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Accident and emergency claims
Anaesthetic compensation claims
Cancer cases
Cardiology
Dental negligence
Diabetes
ENT claims
Fatality
Gastroenterology
GP negligence claims
Gynaecological injury claims
HIV and AIDS
Infectious diseases
Neurological treatment
Never Events
Opthalmology
Orthopaedic
Prescription errors
Pressure sores
Sepsis negligence claims
Stroke misdiagnosis claims
Surgical errors
Urology

Accident and emergency

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Accident and emergency claims

Summary
Although the majority of care and treatment in A&E is of excellent quality, occasionally it is not.
Enormous pressure on the NHS means that on the rare occasions treatment is below the required standard and health complications can arise.
If you think you may received sub-standard care, it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible.

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The ability to get access to high-quality medical care in an emergency situation is an essential component of the healthcare system. As such, the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments of hospitals around the country serve patients who are experiencing serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses.
A&E departments are busy with over 22.9 million attendances every year. Around 11 per cent of people who attend A&E are discharged without requiring treatment and a further 38 per cent receive guidance or advice only.

Pressure on the NHS
Worsening A&E performance has been linked to high bed-occupancy rates. In addition, A&E departments are known to face difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff. Clinicians are under huge pressure to meet waiting time targets and move patients in and out as quickly as possible. It is therefore unsurprising that A&E departments represent the most error-prone part of the NHS.
While most experience quality medical care and attention while visiting the A&E department for treatment of a critical injury or illness, others are not so fortunate. All too frequently people attending A&E experience complications as a result of misdiagnosis, delayed treatment and a failure to refer for all appropriate tests.
Claims common to A&E include:
Misdiagnosed bone fractures
Incorrect medication prescribed
Incorrect treatment given
Delayed treatment
Hospital infections
Inadequate patient examination
Inadequate medical investigation
Misinterpreting examination findings or test results
In addition to the common claim types that arise, there can also be a complete failure to treat. Some patients are simply sent home before even being seen by an A&E doctor at the time of triage, or far too early given their symptoms and underlying medical issues.

Claiming compensation
If you believe that you have sustained an injury as a result of medical negligence and may have a compensation claim you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work investigating your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
Whilst dealing with your claim we can advise you on your benefit rights and on dealing with any debts which may have arisen due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also advise on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst pursuing your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Anaesthetic compensation claims

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Mistakes during an anaesthetic

Summary
Very occasionally, mistakes can occur when having an anaesthetic.
If you have suffered complications due to an anaesthetic, you may be able to claim compensation.

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Many people are nervous about undergoing surgery, especially when the surgery requires an anaesthetic. Most people will experience no problems and all goes well. Sadly, there are instances where mistakes are made which result in complications and injury. Anaesthetic errors and mistakes by anaesthetists can be devastating, causing pain and disability.
Complications which can occur and lead to potential clinical negligence claims are varied but examples include:
Anaesthetic awareness – where the patient wakes up during the operation.
Anaesthetic dosage error – this can happen when an anaesthetic product is improperly labelled or there is a simple dosage error when the patient is given too much or too little anaesthetic.
Nerve & spinal cord injuries – resulting from the incorrect administration of the anaesthetic resulting in spinal injury or nerve damage.
Anaesthetic allergies – anaesthetics can cause rashes, vomiting and breathing problems.
Brain damage – In extreme cases a failure to manage a patient correctly when under an anaesthetic with all appropriate monitoring can cause or result in brain damage due to a lack of oxygen supply.
Cardiovascular injury – can be caused by a failure to monitor leading to a heart attack or stroke
Tracheal damage or injury to surrounding areas can be caused by intubation errors.
Failure to recognise complications.

Claiming compensation
If you believe that you have sustained an injury as a result of medical negligence and may have a compensation claim you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work investigating your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
Whilst dealing with your claim we can advise you on your benefit rights and on dealing with any debts which may have arisen due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also advise on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst pursuing your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Cancer cases

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Cancer misdiagnosis
Summary

When cancer is misdiagnosed, the effects can be serious.
Whether your cancer was diagnosed too late, or if you were diagnosed with cancer when cancer wasn’t present, we can help assess whether you can bring a claim.
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Cancer is a well-known disease, claiming many lives every year. In some cases, it can be difficult to detect cancer early enough in order for treatment to be effective.

Sadly, cancer can be misdiagnosed. Most commonly, cancer is not detected as early as it could have been. There are also instances where cancer is diagnosed where it is not actually present.
When cancer is caught early, it is inevitably generally easier to treat by operating or with a course of treatment. When cancer is detected at a later stage, this can result in further treatment being required. In the worst cases, the cancer may be untreatable.
If cancer is diagnosed when it isn’t actually present, the effects can be serious including long-term psychological problems which may require medication and therapy. In addition, an individual may receive unnecessary treatment and even surgery, sometimes leaving original symptoms and related problems untreated.
The effects of cancer misdiagnosis can vary greatly from requiring mental health support for anxiety, to death. A late cancer diagnosis can result in surgery that can affect an individual both physically and psychologically.

Claiming compensation
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:
You have been delayed treatment as a result of late diagnosis where there is reason to believe it ought to have been noticed earlier;
You have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis where you do not have cancer;
Your relative has died as a result of late diagnosis resulting in treatment being unavailable.
We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can work closely with you to help secure the help you need. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
If you think you may have may have had a cancer misdiagnosis, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can start to help you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide you with advice and support in relation to your entitlement to health and social care at home or in the community.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Cardiology

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Compensation claims for negligent cardiology treatment or misdiagnosis

Summary

There are a growing number of instances of medical negligence related to cardiology.
When mistakes do occur, the consequences can be severe.
We regularly see clients affected by negligent treatment, and successfully help them secure the compensation they deserve and require.

Core Content

What is cardiology?

Cardiology is the branch of medicine concerned with disorders of the heart. The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
Physicians who specialise in this field of medicine are called cardiologists. Physicians who specialise in cardiac surgery are called cardiothoracic surgeons or cardiac surgeons, a specialty of general surgery.

