NHS negligence - suing the NHS


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The NHS is one of the largest publicly-funded medical institutions in the world, and treats millions of people in the UK every year.

The NHS was established to provide a high level of healthcare to everyone. However, with the growing populations and budget cuts putting more and more pressure on the service, the quality of healthcare some people receive from the NHS is not of the highest standard.

Many of us rely on the NHS to provide a variety of health services, including emergency services, routine screenings, treatments for long-term conditions, surgery, prescriptions and end-of-life care. With so many different health services provided by NHS trusts, it's not a surprise that sometimes things do go wrong.

Due to the size of the NHS it can sometimes be difficult for patients to get answers to their questions and complaints answered when something does go wrong. 

If you or a loved one has received poor quality health care from the NHS which leads to further injuries or a worsening of your condition, one option to get justice is to make a negligence claim against the NHS.

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Common types of NHS negligence claim

As the NHS provides a wide variety of different health care services, there are lots of ways that a medical negligence case can arise.

Some of the most common medical negligence claims made against the NHS include:

  • Surgical negligence and errors
  • Prescription errors
  • Incorrect medical advice
  • Misdiagnosis
  • NHS 'never events' (serious medical errors, such as wrong site surgery, that are completely preventable)
  • Pregnancy and birth-related negligence

All NHS negligence claims are different, with different circumstances surrounding them, different levels of negligence involved and different consequences from the patient. Some are very minor errors whereas some can have severe, life-changing repercussions for the patient.

It's important to remember that, while it may seem daunting to sue the NHS for negligence, our experienced medical negligence solicitors are on hand to help you every step of the way to get the compensation you are entitled to.

Who pays out for an NHS negligence claim?

Claims can be made against medical professionals such as a hospital doctor, GP, nurse, physiotherapist, dentist, pharmacist or ambulance driver, and against medical institutions such as an NHS hospital, private hospital or a GP surgery.

However, when you sue the NHS for negligence, your claim will typically be made against the NHS Litigation Authority - a specific body set up to handle cases of medical negligence for the NHS.

According to their data, in 2015 the NHS Litigation Authority paid out £1.4 billion in medical negligence compensation payouts - which is expected to continue rising as more and more claims for negligence are made.

The high amount of money paid out by the NHS for compensation is linked to the pressure facing medical staff, which can result in a low quality of health care provided. 

How to make an NHS negligence claim

If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of the NHS, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

To find out if you have a claim, get in touch with CL Legal now to discuss your situation in more detail...

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