Medical negligence is a very serious but all too common issue in the UK. Over the last four years, almost 1200 serious events have taken place in hospitals in England.
These events include:
• Operating on the wrong patient,
• Operating on the wrong limb,
• Objects left inside the patient
• Removal of a kidney where an ovary was to be removed.
• Removal of a testicle, instead of the cyst on it
• Removal of a fallopian tube instead of an appendix.
In 2014/15 alone, there were 27 cases of removal of the wrong tooth, eight cases of surgery taking place on the patients good eye, and 102 cases of a foreign object being left inside a patient after surgery. Also, in the same year, there were two cases of a transferred prisoner escaping and four misidentification patients. In all, over the course of the four years studied, more than 400 patients have suffered medical negligence in the form of “wrong site surgery” and an additional 420 patients have had foreign objects left inside their bodies following an operation. Objects left inside include gauze, swabs, drill guides, scalpel blades and needles.
Moreover, patients have been left with the wrong kind of implant of joint replacement, the wrong type of blood during transfusion or the wrong drugs or dosage. Patients have also suffered injury as a result of feeding tubes meant to be fed into their stomach, have been fed into their lungs – this can be fatal.
These serious errors are called “never events” and can seriously harm patients. A catalogue of such events is kept by NHS England, and the figures show that these events are on the rise. The figures are as follows:
• Between April 2012 and March 2013 – 290 events
• 2013/14 - 338 events
• 2014/15 - 306 events
• April 2015 to December 2016 – 254, which will rise if more incidents are reported.
Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt has great concern about never events and keep a whiteboard of the latest updates in his office. He said:
“I want to normalise openness and transparency,”
Furthermore, a spokesman for NHS England said:
“One never event is too many, and we mustn’t underestimate the effect on the patients concerned,”
“ Any organisation that reports a serious incident is also expected to conduct its own investigation so it can learn and take action to prevent similar incidents from being repeated.”
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said:
“These patients have been very badly let down by utter carelessness. It is especially unforgivable to operate on the wrong organ, and many such mistakes can never be rectified.”
It seems that extreme cases of medical negligence are still common despite procedures in place to prevent such actions. Cases of medical negligence happen throughout the UK every day, and can have the great impact on the lives of those affected. If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence, contact us today. You could be due compensation for your injury that could help ease financial strain and assist you on your road to recovery.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Injuries suffered as a result of medical negligence can have a significant impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. This can be a stressful and traumatic time for you and your family, however making a personal injury claim can at least relieve some of the financial strain you may be experiencing. It is important to us that you receive the maximum compensation for your injury and loss, and can begin to move on from this serious act of negligence.
To make a successful medical negligence claim, you must be able to prove that the medical professional was negligent in their actions or treatment. The healthcare professional treating you owe you what is known as a ‘duty of care’ this means that they must not act in a way that could cause you injury. Where a healthcare professional breaches this duty and, as a result, you suffer an injury, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. The healthcare professional treating you will have breached this duty where the standard of care provided to you fell below the standard that can be expected of a skilled and competent professional.
Normally, you will be required to bring a medical negligence claim within three years of the date of your injury, or three years from the date you discovered you were injured. As a result, if you believe you may have a claim for medical negligence you should at quickly by contacting a specialist medical negligence solicitor. This will allow your solicitor time to investigate your claim fully and gather evidence to give you the best chance of receiving maximum compensation for your injury.
To make your personal injury claim successfully, your solicitor will require certain information and evidence to present your case. Your lawyer will need to understand fully how your medical negligence injury has affected you, and how it is likely to affect you in the future. Gathering this information will help your solicitor calculate how much compensation you should receive for your injury. Evidence, your solicitor, may require includes: witness statements, copies of medical records, x-rays, expert opinion and as in the situations above, any other report made about the incident. After your solicitor has gathered this information, they will calculate how much compensation you could be owed for your injury and put this in a letter to the body you are claiming compensation from. Your solicitor will be an expert in negotiating with insurance companies and will give you the best chance of claiming maximum compensation.
If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence we can help. Our solicitors are experts in making personal injury claims and can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact our team of no win, no fee* expert solicitors using our online contact form to start your claim today.