Negligent treatment
Over recent years cardiology has become an area of medicine where an increasing number of compensation claims have been as a result of negligent treatment.
Occasionally, medical errors can occur during surgical procedures, resulting in permanent and serious health problems. In addition, there can frequently be a failure to diagnose someone with a serious heart condition, meaning the condition is not treated appropriately, if treated at all. The results can be devastating leading to heart attacks, severe and disabling heart damage or even death. Timely diagnosis and treatment is therefore paramount.
We regularly see clients affected by negligent treatment in a wide range of areas, including circumstances where there has been a failure:
to conduct all appropriate diagnostic tests when a patient presents with chest pain
to diagnose angina on presentation
to warn a patient of the dangers of cardiac catheterisation
to diagnose a heart murmur
to diagnose a heart problem following an ECG (electrical tracing of the heart
surgical errors.
Helping re-build your life
It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is also to help rebuild your life and we can do this by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with your:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.
Injuries can be very serious and if surgical errors have occurred or you have had a misdiagnosis, this can result in complications requiring long term care. Some people who suffer as a result of medical negligence will require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

Claiming compensation
If you think you may have received negligent treatment, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.
Whilst dealing with your claim we can advise you on your benefit rights and on dealing with any debts which may have arisen due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also advise on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst pursuing your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Dental negligence
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Dental negligence claims handled by professionals with dental training
Summary
If a dentist fails to take proper care, you may be eligible for compensation
Having your claim handled by a specialist dental claims team can help secure you the best possible outcome.
Core Content
Any person who undergoes dental treatment may be at risk of an injury due to negligence from his or her dental team. If a dentist who fails to take proper care, by performing poorly, negligently or inappropriately, causes avoidable harm to a patient, this can be the basis for a dental negligence compensation claim.
Having your dental negligence claim handled by professionals with dental training who can identify the issues properly can greatly benefit you in securing the best possible result.
Moore Blatch has a specialist dental claims team to personally manage your claim. This includes early and ongoing advice from independent Dental Barrister, Heather Beckett.
Examples of types of dental negligence claims:
Failure to diagnose decay
Failure to diagnose gum disease
Removing the wrong tooth
Poor root canal treatment
Failure to diagnose oral cancer
Failure to gain your consent to treatment, by not informing you of risks or of alternative options
Damage to a nerve or soft tissues during treatment
Treatment which is not carried out to an acceptable standard

Failure to diagnose decay

When a patient goes to the dentist for a check-up, one of the things they expect is that the dentist will look for and spot tooth decay, so that this can be addressed before it causes pain or more damage. To do this, a dentist will often use a number of techniques, including the taking of X-rays where necessary to help identify decay which cannot otherwise easily be spotted. The frequency of taking x-rays depends, in part, on the dentist’s assessment of each individual patient’s risk of developing decay. It goes without saying that any x-ray images should be properly assessed. If decay goes undiagnosed for a substantial period, it can mean that simple fillings alone are not sufficient. A tooth may need a root canal treatment or even extraction.
Failure to diagnose gum disease
When you go to the dentist for a check-up, the dentist should do much more than just check your teeth. The dentist has a duty of care to check your gum health, identify any gum disease and advise you on the best course of action.
If they fail to diagnose early gum disease and it develops into a more severe case, known as Periodontal disease or Periodontitis or if they fail to diagnose established Periodontal disease, advise you and take appropriate action to provide comprehensive treatment or discuss referring you to a specialist for such treatment you may be entitled to make a dental negligence compensation claim. A dental hygienist also has a duty of care to identify if the treatment being advised or provided is adequate in all the circumstances. Periodontal disease left untreated or inadequately treated can lead to loss of teeth.
Removing the wrong tooth
Mistakes of this type do, unfortunately, happen. They can happen due to wrongful diagnosis or poor communication between dentists, where one dentist recommends extraction of a tooth and a second makes a mistake and takes out a different one. Occasionally a dentist may mean to remove a retained milk tooth but actually removes a healthy permanent tooth.
Poor root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is also sometimes called endodontic treatment. When carried out to a high technical standard, this treatment can be very successful and enable an infected tooth to be retained where it might otherwise have to be extracted, as long as it is also possible to restore the overall tooth to function.
Complications can occur during or after root canal treatment, reducing the chance of the treatment being successful. If this happens, possible options include monitoring the response, repeating the treatment, onward referral to a specialist for advice and possible re-treatment, surgery or extraction of the tooth. The dentist should tell you about any complications anticipated before treatment and encountered during or after treatment, so that you can understand and make decisions which are right for you. If root canal treatment fails due to a poor standard of treatment it can lead to recurrent infection and avoidable loss of the tooth.
Failure to diagnose oral cancer
When you go to the dentist for a check-up, the dentist should do much more than just check your teeth. The dentist has a duty of care to check the soft tissues of the mouth and lips for health and for any unusual symptoms. Many people do not even realise that cancer can develop in the mouth. Although mouth cancer is less common than many other types of cancer, if left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to serious illness, disability and death. The earlier oral cancer is diagnosed and an urgent referral to a specialist made, the better.
Misdiagnosis of cancer can occur in several situations. The most common situations are where the cancer is not detected as early as it could have been and where cancer is diagnosed where it is not actually present. Cancer is generally easier to treat in the earliest stages either by operation or a course of treatment. If cancer is not detected until a later stage, then this can result in further treatment being required and, in the worst case, the cancer being at a stage where it is untreatable.
Where cancer is diagnosed where it is not present, this can result in psychological problems as well as receiving unnecessary treatment and even surgery. It may also leave original symptoms and related problems untreated.
Failure to gain your consent to treatment
When your dentist suggests or recommends treatment, you expect that they will be acting in your best interests. However, they cannot do this without knowing what is important to you and explaining to you the likely effects of the course of action proposed.
Valid consent is obtained if a dentist ensures that:
You have been provided with necessary information about the proposed treatment, the risks involved and relevant alternative treatments (including no treatment).
The consent has been obtained voluntarily.
You (the patient) have the ability to understand the nature, purpose and consequences of the proposed treatment.
Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to make a claim if your dentist didn’t obtain your consent for the dental procedure. Each situation needs to be looked at carefully by a team who understand the unique nature of dental treatment.
Damage to a nerve or soft tissues during treatment
Damage to the nerves that are positioned close to the roots of a lower wisdom tooth or in the region of placement of dental implants can result in temporary or permanent numbness or, perhaps worse, permanently painful symptoms in the areas normally served by those nerves. Other injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth can occur if they are directly traumatised by dental instruments during treatment, for example if the tongue or floor of the mouth is cut during treatment with a dental drill.
Treatment which is not carried out to an acceptable standard
This can include individual items of treatment or overall courses of treatment aimed at a particular result. It can be due to failure in the initial diagnosis, treatment planning or actual carrying out of the treatment.
Types of treatment:
Crowns;
Veneers;
Bridgework;
Dental implants;
Dentures;
Orthodontics (brace treatment).
These treatments may be required for dental and oral health or they may be chosen in order to improve the appearance of the teeth. Some of these treatments are invasive and irreversible, so it is important that you understand at the outset the reasons for the treatment proposed, the risks, the nature of the treatment and how long the result is likely to last. If things go wrong, it may be costly or even impossible to go back to the situation which existed before the treatment started. If the problem occurs due to a poor standard of treatment you may be entitled to make a claim. Each situation needs to be looked at carefully by a team who understand the unique nature of dental treatment.
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have suffered as a result of the negligence of your dentist.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Diabetes
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Diabetes medical negligence claims
Summary

