Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments are used for exactly that: accidents and emergencies. However, many more people are using A&E departments and the pressures on these facilities are huge. Due to massive budget cuts, most A&E departments are understaffed and overworked and also under huge pressure to meet the tough targets laid down by the government.
As a result of all of these pressures and constraints, sometimes patient care suffers and things get missed. Most of the time the treatment provided by A&E departments is good, but occasionally it isn’t and the treatment one receives is below par.
If you feel the treatment you received at A&E was substandard, you will be feeling angry and upset. We can help you to understand whether the care you were given was negligent and if it was, to decide if you would like to make a medical negligence claim.
What can go wrong?
As there is a large amount of different conditions and problems that one may need to attend A&E with, there is a whole list of things that could be missed or misdiagnosed such as:
• Undiagnosed head injuries
• Undiagnosed fractures
• Missed heart attacks
• Missed childhood illnesses such as meningitis
• Delayed diagnosis of severed tendons or nerves
This list is not exhaustive and because of the very nature of A&E it is crucial that if you feel like you have been given negligent treatment whilst attending an A&E department, then you should contact a solicitor so they can give you proper advice about what to do next.
What happens next?
If we are able to take your case on then we will obtain your medical records and look to instruct an independent expert in emergency medicine. The expert will review the treatment you received in A&E and provide an opinion as to whether that advice was negligent. This is known as a breach of duty report.
Provided the breach of duty report supports a claim for A&E negligence, we will instruct a different independent expert, depending upon the nature of your injuries, to examine you and provide a report setting out exactly what injuries you suffered as a result of the negligence. These reports, as well as your own witness statement, will form the basis of your claim.
Metcalfes – our experience
We have been helping people like you who have suffered from A&E negligence for many years and we can help you too. We offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your situation in detail and advise you about your legal position.
If you decide that you would like to make an A&E negligence claim we will explain the whole process to you clearly and without using legal jargon. We will also use the consultation to explore all the different options open to you to fund your claim. We can give you advice on which one will be the most suitable for you.
We want you to be completely happy with us representing you so we will spend time building a relationship with you and demonstrating our expertise too.
There is no obligation to make a claim following the consultation, so call our medical negligence team today. We are waiting to help.