Hospital Negligence Claims

Hospitals should be places where you feel safe and looked after. However, there are occasions when hospitals make mistakes and cause you harm.

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What is hospital negligence?

In an organisation as big as a hospital, there are any number of things that could go wrong. It’s often easy for doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners to make mistakes. If you have suffered from hospital negligence, you might have experienced any of the following:

You may have suffered from other forms of hospital negligence, so if you’re not sure whether you may have a claim, just get in touch and we can help you work it out.

Can I make a hospital negligence claim?

If you experienced hospital negligence in the last three years – or were made aware of it in that period – you could be able to make a claim for compensation.

To make a claim, you will have to be able to prove that the hospital and its staff did something to cause you harm. You will also have to show that the injury you have suffered was not a result of the medical issue you were initially being treated for.

You are able to make a claim against both NHS and private hospitals. The process is different for each, but your solicitor will be able to explain how the process will work.

How much compensation will I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive for a successful claim will depend on your specific circumstances.

Compensation is divided into two categories:

  • General damages: This covers the pain and suffering you have been through because of the hospital’s negligence. These damages cover any lifestyle changes you have suffered, such as an inability to take part in your favourite hobbies or pastimes.
  • Special damages: This covers any financial impact the hospital negligence has caused, such as a loss of earnings if you’ve been unable to work. It could also cover any necessary home modifications or mobility aids.

Our compensation calculator can give you a rough estimate of what you may be entitled to.

Is there a time limit for hospital negligence claims?

If you’ve suffered because of a hospital’s negligence, you’re able to make a claim up to three years after the incident happened. However, if you were unaware of the negligence, you have three years in which to claim after learning of what happened. This is known as the date of knowledge.

There are some exceptions to this rule, though. If a child suffered from hospital negligence, they can make a claim up to three years after their 18th birthday. Meanwhile, if you are claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim for themselves, there is typically no time limit.

I think I have a hospital negligence claim – what should I do?

Hospital negligence is inexcusable. You expected help, but were made to suffer further. If this happened to you, you are within your rights to make a claim for compensation.

The first thing to do is seek the appropriate medical treatment to ensure both your initial medical condition and the resulting injury are cared for. Once you’ve done that, you should contact First4Lawyers. Just give us a call, request a call back at the top of your screen or start your claim here.

Our friendly and understanding team will ask you a few questions about your case to establish whether you have a claim. If we think you do, we’ll introduce you to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors. They will then help you pursue legal action to hold the right people responsible and get you justice.

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