Hospitals in Dorset have been hitting the news for many wrong reasons recently. In 2013, doctors at Royal Bournemouth Hospital signed a ‘do not resuscitate’ order on a 79-year-old patient without even informing her family. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated incident.
In 2014 it was discovered that a psychiatric hospital in Dorset — Canford Cliffs in Poole — had no intensive care beds for women and was routinely sending patients to Bradford, Manchester and other areas of the country for treatment. With psychiatric intensive care units being designed to look after very fragile patients who’ve been through recent life-threatening psychological trauma, the resulting scandal made news across the region.
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE IN DORSET – NOT ISOLATED ERRORS
As sad as these cases of medical negligence on individuals living inDorset are, what’s worrying if they’re not one-offs. They are part of a pattern of failing standards in the NHS throughout Dorset.
You may have heard of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – that is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
The good news is that as at December 2015, 759 of the hospitals in England and Wales were described as “outstanding” or “good”. However both the 12 local community hospitals run by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, and Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, did not fare as well – both were described as “requires improvement”.
In particular Dorset County Hospital completely failed to meet the basic standards set by the CQC in 3 out of 5 categories. But don’t just take our word for it – click here for the full CQC report.
VICTIM OF A MEDICAL MISTAKE? WHAT DO I DO?
Medical negligence claims can very complex and if you have been a victim of a medical error the last thing that you want is to place your claim in hands of a solicitor who doesn’t specialise in this area of law.
DO I NEED A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALIST?
Yes. To win the compensation you are entitled to, you really do need a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
Why? In addition to having to deal with the complex law and procedure regarding any medical negligence claim, the solicitor you instruct is going to need a good understanding of medical concepts – in order to do a proper job of examining your hospital and GP notes, medical reports and x-rays, which is an essential part of building the evidence to support your case.
SELECTING A SPECIALIST SOLICITOR
The most experienced medical negligence solicitors are members of one or both of the two leading legal panels run by;
• the Law Society – their own clinical negligence panel AND
• Action against Medical Accidents [AvMA – the independent patient justice charity] – their Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel
You can rely on AvMA and the Law Society to carefully select genuinely specialist medical solicitors. In fact, out of over 100,000 solicitors currently in England and Wales, just 180 are members of both of these select panels – our team includes members of both.
What’s more, we are one of just 120 law firms nationwide to have been granted a specialist medical negligence Quality Mark by the Legal Services Commission.
So when you instruct Bonallack and Bishop, you can do so in the secure knowledge that you’re appointing independently accredited Dorset medical negligence specialists – not just a faceless helpline run hundreds of miles away and manned by unqualified junior staff.
DORSET MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE – THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM
There are obviously a number of hospitals and NHS trusts throughout Dorset. But to give you an idea of how sadly common medical errors are in Dorset, here are the statistics for Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.
According to figures released by the NHS in April 2014, the hospital had been found guilty and had to pay compensation for 76 separate medical negligence claims over the previous five years. The total compensation paid out on behalf of Dorset County Hospital to victims of medical mistakes in this period exceeded £6 million, and involved 17 errors with diagnosis, and 26 errors made during surgery or other treatments.
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS – PAYING YOUR LEGAL BILL – NO WIN NO FEE AVAILABLE
There is no need to worry about paying your legal fees when you instruct us – that’s because our team can run your claim for medical compensation using a no win no fee agreement.
DORSET – HOSPITAL AND HOME VISITS AVAILABLE
If you cannot travel, one of our experienced medical negligence team can arrange to visit you either at home or in hospital throughout Dorset, Wiltshire Somerset and Hampshire. Alternatively you can arrange to meet one of our team in our Verwood office – or you can simply instruct us using the phone, email or Skype video – whatever suits you..
DON’T PUT OFF TAKING LEGAL ADVICE – CALL US NOW
Medical negligence, like other types of compensation claims, are subject to strict time limitations – which means that if you delay making your claim, you could end up losing the right to claim the financial compensation that you are entitled to. So don’t delay – get in touch with our expert team today.
CONTACT OUR DORSET MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS
Our team of expert medical negligence solicitors are fully accredited and trained specialists. They are very experienced and can help you to the compensation you deserve for any injury sustained as a result of medical incompetence or error. You will find them approachable and sympathetic with a breadth and depth of professional knowledge more than sufficient to deal with the most testing and complex of claims.
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Your initial telephone advice and first appointment is absolutely FREE with no obligation and no strings attached – so why not call our team today if you think that you might be entitled to compensation for a medical error.
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