Accident & Emergency departments are high-pressure environments where medical staff work around the clock to provide urgent care to patients that have suffered life-threatening injuries or become critically ill. A&E staff work to high standards but sometimes the level of care may fall short. If you have suffered due to sub-standard care whilst being treated in an A&E department, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation against the hospital that treated you. On this page, you will find general information to consider before making your claim, together with details of how our team can help you.
Here at McCarthy + Co, we have decades of experience in helping people whose lives have been severely negatively impacted due to a poor standard of medical care. Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors can quickly ascertain whether you might have a case then guide you towards winning the compensation that you deserve.
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.
How do I make a start on bringing my claim?
If you believe you have suffered due to A&E 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.
Some links relating to A&E that you may find useful:
- HSE – Guidance on Emergencies
- Citizens Information – Emergency Health Services
- IAEM – Irish Association for Emergency Medicine
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, who 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.
If you have received a poor standard of care whilst seeking treatment at an Accident & Emergency department, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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