Bringing an accident and emergency compensation claim
Mistakes made by Accident & Emergency staff usually occur during diagnosis or treatment. If you have suffered due to one of the following issues, our team might be able to take on your case and help you to bring your compensation claim.
- The hospital failed to admit you for treatment – you were sent home then became gravely ill later that day.
- A mistake was made in taking your medical history – important information was overlooked causing you to suffer more in the treatment process.
- Medical staff failed to examine you properly – and did not take any notes detailing your symptoms.
- Medical staff failed to carry out the correct investigations – such as taking blood tests, scans, and X-rays.
- Receiving incorrect medical treatment – which worsened your condition.
- Failing to operate on you when required – causing on-going issues with your health.
- Making an error during surgery – causing a significant injury to you.
- Failing to document a deterioration in your condition – causing continued health issues further down the line.
- Providing an inadequate level of care – neglecting you on your visit or not providing the necessary standard of care following surgery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the questions our team are often asked.
What sort of incidents in A&E can form the basis of a medical negligence claim?
Incidents include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis leading to worsened conditions, incorrect treatment or surgical errors, failure to perform necessary tests, not recognising symptoms of serious conditions, inappropriate discharge from the hospital, and medication errors. These incidents can result in significant harm or deterioration of a patient's health condition, providing grounds for a claim if it can be proven that the standard of care was not met and directly caused the adverse outcome.
What evidence is required to bring an A&E claim?
Evidence required for your claim to be successful includes medical records detailing the treatment received and the alleged negligence, expert medical opinions supporting the claim of substandard care, documentation of injuries or worsening conditions attributed to the negligence, and records of expenses and losses incurred due to the incident. Witness statements and any relevant correspondence with healthcare providers can also support the case. This evidence collectively must demonstrate that the care provided fell below accepted medical standards and directly caused the harm or injury claimed.
How do I make a start on bringing my claim?
If you believe you have suffered due to Accident and Emergency negligence, it is important to document all the details about your experience as soon as possible. You should then seek the advice of specialist medical negligence solicitors, who will investigate your claim and help you to determine your case and its likely outcome in terms of compensation.
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About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has experience bringing claims relating to a wide variety of healthcare settings, including Accident & Emergency departments. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.
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