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The rising cost of NHS Clinical Negligence claims

The rising cost of NHS Clinical Negligence claims

The UK is regularly accused of moving towards having an American style 'compensation culture', with more and more people making personal injury claims. Each year the NHS receives more than 10,000 new claims for compensation.

However, in the news last week, we read with interest how the NHS in England faces paying out £83bn in outstanding compensation claims including £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence.

These figures include all current unsettled claims and projected estimates of ones in the future. The Department of Health has pledged to tackle "the unsustainable rise in the cost of clinical negligence".

Failings in patient care or an inefficient law?

However, executive committee member Suzanne White from the Association of Personal Injuries Lawyers (APIL) said. “Failures in patient care are behind the NHS’s compensation spend, not injured patients’ right to redress. What we should be looking at is improving patient care and patient safety. We will then have fewer injured patients and the cost of litigation will then come down.”

Lord Sumption, a Supreme Court judge, added, “People making claims cannot be accused of greed when it is the current law which is ‘extraordinarily clumsy and inefficient’ and the system of blame ‘often misses the target’".

What is clinical negligence?

Clinical negligence refers to a situation where someone has received substandard care from a medical professional, which has directly caused injury or caused an existing condition to get worse. This can include:

  • Failure to diagnose their condition, or make the wrong diagnosis
  • Incorrect treatment, e.g. being given the wrong drug
  • Surgical mistakes during a procedure or operation
  • Lack of consent for the treatment
  • Insubstantial warnings about the risks

Have you been affected?

Being the victim of a medical accident is devastating and making a claim for clinical negligence can be a complex process, which is why it is essential to have the right team pursuing your claim. After all, we have all been plagued by calls from non-qualified personal injury firms desperate to advise us on real or fictional medical negligence claims.

Kiran Jalota, Head of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury at Alsters Kelley, said. “Our medical negligence team consists of specialist lawyers, some with medical backgrounds, who can guide you through your claim. We understand what a distressing and emotional time it can be when you feel a medical professional has let you down, so we guarantee that your case will be dealt with confidently and with care and compassion.”

Click here to read about some of our successful interventions on behalf of clients. https://www.alsterskelley.com/services/clinical_negligence/case_studies.aspx

Kiran continues. “The majority of our medical negligence cases are taken on a no win no fee basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you. We work tirelessly on your behalf to recover necessary compensation for victims of negligence who have suffered physical and/or psychological injury and other consequential loss. Whether that’s birth injuries, orthopaedic or spinal surgery damage, prescription mistakes or infections, our role is to help rebuild lives.”

Free initial meeting for support and advice

We have a vast amount of skill in clinical negligence and offer a free 30-minute appointment where we can support and guide you in the right direction. And thanks to our network of offices covering Leamington, Coventry, Nuneaton and Southam we are very accessible too. For timely and quality advice, please contact Kiran Jalota on 01926 356056 or email kiran.jalota@alsterskelley.com to make your appointment today, alternatively please visit https://www.alsterskelley.com/services/clinical_negligence

 

 

 


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