Oakwood Solicitors

Accident and Emergency
Department Claims

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Oakwood have explained everything regarding my medical negligence claim. They have stayed in touch, returned calls and taken my information in detail and anything I have remembered after the fact they have also taken that down in detail too.

- Phil MC.

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Very helpful and found everyone I spoke to easy to talk to and made the process very easy to understand. Would definitely recommend.

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The experts in Medical Negligence

Oakwood Solicitors Ltd’s specialist Medical Negligence department has an in-house team of Solicitors and legal professionals dedicated solely to this area of law. With over 24 years of combined experience, we are dedicated in assisting clients who have suffered physically, mentally and financially as a result of negligent medical treatment. The specialist team pursues an array of medical negligence claims ranging from Prescription errors and misdiagnosis, to complex birthing injury and spinal claims and everything else in between.

Types of Claims

Some of the possible types of claims that result following A&E attendances are:

  • Failure to diagnose or incorrect diagnosis – this is where there has been a delay in recognising what the sustained injury is or providing the incorrect diagnosis based on the displayed symptoms.
  • Failure to refer to another department – A&E Practitioners have limits to their knowledge and as such they will have to refer patients to other departments to be dealt with by specialist teams.
  • Failure to fully investigate –When someone is being seen by an A&E practitioner, they may simply fail to correctly test the patient based on the displayed symptoms.
  • Failure to effectively treat – treatment is provided to patients who are sent home when further treatment is required. Should as pain relief, anti-biotics and information on follow-ups. The A&E department have a duty to provide the correct treatment. Should they not then this may cause further injury to the patient.

There are many more possible areas of negligence which have not been included and are individual to each person’s claim.

What are the most common Accident and Emergency claims?

There are a vast number of possible clinical negligence claims that could be brought as a result of the treatment provided at the A&E department. However, there are a number of common claims that are made. These are;

  • Missed Fracture – often it is a failure to take an x-ray or the misinterpretation of an x-ray.- Heart Attacks, DVT, Stokes – these conditions require urgent attention but this is sometimes missed and not appropriately treated.
  • Foreign Bodies – accidents often occur where bits of glass, stones, metal and other such objects can get stuck in the body. These wounds should be washed and foreign bodies removed. Sometimes these are left in situ.
  • Appendicitis – a possible fatal condition that needs to be treated as a matter of urgency.
  • Cauda Equina – is a serious back condition that needs to be treated urgently for there to be a better chance of recovery.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy and Retained Products of Conception – the pain and suffering for these types of claims are often misdiagnosed and not considered.
  • Sepsis/meningitis – often fatal illnesses that are easily missed, incorrectly treated and require urgent referrals.

How do I make a claim?

If you feel that an A&E practitioner has misdiagnosed, failed to refer, not fully investigate or did not provide you with the correct treatment then you could be entitled to compensation. The team at Oakwood Solicitors will be able to give you free advice on the prospect of your case and whether you would be eligible to make a claim.

How long do I have to make a claim?

You will have 3 years from the date that you became aware of the negligence, or in cases where the patient is sadly no longer with us – three years from the date of death, to bring about a claim. These claims can be complex and lengthy. Please do not delay, contact out specialist team as soon as possible.

How many people attend A&E on a daily basis?

On average 68,000 adults and children attend A&E on a daily basis.

Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments are the busiest part of the hospital. Around 24.8 million people attended the A&E Department in 2018/2019.

An array of injuries are seen in A&E Departments from cuts and bruises, to deadly infections and near fatal injuries. It is not a simple area of clinical negligence due to the many different possible injuries that a patient may present with.

What should you do if you think you have a claim?

If you believe or feel you have a claim contact us for a free initial consultation regarding your options.

carol cook
Carol Cook — Solicitor and Head of Department

Carol joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries. Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her law degree (LLB honours) at Salford University.



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