A&E Negligence Claims

Visiting A&E is often a stressful experience, but you expect to receive the right care. If this hasn’t happened, you could have an A&E negligence claim.


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What is an A&E negligence claim?

No one wants to have to visit an A&E department. But when we do need emergency care, we expect to receive the right treatment. This isn’t always the case in reality, though.

A&E departments are often extremely busy, and mistakes can happen. But if you were treated negligently and suffered harm as a result, you could have an A&E negligence claim.

Examples of A&E negligence include:

If you’re not sure whether you have a claim, our friendly and knowledgeable team can help. We’ll speak to you about what happened and let you know if you have a strong case.

How do I make an A&E negligence claim?

We understand that the thought of making a claim can be daunting. But it’s only right that you should seek compensation for the negligence you’ve experienced.

We’ve broken down the process of making a claim into five key steps:

  1. Free initial consultation
    When you first get in touch with us we’ll ask you a few questions about what happened and let you know if we think you have a strong claim. If you do, we’ll ask if you’d like to be put in touch with one of our expert solicitors.
  2. Collecting relevant evidence
    Your solicitor will gather any evidence that supports your claim. This could include medical records, your own memory of what happened as well as witness testimonies. They may also arrange for you to be seen by an independent medical expert.
  3. Contacting the responsible party
    The NHS trust responsible for your injuries will receive a letter of claim from your solicitor. This will set out the details of your case and provide an estimate for the amount of compensation you should receive.
  4. Applying for interim payments
    If the NHS trust involved admits responsibility, your solicitor could apply for interim payments on your behalf. These payments are distributed before your case is settled, allowing you to cover any immediate costs like household bills and medical expenses.
  5. Settling your compensation
    After a final settlement is agreed, your solicitor will arrange for you to receive your compensation and your legal fees will be paid from this lump sum.

Your solicitor will be by your side at each stage of the claims process, ready to answer any questions you may have. So you won’t be going through it alone.

How can First4Lawyers help?

A&E negligence can have life-changing consequences. You may find yourself needing further medical treatment, or you could be facing the cost of making necessary adaptations to your home.

Compensation won’t take away the pain of your experience, but it could help to reduce some of the financial stress involved. As well as helping you to pay for medical care, your compensation will take into account your lost earnings if you’ve had to take time off work.

We work with specialist medical negligence solicitors who are experts in accident and emergency claims. They will strive to get you the compensation and support you deserve.

And you don’t need to worry about paying any upfront fees when you make a claim with us. We work on a No Win No Fee basis, so you won’t have anything to pay if your claim is unsuccessful.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

A&E negligence claim FAQs

Is there a time limit for making an A&E negligence claim?

In most cases of A&E negligence, you’ll have three years to make a claim.

But there are some exceptions to this rule. If you’re claiming on behalf of someone who is lacking the mental capacity to bring a claim for themselves, there won’t be a deadline. And the same applies if you’re making a claim for a child. When they turn 18, they will have three years to make a claim for themselves.

We would always advise starting the claims process as early as you’re able to, though. This will help your solicitor when gathering evidence as all the details will still be fresh in your mind.

Will my A&E negligence claim go to court?

It is very rare for A&E negligence claims to go to court as most will be settled through negotiation.

The claims that do go to court tend to be complex cases where negligence is difficult to prove. But again, this is rare, so you shouldn’t let the fear of court proceedings put you off making a claim.

In the unusual event that your case does go to trial, your solicitor will be there to represent you and make sure you’re fully prepared.

How much compensation will I receive for an A&E claim?

The amount of compensation you receive for your A&E negligence claim will depend largely on the extent of your injuries and the overall impact on your life. This makes it difficult to say without speaking to you how much your claim could be worth.

If your claim is successful, your compensation will be split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

General damages cover the pain and suffering your injury or illness has caused you and will compensate you for the effect the negligence has had on your daily life. For an estimate of how much you could receive in general damages, visit our free compensation calculator.

Special damages are slightly different as they will reimburse you for any financial losses you’ve suffered as a result of the negligence. This could include lost earnings or the cost of medical care and equipment.

I think I have an A&E negligence claim – what should I do?

If you’ve suffered A&E negligence, the most important thing to do is seek medical advice. Your health should be top priority.

After this, you may consider making a claim. We can help you through the process, letting you know what your options are and matching you with the right solicitor for your case.

There will be no obligation to proceed with a claim after speaking to us. And there’s always the option to call us back at a later time.

To find out more, call the number at the top of the screen, request a callback or start your claim online with our quick and easy claims form.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

Whether you want to make an accident and injury claim, or need a solicitor for personal or business law matters - our friendly team are here to help, 24/7.

Free initial consultation

Our fully trained legal advisors are happy to offer initial guidance and advice for free

No Win No Fee*

No Win No Fee solicitors - you don't pay a penny up front when making a claim

No pressure

We offer advice with no obligation.  We never cold-call or apply pressure to our customers


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