Mistakes in diagnosing or treating diabetes can result in wide ranging complications.
We can help you to secure compensation for negligent care or misdiagnosis related to diabetes.
Core Content
What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a well-known condition that many people die of every year worldwide as it can sometimes be difficult to detect early enough so that treatment is effective such that the condition is managed.
Diabetes causes around 100 amputations a week and is also linked to one in 10 deaths. Screening is already being offered for diabetes retinopathy, an eye problem which can lead to blindness if left untreated. A failure to diagnose and treat diabetes may result in a number of medical complications to include heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, amputations and even death.
Diabetes is a condition where glucose accumulates in the blood because of insufficient/faulty insulin production. Insulin enables cells to absorb glucose in order to turn it into energy.
There are three main types of diabetes known as Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes:
Type 1 is the least common type and is unpreventable. It occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin and has to be controlled with daily doses of insulin.
Type 2 is the more common condition and develops when the body can make some insulin but not enough. It is also when the insulin that is produced does not work properly.
Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and is high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. This normally clears up after the pregnancy.

Symptoms
There are a number of recognised symptoms of diabetes which include increased urinations, increased thirst and unexplained weight loss. Other symptoms can include fatigue, blurred vision, increased hunger and sores that do not heal. Early in the disease type 2 diabetes may present with no symptoms. Blood tests are used to diagnose diabetes. Laboratory analysis of blood is needed to ensure tests are accurate. Glucose measuring devices used in a healthcare providers office such as finger stick devices are not accurate enough for diagnosis but may be used as a quick indicator of high blood glucose.
Testing enables healthcare providers to diagnose and treat diabetes before complications occur and to find and treat pre-diabetes which can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. Unfortunately, in some cases there may be a delay in diagnosis by a medical practitioner which was avoidable and may connote medical negligence.

Complications due to diabetes
Diabetes can lead to both short and long-term complications. The long-term complications are due to the high blood glucose levels damaging the blood vessels and causing chronic health conditions which include:
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke)
Eye disease – diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to blindness if not treated
Kidney disease
Amputations – foot damage, in particular nerve damage and poor blood flow increases the risk of foot complications, and sores and cuts can become infected leading to the risk of toe, foot and even leg amputation
Premature death.
Given the complications, it is vital to ensure that blood glucose levels are kept to as near normal as possible and importantly that appropriate education, monitoring and action is undertaken to prevent complications occurring or to treat complications early.

Claiming compensation
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:
you have diabetes and following negligent medical care you have required amputation;
you have been diagnosed with diabetes but have later found out that you do not have the condition;
your relative has died as a result of late diagnosis resulting in treatment being unavailable and you have reason to believe that they should have been diagnosed earlier;
there has been a delay in diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has suffered unnecessary death or disability as a result of poor diabetes care, we would be happy to discuss the treatment and care you have received and advise you as to whether you may have a claim for compensation.
Whilst dealing with your claim we can advise you on your benefit rights and on dealing with any debts which may have arisen due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also advise on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst progressing your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Denise Deakin. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

ENT Claims

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Ear, nose and throat medical negligence claims

Summary
Sadly, substandard care and treatment does occasionally occur when treating ENT conditions.
We offer wide ranging support for individuals who may have suffered medical negligence.

Core Content
Ear, nose or throat (ENT) surgeons (also known as Otorhinolaryngologists) are surgical specialists who diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions of the head and neck, including the ear nose and throat regions. These include:
ear conditions
nose conditions
throat conditions
head and neck conditions
facial cosmetic surgery
ENT surgeons undertake many different surgical procedures including:
insertion of grommets for glue ear
tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils) or adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids
septoplasty – correction of nasal septum to prevent obstruction and enable clear breathing
microlaryngoscopy – a short metal tube (laryngoscope) is inserted into the larynx (voice box). This is used for examination and can also be used to perform a biopsy or surgery
oesophagoscopy – a long metal or flexible tube (oesophagoscope) is inserted through the mouth into the oesophagus
endoscopic sinus surgery – where a tiny telescope is inserted into the nasal passages to diagnose and treat difficult sinus conditions.
tympanomastoid surgery to reconstruct and remove epithelial inclusions (cholesteatoma) within the middle ear
open operations to remove neck lumps, and salivary gland tumours
tracheostomy

ENT claims
Treatment for ear, nose and throat conditions can result in a variety of claims resulting from substandard treatment and care. Examples include:
Brain damage sustained during ENT surgery
Delay or failure to diagnose and treat cerebral spinal fluid leaks resulting in meningitis
Surgical damage to the facial or optical nerves causing facial weakness, facial paralysis or loss of vision
Surgical damage to nasal receptors resulting in loss of smell
Surgical damage to eye sockets and other facial structures
Delay or failure to appropriately treat nasal fractures
Hearing loss due to delay or failure to diagnose and treat ear problems
Hearing loss due to mismanagement of cholesteatoma
Mismanagement of inner ear conditions such as tinnitus or balance disorders
Delay or failure to diagnose and treat throat or neck tumours
Delay or failure to diagnose and treat sinus or nasal tumours.

