At John Radcliffe Hospital, medical negligence is rare, however as with any other part of the NHS it can still happen. This is an article intended to inform you about what medical negligence is, what you can do about it and how our panel of medical negligence solicitors can help you if you or a loved one has been affected by it in John Radcliffe hospital or any other NHS hospital in Oxford. Read below to find out more. Our team is contactable by either our 24/7 phone line 0800 652 3087 or by our websites contact form if you wish to speak to us directly about anything you read in this article
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- A Guide To Medical Negligence Claims Against John Radcliffe Hospital
- What Qualifies As Medical Negligence?
- What Situations Could Lead To Negligence At A Hospital
- Compensation Payouts Made By Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Case Studies Of Traumatic Birth Claims Against John Radcliffe Hospital
- Millions Paid Out By John Radcliffe And Oxford University Hospitals
- How Do I Claim Compensation For Medical Negligence At A Hospital?
- Doctors We Work With In Oxfordshire
- No Win No Fee John Radcliffe Hospital Negligence Claims
- Talk To Medical Negligence Assist
- References About This Healthcare Provider And Relates Claims Guides
This guide will aim to cover many of the things that you need to be aware of concerning medical negligence and how to make a personal injury claim for medical negligence. We will cover and provide examples of instances in which a victim would have grounds to make a medical negligence compensation claim or a hospital negligence claim. This article will discuss the statistics regarding claims that have been made against Oxford university hospitals NHS foundation trust and the amount of money the trust has spent on NHS negligence payouts over the past few years. We will also look at case studies that illustrate the severity of medical negligence that can take place, the length of the case proceedings and the amount that the victims of negligence have been compensated. Finally, we will discuss various aspects of how to make a medical negligence claim and how to give yourself the best chance of securing compensation. We will cover some of the steps to finding out whether you have grounds for making a hospital negligence claim against John Radcliffe Hospital and finding the medical negligence solicitor best suited for your case. You can also find out how our panel of medical negligence solicitors work and how they can assist you in winning NHS negligence compensation.
Medical negligence is when a patient suffers harm to their health as a result of doctors, nurses, hospital staff or other health sector workers failing to perform their duties correctly and failing to uphold the expected standards and procedures. Medical negligence can take place both in the NHS and the private health care sectors whether that be, in surgery, in dentistry, in nursing care homes and in GP’s practices. Negligence can also take place in hospitals, which we will aim to discuss at greater length later on in this article. In dentistry, negligence can result in procedures being performed incorrectly, for example, the wrong teeth being removed by mistake during a tooth extraction procedure, damage to gums or adjoining teeth during dental procedures or infections of gums or teeth due to a botched dental operation such as a root canal. The same principle applies to surgical procedures more generally. Surgical mistakes can lead to injury, such as organs and tissue being cut by a scalpel, or infections. In “never events”, the most severe form of negligence, incidents such as removal of wrong organs or limbs or retention of surgical equipment in the patient’s body can take place. GP negligence can take place in incidents in which a GP has misdiagnosed an illness leading to insufficient or delayed treatment, or provided an incorrect or inappropriate prescription for an illness. Residential care homes can be liable for medical negligence compensation claims if their residents have suffered harm from neglect by nursing staff. These residents are often vulnerable and dependent on care home staff for basic needs, negligence can lead to residents with difficulty moving around going without having their clothes or bed sheets being changed, without being washed or without being able to go to the toilet. In addition, nursing home residents are often reliant on staff to ensure they are getting their meals and medication. You can read more information regarding the different types of medical negligence with our website, but if you wish to discuss your circumstances over the telephone, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
Hospital negligence claims can be made if a patient has been harmed as a result of substandard care while staying in hospital. This refers to the standard of nursing care or the general running of that specific hospital. Hospital negligence can lead to patients being left bedridden for prolonged periods of time without having their sheets changed and without being assisted to have a wash or change their clothes, it can lead to patients not having their meals and medication intake properly monitored. Patients can also be put at risk if hospital staff are not properly and regularly monitoring their symptoms or their signs or if information regarding the patients’ condition is not passed on properly. If proper standards and procedure relating to hospital hygiene is not rigorously upheld then there is a risk of an outbreak of infections which can be particularly dangerous to patients recovering from illnesses or surgery, some types of hospital-related illnesses such as MRSA can be life-threatening.
