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Accident & Emergency Claims
If you have suffered because of a mistake by a medical professional in an accident and emergency (A&E) department, you may be able to make a claim for the physical and psychological harm caused. The team at JMW is here to guide you throughout the process, providing the advice you need to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled and ensuring that what can appear a daunting process is as stress-free as possible.
Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form for a free initial assessment of your A&E compensation claim. We can discuss your situation in more depth and advise you on the best way to proceed your case in order to secure the best possible outcome.
Accident and Emergency departments are busy places, and sometimes problems are missed or mistakes made. Because A&E departments register a new patient every ten minutes, these areas of the hospital become extremely busy very quickly.
This can lead to patients feeling as though they have not been treated as they should have been. If you were not happy with the treatment you received, you should speak to a solicitor to see if you are eligible to make an A&E claim.
Compensation for A&E negligence claims varies but can be significant, with many mistakes coming as a result of junior doctors having to deal with the majority of the patients that come through the doors.
Given the often hectic nature of A&E wards, the potential for error can be high, especially with medical professionals attempting to see as many patients as possible. Common issues relating to A&E negligence include:
- Failure to diagnose and treat a fracture
- Inappropriate or substandard treatment of fractures
- Failure to perform and/or correctly interpret diagnostic blood tests
- Failure to order X-rays or scans and/or interpreting them wrongly
- Failure to recognise when someone is likely to harm themselves
- Failure to identify the seriousness of a condition and make the wrong diagnosis
- Inadequate cleaning, suturing and dressing of wounds
Nineteen-year-old Hayley will require hip replacements when she is in her 40s after a hip injury sustained when she fell from her horse was not picked up. Sally Leonards, a partner in the JMW medical negligence team, secured Hayley £120,000 in compensation.
A laceration caused by human teeth on Simon's knuckles was not treated correctly at his local hospital. As a result it became infected and he now suffers from arthritis.
Mandy was performing gymnastics with she fell on to her left arm (she was right handed). She heard a crack when she fell and was sure she had broken it. Her parents took her to A&E where an x-ray was taken.
Carol fell down the stairs at home and injured her foot one morning. After two days the foot was still painful so she attended the local A&E department. She told Doctors that she had osteoporosis and they took an x-ray of the foot but no injury was found.
Our dedicated solicitors understand that things can and do go wrong, even when under the supervision of a medical professional. We also realise that one of the last things you will want while suffering is to deal with complicated legal proceedings.
However, our team will provide clear and comprehensive advice throughout the whole process, making claiming compensation as hassle-free as possible.
The clinical negligence team at JMW is among the most highly regarded in the North West and we are extremely experienced in securing significant payouts for our clients. The team includes both members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel.