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Accident and Emergency

Accident and Emergency (A&E) is the first point of call for serious illnesses and trauma. All large NHS hospitals have an A&E department whose role is to quickly diagnose, treat and /or refer

A&E negligence malpractice

A&E doctors are of course under great pressure to treat patients quickly and safely. The law says that junior doctors are to be judged in the same way that their experienced colleagues are to be judged. The law does not recognise that many A&E junior doctors are in the midst of a learning curve and may be somewhat inexperienced.

Types of A&E negligence claims

The specialist solicitors at Hodge Jones Allen have acted for hundreds of claimants over the past forty years. These are patients who have been injured due to A&E negligence following:

  • Misinterpretation of x-rays
  • Failing to take a detailed history
  • Failing to perform a proper examination
  • Overlooking obvious symptoms
  • Failing to request tests
  • Discharging a patient without checking test results

Case study 1

The patient attended A&E with a severe pain in his foot. His limb was recorded by paramedics to be cold. His foot pulse was also noted to be weak. The paramedics findings all clearly pointed to some sort of vascular problem. Unfortunately, the junior doctor failed to take a good history from the patient or conduct a thorough examination. The junior doctor’s diagnosis was that the patient had sciatica – a non-urgent condition. The claimant was discharged from A&E but admitted himself again 10 days later. The correct diagnosis was a blood clot and tragically the delayed diagnosis led to the patient undergoing an above knee amputation.

Case study 2

The patient attended a busy North London A&E department with a severe sudden onset headache. The patient was seen by a triage nurse and a junior doctor. His condition was attributed to work stress although he denied being under any stress at work. He returned to A&E two days later and was again told that he would not be admitted for a brain scan.

After the patient was discharged, he sadly deteriorated. He suffered with continual headaches and was finally admitted at the third attempt. A brain scan confirmed that the patient was suffering with a sub arachnoid haemorrhage. Tragically the patient passed away and his family were awarded £250,000 in an out of court settlement.

Accident and emergency compensation claims with Hodge Jones Allen

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Specialist Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of Medical Negligence Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving the best possible results. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.

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