Here is a table outlining the number of compensation claims made against the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust. It also outlines the amounts of money paid out by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust in compensation for hospital negligence claims. The sources are the NHS CNST data for the years 2016/17 and 2017/18.
|Damages/year||Value of payments||Name of Hospital or NHS trust||No. of successful claims made against hospital or NHS trust|
|2017/18||£25,861,456||Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||74|
|2016/17||£12,323,019||Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||12|
Here are two cases of long running and ongoing cases of families seeking compensation for medical neglect from John Radcliffe Hospital. In the first a family have brought a case alleging that their child, born in 1983 and now aged 35, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, hearing loss, and severe mobility problems as a result of contracting an infection called Klebsiella oxytoca while he was in the Special Care Baby Unit as an infant. The family argue that this has affected his long term development. Neonatal care is a John Radcliffe Hospital specialism. The family of the, now grown, child in question are seeking damages worth millions primarily to cover the costs of caring for him after they have both passed away, this includes the costs of a wheelchair and an adapted home. This case has been ongoing at the time of writing since 2013. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has not accepted full responsibility for the baby’s illness and subsequent disabilities; however, they have accepted a compromise liability settlement and have agreed to negotiate the exact value of the damages outside of court.
In addition to this medical negligence claim success, there is also another ongoing negligence claim against John Radcliffe Hospital. This claim is also being made by the parents of a child suffering from disabilities as a result of complications at John Radcliffe Hospital. In this case the medical negligence is for birth injury compensation. The baby suffered oxygen deprivation when doctors attempting to perform the delivery clamped the baby’s umbilical cord with a pair of forceps. The baby was deprived of oxygen for 16 minutes which has affected their development, the baby “is now three years old and has to be fed by a tube, is partly blind, may have learning difficulties, and needs constant attention from [their] mother”. The case papers state that the baby’s mother fears that they will suffer from physical and learning disabilities throughout their lives and that their life expectancy will be considerably reduced. As with the previous case, the claimants are seeking medical negligence compensation in order to cover the costs of providing the child with lifelong care and accommodation their needs, damages, if awarded, could potentially run into the millions. The case alleges that the doctors should have begun performing a caesarean section sooner than they did. Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust denies liability for the effects of the birth injury, claiming that starting the caesarean section sooner would not have made any significant difference to the outcome.
You can read more about these two case studies in the news articles in the URL’s below.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust paid out over £90 million in medical negligence compensation between 2012 and 2017. This is the eighth highest amount in NHS negligence payouts out of all of the NHS foundation trusts in England. These figures include payouts for hospital negligence cases which first occurred as far back as the year 1995. In the financial year 2011/12 Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts paid out a total of £15.3 million, the highest total for any NHS Foundation Trust in England for that year. (The trust was also the highest paying in England for the year 2008/09) This was an increase from £2.2 million for the year 2003/4. A spokeswoman for the trust pointed out that this was because an increasing number of cases are being settled with negligence compensation payouts intended to cover lifelong costs of care for patients with life changing effects of medical negligence. In another statement another spokesman speaking on behalf of the trust was keen to point out that the amount paid out in medical negligence compensation by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has declined in recent years and that the high amount of NHS negligence compensation simply reflects the wide geographical area the trust covers, the high number of patients that the trust has contact with and the fact that it is a regional specialist centre often dealing with complex treatment and care. You can find out more about this in the articles in the two URL’s below.
You should call us to speak to our team of legal advisors before beginning your hospital negligence claim if you are at all unsure or have any questions about whether you have grounds to make a compensation claim. There may be certain legal obstacles that could disqualify you from making a compensation claim, chief among which being the medical negligence claims time limit. Once you have been reassured by our team of advisors that your claim is valid then you should begin the process of finding a solicitor to manage and represent your case. Don’t focus your search on finding medical negligence solicitors in Oxford, any solicitor in any part of the country could handle your claim by speaking to you over the phone or by email. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can also cover hospital negligence claims against John Radcliffe Hospital; our team will offer to put you in touch with them when you call them. Our panel of solicitors can make all the necessary arrangements for your negligence case, including gathering evidence and arranging for a medical examination by a doctor to prove you have been impacted by medical negligence and to assess how much compensation you may be entitled to receive.
We work with a panel of doctors covering medical examinations in most parts of the UK. In order to make a claim for medical negligence, you are required to undergo an independent assessment, where a doctor will comment on the injuries you have sustained. This medical report will form the basis of your compensation claim.
With our panel of medical negligence solicitors, you can make a no win no fee medical negligence claim against John Radcliffe Hospital and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This means that you do not have to pay any fees upfront to begin your claim. It also means that If your claim is unsuccessful for one reason or another, you will not have to pay your solicitors fees. For more information regarding the benefits of a no win no fee claim, please contact us.
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