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Hospital Fatalities and Medical Negligence

Hospital Fatalities and Medical Negligence

With over 25 years of experience, we have unfortunately seen too many fatalities that have been a direct consequence of hospital error. If someone close to you has passed away during (or shortly after) their stay in hospital and you believe the hospital to be at fault, then there is action you can take. A medical negligence solicitor will be able to provide advice on all options available, and will help answer many of the questions you may have during this distressing time.

Common Types of Hospital Deaths

A hospital death is a fatality that occurs due to the actions (or lack of action) of hospital staff. Such a fatality can be defined as being in some way linked to a patient's stay in hospital, and thus can include not only deaths that happen in hospital itself, but also those that occur after a patient is discharged.

Sadly there are many examples of hospital related deaths, some of the most common of which include:-

  • Hospital Acquired Infections particularly MRSA and C Difficile;
  • Failure to diagnose a serious illness;
  • Cases of misdiagnosis eg. cancer;
  • Childbirth complications;
  • A bad reaction to medication or food;
  • Negligence during surgery.

Hospital Deaths and Medical Negligence Claims

If you believe the hospital is to blame for the death of a friend or relative, it is understandable if you want to take some form of action. Firstly, you may want to make a complaint to the hospital in question. Hospitals have been criticised for failing to report mistakes that have led to a death, meaning families are often kept in the dark as to what really happened. By making an official complaint, you are entitled to have your case fully investigated and have an honest response to your query.

Should it become apparent that the hospital was responsible for your loved one's death, or you are simply not satisfied with the hospital's reply, you may want to consider making a medical negligence claim. When you are ready a medical negligence solicitor will discuss the details surrounding the event with you, and advise you on your options.

If there is evidence that the hospital was indeed negligent, therefore causing or contributing towards your loved one's death, there may be grounds for a claim. Should you decide to proceed, there is the possibility of being awarded compensation. While this of course will in no way recompense for your loss, it may help bring you and your family some form of closure.

Summary

If you would like to discuss the possibility of making a medical negligence claim for a hospital death, a medical negligence solicitor will be able to help. Often there are time restrictions at play, so you should not delay in seeking advice.

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