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Medical Negligence in A&E Departments

Accident and Emergency departments are the last place that anyone wants to be; in most A&E cases, you are more than likely there because you have suffered an injury or illness that is serious, and requires immediate attention. Everybody expects to receive rapid treatment to prevent further trauma or deterioration. So when this expectation falls short, and you find yourself having received inadequate A&E care, you may be left wondering who to turn to discuss your experience.

When Emergency Medical Treatment Fails You

When you attend an Accident and Emergency department with a serious medical issue, you expect medical professionals to be certain of their diagnosis and treatment; however, they can make mistakes that increase your discomfort, or worsen your illness or injury. Some common examples of such negligence, one of which you may have experienced, can include:

  • Brief or unprofessional examination of your symptoms
  • Incorrectly diagnosing a broken bone as a sprain
  • Confusing your diagnosis with a trivial and non-serious complaint
  • A delay in diagnosing a condition that worsens with passing time with catastrophic consequences, eg meningitis, stroke
  • Not carrying out scans or x-rays that might have detected your injury or illness quickly
  • Being left unattended in the A&E department, with a serious illness or injury, for an extended period of time
  • A delay in diagnosing a fracture which results in a break

As a result of one or more of these things occurring, perhaps your illness or injury became worse, caused you greater pain and discomfort, or resulted in a longer period abstaining from your job, resulting in lost earnings or even termination. Whatever the outcome of your inadequate treatment at Accident and Emergency, it is important to know that there are people you can turn to.

Giving You Support

If you have suffered from medical negligence in Accident and Emergency, then it may be reassuring to know that you can talk to us about your experience to put your mind at rest. Talking about what has happened can help to overcome the negative stress associated with being the victim of medical negligence, and we can offer you the guidance and support that you need to seek answers and financial compensation from the department responsible for your care. Receiving inadequate treatment from a hospital or medical professional is not a normal experience, and you can do something about it.

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