The role of the Accident and Emergency A&E department involves assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients who require urgent care, as well as the transfer of those in need of further care to specialist departments.
It is estimated that the total annual attendances at Accident & Emergency departments in 2014/15 was 22.364m, 25 per cent higher than a decade earlier (17.837m).
In most cases, the A&E department provide an excellent service, however, there are instances where things go wrong and mistakes are made with serious consequences.
Common A&E compensation claims include:
- Failure to carry out investigations such as x-rays, scans or blood tests;
- Failure to read an x-ray properly;
- Discharging a patient prematurely;
- Delay or misdiagnosis.
Some examples of our successful A&E claims:
- An award of £1 million for a negligently administered intramuscular injection of Diclofenac on attendance at A&E for tooth ache which penetrated the Claimant’s sciatic nerve, leaving her considerably disabled and in chronic pain.
- An award of £40,000.00 for the failure to diagnose and treat a Pulmonary Embolism on attendance at A&E resulting in death.
- An award of £60,000.00 for the negligent administration of a lumbar puncture which was contraindicated in the presence of spina bifida resulting in permanent damage to the sacral nerve roots serving the left lower leg, leaving the Claimant with chronic pain and numbness.
- An award of £2,500.00 for the delay in diagnosis and treatment of an established scaphoid fracture. The Claimant suffered unnecessary pain and discomfort for a period of 7 months until the fracture was appropriately identified and treated.
If you have suffered an illness or injury as a consequence of substandard treatment received in the A&E department, please contact our experienced Medical Negligence team today on 033 3344 9600 or complete our online contact form below.