When you are admitted to a hospital, you expect a high standard of care that will ensure you are set on the path to recovery. While this is often the case, things go wrong on some occasions. Through an act of omission or incompetence, a healthcare provider may cause you injury or worsen your existing medical condition. If you have suffered medical negligence while receiving treatment at a hospital, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice.
How Do I Sue a Hospital for Medical Negligence?
Every hospital owes a duty of care to its patients. When this duty of care is breached and has caused the patient harm, then the hospital may be deemed to have acted negligently. If you believe that the injury you suffered was due to medical negligence and are thinking of suing a hospital, it is important that you have the facts to support your potential claim.
These ‘facts’ may include X-rays, notes, telephone conversation records and your detailed account of events surrounding the negligent act. Your records should include a description of the negligent act, the injury you suffered, the impact of the injury on your life and any expenses you incur as a result of the hospital’s negligence (e.g. travel and prescription costs). Arming yourself with this information will add substance to your claim and go a long way to help you secure the full compensation you deserve.
Can I Sue the NHS for Medical Negligence?
Yes, you can. Like any other hospital, the NHS owes its patient a duty of care. Though the NHS usually delivers medical care of the highest standards, there are cases where a patient receives poor quality care and suffers illness or injury in the process.
If you have received substandard care due to medical negligence from the NHS and have suffered harm as a result, our medical negligence solicitors can advise you on what suing the NHS for negligence will involve.
On What Grounds Can I Sue a Hospital for Negligence?
While each medical negligence NHS claim is unique and comes with special set of circumstances, NHS negligence claims can generally be made on the grounds of:
- Surgical errors
- Staff neglect
- A&E negligence
- Delayed medical care
- Infection acquired while receiving medical care at an NHS facility
While the list above covers some of the most common grounds for suing the NHS for negligence, you may have suffered an injury that is not listed here. Whatever your medical negligence claim may be, you can get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors. We offer free, no obligation advice that can set you on the path to securing the compensation you deserve.