A Guide To St Bartholomew’s Hospital Negligence Claims – How To Claim Compensation Against St Bartholomew’s Hospital? – Calculate Amounts Payouts For Medical Negligence
If you’ve suffered medical negligence at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, then you may feel that you are completely alone in your experience. This page has been created to show you that, in fact, you may not be alone in your experience, and that St Bartholomew’s Hospital medical negligence compensation payouts have been made before by the Trust. You could potentially claim compensation if Barts Health NHS Trust liability could be proved for avoidable suffering. Within this guide, we take a look at how and why you might wish to claim compensation, from clinical negligence during a routine operation to a hospital mistake that may have been made when diagnosing or treating you non-surgically. We’ll also talk about why you might prefer to get some help from a medical negligence lawyer for your claim, and how we at Legal Expert can offer advice and support to you, as well as being able to provide you with a no win no fee lawyer for your claim. You could call the Legal Expert team to begin your claim at any time on 0800 073 8804. However, we think the below information may be of use to you too, so why not read on to find out.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Negligence At St Bartholomew’s Hospital
- What Is Negligent Hospital Care?
- How Could Negligent Maternity Care Affect A Patient?
- Record £30m Severe Brain Injury Compensation Pay Out
- Annual Medical Negligence Payouts Made By Barts Health NHS Trust
- £118m Paid By Barts Health NHS Trust For Medical Negligence
- How To Make A Medical Negligence Claim Against The NHS
- No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims Against St Bartholomew’s Hospital
- Start Your Medical Negligence Claim
- Our Panel Of Doctors Carrying Out Medical Assessments In London
- Related Resources
Whether you have suffered hospital negligence during birth that has led to injuries to you or your baby, or you’ve experienced a misdiagnosis that led to you having more invasive treatment than you needed, this guide to medical negligence could provide some useful information to you if you’re considering making a claim for compensation.
Medical staff working at any hospital have a duty of care towards their patients, and if they fail to live up to this duty of care, and are negligent in their treatment of you, then you could suffer harm. If you do, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
As there are so many reasons that patients are in the hospital, negligent hospital care could take many forms. It may be that an X-ray was not ordered to check whether a bone was broken, or blood tests may not have been ordered to check for something that should have been checked for. You might have experienced negligence in surgery if proper care was not taken when completing a surgical treatment, or you may have experienced negligent maternity care that has led to you or your baby becoming avoidably injured at St Bart’s maternity unit. You may have been misdiagnosed at the hospital or suffered a late diagnosis that has led to your condition progressing further than it would, had negligence not happened. If medical negligence at St Bartholomew’s Hospital has led you to suffer harm that would have been avoidable if you hadn’t been treated negligently, then you might be eligible to claim compensation.
There are a wide variety of different ways that you may have been affected by negligent maternity care, from your midwife not diagnosing you with a condition you were suffering during pregnancy, to negligent care during your baby’s birth itself. Negligent maternity care could result in issues such as:
- Undiagnosed maternal conditions such as Gestational Diabetes leading to harm to mother or baby.
- Failure to spot any signs of distress in mother or baby during childbirth leading to injury to the baby.
- Failure to spot any signs of distress in mother or baby during childbirth leading to injury to mother.
- Failure to properly monitor the baby’s heart rate, and act on changes, resulting in injury to the baby.
- Failure to use birthing tools correctly, leading to damage to mother or baby.
- Failure to properly monitor mother after birth, resulting in a post-partum haemorrhage that could have been prevented.
- Failure to properly check placenta, leading to retained products, which could cause infection, and may need surgery to correct.
- And more….
These are just a few ways in which medical negligence could affect a mother or baby. Whatever type of maternity care negligence you’ve suffered, if it has caused you harm, then you might wish to look into your eligibility to make a compensation claim.
In 2018, it was reported that a £30m medical negligence compensation payout was awarded as the result of a personal injury claim against the trust that manages Newham Hospital for baby birth hospital negligence. The payout was awarded in 2018, but the legal battle took almost 10 years to progress to this stage.
According to reports, the boy was deprived of oxygen at birth and if he had been born 10 minutes prior to the time he was born, he may not have suffered birth brain injury symptoms. He was not born earlier because there was a delay in calling a doctor to assess the situation. The boy had to be resuscitated after he was born and now suffers behavioural and cognitive problems, and also has cerebral palsy. He needs 2 carers, attends a specialist school and will not be able to work in the future.
