If you have suffered from an illness, an infection or an injury while being treated at Bart’s Hospital, London that you think was caused by the negligence of staff or doctors, then you could be entitled to sue your hospital for medical negligence. This article will give you some of the information you need about medical negligence, St Bartholomew’s Hospital compensation payouts and how our panel of medical negligence solicitors can help you to receive the compensation you deserve. If you want to know more, or if you already know that you wish to make a claim for St Bartholomew’s Hospital negligence, then call us on 0800 652 3087 or fill in a contact form.
Choose a Section
- A Guide To St Bartholomew’s Hospital Clinical Negligence
- What Are Clinical Negligence And Medical Negligence?
- Annual Amount Of Compensation Paid By St Bartholomew’s Hospital NHS Trust
- Compensation For A Severe Brain Injury
- £118m Paid In Compensation By Barts Health NHS Trust In 5 Years
- You Could Claim Compensation For Clinical Negligence At A Hospital
- London Area Doctors And Experts We Work With
- No Win No Fee Hospital Negligence Claims Against St Bartholomew’s Hospital NHS Trust
- Talk To Our Team
- References And Further Guides
In this article, we will go through some of the basics of medical negligence compensation claims. We will cover some of the different scenarios in which you could sue a hospital or medical practitioner for negligence. We will aim to cover how much money you could receive in NHS medical negligence claims payouts and look at certain examples of people who have sued for negligence against Bart’s Health NHS Trust and received significant compensation sum. In the latter portion of this article we will go through some of the things that you need to know about starting the process of making a medical negligence claim, such as finding a medical negligence solicitor to make your claim with, no win no fee claims, how our panel of medical negligence solicitors can help you through the medical negligence claims process and some information on the process of making a claim.
Clinical negligence, alternatively referred to as medical negligence, is any case in which a patient receiving health care suffers harm to their health as a result of the care falling below acceptable standards. This is will likely be caused by doctors or staff failing to follow the correct procedure or by the hospital or practice failing to implement policy and procedure correctly. Clinical or medical negligence can occur in many different forms across the healthcare sector, from surgery to A&E, to dentistry or nursing care homes. The impact of clinical or medical negligence can range from being merely painful and highly inconvenient, such as developing a tooth infection as a result of a poorly performed dental procedure, something which is minor and could be resolved through a routine procedure, to life-threatening such as in cases of surgical negligence or misdiagnosis of serious illnesses such as cancer.
Medical negligence can also cause serious distress, not just because of the impact on the victim’s health, but also through giving the victim a strong sense of being let down in their time of need, this can be especially true for the loved ones of elderly, disabled or vulnerable people who have been neglected whilst living in residential care homes.
Could You Sue Your Hospital For Negligence?
You could sue your hospital for negligence if your health has worsened during your stay there as a result of the care you received falling below acceptable standards. This can be caused by staff failing to carry out their duties correctly or by the hospital as an organisation failing to implement correct procedures. Example of patients being harmed by hospital negligence could include; patients not having their medication intake properly monitored. Here you can find our website’s personal injury claims calculator for harm caused by hospital negligence.
Here we have included a table of statistics for the number of medical negligence claims made against Bart’s Health NHS trust for the years 2016/17 and 2017/18 and the total amount of NHS negligence claim payouts made by Bart’s Health NHS trust for those years. This information will hopefully give you an idea of how much compensation is paid out for medical negligence claims against Bart’s health NHS trust.
|Damages/year||Value of payments||Name of hospital or NHS trust||No. of successful claims made against trust|
|2017/18||£32,840,259||Bart's Health NHS Trust||142|
|2016/17||£20,993,233||Bart's Health NHS trust||141|
In this, our first case study, we see how a fourteen-year-old was awarded £30 Million in compensation in 2018 for the effects of medical negligence. The teenager suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has severe special needs, he requires two carers at home and is not expected to be ever able to live independently or to be able to work. The disability was caused by complications during childbirth, according to the London Evening Standard, Newham Hospital failed to recognise that this was a potentially high-risk pregnancy, and as a result, the delivery was botched and the baby suffered permanent brain damage from hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy, a shortage of oxygen to the brain. The compensation was paid out ten years after the child’s parents first sued for negligence, which illustrates just how long a contentious case with a large compensation sum can run on for.
