Have you experienced substandard care whilst being treated at a hospital in the UK, such as at Birmingham Women’s Hospital?
If you have suffered an avoidable injury, become unnecessarily sick or had your pre-existing medical condition made worse because of negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, midwife or any other type of medical practitioner, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence claim against Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
Suffering any kind of negligent medical treatment may not only affect you health wise but it may also have a bearing on your psychological state. Even thinking about pursuing a claim can seem very stressful that is why we always advise using a specialist solicitor. This way you can occupy your time recovering knowing your claim is being dealt with by an experienced and capable legal expert. Whether you were unnecessarily injured whilst undergoing treatment at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, or you suffered an avoidable injury on the operating table, if negligence is proven you may have a case for damages.
To make a compensation claim for medical negligence at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, call Accident Claims UK today for your free legal consultation. One of our advisors will speak to you in detail and if you are entitled to claim compensation, we could provide you with an accomplished personal injury solicitor who will handle your claim with the utmost professionalism. Call us on 0800 073 8801 or use our online claims form to start your clinical negligence claim right away. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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Birmingham Women’s Hospital is one of two hospitals in the United Kingdom dedicated to specialist care for women. Founded in 1842 it is now part of the Birmingham Women’s And Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital provides one of the country’s largest maternity units, which delivers more than 8,200 babies a year, and offers a full range of gynaecological, neonatal and maternity care and also has a fertility clinic.
Pregnancy and childbirth are of course critical times, so it is vital that the mother and child receive the highest possible standards of care. In this guide to medical negligence at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, we will define what medical negligence is (also known as clinical negligence and medical malpractice) and look at how it can take place in a hospital. We will look at a case study involving severe medical negligence at Birmingham Women’s Hospital involving a postnatal brain injury and will advise you on how to find the right medical negligence solicitor to represent your medical negligence claim.
Remember, if you have been injured, made ill or had your pre-existing medical condition worsened because of clinical negligence call our advisors for a free legal consultation where you can ask as many questions as you have and receive advice on your eligibility to claim.
Medical negligence is when a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist or any other type of medical practitioner or healthcare worker provides a patient with substandard medical care. As a result, the patient is injured, made ill, or has their pre-existing condition worsened. Medical negligence can take place at a GP surgery, dental practice, or in a hospital it can even take place in a care home. Examples of medical negligence could include a doctor misdiagnosing a medical condition when the practitioner had the capabilities of diagnosing it correctly, so the patient doesn’t get the treatment they need and their condition worsens over time. Surgical negligence could also happen at a hospital and this could take the form of a surgeon operating on the wrong body part due to reading the patients notes incorrectly. Accident and emergency negligence could occur if medical staff interpret the x-rays and misdiagnose a broken leg.
Hospital negligence could potentially occur in different areas of the hospital if hospital staff allow that minimum standard that is required by law to slip. If standards fall negligence can creep in and can cause those who are already suffering greater harm. It is vital that all medical staff regardless of their position up hold their duty of care they have to patients to prevent any unnecessary harm.
Because medical organisations and practitioners have a duty of care towards a patient if the patient is harmed because of medical negligence which would be a breach in the duty of care, the hospital where they are avoidably injured could be held liable for their injuries and the patient could have the right to claim medical negligence compensation as a result.
Here are some types of medical malpractice that may affect hospital patients:
- Medical misdiagnosis: Medical misdiagnosis could be a doctor failing to spot the signs of a serious illness, injury or medical condition. As a result, the condition could worsen over time due to lack of treatment. Alternatively, a doctor may mistake symptoms for another type of medical condition and prescribe the wrong treatment causing you ill and adverse health effects.
- Negligence in surgery: Surgical negligence is if a surgeon or the surgical team provide substandard care at any stage of a surgical procedure including within the planning before surgery and the aftercare stage. Examples of negligence in surgery could include poor hygiene causing an infection, a foreign body being left inside a patient, or a patient being avoidably injured during cosmetic surgery.
- Negligence during pregnancy or childbirth: Examples of medical negligence during childbirth could potentially include doctors/midwives failing to spot signs of distress in the foetus or using the wrong tools to deliver the baby, causing the baby to be unnecessarily harmed.
- Negligent medical advice: A doctor or nurse giving their patient poor advice which worsens their medical condition could be counted as medical malpractice.
- Medication errors: If a patient is prescribed the wrong type of medication, or the wrong dosage of medication this can make things much worse and the patient may suffer an entirely new illness.
