A sudden injury or illness that requires a trip to the emergency department can be distressing. When the medical staff in the accident and emergency department (A&E) meet their duty of care to you and treat your condition effectively, this can be comforting. However, A&E staff constantly juggle priorities and respond to urgent needs. This means that doctors and other medical staff sometimes make the wrong decision.
In the most serious circumstances, this can cause further injury, or cause your original condition to get worse. The experience of rushing to A&E only for your health to worsen due to negligent care would be devastating.
If you’ve suffered an injury or health problem because you received negligent medical care, you may be able to claim A&E compensation. In the worst failures of care, patients may die due to medical mistakes. In these cases, you may be able to claim compensation on behalf of a loved one.
Whatever the outcome of your negligent treatment in an A&E department, you have a right to claim compensation, recover any financial losses, and get the support you need to continue with your life. Choosing Switalskis as your legal partner means benefiting from many years of combined experience in making compensation claims, and securing an ally in your fight for justice.
Members of our team are accredited by both the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) in recognition of their expertise in this field. We know what it can be like to recover from a serious injury caused by mistreatment at the hands of a medical professional. As such, we can advise you on the things you might need: like any medical treatment that could help, or any adjustments to your home, vehicle or lifestyle that could make things more comfortable. Your compensation can be used to pay for the things you need, and working with one of our experts will give you a better understanding of your options in the aftermath of a medical negligence incident.
Recognising the comprehensive needs of A&E claims, our solicitors are extremely thorough in their approach. We’ll work alongside you to gather evidence and build your case so that it has the strongest chance of success. This might include reviewing your medical records, speaking to experts who can provide testimony, and examining evidence of how your condition or injury affected your life.
We’ll stay in touch throughout the process and keep you fully up to date with any changes. If you need help in managing financial matters due to the nature of your injury, we’re able to apply for interim payments. This means you’ll receive a part of your final compensation award before your case concludes, which can help ease any financial burden that your injury or illness has imposed.
Whatever support or legal advice you need, contact Switalskis today. Our team recognises the importance of fighting for justice if you are treated negligently in an A&E department. It’s not just about the money - it’s about making sure your pain and suffering are acknowledged, that the negligent party accepts their wrongdoing and that the same mistake doesn’t happen to someone else.
Medical negligence is rare in A&E departments, but mistakes can happen. They usually relate to tests and examinations not being thorough enough, or medical staff failing to follow up properly after an examination.
You may have experienced A&E negligence if the medical professional in charge of your case failed to do any of the following:
If you were sent home while your condition remained untreated, this may also be considered negligence. To make a compensation claim, this failure to meet standards must have caused your condition to deteriorate or even caused a new injury.
The high-pressure environment of an A&E ward is often the cause of these kinds of mistakes. The only way to pursue justice and reduce the chances of this happening to someone else in the future is to make a compensation claim.
To make an accident and emergency negligence claim, you must prove that both of the following are true:
There are many actions a medical professional can take that would be deemed negligent. For example, if symptoms were missed and you received incorrect treatment for your condition, or if you received delayed treatment for an injury that should have been addressed more urgently. If negligence occurred that caused a subsequent injury - for example, if medical procedures were performed incorrectly - this is another factor that may allow you to claim.
The best way to learn whether or not you can claim accident and emergency compensation due to medical negligence is to speak to an expert. Call the team at Switalskis for a free consultation, discuss your circumstances with us, and we can tell you what steps you should take next.
Making an A&E negligence compensation claim can seem like unnecessary stress, especially if you’re mourning a lost loved one or recovering from an injury. However, the process is actually relatively straightforward in most cases. An experienced medical negligence solicitor can handle many of the responsibilities on your behalf. This means that you can benefit from compensation while focusing on what matters most: rebuilding your life.
When you make an accident and emergency claim, the process will unfold as follows:
There are many different types of negligence you can experience at the hands of a medical professional. The amount of compensation you could receive depends on your injury or illness, the type of negligence, and the circumstances around it. A more serious or significant injury will generally result in more compensation.
Compensation payments are divided into two main categories:
All of these factors can affect how much compensation you might be owed. It's important to remember that compensation amounts can vary significantly from case to case. This makes it difficult to offer an accurate estimate without discussing your individual circumstances with you.
For an estimate of the compensation you could potentially receive from your accident and emergency medical negligence claim, get in touch with Switalskis. Our dedicated medical negligence lawyers will be happy to discuss your specific circumstances.
Remember, we're not just here to guide you legally - we're here to offer understanding, empathy and support during these challenging times. We know that some injuries caused by clinical negligence can be life-changing, and in recognition of that, we work hard to secure the maximum compensation amount that you are entitled to.
Potential costs are among the biggest concerns our clients have about claiming compensation. At Switalskis, we’re committed to making the process as accessible as possible by offering various funding options to meet your needs:
Remember, your first consultation with our clinical negligence solicitors is free and without obligation. We’ll discuss the funding options available to you and help you choose the best one for your situation.
Accident and emergency negligence can make a difficult time of your life even worse. Our expert solicitors are here to talk you through the challenges you are facing and help to put things right.
Call Switalskis today on 0800 1380 458 , or contact us through our website to find out more about the services we provide and how we can support you.