More and more people are turning towards the NHS as a method of getting treatments for their injuries and illnesses. This is due to the growing trends of expensive private treatments that most modern day hard working folk cannot afford, thus turning towards the NHS. Unfortunately, this is putting huge pressure on the NHS, and they are susceptible to making the odd mistake here and there. However that one mistake could have a huge impact on the way a person lives the rest of their life because that one small mistake can lead to a serious illness or injury if it was misdiagnosed or completely missed altogether.
If this has happened to you, then you will be eligible to make a compensation claim against the NHS. To make a compensation claim then you need to seek out an NHS negligence compensation claim specialist such as Tylers Solicitors who will lead you through the process of making your compensation claim from the NHS because of your injuries. Call Tylers Solicitors today on 0800 699 0079 to make your NHS negligence claims against the NHS.
- Death or serious injury due to being given the wrong blog type or an incompatible organ
- People being injured, poisoned or maimed by negligent medics
- Being given an insulin overdose
- Being given the wrong gas
- Picking up MRSA
- Death or injury while restrained
- Brain damage in newborns (untreated jaundice)
- Operation on the wrong body organ which includes
- Being given the wrong drugs
- Consciousness while being operated on
- Incorrect lens fitted into their eyes when it came to cataracts surgery
- Feeding tubes & swabs accidently left inside of the body
Also, the NHS are at fault because of failing to diagnose certain conditions such as:
- Minor strokes and Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA’s)
- Heart problems
- Cancer in the lung, abdomen, bones, breast, etc.
It takes between 5 and six years to graduate from medical school in the UK to come to work at the NHS. Graduates must then undertake two foundation years before deciding on a future career speciality in the NHS such as General Practice, Surgery (which is itself divided into various specialities) or Anaesthetics. Depending on the NHS speciality chosen, it will then take a minimum of three more years before doctors are allowed to work unsupervised (for many specialities it takes significantly more). During this time they must complete rigorous exams, numerous case-studies and a range of supervised work placements. In short, the quality of medical education in the UK has risen continually over recent years – and yet so has the number of NHS negligence claims.
NHS compensation solicitors and statisticians report the same facts. Although the number of NHS negligence claims against the NHS has been on a constant upward trend, the nature of the compensation claims has remained essentially the same. Compensation claims related to misdiagnosis form the vast bulk of clinical negligence compensation cases. There is some reason for these being brought, such as doctors failing to send patients for relevant tests, failing to act on the results of tests or simply failing to recognise the symptoms of the disorder.
Cancer is a commonly misdiagnosed illness in the NHS in both adults and children where people have fought for and won compensation. For adults heart attacks, appendicitis, fractures and ectopic pregnancy all featured highly on the list of misdiagnosis issues for compensation via the NHS. For children meningitis is another significant concern and misdiagnosed, thus leading to compensation from NHS. This can also be misdiagnosed in adults, and there were several high-profile instances of this happening during periods of major concern over swine flu and bird flu as the symptoms of all of these disorders are broadly similar.
The next most common reason for NHS complaints is issued with prescriptions. This can involve prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. Thankfully the change to prescriptions which are printed as opposed to written has vastly reduced the possibility of errors being made due to the pharmacist having difficulty reading the prescription. The remainder of complaints covers a wide range of issues from attitude (including open rudeness) to large-scale, systemic failings in care.
Although the scale of NHS negligence claims can vary from the relatively minor to the hugely serious, the bulk of them relates to the same fundamental issue – the belief that failings in the NHS led to the suffering or death of the patient.
Find some alternative information on the NHS medical negligence page.
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