Royal Liverpool Hospital Negligence Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation Against Royal Liverpool Hospital? – Calculate Amounts Payouts For Medical Negligence
If you’ve been injured, made ill or an existing condition was made worse following negligent medical treatment, then you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused. This guide is going to look specifically at Royal Liverpool hospital negligence claims and explain what you should do if you’re considering a claim. If you’re wondering, “What is hospital negligence?”, then keep reading as we’ll provide guidance on this as well as couple of cases studies showing how a medical blunder can lead to a compensation payment.
While the cases studies we’ll cover are at the more extreme end of the spectrum, you could claim for any suffering caused by medical negligence. If you would like to begin your claim today, you can call us on 0800 073 8804. Our team of specialist advisors are ready to discuss your options with you right away. They’ll offer free advice and assess your claim.
Alternatively, if you want to know more about making a Royal Liverpool hospital compensation claim, please carry on reading this helpful guide.
Choose A Section
- A Guide To Clinical Malpractice Claims Against Royal Liverpool Hospital
- What Is Clinical Negligence?
- Hospital Negligence Cases
- Royal Liverpool Hospital Surgical Negligence Case Study
- £2.4m In Compensation Paid By Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Statistics On The Value Of Payments Made By Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Make A Medical Negligence Claim Against This Hospital Or Trust
- No Win No Fee Royal Liverpool Hospital Medical Malpractice Claims
- Our Panel Of Doctors In Liverpool
- Speak To A Hospital Negligence Solicitor
- Further Resources
A Guide To Clinical Malpractice Claims Against Royal Liverpool Hospital
In this guide we’re going to look at when and why you might need to make a Royal Liverpool medical negligence claim. We’ll explain what medical negligence is and the types of negligence that can occur within the hospital environment.
To demonstrate what can go wrong, we’re going to look at some case studies from the press where the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Trust have had to compensate victims of hospital negligence. Obviously, the examples that make it into the press are the more serious cases. These involve large amounts of compensation being paid. In reality, claims can be made for any form of suffering caused by the negligence of hospital staff.
Throughout this guide, we’ll try to provide useful information to help you decide whether to claim and we’ll try to answer questions such as:
- “How long do you have to sue a hospital for negligence?”
- “How do you prove hospital negligence?”
- “What is the average payout for medical negligence?”
With regards compensation amounts, it’s important to realise that no two cases are the same. Therefore, it’s not really possible to give an estimate in this guide. The best way to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to is to speak to one of our advisors.
If you’ve felt the need to raise a hospital complaint because you’ve suffered in any way, you might also want to consider making a compensation claim. We offer a free initial consultation which allows you to explain what happened to a specialist advisor. If they believe you’ve got a strong enough case, you could be connected to a no win no fee solicitor who’ll help you make your claim.
What Is Clinical Negligence?
Before deciding whether you could make a Royal Liverpool hospital negligence claim, you’ll need to understand what medical negligence actually is. A definition that you could use to help is this:
- Medical negligence occurs when a medical specialist provides substandard treatment which causes you to sustain an injury, become ill or makes your existing condition worse.
If you believe your claim meets that criteria, then you may be entitled to compensation. When talking about medical professionals, we can include nurses, surgeons, porters, paediatricians, anaesthetists, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, pharmacists and any other hospital staff.
Essentially, you could be eligible to make a claim if any of those staff have caused you to suffer because they’ve made an error, failed to follow procedures or were negligent in any other way.
When you make a claim, your solicitor can claim for a number of different things. These include:
- Pain and suffering (known as general damages).
- Travelling expenses incurred because of trips made for medical appointments.
- The cost of professional care to support a patient could be included in your claim too.
- Medication costs. Even though the NHS is free, some people need to pay prescription fees which could be claimed back.
- Lost income. If you’re injuries mean you take a lot of time off for treatment or to recover, you could claim any lost salary back.
- You could also claim for future lost income. This can happen where your injuries are more serious and they’re going to affect your ability to work in the future.