Whilst dealing with your claim we can advise you on your benefit rights and on dealing with any debts which may have arisen due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also advise on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst pursuing your claim.
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have suffered as a result of negligence. If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Fatality
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When a medical accident or medical negligence results in death
Summary

Compensation can cover financial losses for dependents or help compensate for bereavement.
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When you lose a loved one, compensation can be lifeline for you after what is undoubtedly an extremely traumatic event. Compensation can also provide crucial support for the deceased’s dependents. Where a medical accident or medical negligence has resulted in a death, a claim can be brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.
There are two distinct claims:
A dependency claim for financial losses for qualifying dependants.
A bereavement claim for non-financial losses.
It is important to note that these claims differ from any claims which may be vested in the estate of the deceased.
Dependency claim
People entitled to make a dependency claim are:
The wife or husband, or former wife or husband, of the deceased.
Any person who was living together at the time of death and for at least two years prior to death with the deceased in the same household.
Any parent or other ascendant of the deceased.
Any person who was treated by the deceased as his/her parent.
Any child or other descendant of the deceased. This includes step-children and illegitimate children.
Any person (not being a child of the deceased) who, in the case of any marriage to which the deceased was at any time a party, was treated by the deceased as a child of the family in relation to that marriage.
Any person who is, or child of, a brother, sister, uncle or aunt of the deceased.
A claim can be made in respect of the financial consequences of the death. This can cover earnings or money spent by the deceased on a qualifying dependant; savings set aside for dependants’ future use and also the value of any services the deceased provided for dependents.
Funeral expenses
Damages in respect of funeral expenses incurred by the dependants of the deceased are also recoverable.
Bereavement
The Fatal Accidents Act makes provision for an award of damages for bereavement. This award is fixed at £12,980 for all deaths after 1 April 2013.
A claim for bereavement damages can only be made for the benefit of the husband or wife of the deceased, the parents of the deceased (if the deceased was a legitimate minor) or the mother of the deceased (if the deceased was an illegitimate minor). There is no claim for bereavement damages by a child in respect of the loss of a parent.
General damages
The estate of the deceased is also entitled to recover compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased prior to his death
Inquests
In addition to managing clinical negligence claims which have resulted in a fatality we represent families of the deceased person at inquests ensuring that our client’s views are properly represented and an appropriate inquiry into the circumstances of death are made.
There is nothing more upsetting than losing a loved one and then having to go through the events leading to their death at an Inquest. However, Inquests have to take place when the Coroner has concerns about a death.
An Inquest has to determine:
who died
when they died
where they died
how they died.
Inquests are not about apportioning blame, but they are a vital opportunity to try and get the answers that bereaved families need. Although Inquests are not like a normal Court hearing, having one of our experienced lawyers present helps families get answers to any questions they may have.
The Coroner will hear from the family members and from doctors, nurses, employers and other professionals involved in the care of the Deceased person or the circumstances surrounding their death. They will then normally reach a conclusion as to how the Deceased came to their death. These conclusions can include:
accidental death
death by misadventure
death by natural causes.
Sometimes a Coroner will find that there has been neglect in the care provided to the deceased. In some cases, the Coroner will determine that there has been an unlawful death.

If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you. If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence or require representation at an inquest please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Gastroenterology

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Gastroenterology medical negligence claims
Summary
Occasionally, disorders and diseases of the digestive system can be worsened or even caused as a result of negligence.
Compensation can help you deal with the effects of gastroenterology.

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Gastroenterology related diseases and disorders cover medical problems associated with the entire digestive system from excess wind to liver cancer.
Gastroenterology is concerned with disorders and diseases of the digestive system, including the liver, stomach and intestines. Examples of these disorders and diseases can include but are not limited to:
Bowel Cancer
Liver Cancer
Oesophageal cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Stomach cancer
Crohn’s disease
Diverticular disease
Faecal incontinence
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Perianal diseases
Twisted bowel
Gallstones
Hernia
Medical care for gastroenterology related disorders can range from diet plans to surgery which can be extremely urgent. Lifestyle changes may be required for many disorders.
Gastroenterology disorders can be disabling. However, if they were caused or worsened as a result of the negligence of your healthcare provider you may be able to claim compensation to help you with your disability.

You could be eligible for compensation if:
you have been delayed treatment as a result of late diagnosis where you believe the condition ought to have be diagnosed earlier;
you have suffered as a result of poor management of your condition;
you have encountered problems with or suffered side effects from your medication for your digestive disorder.

Proving you with support
Many people who suffer from the effects of gastroenterology disorders require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can help you and can work closely with you including:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
If you think you have you have suffered due to negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you. We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

GP negligence claims

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GP Negligence Claims

Summary
A doctor’s job can be difficult and challenging. Because of this, occasionally mistakes are made.
The most common mistakes include delayed diagnosis and referral.
If you think you have suffered due to negligence, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible.

Core Content
GPs manage day-to-day problems. They do not specialise in any one particular area of medicine but rather provide routine health care and assess and treat many different conditions including illnesses and injuries. Since a family doctor is required to have some understanding of a broad range of physical and psychological conditions, their job can be difficult and challenging.

A GP’s role includes:
responding to medical/health problems presented by patients including history taking, diagnosis, investigation, treatment and referral as appropriate;
maintaining confidentiality and impartiality;
commissioning healthcare by liaising with medical professionals in the community and hospitals;
promoting health education in conjunction with other health professionals
organising preventative medical programmes for individual patients
providing specialist clinics for specific conditions or for certain groups, e.g. diabetes, smoking cessation and new babies
meeting targets set by the government for specific treatments, such as child immunisations
discussing the development of new pharmaceutical products with pharmaceutical sales representatives
keeping up to date with medical developments, new drugs, treatments and medications, including complementary medicine.

Gatekeepers to the NHS

GPs act as the gatekeepers to the NHS – they decide whether they should treat you, or if you need referring for specialist attention. Although GPs are not usually specialists, they should know when to refer a patient to a more specialist doctor. Unfortunately, sometimes GPs make mistakes and these mistakes can be devastating.

Negligence claims

Allegations of delayed diagnosis and referral are one of the most common reasons for claims against GP. However, claims arise in any sphere. The most common conditions GPs allegedly miss or take too long to identify are cancers, infections, fractures, heart attacks, meningitis, ectopic pregnancy and blood clots. There are also a significant number of prescription errors.
If you think you have suffered due to negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you. We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Gynaecological injury claims

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Gynaecological injury claims

Summary
Very occasionally, medical negligence can occur due to negligent treatment, failed treatment or missed or late diagnosis related to gynaecological problems.
If you think you have suffered due to medical negligence, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible.

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A gynaecologist deals exclusively with womens’ medical problems, diagnosing and treating conditions relating to the female reproductive system. These treatments can have devastating consequences if they are not undertaken with the appropriate degree of skill and care.

Medical negligence
Most gynaecological diagnosis and treatment is performed to a high standard, and most patients feel happy with outcome and level of care provided. Medical negligence claims can however arise in many areas and are commonly seen where there has been, for example: a missed or late diagnosis of abnormal smears which can result in cancer; failure to perform a hysterectomy correctly leading to injury to the bladder or bowels; perforation of the uterus due to negligent insertion of inter-uterine contraceptive devices; inadequate or improper treatment of endometriosis; failure of contraception or female sterilisation or failed abortion and subsequent birth
The most common types of gynaecological claims arise from complications associated with surgery to include:
Total abdominal hysterectomy claims
Laparoscopic sterilisation claims
Pelvic floor repairs claims
Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) claims
Injuries can include:
Incontinence following surgery
Perforation of the uterus during the insertion of a contraceptive coil
Failed sterilisation
Damage during laparoscopic investigations or surgery
Injury to bladder, bowel or uterus during hysterectomy
Unnecessary hysterectomy following a caesarean section
Defective consent to medical procedures
Infection resulting in loss of childbearing potential
If you think you have suffered to due medical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you. We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

HIV and AIDS
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Medical negligence claims related to HIV and AIDS
Summary

Early detection of HIV and AIDS can sometimes be difficult. Late diagnosis can impact how effective your treatment is.
Some individuals contract HIV/AIDS as a result of medical treatment
Occasionally, people are diagnosed with HIV or AIDS when they do not have this condition.
If you have suffered from medical negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Core Content

HIV and AIDS is a commonly-known disease that many people die of every year worldwide. Sometimes, it can be difficult to detect HIV and AIDS early enough in order for treatment to be effective such that these conditions can be managed.
What is HIV and AIDS?
HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus which is a sexually transmitted disease which affects the immune system. There is no cure for HIV and no vaccine to stop you from becoming infected. The effect of HIV is that your immune system will be slowly destroyed making you susceptible to infection and disease such as cancer.
AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Someone is deemed to have AIDS when they have been diagnosed with HIV and have no immune system.
A diagnosis of HIV or AIDS means a lifetime of medication to try and protect your immune system or fight off infection. HIV and AIDS also unfortunately have stigma attached because of a common lack of understanding about these conditions.

Effects of HIV and AIDS
The effects of HIV and AIDS can have a lifelong effect on a person’s life and the long-term support and care that an individual requires can vary significantly. A false diagnosis can result in long-term psychological disorders requiring medication and therapy. Late diagnosis may result in death.
Compensation claims
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where:
you have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS following medical treatment such as surgery and you think you have contracted the condition as a result of the surgery. HIV can be spread by the negligence of healthcare professionals when using needles which have not been properly sterilised or from an organ donor who was inaccurately tested;
you have been diagnosed but have reason to believe you should have been diagnosed earlier;
you have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS but have later found out that you do not have the condition;
your relative has died as a result of late diagnosis resulting in treatment being unavailable and you have reason to believe that they should have been diagnosed earlier.

We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you including:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
If you think you may have suffered due to medical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Infectious diseases

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Infectious diseases compensation claims

Summary

If not diagnosed and treated quickly, the effects of infectious diseases can be extremely serious.
If you have suffered due to medical negligence, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible.

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Infectious diseases can affect any of us at any time and can have severe consequences if not diagnosed and treated quickly. Infectious diseases are contagious and cause substantial damage which, if not detected and treated early enough, can ultimately result in death.
Infectious diseases can include but are not limited to:
Mumps
Measles
Meningitis
HIV
Malaria
Hepatitis
Respiratory disease
Gastrointestinal diseases
E-coli
The medical care associated with infectious diseases varies greatly depending on the seriousness of your situation but can range from a course of treatment to amputation of limbs or even death.
Compensation claims commonly arise in circumstances where:
your healthcare professional failed to diagnose the condition promptly and you have reason to believe it should have been detected earlier;
you received the incorrect treatment for the disease;
you have contracted an infectious disease following an operation.
It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation to assist with your:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.

Helping you rebuild your life
Some people who have suffered from an infectious disease may require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you including:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

Compensation claims
If you think you have suffered due to medical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Neurological treatment

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Neurological disorders and medical negligence

Summary

Medical negligence claims related to neurological disorders can be due to both acts or omissions.
When something goes wrong, the effects can be debilitating, with individuals often requiring support for the rest of their lives.
We can help you secure the compensation you deserve, and help you receive the support you need.

Core Content

What is a neurological disorder?
A neurological disorder is any disorder of the nervous system. Structural, biochemical or electrical abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord or other nerves can result in a range of symptoms. Examples of symptoms include paralysis, muscle weakness, poor coordination, loss of sensation, seizures, confusion, pain and altered levels of consciousness.
There are many recognised neurological disorders, some relatively common, but many rare. They may be assessed by neurological examination, and studied and treated within the specialities of neurology and clinical neuropsychology.
Interventions for neurological disorders include preventative measures, lifestyle changes, physiotherapy or other therapy, neurorehabilitation, pain management, medication, or operations performed by neurosurgeons.

Categorising neurological disorders
Neurological disorders can be categorised according to the primary location affected, the primary type of dysfunction involved or the primary type of cause. The broadest division is between central nervous system disorders and peripheral nervous systems disorders. The Merck manual lists brain, spinal cord and nerve disorders are often categorised as follows:Brain damage according to cerebral lobe
Brain dysfunction according to type:
Aphasia (language)
Dysgraphia (writing)
Dysarthria (speech)
Apraxia (patterns or sequences of movements)
Agnosia (identifying things or people)
Amnesia (memory)
Spinal cord disorders
Peripheral neuropathy and other Peripheral nervous system disorders
Cranial nerve disorder such as Trigeminal neuralgia
Autonomic nervous system disorders
Seizure disorders such as epilepsy
Movement disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremor, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Tourette’s Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and various types of Peripheral Neuropathy
Sleep disorders such as Narcolepsy
Migraines and other types of Headache such as Cluster Headache and Tension Headache
Lower back and neck pain
Central neuropathy (see Neuropathic pain)
Neuropsychiatric illnesses e.g. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Autism, Tourette’s syndrome

Medical negligence
It follows that the spectrum of medical negligence claims arising out of neurological injuries is wide ranging. It can range from both acts and omissions. The effects of medical negligence in this area can be severely debilitating.
Neurological and spinal injuries can have extremely serious effects on your life and can occur as a result of the negligence of your healthcare professional.
Medical care for neurological and spinal problems can vary depending on the severity and specific problem from which you suffer. In some cases, 24 hour care can be needed.
It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.
Many people who suffer from neurological or spinal disorders require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can support you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have a neurological or spinal disorder which has been caused or worsened as a result of the negligence of your healthcare professional.
You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you. We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Never Events
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Compensation for medical events that never should have occurred
Summary

Occasionally, serious and wholly preventable medical mistakes do happen.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors have successfully recovered compensation for many such events, representing clients across the UK.

