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Hospital Negligence

Hospital Negligence Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered ill-treatment or poor care during a visit to the hospital, you may be eligible to claim hospital negligence compensation – helping to cover the cost of ongoing care, remedial treatment, and loss of earnings.

We believe everyone has the right to the good standard of care when visiting a hospital, regardless of whether their treatment is provided on the NHS or through a private practice.

Our experienced hospital negligence lawyers hold hospital trusts to account for failings in patient care, securing maximum compensation for those that are 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.

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.

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 and will look to offer no win, no fee advice where applicable.

  • 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 might need.
  • Led by Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel members Chris Moore and Senior Solicitor Vince Shore.
  • Specialists in rehabilitation for patients with birth injuries, orthopaedic injuries, GP or hospital negligence and misdiagnosis.






Law Society Clinical Negligence


Our Hospital Negligence Experts

Chris Moore Joint Head of Clinical Negligence Read more
Vince Shore Joint Head of Clinical Negligence, Hull Read more
Helena Wood Associate, Clinical Negligence Read more
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Caroline Murgatroyd Associate, Clinical Negligence Read more
Lauren Dale Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Michelle Tebbutt Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Elizabeth Maliakal Associate, Clinical Negligence Read more
Shauna Page Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Rachel O’Connor Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence Read more
Laura Larkin Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Kirsty Yates Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence Read more

How much will my hospital negligence compensation claim cost?

There are many ways you can fund your case. At Hudgell Solicitors, we are committed to fighting for the people who need us the most, not those who can pay the most.

We’re open and upfront about our charges, so you know what to expect and you don’t get any nasty surprises. The best funding option for you will depend on the nature of your case and your personal circumstances.

Many of the hospital negligence claims we handle are funded by “no win, no fee” agreements. We always consider other funding options too, but frequently this is the best option.

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What types of hospital negligence claims are there?
    Hospital negligence claims differ from patient to patient, and there’s many circumstances under which a person may be entitled to compensation after receiving negligent or substandard hospital care.
    We’ve helped thousands of people claim compensation for hospital negligence, working on a variety of cases, including:

  • Accident and emergency (A&E) claims— such as failure to correctly diagnose an injury or illness, failure to make appropriate assessments or take scans, or failure to ensure a patient is seen by a senior member of staff. Each can result in further harm or suffering.
  • Surgical error— 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
  • Birth negligence
  • Orthopaedic claims— including misdiagnosis of fractures, failure to carry out x-rays, failure to properly treat fractures, incorrectly performed surgery.
  • 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.
    Can I make a claim for negligent treatment in A&E?
      A&E departments are an essential service thousands rely on for emergency healthcare, and in the majority of cases, staff are able to deal with illnesses and injuries quickly and effectively. However, given the fast-paced nature of the accident and emergency department, 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 can help you claim compensation to cover the cost of remedial treatment, long-term healthcare provision and loss of earnings. Challenging A&E departments and individual medical practitioners on your behalf, we’re able to offer legal when A&E staff fail to:
    • Correctly diagnose an injury or illness
    • Provide an accurate and timely referral for ongoing tests or treatment
    • Treat the patient in a timely manner
    • Offer a thorough and accurate examination
    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.

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