Accident and Emergency Departments are busy places with doctors and nurses working under pressure. They often provide lifesaving treatment. On some occasions however, the treatment falls below the standards we expect.
Is there a time limit for bringing a claim about A&E Treatment?
Yes. You should start a claim as soon as possible. Generally, you will need to start Court proceedings within three years of the negligence happening. After three years the Defendant will be able to raise ‘limitation’ as a defence to any claim, and argue that you are out of time for bringing a claim. There are some exceptions to this limit, although the best way of finding out whether you are in time to bring a claim is to speak to one of our specialist lawyers.
How long do Claims involving Negligent A&E treatment take?
A claim involving negligence in an A&E department can take anywhere between a few months and a few years to settle. This depends on the extent of injury and whether the negligence is admitted by the Defendant. A typical case usually takes between 2-3 years to finish. Bigger and more complicated claims tend to take longer. Don’t worry, we will be with you every step of the way.
Will I need to have a medical assessment if I make a claim?
Normally, yes. To substantiate whether there is a claim, access to the relevant medical records will be needed. The records can then be assessed by a medical expert who offers their own medical opinion in relation to the possible claim.
Can I make a complaint about the treatment I received in A&E, when no financial compensation is needed?
Yes, you can. You can complain to find out what happened, to ask for an apology or to ask that policies or procedures are changed as a result of your experiences. If you’d like to have a copy of our template complaints letter and complaints information pack, please contact us to speak to one of the team.