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NHS England acknowledge that there are certain serious incidents that are wholly preventable. There is guidance available which should be implemented by all healthcare providers to avoid such incidents occurring. These incidents are described as ‘Never Events’.
Never Events include:
Surgery performed on the wrong site
Surgical placement of the wrong implant or prosthesis
Retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery / invasive procedure
Administration of medication via the wrong route (e.g. by an injection into a vein rather than by mouth)
Misplacement of naso-gastric tube or oro-gastric tube into the chest rather than the stomach
Overdose of Insulin
Patient being scalded by water used for washing
Pressure sores
Unfortunately, despite their name, Never Events do happen.
We have successfully recovered compensation for many individuals who have sadly been injured as a result of a Never Event.
In order to bring a Never Event claim it is important that you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of a Never Event occurring please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Ophthalmology
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Opthalmology medical negligence claims
Summary

Medical errors related to opthalomology treatment can be broad ranging.
Links with established experts helps us secure excellent outcomes on your behalf.
Compensation payments can help you re-build your life.

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What is ophthalmology?

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine dedicated to the anatomy, function and diseases of the eye. If you suffer an eye infection or eye injury following a medical procedure, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Errors in ophthalmic treatment may result in an adverse outcome to include visual impairment, blindness and ongoing neuropathic pain.

Medical errors
Medical care for errors made in relation to ophthalmic treatment can arise in a wide range of areas. These include:
Substandard laser eye treatment for correction of long or short sightedness
Substandard cataract surgery
Management of metallic foreign body in eye
Delay in diagnosis and treatment of Glaucoma
Failure to diagnose and treat retinopathy of prematurity, immediately following birth
Trauma to eyes and subsequent management
Delayed diagnosis of Corneal abrasions
Traumatic retinal detachment
Diabetic retinopathy
Total blindness resulting from severe brain injury caused at birth due to oxygen deprivation
Failure to refer to rheumatology for diagnosis and treatment of giant del arteritis
Every case is different depending on the facts. We have vast experience of dealing with various ophthalmology claims. We also have established links with the very best medico legal experts in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry who we can call upon to help with your claim.
Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation to assist you with:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.
Some people who suffer from ophthalmic injuries require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
Charities and support groups.
If you think you have suffered due to medical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Orthopaedic

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Orthopaedic injuries and medical negligence claims
Summary

Unfortunately, orthopaedic injuries linked to medical negligence are relatively common.
We have vast experience in dealing with these claims.
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What is orthopaedic surgery?
Orthopaedic surgery or orthopaedics is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system such as the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumours, and congenital disorders.

Medical negligence
Medical negligence claims relating to orthopaedic injuries are common place. Misdiagnosed or wrongly treated orthopaedic injuries may be devastating and can result serious and life-changing disabilities including amputations. Even minor fractures can have lasting consequences if not appropriately treated.
Medicalnegligence claims are wide ranging. Common threads include the consent process along with the misdiagnosis and mismanagement of orthopaedic conditions, particularly fractures, cauda equina syndrome and compartment syndrome. Misdiagnosed disorders of the hip such as hip dysplasia in infants is also a common cause.
Examples of orthopaedic medical negligence claims include:-
Delayed diagnosis of fractures or dislocations
Misdiagnosis or mistreatment of fractures or dislocations
Surgical errors
Errors during joint replacement surgery
Mistreatment or delayed diagnosis of orthopaedic or post-operative infections
Nerve damage
Damage to tendons or ligaments
Equipment malfunction
Incorrect size of joint replacement or prosthesis.
Misdiagnosed hip dysplasia.
Every case will be different depending on the facts. We have vast experience of dealing with various orthopaedic claims. We have established links with the very best medico legal experts in the fields of orthopaedics who we can call upon to help with your claim.

Rebuilding your life
Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation to assist you with:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.
Some people who suffer from orthopaedic injuries require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
Charities and support groups.
If you think you have suffered due to medical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Prescription errors

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Securing compensation when there has been a prescription error
Summary

The range of prescription errors that can and do occur are huge.
The effects when a mistake is made can be devastating.
If you think you have suffered as a result of medical negligence, it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible.
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Every day hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written in the UK as part of the service provided by healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made in any area of healthcare and the prescription service is no exception. Prescription errors can result in someone becoming disabled either mentally or physically and can even result in death.
Prescriptions are decided by your healthcare professional and are then dispensed by another healthcare professional. A number of errors can occur.
Prescription errors can result in:
Brain damage;
Digestive problems including stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding;
Blindness;
Psychological illness;
Death;
Allergic reaction.
Prescription errors can include, but are not limited to:
Incorrect medicine being prescribed by the doctor;
Incorrect dosage;
Incorrect spelling by the doctor resulting in the incorrect medicine being given;
Incorrect labelling by the pharmacist;
Unsupervised repeat prescription.

Medical care for errors made in relation to prescriptions can range an induvial needing to be monitored, to death. The range of prescription errors are vast. Every case will be different depending on the facts.
Prescriptions are made when your healthcare professional has considered all the circumstances of the medicine including symptoms and allergies. Giving someone the wrong medicine can be very harmful with some people who suffer from prescription errors requiring support for the rest of their lives.

Support for you
If you have suffered due to a prescription error, we have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can support you and work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
Charities and support groups.

Making a claim
Prescription errors can be made by a number of healthcare professionals and can vary greatly in the effect they have on a patient. If you have experienced a prescription error and have suffered injury as a result of that error, then we may be able to help you make a claim. It is important you contact a solicitor as soon as possible, as the sooner we can begin work on your claim, the sooner we can start to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Pressure sores
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Pressure sores as a result of medical negligence
Summary

As pressure sores are preventable, you shouldn’t have to suffer from them unnecessarily.
When left untreated, they can result in disability.
If you think you may have suffered from medical negligence, it is important to contact a solicitor as quickly as possible.

Core Content

Pressure sores can be very painful and can even result in the need for amputation if not treated correctly and quickly enough.
Pressure sores, which are also known as bed sores, occur when someone experiences a lack of mobility causing them for example to lie in bed for a long period of time. Pressure sores are preventable which illustrates that with good nursing a person would not suffer from such a serious condition unnecessarily.
A pressure sore is basically an area of skin and tissue which because of lack of circulation, begins to die. Pressure sores often occur on the back, buttock, heel and hips and if not treated can become infected and very painful. They can also lead to amputation, loss of limb and death if not treated.
The consequences of pressure sores can range from relieving the area from pressure to improve circulation, surgery, amputations, skin grafts or even death. The extent of medical care required will depend on the stage of the pressure sore when detected.
A pressure sore can cause a long-term disability for a person if left untreated or unnoticed and the long-term support required will vary from case to case.