To discuss whether you have a valid claim or not, why not speak with one of our specialists today? They’ll explain your chances of being awarded compensation. They’ll also advise you on the types of evidence you could use.
Hospital Negligence Cases
In general, most people who attend a hospital in the UK have a positive outcome. Usually, the results of any treatment are as expected. NHS staff are often under pressure to achieve targets but for many patients, that pressure isn’t obvious, and they receive excellent care
Mistakes do happen though. When they do it can cause serious problems for the patient which means a compensation claim might be required.
Hospital Negligence Examples
Here are some examples of what could lead to a hospital negligence claim:
- Surgical Errors.
If a surgeon makes a mistake during surgery, you could seek compensation for any injuries. Other examples of surgical negligence include items of surgical equipment being left inside you, anaesthetic errors, ineffective suturing and failure to dress open wounds properly.
- Super Bugs.
If hygiene levels aren’t maintained, it’s possible for super bugs such as MRSA to become prevalent. If you contract MRSA it can weaken your immune system and lead to other illnesses such as pneumonia. You could therefore consider suing the hospital for negligence.
- Medication Errors.
If you’re prescribed the wrong medication or dosage of medication, you could suffer side effects. The same is true if the wrong drug is administered while you’re being treated. In these cases, you could seek compensation if the side effects caused to become ill or suffer in any way.
- Birth Injuries.
If a midwife, nurse, doctor or other professional involved in the delivery of a baby makes a mistake, fails to follow the correct procedure or doesn’t react to a difficulty properly, it can lead to mother or baby becoming ill or injured. If that happens, you could sue for the pain and suffering caused.
- Diagnosis Errors.
A delay in treatment can mean a patient’s suffering worsens. In severe cases a delay could lead to the condition becoming untreatable. If the delay is caused because of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, then the patient would be well within their rights to consider suing the professional responsible or the hospital trust.
Royal Liverpool Hospital Surgical Negligence Case Study
One high profile mistake, from 2014, which led to a Royal Liverpool hospital negligence claim was when a patient was given an accidental vasectomy.
The patient was in hospital for a different urological operation. When they were operated on, instead of receiving the expected treatment, a vasectomy was performed by the surgeon.
Vasectomy’s are said to be 99% successful but the success rate for a reverse vasectomy is only 55%. Also, a reverse vasectomy doesn’t guarantee that a couple can go on to have a child.
The hospital did apologise unreservedly. However, if the patient has been left infertile following the blunder, they could be facing a compensation bill of over £100,000.
According to the chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, the safety checklist recommended by the World Health Organisation had not been followed. These errors are known as never events. According to the report, the trust carries out over 25,000 operations a year and had only had one other ‘never event’ in the past 3 years.
£2.4m In Compensation Paid By Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Another press report, from 2014 showed that hospital trusts in the Liverpool area paid out tens of millions in compensation payments during 2013/14.
The report insinuated that one reason for the medical blunders which led to the compensation payments was NHS spending cuts. However, one hospital mentioned in the report blamed a “disproportionately high number of complex conditions and extremely ill patients” for their large compensation bill.
The report showed that during the period, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust had had to pay out over £2.4 million.
A hospital spokesperson for one of the hospitals questioned explained that the demanding environment they work in does mean mistakes will happen. They explained that they try to learn from their mistakes to ensure the same mistakes don’t happen and to improve the services offered.
Statistics On The Value Of Payments Made By Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
In the table below, you’ll find figures which include Royal Liverpool hospital compensation payments made over a 2-year period. It shows that both the number of claims and the amount of compensation paid increased year on year.
|Damages/Year||Value of Payments||Name of Hospital or NHS Trust||No. successful claims made agains hospital/trust|
|2017/18||£4,547,821||Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (The)||55|
|2016/17||£3,187,633||Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (The)||42|
You can find similar data for all NHS trusts in England and compare them using this NHS report.
