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Hospital Negligence

All medical procedures and operations carry some degree of risk and there will be side-effects to almost all medical treatment.

Sometimes things go wrong which are not due to negligence or anybody’s fault, but are recognised risks of the treatment involved. In these circumstances we would not be able to pursue a claim for you. However if we think that the treatment you received could have been negligent and that you have suffered an injury as a result we will be able to investigate this for you.

Hospital negligence can arise in a number of ways, and sadly it is not always clear whether the injury sustained arose from the negligence of the health authority or workers within it.

We are able to provide advice for all areas of hospital negligence including surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis of illnesses, brain and spinal injuries, gynaecology claims, male health claims, cardiac claims, hospital infection claims, nerve injuries and drug and prescription errors.

We currently act for a large number of clients who have been to hospital in the hope of getting better, but unfortunately have suffered injury at the hands of the medical profession. We provide support to our clients whether the negligence has led to further time off from work, additional injuries sustained and unfortunately sometimes fatality.

Surgical Mistake

Most people would associate surgical mistakes with swabs left behind after a procedure but we have come across cases where organs have been cut negligently by a surgeon.

In one case, the wrong organ was removed and this meant that our client required further surgery to put right the negligence of the surgeon. In this case, we will look to claim all of the client’s loss of earnings for the extra time he had off work, as well as the care and assistance he needed from loved ones whilst recovering.

If you have recently had surgery and you are concerned that something went wrong please do give us a call to discuss this further.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Misdiagnosed/ Delay in cancer diagnosis

Sadly, a delay in diagnosing a tumour can lead to catastrophic consequences for a patient and their family if the cancer spreads and invasive treatment is therefore required.

We act for a number of children and adults who have suffered with symptoms, which meant their GP, should have referred them for further tests or otherwise a doctor at the hospital failed to notice the tumour, often putting back their recovery.

It may be the case that we can investigate the death of a loved one from cancer if this was detected too late and they did not have the opportunity for further treatment. In that situation only certain people are entitled to bring a claim and we would discuss this with you in a clear way.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Undiagnosed fractures/ orthopaedic claims

Claims arising from the failure to pick up a fracture on an x-ray or to treat a broken bone are surprisingly common.

We currently act for a number of clients who attended hospital after they sustained an injury to their leg, for example, and may be sent home and encouraged to move it around. Some time later they are normally diagnosed with a fracture, which requires extensive treatment due to the delay in diagnosing it; often surgery. However, some fractures require conservative treatment without surgery and often it is not negligent to offer this treatment option.

If you have suffered from an orthopaedic injury please contact us to discuss whether we could investigate this further on your behalf.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Brain and Spinal Injuries

Brain injuries can vary in severity from mild and temporary symptoms to catastrophic injuries affecting all aspects of a person’s life.

Sometimes brain injuries can happen as a result of a medical accident or clinical negligence. In adults, the main examples of brain injury caused by clinical negligence are:-

  • brain injury caused during surgery, particularly where the head or brain is operated on although brain injury can occur during other types of surgery
  • brain injury due to a drug or prescription error
  • misdiagnosis and delays in providing appropriate medical treatment, such as delays in diagnosing meningitis or encephalitis, or a misdiagnosed or untreated brain tumour or stroke
  • brain injury following heart attack or stroke caused which occurs as the result of clinical negligence
  • whenever something happens to cause a problem with the oxygen supply to the brain, or causes a swelling of the brain, it can lead to permanent brain damage.

Brain injuries can also occur in children, the most common being during childbirth if the child’s brain is starved of oxygen during labour or delivery. This lack of oxygen during can cause cerebral palsy, and our specialist clinical negligence solicitors at OH Parsons can advise you in relation to cerebral palsy claims and other children’s injury claims.

Brain injury claims are extremely complex and it is important to seek advice from a specialist clinical negligence solicitor who is experienced in dealing with these sorts of claims.

