Recent reports indicate that medical negligence claims against hospitals in the United Kingdom have risen more than 20 per cent over the course of the past year. The same reports indicate that the number of medical negligence cases in the United Kingdom for certain hospitals has risen more than 80 per cent since 2008. Hospitals in certain parts of the UK are paying out more than £19 million, or nearly this amount to medial negligence claimers.
So what does this mean for those that make medical negligence claims?
The reports indicate that this amount accounts for nearly one-fifth of the total budget of these hospitals when combined. Reports showed that during the 12 months between 2008 and 2009, more than 2.2 million individuals made visits to emergency departments. In the same vein, between 2012 and 2013, the twelve months in this year saw more than 5.77 million individuals in emergency departments throughout the United Kingdom.
This could lead to additional claims of medical negligence. As more individuals are unable to get assistance from their general practitioners in order to get healthy and take care of small illnesses before they become big problems, individuals end up in the emergency department. This, in turn, causes staff at emergency departments to become overstretched, and reports indicate that shortages in medical staff can, and do, frequently lead to serious injuries and negligence.
What Do Medical Negligence Claims Pay for When a Person Gets Hurt?
Reports from a local college in the United Kingdom, in London, indicate that payouts to victims of medical negligence pay for more than just medical expenses. In fact, victims are able to receive monetary compensation for injuries, therapy, medical bills, lost wages, inability to pay expenses and mortgage or rent. Individuals who sustain injuries at the hands of a medical professional likely already had one injury to begin with. The additional required care and any modifications that must be made to their homes, vehicles, and workplaces are all benefits to the individual who was involved in the accident.
Poor medical care with substandard values is unacceptable. And while victims of medical negligence know that cleanliness and support for customers and each other are the two major keys to a full recovery, it is just as critical for the individuals who have been victimized or who may become victims to never allow themselves to receive substandard. If you feel that something is wrong with your appointment you should always speak up.