We will now look at a case study where compensation was awarded because of postnatal brain injuries suffered because of medical negligence at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
A young boy aged 9 (who cannot be named for legal reasons) was recently awarded a large hospital negligence compensation payout, for postnatal brain injuries he suffered as a baby. The boy was born at Birmingham Women’s Hospital baby clinic and had a healthy birth. Unfortunately after being born he developed jaundice, which staff failed to detect. Because his jaundice went untreated the boy developed kernicterus, a form of postnatal brain damage, which would have been preventable, had his jaundice been spotted by staff. As a result of his postnatal brain injury, the boy was left severely disabled with cerebral palsy, developmental delays and poor hearing. As a result, he required round the clock care. The boy was awarded £18 million in compensation for clinical negligence at Birmingham Women’s Hospital Trust. These funds will pay for the mobility equipment and specialist care he will need throughout his life. The hospital also apologised to the boy and his family unreservedly.
If you or your child have been harmed because of birth negligence At Birmingham Women’s Hospital, contact Accident Claims UK today, to see if you are entitled to claim compensation.
If you claim medical negligence at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, your claim may be against Birmingham Women’s And Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
The table below illustrates how many medical negligence claims were successfully brought against Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and the subsequent value of payments in 2017/18.
|Financial Year||Value Of Payments||NHS Trust||Number of Claims Successfuly Made|
|2017/ 18||12,450,033||Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust||48|
It was reported that in the year 2013-14 NHS hospitals in the West Midlands paid £45 million that year because of clinical negligence claims. The Heart of England NHS Trust paid an eye-watering £13.9 million. This was partially because of a scandal involving surgeon Ian Paterson who carried out unnecessary operations on women at Solihull Hospital, who had to be compensated as a result.
If you or your child has been injured, made ill or had a pre-existing medical condition worsened because of medical negligence regardless of if it was at an NHS hospital or a private medical facility if negligence is proven you may be eligible to make a claim. For more information call our advisors who are able to take your call any hour of any day. One of our well-informed advisors will speak to you in-depth about your ordeal. If we can see that you are eligible to make a medical negligence claim, we could provide you with a competent medical negligence lawyer to handle your claim.
Our solicitors have years of experience handling compensation claims and they will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you could be owed. Call us today to begin your medical negligence claim for hospital negligence in Birmingham, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.
|Kidney Damage (a)||Serious damage to both kidneys or loss of both kidneys.||£158,970 to £197,480|
|Kidney Damage (c)||Loss of one of the kidneys. There would not be any damage to the other kidney.||£28,880 to £42,110|
|Injuries to the bowel (e)||Penetrating wounds with some permanent damage – but that will eventually result in normal function/control.||£11,820 to £22,970|
|Loss of the spleen (a)||Internal infection risks continue, and there could be damage to the immunity of the patient.||£19,510 to £24,680|
|Damage to the reproductive system (female) (b)||Causing infertility because there was a failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy with complications.||£31,950 to £95,850|
|Failed sterilisation leading to pregnancy (female)||No psychological harm||In the region of £9,570|
|Damage to teeth (f) (i)||Loss or severe damage to several front teeth||£8,200 to £10,710|
|Very severe scarring (a)||Claimants in this bracket tend to be quite young, ranging from around the teenage years to the early 30s, where there is severe cosmetic damage and this could invoke a severe psychological reaction.||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Less severe scarring (b)||Claimants in this bracket could experience substantial disfigurement, and a psychological reaction that is deemed to be significant.||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Scarring (Significant) (c)||Claimants in this bracket would likely have the worst of the effects reduced with plastic surgery. Psychological impact in these cases could be said to be not significant, or significant at first and then reduced.||£8,550 to £28,240|
|Neck injuries (Moderate) (iii)||Injuries that exacerbate or accelerate pre-existing injuries. This may lead to an increased risk of further injuries or permanent nuisance injuries. Period lasting no longer than 5 years.||£7,410 to £12,900|
|Injuries to pelvis or hip (Moderate) (ii)||If hip replacement has been necessary and successful, the award would be higher in the bracket, or if surgery could be required in the future.||£11,820 to £24,950|
|Impairment of taste and smell||Total loss of taste and smell||Around £36,770|
Our panel of solicitors operates on a no win no fee basis. What does no win no fee mean? It means that instead of paying a non-refundable solicitors fee upfront, they will handle your personal injury claim without charging you an upfront solicitors fee. If you win your medical malpractice claim, they will deduct their solicitor’s fee from your compensation package. In the unlikely instance that your personal injury claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay your solicitor’s fee. For many of our clients making a no-win, no fee claim is the less stressful and more affordable way to make a clinical negligence claim.
To begin your hospital negligence claim, use our online claims form to contact us, or call us today 0800 073 8801 for your free personal injury claims consultation. If we believe you are owed compensation, we will proceed with your compensation claim as soon as possible.
As part of the claim process, we will arrange for you to have a medical assessment with one of the trusted local physicians that we can work with. The doctor will produce a medical report detailing your condition which could be used to accurately value your compensation claim. Here are some of the doctors in Birmingham that we can work with.
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