Our specialist clinical negligence solicitors at OH Parsons will work closely with you and your family to obtain the best possible compensation for you to ensure that your immediate and future needs are met both medically and financially.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. Children must take legal action before their 21st birthday. Special rules apply to people who are mentally incapable of taking legal action themselves. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Gynaecology Claims

Most women will need to see a gynaecologist at some time in their life and gynaecological treatment and investigations are among the most common types of medical procedure.

Gynaecologists specialise in the health of the female reproductive system including the womb, vagina and ovaries.

Whilst all operations and medical procedures carry some risk, occasionally mistakes are made that are negligent and the consequences can be devastating and can result in incontinence, loss of fertility, infection and damage to other internal organs to name but a few.

Our clinical negligence solicitors have acted for many women who have been injured as a result of gynaecological negligence including:-

  • Failure to recognise gynaecology problems in women such as ectopic pregnancy, fibroids, ovarian cysts and tumours, and refer to hospital for appropriate investigations
  • Delays in diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological conditions
  • Failure to diagnose and treat infections
  • Negligent damage to bowel, bladder or uterus following gynaecological surgery, both open abdominal surgery and keyhole surgery
  • Negligently performed hysterectomy, cystectomy (removal of cyst), myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroid), salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tube), oophrectomy (removal of ovary), hysteroscopy, laparoscopic sterilisation, endometrial ablation, dilation and curettage (D&C), pelvic floor repair, colposcopy and complications arising out of insertion of contraceptive coil
  • Unnecessary operations and procedures
  • Failure to diagnose gynaecological cancers such as cervical cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Unwanted pregnancy cases such as in the case of failed sterilisations, negligent termination, or negligent contraceptive advice or treatment
  • Wrongful birth cases such as where a hospital fails to pick up on the presence or likelihood or a disability, or fails to advise the parents of the likelihood or presence of a disability, resulting in the loss of a chance to terminate the pregnancy if desired

We appreciate that discussing your gynaecological problems can be embarrassing but if you are concerned about the gynaecological treatment or care that you have received, then our specialist clinical negligence solicitors can advise you and will deal with your claim sensitively and empathetically.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Male Health Claims

Most men will have some kind of male related medical problem at some point in their life, but men can often be reluctant to go to the doctors because they are embarrassed.

Sadly this can lead to delays in diagnosing and treating medical problems, particularly prostate cancer and testicular cancer which are the two most common types of cancer in men.

The consequences of medical negligence can be devastating and can result in incontinence, loss of fertility, infection and erectile dysfunction (impotence) and many other problems.

Our clinical negligence solicitors have acted for many men who have been injured as a result of medical negligence including:-

  • Failing to recognise male health conditions such as testicular and prostate conditions, and failing to carry out appropriate investigations
  • Failed vasectomies
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Delays in diagnosis and treatment of men’s health conditions
  • Failure to diagnose and treat infections
  • Delay in diagnosis and negligent treatment of Varicocele
  • Delay in diagnosis and treatment of Diabetes

We appreciate that discussing your medical problems can be embarrassing but if you are concerned about the treatment or care that you have received, then our specialist clinical negligence solicitors can advise you and will deal with your claim sensitively and in complete confidence.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Cardiac Claims

Cardiology is the area of medicine that deals with heart related medical problems and disorders of the heart.

Heart disease covers a wide range of cardiac problems, all of which are very serious, and includes cardiovascular disease and a number of other conditions and infections that can affect any part of your heart or blood vessels.

Heart problems are the number one killer for both men and women all over the world.

Over 30,000 heart operations are carried out in the UK every year and although the majority of operations are a success, as with all areas of medicine mistakes can be made and things can go wrong, often with devastating affects such as brain damage or other serious injury, and sometimes even death.

Our clinical negligence solicitors have experience of all sorts of cardiac claims such as delay in diagnosing and treating cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, hypertension (high blood pressure), ischaemic heart disease including angina and heart attacks (myocardial infarction), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and left heart failure (pulmonary oedema).

