagnosis.
Negligent treatment in A&E
In the fast-paced nature of the accident and emergency departments, things can go wrong, putting patient care and the quality of treatment at risk.
If you’ve recently received negligent or substandard treatment during a visit to an A&E department, our hospital negligence solicitors are able to offer legal support when A&E staff fail to:
- Correctly diagnose an injury or illness
- Provide an accurate and timely referral for ongoing tests or treatment
- Treat a patient in a timely manner
- Offer a thorough and accurate examination
Why claim compensation?
If you or a loved one has suffered ill-treatment or poor care in an NHS or private hospital, compensation can help to cover the cost of ongoing care, remedial treatment, and loss of earnings.
Our experienced hospital negligence lawyers hold hospital trusts to account for failings in patient care, securing maximum compensation for those let down by their healthcare practitioner when receiving treatment for illness or injury in hospital.
If you’ve been the victim of hospital negligence or have seen a loved one suffer and wish to make an NHS negligence claim, our expert hospital negligence lawyers are here for you.
For a free consultation about your claim, get in touch today.
Ensuring you get the medical negligence compensation you deserve
Cancer patient needed further surgery and had to postpone chemotherapy treatment after swab was left in her following hysterectomy
A Hospital Trust has apologised and agreed an out of court compensation settlement with a patient after a surgical swab was left in her following an operation to remove cancer. It caused the 61-year-old patient to need further surgery, leading to her having to postpone her next cycle of chemotherapy treatment. It was after undergoing […]
Hospital Trust to challenge terminally ill patient’s case in court despite admitting its negligence led her to missing reviews to scan for cancer
An NHS Trust is challenging a legal case brought against it by a patient alleging delayed diagnosis of terminal lung cancer – despite admitting its negligence caused her to miss reviews and scans. It means Denise Fallon, 68, of Hull, who is already two years beyond her life expectancy due to her illness, will have […]
A pregnant woman who developed sepsis and needed admitting to intensive care after a hospital’s surgical error has been awarded damages. The woman was 17 weeks pregnant when she attended the Emergency Department at Colchester Hospital in August 2019, suffering from severe abdominal pains. She was diagnosed with appendicitis and underwent surgery to remove her […]
A Hospital Trust has agreed an £80,000 damages medical negligence settlement with a patient who lost almost all vision in his right eye after errors led to him missing 11 months of vital treatment to prevent glaucoma. The 83-year-old man had been reviewed by eye specialists when treated in Hull Royal Infirmary following a fall […]
A Yorkshire hospital trust has admitted being responsible for the death of a patient by failing to operate on her to remove a blockage in her bowel. The patient, of West Yorkshire, was first referred to Pontefract Hospital by her GP in March 2016, after suffering persistent abdominal pains and feeling sick after eating. Over […]
Patient awarded £80,000 compensation after hospital surgeon mistakenly cut her bile duct during operation to remove gallstones
A hospital patient has been awarded £80,000 compensation after surgeons accidently cut through a bile duct when removing gallstones. The medical negligence error at Scunthorpe General Hospital caused a leak which left her needing further emergency surgery in Leeds to repair the damage and to fit a stent to drain fluids. It meant a procedure […]
How to make a hospital negligence claim
Make a claim in six easy steps
Free Initial Advice
Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.
We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.
Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports
We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Letter Of Claim
We will send a letter to your helathcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.
Prepare Claim Valuation
We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.
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We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.
How do I make a hospital compensation claim?
From surgical error to the poor monitoring of a patient’s health, there are many circumstances that can mean you’re eligible to claim hospital negligence compensation and making your claim with us couldn’t be simpler.
We understand that making a claim for cancer misdiagnosis can be an emotional time, so if you or someone you know has suffered in any way, through no fault of their own, please get in touch. We handle all cases with sensitivity and respect, putting your best interests at the forefront of everything we do.
Our team of specialist hospital negligence lawyers will advise you on all aspects of making a medical negligence compensation claim, looking to offer all matters on a no win no fee basis where possible. This means there is no financial risk at all to contacting our team and benefiting from years of expertise and knowledge.