According to the NHS figures, there have been numerous payouts by Bart’s Health NHS Trust over the past few years. We have put the figures for 2016/17 and 2017/18 into a table so that you can get an idea of how many people may have been affected by medical negligence under the Trust.
According to media reports, St Bart’s Health NHS Trust has paid out over £118m over a 5 year period for medical negligence claims against their hospitals. The figure for the entire NHS liability cases came to 6.2 billion between 2012 and 2017. An astonishing third of that amount alone was spent on legal fees.
A spokesperson for St Bart’s NHS Trust claimed that these figures should be taken in context, as Barts is currently the largest trust in the country. They claim one of the lowest rates of mortality within the UK and claim they also treat a large volume of high-risk patients that cannot be treated elsewhere.
Some people who may have suffered medical negligence at St Bartholomew’s Hospital may never have considered making a personal injury claim before, and all the legalities of doing so could be a lot to deal with. This is why some claimants prefer to have an experienced medical negligence lawyer on their side when making a claim, and there are some benefits of doing so. These could include allowing the lawyer to take on the hard work of building a case against Barts Health NHS Trust, as well as being able to give you advice on medical negligence compensation payouts, and whether any settlement offers made could be worth accepting, or whether you could fight for a higher payout for your medical malpractice claim.
Finding a lawyer to help you may be made easier by calling Legal Expert. We could provide you with an experienced lawyer to take forward your claim for medical negligence at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, but there are also some things you may be able to do to help with your case too, such as:
- Writing a report of what happened to you with dates and times – this could be useful to refer back to if you should forget some details over time.
- Collating any details of witnesses or evidence of what has happened to you – This could be photographs of your injuries, details of family members or friends that were with you at the time, as well as other medical staff and patients that may have witnessed your negligent treatment.
- Keeping financial evidence – Keeping receipts for medication costs, counselling costs, wage slips that show losses of earnings for you to include these within your claim.
Some people may assume that when utilising the services of an experienced medical negligence solicitor that they’d have to pay a retainer before the lawyer completed any work on their case. This is not the case with no win no fee claims. The way in which these claims work is via a Conditional Fee Agreement document, which you would need to sign to agree to pay a personal injury solicitor after your case was successfully settled. The amount you would be expected to pay would usually be a percentage of the total payout amount you were awarded, but a personal injury lawyer is not allowed to ask for over 25% of your settlement. There is a government cap in place to prevent this. However, the percentage might be lower than this depending on which lawyer you choose. Once your claim was settled and a payout was made, the lawyer’s percentage would then be deducted, with the rest of the settlement being left for your benefit. However, if you had a valid claim, and yet your solicitor failed to win you any compensation, you wouldn’t have to pay their success fee.
Are you considering moving forward with a claim, or do you have further questions about your eligibility for claiming? Would you like to know more about the panel of solicitors we work with? Or do you want to check whether you’re within the personal injury claims time limit for claiming? Whatever your query, we’re here to help. Simply call 0800 073 8804 to be connected to one of our specially trained advisors. Or, if you’d prefer, you could email email@example.com, or use the live chat feature or contact form on the site. The Legal Expert team are ready to give you all the help you may need when it comes to making a claim.
As part of any claim for negligence, you would need to attend an appointment with an independent medic to make sure that the medical evidence needed to prove your claim could be collected, reviewed and submitted as part of your claim. If you’re worried you may have to travel a long way to see such a medic, you might be relieved to know that we work with a panel of doctors that could cover the area, including:
Here, we have provided some reading material that you might find of interest if you’re pursuing a claim for negligence at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
How To Find Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering London – Here, you can read our guide on finding a medical negligence solicitor that covers the London area.
How To Find A Personal Injury Solicitor Covering London – Our guide relating to personal injury solicitors that cover the London area might be of interest to you.
Our Guide To Hospital Negligence – Here, you can read more about hospital negligence and how to make a claim.
CQC Information On St Bartholomew’s Hospital – Here, you can take a look at the CQC information relating to this hospital.
Barts Health NHS Trust – The CQC information relating to the Trust that oversees the hospital can be seen here.
Written By Jo
Edited By Melissa