Other examples of claims for clinical negligence relating to cardiac care include misdiagnosis of heart attack, negligent heart surgery, and failure to manage heart conditions properly.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Hospital Infection Claims

Hospital infections and ‘superbugs’ such as MRSA and C.Difficile have received a lot of attention in the media in recent years .

As reports have highlighted a large number of failings by hospitals throughout the UK to maintain adequate standards of hygiene, and there has been a huge increase in the number of clinical negligence claims being made in relation to these infections.There are 2 ways a clinical negligence claim can be made for infections acquired whilst in hospital:-

  • Contracting an infection as a result of negligence. This could be due to hospital staff failing to wash their hands properly between patients and spreading infection, dirty and contaminated wards, failing to isolate patients who are already infected, and using dirty or contaminated instruments during surgery to name just a few examples. Carrying out elective or non-urgent surgery during a known outbreak of infection is another classic example.
  • Delay in diagnosis and treatment of an infection acquired in hospital, or failing to provide appropriate treatment for an infection, often causing further medical complications and prolonged treatment.

Infections such as MRSA and C.Difficile can have serious implications and knock on effects on a patient’s health. Further surgery may be required and in severe cases, numerous operations are needed in order to remove all of the infected skin and tissue.

These infections are particularly dangerous in hospitals where patients are already vulnerable to infection and often have open wounds that can become easily infected if proper standards of hygiene are not maintained.

Hospital infection clinical negligence claims are extremely complex claims that require specialist knowledge and expertise, and our team of clinical negligence solicitors at OH Parsons will be more than happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Nerve Injuries

Nerve injury claims can arise from a number of causes, such as a nerve accidentally being cut or damaged during surgery, or by damaging a nerve when an injection is given into or close to a nerve.

These sorts of mistakes almost always cause serious pain and disability. Our specialist clinical negligence solicitors have experience of all different kinds of nerve injury claims, particularly those where nerves have been severed or damaged during surgery causing injuries such as foot drop and shoulder injuries.

Other examples of negligent damage to nerves are when drugs are administered that are toxic to nerves or cause bleeding in or around nerves, tourniquets being applied too tightly or left on for too long causing paralysis of the nerves, and nerve being damaged because too much pressure is placed on nerves due to poor positioning of patients.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

Drug & Prescription Errors

Over 40,000 drug and prescription errors are made by the NHS each year in the UK.

Whilst the side-effects these mistakes are often short term in the majority of cases, a worrying number of serious illnesses and injuries are caused by medication and prescription errors, such as stomach ulcers and bleeding, allergic reactions, blindness, psychological illnesses and in rare cases, neurological injuries. These mistakes can even result in pulmonary embolisms and death, and cause strokes resulting in significant disability and brain damage.

Mistakes can be made by hospital staff, GPs as well as pharmacists, and our specialist clinical negligence solicitors have experience in dealing with all sorts of these claims on behalf of both adults and children.

Not only can GP’s prescribe the wrong drug or the wrong dose of a drug, they have been known to accidentally give a patient a prescription for another patient by mistake. Further mistakes can be made by the pharmacists when dispensing the medication, and sometimes it can be a combination of both.

Hospitals are also often at fault, often giving the wrong dose of drug and causing an overdose, administering a drug intravenously instead of intramuscularly, giving and giving a patient drugs prescribed for someone else, and prescribing combinations of drugs that should not be given together.

There are very strict time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Legal action must be taken within 3 years of the negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you first knew, or should have known, that you had suffered an injury as a result of the treatment. Children must take legal action before their 21st birthday. Special rules apply to people who are mentally incapable of taking legal action themselves. We will be able to advise you of the time limit specific to your case.

Our Clinical Negligence Team act for clients all over the country and we are happy to travel to you to discuss your claim face to face within 5 days of being instructed. Call us for free legal advice on our 24 hour Advice Line 0800 526 368 or email us.

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