Who can I make a hospital complaint claim against?
It doesn’t matter if you were treated through the NHS or a private medical practice; if you’ve suffered substandard medical care which has aggravated your symptoms or caused unnecessary suffering, our experts can help you claim compensation from NHS trusts, private hospitals and individual healthcare professionals liable for your negligent treatment.
If you make a claim against an NHS hospital on grounds of medical negligence, and your claim is successful, the compensation you receive will be paid by indemnity and paid into annually by the health authority in question.
This process differs when claiming against a private hospital (this does not include NHS treatment undertaken at a private hospital). That’s because doctors and medical staff within independent health trusts are often self-employed, meaning that any compensation you receive will be paid by their individual indemnifier — usually not through the hospital.
If, however, the negligent treatment took place when an employee was working on behalf of the hospital, the hospital’s insurance would be liable to cover the damages owed.
Our expert hospital negligence lawyers can help guide you through the claims process, maximising your chances of securing compensation from the accountable party.
Can I claim compensation for hospital-acquired infections?
If you’ve contracted a serious infection during a recent stay in hospital, which should have been avoided, our solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
Serious infections pose a serious threat to health, so all hospital staff must adhere to stringent hygiene controls in order to minimise the risk of passing such conditions on to inpatients.
There are several instances in which you may be eligible to claim compensation for a hospital-acquired infection, including when medical staff have failed to screen patients for bacteria before they’re admitted to hospital. Compensation may also be awarded when there’s been a delay in recognising the signs and symptoms of contraction, or when an infection has been mismanaged and poorly treated following diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has contracted a serious infection in hospital, and can show that this has been caused by negligence on behalf of medical staff, contact our hospital negligence lawyers today for a free consultation about the circumstances of your claim.
What is the average compensation for hospital negligence?
The amount of compensation awarded depends on the individual circumstances of your case. The extent of the injury, the likely impact it will have on your life, and the expected recovery period will all affect how much compensation you will receive.
NHS negligence claims statistics from NHS Resolution show that in 2019-2020, the cost of harm arising from clinical activity covered by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts was £8.3 billion.
What are the time limits for making a hospital negligence claim?
If aged 18 and over, you will typically have three years from the date that the negligence occurred or from the date that you became aware of negligent treatment.
For under-18s, there is no time limit. However, once a child reaches 18, the standard 3 year claim period comes into effect.
Was I properly advised on my treatment options?
Doctors and surgeons are not allowed to carry out any medical treatment unless the patient – or their next of kin – has been fully informed of any potential risks and any alternative treatment options available.
Patients should be fully involved in decisions relating to their medical treatment and be able to make an informed choice about the treatment they receive.
Our team at Hudgell Solicitors has represented many clients who have undergone treatments or been given medication, unaware of potential future complications or issues. Common examples include:
- Failing to inform patients of the potential risks of operations / treatments
- Failing to warn patients of potential side effects of treatments / medications
- Failing to inform patient of alternative treatment options
- Failing to warn of patients of potential complications during /following surgery
- Failing to inform patients that further surgery may still be required
- Failing to provide accurate information on the expertise of surgeons
- Failing to offer options other than surgery
- Failing to consult fully with mothers / parents on birth delivery plans / options
Read more about consent here: Failure to Obtain Informed Consent
Expertise. Trust. Authority
If you are not happy with the medical treatment that has been provided to you or a member of your family, you are legally entitled to have your concerns investigated and to receive a full response from the healthcare provider. Before commencing a medical negligence claim, we would advise that you make a formal complaint […]
Cancer misdiagnosis is a mistake made by a doctor or health professional which results in your illness being incorrectly diagnosed – and possibly resulting in incorrect treatment. What is late cancer diagnosis? A late cancer diagnosis occurs when the onset of the disease is missed, allowing the tumour to reach a more advanced stage. Potentially, […]
Each year, thousands of people suffer from sepsis that either goes undetected or that is entirely misdiagnosed. Sadly, approximately four out of every 10 people who get the illness will die, especially if it’s not recognised early and treated promptly. In this article, we discuss the most common sepsis symptoms and the indicators that your […]