The National Health Service is one of the UK’s best loved institutions and it isn’t hard to see why. It does its best to make sure that everyone who needs care gets it, regardless of their ability to pay – and the vast majority of the time that care is of an impressively high standard.
However, it has been estimated that around 5% of people are dissatisfied with the service and level of care they have received relating to the diagnosis and treatment of a condition. Some of these people go on to make medical negligence claims; around 7000 such claims are made every year.
When you’re relying on medical professionals to treat you properly, it can be devastating and infuriating when negligence causes you further health problems. In the case of a woman left with serious brain damage after Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital failed to diagnose a brain tumour, the NHS Trust accepted 90% liability and is due a multi-million pound compensation payout.
After a 5-month-old baby died after a 7-hour wait at Frimley Park Hospital in nearby Farnborough in August 2012, he was left for seven hours before being discharged without seeing a senior specialist. His condition deteriorated and he was rushed back into hospital, where he died at 6am the next morning from meningococcal septicaemia.
Do you live in Basingstoke? Have you been injured as a result of negligent practice from a doctor or other medical professional?
HAMPSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST – THEIR POOR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE RECORD IN RECENT YEARS
Worryingly, the health trust which runs which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, as well as Andover War Memorial Hospital and the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, has had a series of serious medical errors resulting in considerable compensation being paid out.
Of the 260 health trusts listed in a recent BBC report, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was ranked 68th in terms of those trusts which had to pay out the highest total of medical compensation. In fact between 2012 and 2017, the trust paid out more than £39 million in damages and legal costs.
In addition to these figures, the South Central Ambulance Service , which also serves the Basingstoke area, apparently paid out £6.2 million in medical compensation between 2012 and 2017 as well.
BASINGSTOKE HOSPITAL – THE LATEST CQC REPORT
Compared with some of the other hospitals in the south that they looked at, the latest inspection ratings published by the government health regulator in November 2015, the Care Quality Commission, doesn’t look too bad.
In fact the best news for those people in the Basingstoke area who rely on hospital for their medical treatment, is that the overall description in the report was “good”.
However there were some areas for concern. In particular the report concluded that safety issues “required improvement”. Staffing levels in some of the surgical and medical wards didn’t reach safe levels – and in particular, there were more than expected incidence what are referred to as “avoidable harms – e.g. falls and pressure ulcers.
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE – WHY YOU NEED A SPECIALIST SOLICITOR
Medical negligence claims only involve a particularly complex area of law, but they also need a high level of expertise in understanding the medical issues in your case – which is essential to gather the evidence you need to win your claim, and which will often, for example, require careful analysis of hundreds of pages of medical notes and an ability to understand medical x-rays.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY SOLICITOR IS A SPECIALIST?
The easiest way to check is to find out whether or not your law firm and your solicitor is a member of both of the specialist medical negligence solicitor panels:
• the Action against Medical Accidents Solicitors’ panel
• the Law Society Clinical Negligence Solicitors’ panel [clinical negligence is just another term for medical negligence]
You can rest assured that the medical negligence team here at Bonallack & Bishop have the specialist expertise you need. The head of our medical negligence team, Denise Broomfield, is one of just 180 or so solicitors nationwide (out of over 140,000) with membership of both of these specialist panels.
YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM – WHY INSTRUCT US?
o We are local law firm – Bonallack and Bishop – with offices in Andover and Salisbury. We represent clients throughout Wiltshire and Hampshire.
o We are not a claims management company, or a remote call centre law firm – so you will meet and be represented by a specialist solicitor you will come to loan trust
o Medical negligence claim often involves highly personal information – we offer you a choice of male or female solicitor to represent you
o We offer a FREE initial phone consultation and FREE first face-to-face meeting
o Home and hospital visits are available in Basingstoke [and throughout Hampshire and Wiltshire] for those whose injuries prevent them from travelling
o There is no need to worry about paying legal costs of your medical negligence claim – we are on the panel of most of the major legal insurers, and offer “no win no fee” arrangements
DON’T RISK LOSING YOUR RIGHT TO CLAIM
But don’t leave it too long because there are strict time limits for making a claim – and leaving it as little as three years from the actual negligent incident, could mean you lose out on your right to claim compensation entirely.
Call us today to avoid making that kind of mistake.
NEED HELP WITH A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM IN BASINGSTOKE? CONTACT US TODAY
If you have been the victim of a negligent medical professional, our specialist team can help.
To help you win the compensation you are entitled to, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today.
- Call us on 01264 364433 or FREEPHONE 0800 1404544,
- Send us an email using the contact form below
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