Support
We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can help you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

Advice on making a claim
If you or someone you know has suffered from pressure sores whilst under the care of a healthcare professional, then you may have a claim to compensation. Pressure sores are usually avoidable in most cases with good medical care. It is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Sepsis negligence claims
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Sepsis negligence claims
Summary

If sepsis isn’t diagnosed and treated quickly, the consequences can be severe.
If you have experienced delayed treatment or diagnosis, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Core Content
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion.
Negligence can easily occur when the symptoms are not recognised by medical professionals, and if not treated quickly the consequences can be organ failure, limb loss, or even death.
The early signs of a sepsis can include:

Fever and chills.
Very low body temperature.
Peeing less than normal.
Rapid pulse.
Rapid breathing.
Nausea and vomiting.
Diarrhoea

Causes
The majority of cases of sepsis are due to bacterial infections, some are due to fungal infections. Very few are due to other causes of infection or agents that may cause systemic inflammatory response syndrome.
The infectious agents, usually bacteria, begin infecting almost any organ location or implanted device. The infecting agents or their toxins then spread directly or indirectly into the bloodstream. This allows them to spread to almost any other organ system.
Common bacterial causes of sepsis are gram-negative bacilli (for example, E. coli, P. aeruginosa, E. corrodens, and Haemophilus influenzae in neonates). Other bacteria also causing sepsis are S. aureus, Streptococcus species, Enterococcus species and Neisseria; however, there are large numbers of bacterial genera that have been known to cause sepsis. Candida species are some of the most frequent fungi that cause sepsis.
The following groups are at increased risk for sepsis:
The very young and the elderly are at greatest risk
People who are very ill due to an infectious agent
People in an intensive care unit
People with weakened or compromised immune systems
People with devices such as IV catheters, breathing tubes, or other devices
People with extensive burns
People with severe trauma
The adult patient should have a proven or suspected source of an infection (usually bacterial) and have at least two of the following problems to be diagnosed as having sepsis:
Altered mental status (for example, altered consciousness, mental confusion or delirium)
Fast respiratory rate (; 22 breaths/minute)
Low blood pressure (? 100 mm Hg systolic)
However, patients may have many other signs and symptoms that can occur with sepsis, such as
elevated heart rate (tachycardia),
fever,
low body temperature (hypothermia),
a reduced carbon dioxide (PaCO2) level in the blood,
chills,
dizziness,
fatigue,
shivering,
facial flushing,
shortness of breath,
low urine production,
skin discoloration,
dysfunction of one or more organs,
shock, and
sleepiness.
In most cases, the definitive diagnosis of sepsis is made by a physician in conjunction with laboratory tests.
Septic shock
Septic shock is a condition in which overwhelming infection causes a dangerous drop in systolic blood pressure (hypotension). Additional symptoms that may accompany the low blood pressure associated with septic shock may include cool and pale extremities, dizziness or lightheadedness, low or absent urine output, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, behavioural changes, and low or high body temperature.

Treatment
In almost every case of sepsis, patients need to be hospitalised, treated with appropriate intravenous antibiotics, and given therapy to support any organ dysfunction. Sepsis can quickly cause organ damage and death; therapy should not be delayed as statistics suggest as high as a 7% mortality increase per hour if antibiotics are delayed in severe sepsis. Most cases of sepsis are treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital by critical care medicine specialists, infectious disease specialists, and others as needed.
Appropriate antibiotics to treat sepsis are combinations of two or three antibiotics given at the same time; most combinations usually include vancomycin to treat many MRSA infections. However, once the infecting organism is isolated, labs can determine which antibiotics are most effective against the organisms, and those antibiotics should be used to treat the patient.
In addition to antibiotics, two other major therapeutic interventions, organ-system support and surgery, may be needed. Amputation of extremities has been done to save some patients’ lives.
Often, the first health care professionals to treat the patient with sepsis are the patient’s primary care physician or paediatrician, often immediately followed by a specialist in emergency medicine. Almost all patients diagnosed with sepsis are treated in the hospital; Critical care medicine physicians, and pulmonary specialists, infectious disease specialists, and occasionally a toxicologist or a surgeon may need to be consulted, depending upon the patient’s condition and underlying medical cause of the sepsis.

Prognosis
The prognosis of patients with sepsis is related to the severity or stage of sepsis as well as to the underlying health status of the patient. Patients with sepsis and no ongoing sign of organ failure at the time of diagnosis have about a 15%-30% chance of death. Patients with severe sepsis or septic shock have a mortality (death) rate of about 40%-60%, with the elderly having the highest mortality rates. Newborns and paediatric patients with sepsis have about a 9%-36% mortality rate.
There are a large number of complications that may occur with sepsis. In general, the complications are due to organ dysfunction, damage, or loss. Death is usually due to multi-organ dysfunction (liver, kidney, or lung failure).
Physicians agree that the faster the patient with sepsis is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis and fewer complications, if any, for the patient.

Risk factors
Risk factors that lead to sepsis can be reduced by many methods. Perhaps the most important way to reduce the chance for sepsis is to first prevent any infections. Vaccines, good hygiene, and avoiding sources of infection are excellent preventive methods. If infection occurs, immediate treatment of any infection before it has a chance to spread into the blood is likely to prevent sepsis. This is especially important in patients who are at greater risk for infection such as those who have suppressed immune systems, those with cancer, people with diabetes, or elderly patients.

Consequences
The consequences of sepsis can range from surgery, amputations, or even death. Sepsis can cause a long-term disability for a person if left untreated or unnoticed and the long-term support required will vary from case to case.

Support for you when making a claim
If you or someone you know has suffered from sepsis where there may have been a delay in treatment and diagnosis, then you may have a claim for compensation. You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can help you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whist your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Stroke misdiagnosis claims

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Medical negligence due to stroke misdiagnosis

Summary
The consequences of delayed diagnosis or treatment for a stroke can be serious.
When a stroke is due to medical negligence, the damages can be high.
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Every year 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That is one person every five minutes. Strokes are the most common cause of death in the UK.
Strokes can be caused by poor blood flow to the brain or bleeding. The diagnosis of a stroke may be delayed or overlooked because symptoms of stroke or a transient ischemic attack may be mild or vague or attributed to other conditions such as a migraine or headache. The delay in diagnosis and treatment could potentially result in serious and irreversible brain damage, requiring long-term care and rehabilitation.
The most common risk factors for stroke are:
high blood pressure
high cholesterol
smoking
diabetes, and
increasing age.
The main symptoms of a stroke are the following physical problems:-

Sudden numbness and weakness to one side
Drooping of the face on one side
Slurred speech and muddled words
Difficulty swallowing
Sudden blurred vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes
In a more serious stroke loss of consciousness
Some strokes may cause bowel or bladder problems (incontinence)
Sudden confusion, dizziness and balance problems
Impaired memory
Fatigue
Depression
Difficulty controlling emotions.
Heart conditions like atrial fibrillation, patent foramen ovale, and heart valve disease can also be potential causes of a stroke. The longer the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a stroke, the more serious the chance of disability, brain injury or death. It is imperative that medical staff identify a stroke, or it’s potential onset, at the earliest opportunity.
If you are having a stroke it is important to get immediate medical attention. The sooner you get treatment the better. Immediate treatment may help minimize the long-term effects of stroke and improve recovery outcomes.
Strokes fall into two categories:
A cutting off of blood to a part of the brain due to a clot forming in a blood vessel, known as “Ischemic strokes”.
Bleeding into the brain from a burst blood vessel known as ‘hemorrhagic strokes’.

