MEDICAL ERROR COMPENSATION CLAIM SPECIALISTS
When it comes to winning damages following medical negligence, you are always best off with specialist solicitors with plenty of medical negligence claims experience. Unfortunately, such specialists are, at least at the time of writing this blog, unavailable on the Isle of Wight.
The good news is that Bonallack & Bishop are nearby with 2 offices in Hampshire, and are happy to help with your compensation claim against St Mary’s Hospital or any other medical professional on the Island. They are genuine specialists and include a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel (as at May 1, 2022, no law firm on the Isle of Wight has a member of that panel). So our medical negligence team have all the experience you need. they only handle personal injury and medical negligence compensation.
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THE ISLE OF WIGHT – RECENT CONCERNS WITH MEDICAL CARE
Unfortunately, medical care on the Isle of Wight has seen better days. The first report on Isle of Wight NHS Trust by the CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals in 2014 rated many services at St Mary’s Hospital and IOW Community Health services as requiring improvement, resulting in the IOW NHS Trust being issued with a warning notice. There were particular concerns with regard to staffing levels, admissions and the proper regulation of medicines.
Worryingly, both actual medical care (including older people’s care) and what is referred to as “end of life care” were both described as “requiring improvement” – which according to the Care Quality Commission simply means that the service isn’t performing as well as it should.
In addition to this, the report found that A&E patients were, quite remarkably, being assessed by a receptionist with no medical qualifications whatsoever.
Sadly this wasn’t the first sign of problems at the Isle of Wight’s principal NHS hospital. In 2012, a health watchdog investigated St Mary’s hospital after a patient reported being discharged onto the streets barefoot and in their nightclothes at 4.30 am.
2012 also saw a rise in the number of patients suffering from pressure sores in the Isle of Wight. According to the Isle of Wight County Press, the number of patients being treated in St Mary’s Hospital who developed the condition increased by 1.3% from September to October in 2012 and the number of bedsores considered to be seriously increased by nearly 0.3% over the same period.
Pressure sores cause sufferers excruciating pain and the condition can be unbearably uncomfortable. However, it is believed that no patient should have to suffer from the condition as many people believe that all pressure sores can be avoided if the necessary steps are taken. The number of cases of pressure sores in hospitals and care homes is unacceptably high and it is time for medical professionals to take the problem more seriously.
In order to combat the increase in pressure sores amongst patients, healthcare workers must carry out regular risk assessments and draw up care plans which account for the risks identified. If there is any equipment such as mattresses that reduce the pressure on the skin, these should be purchased and distributed accordingly.
Click here to read more about pressure sore negligence claims
More recently, in April 2015, a man was awarded a seven-figure sum in compensation plus annual payments for being discharged from St Mary’s despite having severe head injuries and permanent brain damage.
If you’ve suffered as a result of negligence at the hands of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, you could be entitled to compensation too.
FREE ADVICE ON YOUR MEDICAL CLAIM
Contact one of our solicitors for;
- a FREE no strings attached initial phone consultation on whether you have grounds for compensation
- a first appointment FREE of charge – face-to-face or using Zoom video
- No win no fee funding form your claim so you don’t have to worry about paying your legal bill, and can focus on your recovery
HOME AND HOSPITAL VISITS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT
We pride ourselves on our excellent client service. So if your medical condition means that you can’t travel, our team are happy to make home and hospital visits if desired.
ACT TODAY OR RISK LOSING YOUR RIGHT TO CLAIM COMPENSATION
All medical negligence claims strict time limits – that means if you put off contacting a solicitor about making your claim, you could lose out on the compensation you deserve entirely.
ISLE OF WIGHT MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS – CALL TODAY FOR FREE ADVICE
If you have been harmed by a negligent medical professional, it is only fair that you are compensated for the pain, suffering and financial hardship that you’ve endured. Our specialist medical negligence lawyers will work tirelessly to recover the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve.
- For your FREE initial phone consultation, call our team now on FREEPHONE
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