Hospital Negligence Claims

If you have received substandard care at a private or NHS hospital and you are injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

More about Hospital Negligence Claims

Forbes Solicitors' hospital negligence solicitors offer expert legal advice to individuals who have suffered as a result of hospital negligence. Our experienced hospital negligence claims lawyers can assist with a range of issues, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and inadequate treatment. We understand the impact that hospital negligence can have on individuals and work to achieve the best possible outcome.

What is Hospital Negligence?

What is Hospital Negligence?

Hospital negligence refers to the failure of a hospital or its staff to provide appropriate care, which results in harm to the patient. This can take many forms, such as misdiagnosis, delayed treatment.

What is a Hospital Negligence Compensation Claim?

What is a Hospital Negligence Compensation Claim?

A hospital negligence compensation claim is a legal claim for compensation made by someone who has suffered harm as a result of hospital negligence. This can include medical expenses, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering. The compensation may also cover the costs of any ongoing care or treatment that may be required as a result of the negligent care.

If you have received substandard care at a private or NHS hospital and you are injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

Going to hospital can be a particularly distressing time, and can cause people to worry. Fortunately accidents rarely happen and patients are given the care they require. In some instances however, patients in hospitals can be neglected and the care they are supposed to receive is of a poor standard, resulting in injuries or worse.

John Bennett at Forbes has been patient, supportive and understanding. From the outset I felt that my case was in safe hands. Throughout the process I have found that John is happy to explain terminology and procedures so that I have felt reassured and comfortable.

Types of Hospital Negligence Claims

Types of Hospital Negligence Claims

Hospital negligence claims differ from situation to situation making it difficult to decide whether there is a real case to bring against a hospital. Forbes Solicitors medical negligence team work with hospital negligence claims every day, and some of the most common issues brought to our attention include the following types of claims.

  • Patients Suffering Errors During Surgery

  • Needle Related Injuries

  • Substandard Care During Childbirth Leading To Complications

  • Misdiagnosis of Injuries or Illness Resulting in Further Injury or Complications

  • Prescription Errors

  • Dehydration

  • Failure to take patients history into account

  • Failure to note symptoms

  • Failure to operate when necessary

  • Failure to notice when a patient gets worse

  • Pressure sores

These are just a few examples of the type of issues Forbes Solicitors are experienced in claiming compensation for on behalf of clients.

If you have been injured whilst in hospital and believe it was due to negligence, it's vital you speak to the experienced and accredited team of solicitors at Forbes. Contact us on 0800 037 4625 today.

Solicitors for Hospital Negligence

Solicitors for Hospital Negligence

Hospital negligence cases are defended fiercely therefore, you need the very best legal team to help you claim compensation. Our clinical negligence lawyers at Forbes Solicitors have a proven track record in claiming compensation for clients and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Your best interests are at the heart of everything we do. We fight to make sure you have access to any rehabilitation programmes, special care and treatments you may need as a result of your injuries.

All it takes is a phone call to get your hospital negligence claim started, call us today on 0800 037 4625.

We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, and offer a free initial chat with one of our expert solicitors. There is no obligation to proceed and all calls are completely confidential.

Hospital negligence compensation

Hospital negligence compensation

If you have suffered an injury or have had a loved one pass away due to hospital negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation. If you have a successful case, how much compensation you may get will depend on several factors, including:

  • The severity of your injuries - if the injuries sustained have led to a worse medical outcome or resulting in long term complications then the compensation payout will reflect this.

  • The treatment or rehabilitation needed now and in the future - as part of the compensation claim, you will need to be seen by an independent medical expert who will assess your injuries and determine what treatment you may need. Part of your compensation amount may reflect paying for treatment privately (if applicable).

  • Loss of earnings - if the injuries you have sustained have meant you had to take time off work, left you unable to work or meant that you cannot return to your previous career and had to change your role and this has had a negative effect on your earning potential, then you should be compensated for this.

  • Out of pocket expenses - this can include transport costs to and from hospital or treatment centre or other expenses you've incurred such as medical equipment etc.

  • Loss of enjoyment - you may also be awarded compensation if your injuries have meant you cannot carry on doing things that you used to enjoy before the hospital negligence incident took place. It may also be possible to claim compensation for any mental health issues or trauma your injuries have caused.

The compensation sum you may be awarded is generally used to pay for treatment such as rehabilitation that may not be available on the NHS, adaptations to your home or car (if needed), therapy such as counselling or physiotherapy and can also be used to pay for private medical care including a personal carer if needed.

If you think you have a hospital negligence claim, contact our expert medical negligence solicitors. We will listen to your story and, if you have a case, will help every step of the way.

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Hospital Negligence Claims FAQs

How do I sue a hospital?

To sue a hospital for clinical negligence you will need to prove that you have suffered loss, damage or injury due to this negligence. Calling a solicitor can make all the difference in suing a hospital for compensation. Contact our hospital negligence claims solicitors today on 0800 037 4625.

How to prove hospital negligence

To be awarded compensation for hospital negligence you will need to prove the following:

  • That the hospital was in breach of duty

  • You have suffered some sort of pain, injury, loss or damage and this was caused by the hospital's unacceptable care or the breach of duty

As with all medical negligence cases, the burden of proof sits on the person claiming the compensation, i.e. the claimant. Proof of the above is typically obtained through medical records, witness statements, medical expert reports and financial evidence. The latter is used to ensure that the compensation puts the claimant back in the position they would have been if the negligence had not happened in the first place.

Can you sue the hospital for getting MRSA?

It is possible to sue the hospital for getting MRSA; however, you have to prove that you contracted MRSA due to the negligence of the hospital staff. The most common way that MRSA is spread is through poor hygiene standards. For example, this would be applicable if staff have not washed their hands or used alcohol gel.

Another way the MRSA virus can spread is through infected hospital equipment. NHS staff must adhere to strict hygiene and infection control guidelines and procedures, however, if these are not followed then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

How to sue a hospital for wrong diagnosis?

If you have suffered an injury due to the wrong diagnosis (also known as misdiagnosis) or because of a delayed diagnosis, then you may be able to claim compensation. If you wish to sue a hospital for wrong diagnosis then you will need to prove your claim. The same burden of proof is needed (see above) for hospital negligence as for misdiagnosis. Our medical misdiagnosis solicitors can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to if a wrong diagnosis has resulted in suffering, injury or a condition becoming terminal. Contact us today on 0800 037 4625.

Hospital negligence resulting in death

If a loved one has passed away due to hospital negligence, then it is possible for you to claim compensation on their behalf. You can claim if you are a family member, a beneficiary of the deceased's will or the executor of the will. We understand how difficult it is when a loved one passes away, especially as a result of hospital negligence. Our sympathetic solicitors are here to help and will guide you throughout the process with expert legal advice.

No win no fee hospital negligence

Our hospital negligence solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, which means you won't have to pay any legal fees until after your claim is successful. We are also proud to be one of the very few legal firms in the North of England with a Legal Aid Agency Clinical Negligence Franchise. This is only awarded to a very small number of elite solicitors. This means we can apply for Legal Aid, now known as Legal Service Commission Funding, to pay for some qualifying clinical negligence cases.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury, damage or loss due to hospital negligence, then contact our expert solicitors today.

Our dedicated Clinical Negligence team

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Partner, Personal Injury

John Bennett

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Partner, Clinical Negligence

Leonie Millard


Senior Associate, Personal Injury

Lisa Atkinson

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