Make A Medical Negligence Claim Against This Hospital Or Trust
To make a Royal Liverpool hospital negligence claim, we recommend that you have a specialist personal injury solicitor on your side. These types of claims can be difficult to prove and require complex medical evidence in some cases. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors have up to 30 years of experience making claims for our clients.
To begin your claim, you’ll need evidence to support it. Therefore, you could contact your GP or hospital for copies of any medical records that are relevant. As financial losses could be claimed back, other evidence you can use to support your claim is receipts or bank statements to show expenses linked to your injuries.
Also, you’ll need to bear in mind that there is a medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years. This begins from the date you were treated or from the date a doctor diagnosed your condition.
When you contact us, if your claim is taken on, you’ll need to undergo a medical assessment. These are carried out locally by independent doctors. They are used to assess what injuries you sustained. They’ll also explain how they affected you at the time and what impact they could have on your life in the future.
The report from your medical assessment is a vital piece of evidence. It will be used in conjunction with any other evidence available.
If you’d like to discuss your Royal Liverpool hospital case, why not call one of our specialist advisors today? They provide free legal advice and a free initial consultation about your claim. You can ask as many questions as you like and you’re under no obligation to proceed.
No Win No Fee Royal Liverpool Hospital Medical Malpractice Claims
The good thing about our medical negligence solicitors is the fact they work on a no win no fee basis. They do this to allow more people to claim. It reduces the financial risks associated with claims and, in turn, makes the claim a lot less stressful.
When you hire a medical negligence lawyer, if they think your hospital negligence case is strong enough, you’ll be provided with a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement. This document outlines the basis on which your solicitor will work for you. It will show that:
- There are no upfront fees to pay.
- The solicitor does not get paid if they fail to win the case.
- They will be paid a success fee of up to 25% of any compensation awarded.
Our Panel Of Doctors In Liverpool
We always try to ensure that any medical assessment is carried out locally. We have a panel of doctors across the UK, and many in the Liverpool area, so hopefully you won’t need to travel too far. Here are some local specialists you could see:
Fir Tree Medical Centre,
Liverpool, L12 0JE.
73-75 Rodney Street,
Liverpool, L1 9EX.
Mersey Lodge Chiropractic Clinic,
Liverpool, L19 2PQ.
As Liverpool is such a large city, we have specialists in other areas not listed here. Therefore, when you need to have a medical assessment, we’ll try to use a specialist who’s as close to you as possible to reduce your travelling.
Speak To A Hospital Negligence Solicitor
Hopefully, now you’ve read this guide about claiming for Royal Liverpool hospital negligence, you’d like us to help you make your claim. If so, we can be contacted by:
- Calling 0800 073 8804 and speaking with a medical negligence advisor.
- Filling in this online form to begin your claim online.
- Using our online chat facility from any part of our website.
- Or you can email details of your hospital negligence claim to firstname.lastname@example.org
When you get in touch, we will listen to what happened. We’ll then take a look at your injuries and the evidence you have to support your claim. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about our service. We’ll also explain how we’ll handle your claim and possibly how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Hopefully, you now know whether you have the grounds to make hospital negligence case or not. To help you further, we have listed some more guides and resources below which we hope you’ll find useful.
Inspection Report CQC – This report follows an inspection of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust by the Care Quality Commission in January 2019.
Find Hospitals – This useful tool, operated by the NHS allows you to search for hospitals and other NHS services in your area.
Hospital Information – A guide that explains the services offered in NHS hospitals and what you need to do when your admitted to one.
Hospital Negligence Claims – This guide covers all aspects of an NHS hospital negligence claim. It covers all hospital claims, not just Royal Liverpool hospital negligence.
MRSA Claims – A guide which explains when you could make an NHS negligence complaint because you’ve contracted MRSA while in hospital.
Private Hospitals – This guide explains when you could make a personal injury claim against a private healthcare provider rather than NHS hospital neglect.
If you require any more information or guidance, please contact a member of our team.