What Hospital Negligence Claims Payouts Can Be Awarded?

Our guide looks at hospital negligence claims payouts and begins by explaining how to learn whether you can claim for clinical or medical negligence due to the effects of substandard care from a medical professional.

Continuing through the guide, see how medical negligence compensation is calculated for the mental harm and financial losses caused by the avoidable harm you suffered if your case is successfully settled.

We also look at helpful statistics from NHS Resolution relating to payouts for clinical negligence claims in 2022/23. NHS Resolution is a body of the Department of Health and Social Care that provides expertise to the NHS on resolving concerns and disputes fairly.

Lastly, we cover the benefits of working with a medical negligence solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis so as to avoid having to pay upfront and ongoing costs for their services.

If you have any questions as you read or after you have finished our guide, get in touch with our helpful advisors. You can ask about making a compensation claim and have your eligibility to claim assessed. To get started, either:

  • Call 0800 652 3087.
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  1. When Could Hospital Negligence Claims Payouts Be Awarded?
  2. What Is The Average Payout For Hospital Negligence?
  3. How Much Is Paid Out For Medical Negligence By The NHS?
  4. Claim Hospital Negligence Claims Payouts On A No Win No Fee Basis
  5. Learn More About Hospital Negligence Claims

When Could Hospital Negligence Claims Payouts Be Awarded?

Getting treatment in a hospital means that you will be under the care of at least one medical professional. For example, you might be seen by doctors, nurses, specialists and surgeons during a stay in hospital. Any healthcare professional tasked with your treatment must ensure that they provide the right standard of care at all times. This is the duty of care they owe. 

The way in which different medical staff are expected to uphold this duty can differ depending on the field of medicine they practice in. For example, the General Medical Council explains good medical practice for doctors, while the Royal College of Nursing outlines principles of nursing for nursing staff to follow.

A healthcare professional failing to provide medical care at the correct standard resulting in a patient suffering avoidable harm could be classed as medical negligence. However, hospital negligence claims payouts are only awarded in cases where the relevant eligibility criteria is met.

You may be able to claim compensation for medical negligence if you can show that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by a medical professional.
  • They did not provide care to the correct standard and breached their duty.
  • You suffered avoidable harm as a direct result of this breach.

It is also important to start the claim within three years of the date medical negligence occurred, or the date you realised it had occurred. The latter is called the date of knowledge. Medical negligence claim time limits are set out by The Limitation Act 1980. However, some cases can call for an exception to this rule.

You can ask any questions about hospital compensation claims, the time limit and exceptions, or working with our medical negligence solicitors today by phoning us on the number above.

What Is The Average Payout For Hospital Negligence?

Generally, medical negligence claims are worth different amounts because of their unique nature, so it can be difficult to provide an average payout.

Hospital negligence claims payouts aim to address the different ways you have been affected by medical negligence, such as how much your quality of life was affected and the prognosis given.

If you make a successful claim for hospital negligence, your compensation award could cover up to two heads of loss. One head is called general damages. This accounts for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by the avoidable harm caused due to substandard treatment.

Those responsible for calculating how much compensation you receive for general damages might refer to medical records and the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document features a range of guideline compensation brackets for various types of illness and injury.

Compensation Table

We have created a table using JCG figures, plus a top line that does not come from the document. Please remember that medical negligence payouts differ from case to case, so this is only a guide.

Multiple Very Serious Injuries and/or Illnesses Plus Financial DamageVery SeriousUp to £1,000,000+A hospital negligence payout addressing the pain and suffering of negligent treatment. It also covers financial losses such as medical bills, lost earnings or travel expenses.
BrainVery Severe£282,010 to £403,990Factors involved in deciding the award include the affected person's life expectancy and the degree of sensory impairment.
KidneySerious and Permanent Damage or Loss£169,400 to £210,400Both kidneys are affected.
BowelsCases Involving Double IncontinenceUp to £184,200Double incontinence refers to a total loss of natural bowel function, plus the complete loss of urinary function and control. There are also other medical complications.
ChestTotal Removal of One Lung and/or Serious Heart Damage£100,670 to £150,110Pain and suffering as a result are significant and prolonged. There is also permanent and significant scarring.
BladderSignificantUp to £140,660
There is a complete loss of function and control.
SpleenLoss of Spleen£20,800 to £26,290
There is an ongoing risk of internal infection as well as disorders due to a damaged immune system.

Special Damages

Hospital negligence payouts can also feature special damages, a second head of loss. This compensates for the financial and out of pocket expenses incurred due to medical negligence, such as:

  • Medical expenses, such as prescription fees.
  • Travel costs.
  • Domestic care costs.
  • Missed earnings if you cannot work due to injury or illness.

When claiming compensation under the special damages head, it is important to gather evidence of your losses. This may include bank statements, payslips, receipts or invoices.

If you suffered harm because of negligent care in a hospital, you could have the right to seek a payout. Talk to us today about your potential clinical negligence compensation case and see if you could be in line to claim. An advisor can also provide a more personal estimate of how much compensation you could be owed for your specific case.

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How Much Is Paid Out For Medical Negligence By The NHS?

NHS Resolution is an arm’s length body of the Department of Health and Social Care that, among other responsibilities, manages compensation claims on behalf of NHS Trusts. As per the annual statistics, in 2022/23, there were a total of 13,499 settled clinical negligence claims. Of these:

  • 165 received £500,001 to £1,000,000
  • 89 received £1,000,001 to £2,000,000
  • 51 received £2,000,001 to £4,249,999
  • 157 received more than £4,250,000

The highest number of specified claims arose from five forms of medical care that can be provided in a hospital setting:

  • Obstetrics (maternity care).
  • Emergency medicine.
  • Orthopaedic surgery.
  • General surgery.
  • Gynaecology.

It is also possible to sue a private healthcare provider for hospital negligence claims payouts if the eligibility criteria we discussed earlier in the guide have been met. Please feel free to call us any time for more information on making a medical negligence claim.

Claim Hospital Negligence Claims Payouts On A No Win No Fee Basis

Our medical negligence solicitors have years of combined experience in helping claimants negotiate fair hospital negligence claims payouts. They can use this experience to guide you through the medical negligence claims process, help you collect evidence to build a strong case, and ensure your case is brought forward within the relevant time frame.

If a solicitor agrees to take on your case, they could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that ensures you do not pay for their work before or during the case.

A CFA is a type of No Win No Fee agreement. This means that you do not pay fees for the solicitor’s services in the event of an unsuccessful claim.

If you win and receive hospital negligence compensation, a small percentage of it will go to the solicitor as their success fee. However, most of the compensation amount is guaranteed to go to you because of a cap on the percentage they can take applied by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.

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Have you suffered harm due to below-standard hospital care? We may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.

You can learn more about working with our medical negligence solicitors today. Just call or get in touch online to have your questions about the medical negligence claims process answered.

If we find after reviewing your experience that you have a valid claim, you could be put in touch with an expert solicitor right away.

It is totally free to speak to us about your claim and there is no obligation to start legal proceedings. At any time of your choosing, you can:

  • Call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with an advisor.
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Learn More About Hospital Negligence Claims

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