Nursing Negligence Claims
Nurses provide pivotal care to patients in both NHS and private hospitals. Nurses are responsible for ensuring that patients are given the correct medication, and that their health is monitored during their treatment and recovery. In most cases the care provided by nurses is exemplary. However mistakes can be made leading to devastating consequences for the patient.
If you have suffered from a nursing error, TRUE Solicitors may be able to help you to make a claim. TRUE Solicitors has a team of specialist lawyers whose experience and expertise who can help you obtain the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.
What is classed as a nursing negligence claim?
Nursing negligence is the term used to describe any form of substandard care that a patient receives. In order to prove that the nursing care was negligent it is necessary to:
- Establish proof that the nurse breached their duty of care in a way that was avoidable.
- Demonstrate without doubt that the negligence caused you direct injury or harm.
What are common examples of nursing negligence claims?
Nursing negligence can occur in hospitals, but also in doctors’ surgeries and care homes. Common examples include:
- Failure to follow a doctor’s instructions or treatment plan.
- Failure to report a patient’s declining health to a senior doctor.
- Failure to follow proper hygiene procedures leading to an infection.
- Administering the wrong or incorrect amount of medication.
- Failure to monitor the health of a patient properly, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment.
- Incorrect use of medical equipment.
- Carelessness when moving a patient, leading to fractures and other injuries.
- Failure to anticipate, prevent or treat pressure sores.
What can I claim compensation for if I have suffered due to nursing negligence?
You may be able to claim for the following:
- Loss of earnings.
- Injury compensation.
- Medical expenses such as corrective surgery, prescription charges and painkillers.
- Compensation for the care and support provided for free by family or friends.
- Reduced life expectancy.
- Ongoing illness.
- Recovery time.
- Expected lifestyle changes.
How much will my nursing negligence claim be worth
The amount of compensation that you will receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. Your compensation will be calculated using the evidence that we gather. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of the effects of the medical negligence which you experienced.
- How your life has been affected by the injury or illness.
- Financial losses, including how much money you’ve lost or will lose resulting from the medical negligence (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
- Specialist equipment and adaptations that you may need.
Is there a time limit for making an nursing negligence claim?
You have up to 3 years from the date you became aware that you received negligent treatment care to make a claim. It is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around the misdiagnosis are fresh to mind.
You are able to make a claim on a child’s behalf at any time after the misdiagnosis has occurred, before the child reaches the age of 18. After the child has turned 18 they have until they are 21 to make a claim themselves.
How much will it cost to make a claim for nursing negligence?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, no fee’ basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation amount.
How do I start an nursing negligence claim?
If you believe that you or a loved one has a claim for nursing negligence, contact TRUE Solicitors today to speak to a member of our medical negligence team. We offer an initial free, no obligation assessment of your case.
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of medical negligence claims depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.