Accident & Emergency claims

Medical negligence at A&E can be life changing. Find out if you have a compensation claim from a medical negligence solicitor.

Sarah Stocker, Cambridge
Sarah Stocker, medical negligence specialist in Cambridge

Accident and Emergency claims: Expert medical negligence advice

A&E departments at hospital are busy and hospital staff can make mistakes when making medical decisions or during treatment. These errors may lead to a patient suffering life-changing injury or dying unexpectedly whilst accessing care in the NHS. If you or someone close to you has suffered because of poor care at A&E, you might have a claim for compensation.

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Examples of A&E medical negligence claims

A&E claims normally involve one or more of the following:

  • not taking a proper history from you or giving the history sufficient clinical importance
  • not examining you properly
  • missing signs of deterioration
  • failure to investigate - not ordering the correct tests or investigations (e.g. X-rays, scans and blood tests)
  • mistakes interpreting test results and scans
  • incorrectly diagnosing your condition or not diagnosing it quickly enough 
  • missed diagnosis of serious conditions, for example:

    - sepsis;

    - gastro-intestinal conditions such as ischaemic, perforated or obstructed bowel;

    - heart attack;

    - aortic dissection or abdominal aortic aneurysm;

    - brain injury such as stroke; bleeding in the brain (brain haemorrhage)

    - meningitis

    - Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE);

    - Spinal conditions, such as traumatic spinal cord injury, tumour, haematoma, absence and cauda equina syndrome.

    • missed fractures, such as fractures of the shoulder and elbow, wrist and hand; face; or hip, knee or foot and ankle
    • giving you the wrong treatment (or no treatment), or wrong medication
    • delayed management and treatment, including speciality reviews and missed therapeutic options
    • failure to refer you to a different hospital department to be treated, which would be more appropriate 
    • hospital acquired pressure ulcers, such as sacrum, buttock, heel, shoulder, scrotum, or calf sores
    • falls in or around the Emergency Department
    • not admitting you, sending you home and not letting you know you should come back to A&E if things don’t improve; this is known as ‘safety net advice’

    How a compensation claim can help 

    A compensation claim can provide security and stability for the future. For example, compensation funds could relieve a stressful situation if you are unable to work because of your injury. The funds could also be used to finance your care requirements, if needed.  

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    Accident & Emergency claims FAQs

    What is A&E negligence and what standard of care can I expect?

    Doctors and nurses within A&E departments are working in extremely pressurised environments and are required to treat patients at speed and in a safe manner. The law states that junior doctors are judged to the same standard as their more experienced colleagues, even though many junior staff will be on a steep learning curve.

    A&E doctors and nurses are often not expected to decide upon a definite diagnosis since an ailment could be representative of a vast number of conditions. However, they are expected to place the patient on the correct pathway which will eventually lead to the correct diagnosis. A&E doctors and nurses are also expected to triage patients correctly so that the most urgent cases are addressed first.

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    What are the most common types of misdiagnosis in A&E?

    Some of the most common injuries from negligent diagnosis and treatment within A&E departments are:

    ·         Fractures

    ·         Meningitis

    ·         Aortic aneurysm

    ·         Cauda Equina Syndrome - i.e. damage caused to the bundle of nerves below the end of the spinal cord.

     

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