We have taken this information from the following article: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/boy-left-brain-damaged-after-botched-birth-awarded-30m-compensation-a4002666.html
In the five years between 2012 and 2017 Bart’s Health NHS trust paid out over £118 million in compensation to victims of medical negligence. £31.6 million of this was for the year 2016/7 alone, an increase of 47% on the previous year. It is not certain how much of this is St Bartholomew’s Hospital compensation payouts. These figures illustrate just how much money is spent on awarding patients with medical negligence compensation. The figures are so great that the government has actually proposed a cap on the amount of compensation a claimant can receive for what is known as “low value cases”.
It is important to remember not to get a negative impression of Bart’s Health NHS trust or of the NHS as a whole from these figures, the fact that medical negligence, particularly severe cases, is rare in the NHS. Not all of the money paid out between 2012 and 2017 is for cases that took place in that time frame, as our previous case study showed it can take a number of years for cases to be resolved and compensation payouts agreed, so at least some of these figures are made up of payments for incidents that took place as far back as 1995. It should also be remembered that Bart’s Health NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trust’s in the country being as it covers hospitals across London.
We obtained the information in this section from this article. https://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/health/barts-health-nhs-trust-runs-up-118m-medical-blunder-bill-1-5356409
If you want to sue St Bartholomew’s Hospital for medical negligence, then your first step towards making a claim could be to begin looking for a personal injury lawyer, specifically a medical negligence lawyer, to take up your case. Please note it is not compulsory to have a solicitor represent you. Finding a medical negligence solicitor that is right for your case is a matter of looking for one with a track record of success, one who has experience in previous cases which are similar in circumstances to your own and one who is regarded by their previous clients as being easy to work with on the grounds of good communication and who offers no win no fee medical negligence claims. You can find out all of this information by reading medical negligence solicitors reviews which you can find online or by talking to people you know.
Look far and wide for a medical negligence solicitor, not just one in London. Don’t be afraid to work with a medical negligence solicitor who is based so far outside your area that it may prove to be impractical to visit them in their office and speak to them in person. A medical negligence claim can be handled just as effectively by correspondence between you and your solicitor as by talking face to face. You can discuss and negotiate things over the phone or, you can exchange paperwork via post or email. This may well be more convenient for you than working with a solicitor via a series of one on one appointments. It may be useful for you to know that our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors are not based in London but can cover the area with ease.
If you would like to start a medical negligence claim against St Bartholomew’s Hospital or if you are thinking of making a medical negligence claim but are unsure if you have legitimate grounds for doing so, call our team on 0800 652 3087. They can talk to you about the circumstances of your negligence complaint and let you know whether you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. One of the factors that could limit your ability to make a claim is the medical negligence claims time limit. Please contact us to discuss the time limit further.
If you do have grounds to make a claim then you will be invited to make your claim with one of the solicitors from our panel of medical negligence solicitors. When you start your negligence claim the first step you and your solicitor will take will be to begin gathering evidence to support your claim, most important of this will be to arrange an independent medical examination. As your case goes forward your solicitor will take responsibility for representing your case and will keep you informed as to each development in your case.
Having a medical examination performed by a doctor is an important part of making a medical negligence claim; it will act as evidence to support your case and will determine the exact extent of your health issues which will allow your medical negligence solicitor to determine how much your injuries will be worth. In order to make things as easy as possible our panel of medical negligence solicitors work with a panel of doctors across the country. In this, includes a large number of doctors based in London, this should enable you to be seen by an independent doctor who is based in or close to your local area rather than having to make arrangements to travel to a doctor based in another area. Some of whom we have listed below.
394 Romford Road, Forest Gate
65 London Wall
You can make a no win no fee claim for hospital negligence or any other hospital in the Bart’s Health NHS Trust with our panel of medical negligence solicitors. Under a no win no fee agreement your solicitor will only accept payment in the form of receiving a portion of your compensation payout rather than expecting payment from you directly. If your claim is unsuccessful then they will not ask to be paid. We recommend no win no fee claims to our clients as a way of helping them to avoid the risk of losing a large amount of money on a medical negligence claim.
If the information in this article has given you the confidence to go ahead and sue your hospital, or if you are still unsure and would like more advice and information, call us on 0800 652 3087, this is our teams 24/7 phone line, you can ask them any questions you like about claiming for medical negligence compensation. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and our team will contact you as soon as they can.
Written by Jack.
Edited by Charlotte.