A&E Negligence Claims

If you suffered medical negligence while being treated at an A&E department, you could claim compensation to help you recover.

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Making an A&E claim

Going to A&E means you’re already facing a painful injury or potentially serious illness. You expect to receive the right treatment. What you don’t plan for is suffering from medical negligence while under the care of an A&E department.

You could suffer from a number of forms of negligence, including:

  • Failure to diagnose a condition – misdiagnosed stroke is a common form of A&E negligence
  • Being administered the wrong medication
  • Defective equipment injuries
  • Having test results lost or misread

You are entitled to make a claim for compensation after this happens to you. Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors can help give you the best chance of getting justice for what happened to you.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Is there a time limit for making an A&E negligence claim?

In most cases of medical negligence, including those experienced in A&E departments, you’ll have three years to make a claim.

There are some exceptions to the rule, though. If you’re claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves, you won’t face a deadline, unless they regain capacity.

Meanwhile, children have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim for what happened to them. This means they can start a claim at any point up until their 21st birthday.

Why should I make an A&E claim?

If you have suffered from negligence in an A&E department, you might not be the only person it has happened to. This means that hospital managers might not realise there is a problem with the department.

By making a claim, you can help to draw their attention to what happened to you. This could help them address the problem, stopping it from happening to anyone else.

You are legally entitled to compensation when something has happened to harm your health. You may need further medical care or other help, such as mobility aids, to help you recover.

The compensation you’re awarded for a successful claim will help you pay for this. It can help you get back to the position you were in before you were subject to the negligence that caused your injury or illness.

You might also have to take time off work, which could lead to a loss of earnings. Compensation for what happened can help you focus on your recovery, rather than any financial problems you might face.

How much compensation will I receive for an A&E claim?

A&E departments treat a huge range of injuries and illnesses. That means that the negligence you suffered could be minor or severe – it depends on what your initial condition was.

That makes it difficult to say exactly what the compensation you could receive will be. But our compensation calculator could give you an idea of what you might be entitled to.

Successful medical negligence claims will be awarded compensation split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

General damages cover the pain and suffering your injury or illness has caused you. It compensates you for the effect the negligence has had on your daily life.

Special damages reimburse you for the financial impact your experience of A&E negligence has had on you. If you’ve had to pay for further medical care, any home modifications or mobility aids, these will be covered. Special damages also compensate you for a loss of earnings – both now and in the future if you can’t work.

What should I do if I have a claim?

After an experience of medical negligence, you’re entitled to justice. You can make a claim for compensation to help you get back on your feet.

First4Lawyers can help you through the process, ensuring you have the right solicitor for you. Our compassionate and understanding team will make sure you understand your options, helping you decide on the best course of action for you.

To find out more about how we can help you, just give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online. This is not something you should have to go through on your own.

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