Treatment
There are several treatment options for stroke depending on it’s cause. If you are having an ischemic stroke or a stroke that is caused by a blood clot your healthcare professional may recommend drug treatment. There is only one Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug treatment for acute ischemic stroke. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is given via intravenous therapy (IV) and works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow. tPA should be given within three hours (and up to 4.5 hours in certain eligible patients) of the time symptoms first started.
Some ischemic strokes are treated with small mechanical devices that remove or break up blood clots. If clot-busting drugs are ruled out, another option one of the many FDA approved mechanical devices. A surgeon inserts a small mechanical device into the blocked artery using a thin tube. Once inside, the tool traps the clot, and either breaks it up or the surgeon pulls it out of the brain, reopening the blocked blood vessel in the process.
A haemorrhagic stroke (sometimes called a bleed) occurs if an artery in your brain leaks blood or ruptures (breaks open). The first steps in treating a haemorrhagic stroke are to find the cause of bleeding in the brain and then control it. Some of the options for treatments include surgical clips or coils inserted in aneurisms (weaknesses in the blood vessel wall), controlling high blood pressure, and surgery to remove the bleeding vessel and blood that has spilled into the brain.

Recovery
Medical advances have greatly improved survival rates and recovery from stroke during the last decade. Your chances of survival and recovery outcomes are even better if the stroke is identified and treated immediately.
Each person is affected differently by a stroke and the symptoms depend on which parts of the brain are affected and what specific functions that part of the brain is responsible for. The severity of the symptoms depends on how much damage is done to the brain. The onset of stroke symptoms is usually sudden.
Medical negligence
Occasionally a stroke is a result of clinical (medical) negligence and damages in such cases are often high because of the devastating nature of some strokes. Any amount of compensation awarded to you, if your stroke was as a result of negligent medical treatment, will never make up for the serious injury you have suffered. However, the compensation awarded will make your life a little more comfortable.
A stroke can cause a long-term disability and the long-term support required will vary from case to case. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can help you and can work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
If you think you have suffered due to medical negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Surgical errors

Headline
Compensation for surgical errors

Summary
The range of errors that can occur due to surgical mistakes are huge, with people sometimes requiring support for the rest of their lives.
If you have suffered from medical negligence, it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible. We work with clients across the UK and can visit you in your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Core Content
There is no such thing as risk-free surgery. But, as a patient, you are entitled to expect the very highest standards of medical treatment and care, before, during and after surgery. However, sometimes, even in the hands of the most highly trained surgeons, you can suffer as a result of mistakes made, poor operator technique and surgical errors with devastating consequences.
Every day thousands of operations are performed throughout the UK. We place our trust in healthcare professionals to carry out operations with reasonable care and skill. However, due to carelessness or lack of attention mistakes are made.
Surgery is a specialist area in which surgeons are highly trained. However, errors can occur during an operation. Errors in surgery can range from surgical equipment being left in the body to death as a result of a perforated organ.
Examples of surgical errors include:
Conducting unnecessary surgery as a result of misdiagnosis or misinterpretation of hospital notes or radiology
Leaving surgical instruments inside a patient following a procedure
Cutting or damaging nearby tissues or organs whilst carrying out a procedure
Failure to repair or correct any damage caused during a procedure either at the time or the operation or during recovery
Accidentally severing vital blood vessels or nerves
Carrying out the wrong procedure
Conducting surgery at the wrong location
Removing healthy tissues or organs inappropriately
Failing to fully explain all of the risks and dangers of a procedure beforehand, referred to as a lack of informed consent
Poor post operative care including haemorrhage and deep vein thrombosis/peritonitis.
Mistakes can also occur after an operation, such as failure to notice infection, a perforation, bleeding, organ malfunction or even an obstruction.
Medical care for errors in surgery can range from a need to be monitored to requiring further surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The range of errors is vast with every case being different depending on the facts.
Rebuilding your life
It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is also to help you to rebuild your life and we can do this by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible. These can help you with your:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.
Some people who suffer from errors made during surgery will require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can support you and work closely with you. These include:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
Charities and support groups.
If you think you may have suffered medical negligence due to a surgical error, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to you being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

Urology
Headline
Urology medical negligence claims
Summary

We have wide ranging experience in dealing with all types of urology claims.
If you have suffered due to medical negligence, we can help you rebuild your life.

Core Content

Urology refers to medical complaints involving the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra and the reproductive organs. Errors in treatment may result in adverse outcomes and injuries.
Errors made in relation to urological treatment can occur in a wide range of situations and circumstances. Mistakes can be made in relation to:
Kidney disease and renal failure
Kidney Stones
Kidney removal
Diagnosis and management of bladder cancer
Diagnosis and management of testicular cancer
Diagnosis and management of prostate cancer
Problems following vasectomy operations
Incontinence following various surgical procedures
Every case will be different depending on the facts. We have vast experience of dealing with various types of urology claims and we work with rehabilitation units throughout the country. We take an active role in providing you with quality information and advice about the extra resources that may be available to you whilst your claim is being progressed.
We work with rehabilitation experts both in the NHS and in the private sector to ensure the continuity of your care.

Rebuilding your life

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation to assist you with:
Rehabilitation
Re-education/training
Transport
Housing
Aids and equipment
Care support
Therapeutic services
Case management.
Some people who suffer from injuries as a result of negligent treatment will require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can help you and can work closely with you including:
Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;
Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.
Charities and support groups.

Errors in treatment can be made by a number of healthcare professionals and can vary greatly in the effect they have on a patient. If you have experienced an error in treatment and have suffered as a result of that mistake, then we may be able to help you make a claim. It is important that you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.
We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.