Accident And Emergency Negligence
Sometimes mistakes are made when you are attending the Accident & Emergency Department at hospital.
In some cases, if the treatment is negligent and causes you to suffer injury or a worsened outcome this can lead to a claim for compensation.
Examples of problems that may lead to a claim include:
- failure to diagnose and/or treat a fracture
- failure to correctly treat a fracture leading to complications such as delayed healing and increased pain
- failure to correctly diagnose another injury due to failure to request X-rays, CT scans or MRI scans
- incorrect reporting or interpretation of test results
- wrong diagnosis leading to incorrect treatment which can worsen the injury / illness
Failure to Diagnose and Treat Medical Emergencies
A&E staff may also fail to diagnose and treat medical emergencies at all or within a reasonable time such as:
- Heart attack
- Necrotising fasciitis
- Perforated bowel
These conditions will often need immediate treatment or else they can lead to serious complications or death.
You may have a claim for compensation if there is a failure to diagnose, admit, treat or refer you when you are suffering a life-threatening illness.
Our solicitors have experience of dealing with claims arising from negligent treatment in Accident and Emergency Departments including failures to diagnose fractures of the neck or back, failure to diagnose heart attacks or strokes, failure to diagnose meningitis.