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If you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to doctor malpractice in a hospital, you may be entitled to claim compensation. However, unlike most other personal injury claims in Ireland, a compensation claim for doctor malpractice in a hospital has to show that your injuries were attributable to a poor professional performance when “in the circumstances and at the time” a different course of action would have prevented them. As claims for compensation due to doctor malpractice in a hospital are not assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, it is advisable to discuss the circumstances of your injury with a hospital negligence solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

Hospital Medical Negligence Claims Against NHS Rise due to Increased Awareness

Increased awareness of patient rights has resulted in a dramatic increase in hospital medical negligence claims against the National Health Service (NHS). According to government figures, the number of claims made in the past five years has gone up from 5,697 to 8,655 per year, and has forced the NHS Litigation Authority to seek additional funding from the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansbury.

Tom Fothergill, financial director of the NHS Litigation Authority, admitted that marketing campaigns by “No Win, No Fee” solicitors had added to the public body´s financial shortfall and had added a premium to legal costs. However, he was also eager to point out that legislation which linked the wages of claimants´ carers to earnings rather than inflation has also led to increased amount of payouts.

With approximately 100 hospital medical negligence claims a year relating to birth injury compensation, and the average value of each claim close to 6 million pounds in the lifetime of the child, an improvement in the survival rates of brain damaged babies – who will require a lifetime of care – has also placed significant strain on the NHS Litigation Authority´s budget.

A further 185 million pounds is needed by the NHS Litigation Authority to prevent it running out of money by the end of the fiscal year, a sum which has been approved by Mr Lansbury and health minister Lord Howe. Following the announcement of the bail-out Lord Howe revealed “Following a review of claims, we have made additional funds available to the NHS Litigation Authority in order to make sure that those claimants who are entitled to compensation receive it in a timely way.”

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If you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to doctor malpractice in a hospital, you may be entitled to claim compensation. However, unlike most other personal injury claims in Ireland, a compensation claim for doctor malpractice in a hospital has to show that your injuries were attributable to a poor professional performance when “in the circumstances and at the time” a different course of action would have prevented them. As claims for compensation due to doctor malpractice in a hospital are not assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, it is advisable to discuss the circumstances of your injury with a hospital negligence solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

Cancer Misdiagnosis Victim Wins Hospital Medical Negligence Claim

A woman who had her stomach erroneously removed after being misdiagnosed with cancer has won her hospital medical negligence claim and received an undisclosed settlement from Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust.

The 74-year-old woman from Rugeley, Staffordshire, had the surgery in 2004 after doctors told her that a tumour in her stomach was malignant. She later was told by support medical staff that her test results had been misinterpreted and that the tumour was benign.

Due to her operation and long recovery period the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has lost a significant amount of weight and suffers from painful digestive problems. She has been unable to carry on in the voluntary work she did before the operation and now requires regular care and assistance.

The undisclosed out-of-court hospital medical negligence claim settlement has been calculated to include the psychological trauma of being told that she had a life-threatening tumour inside of her and the deterioration in her quality of life due to the unnecessary surgery. It will allow the woman to receive a higher level of care in the future and support to help her recover from her emotional ordeal.

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If you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to doctor malpractice in a hospital, you may be entitled to claim compensation. However, unlike most other personal injury claims in Ireland, a compensation claim for doctor malpractice in a hospital has to show that your injuries were attributable to a poor professional performance when “in the circumstances and at the time” a different course of action would have prevented them. As claims for compensation due to doctor malpractice in a hospital are not assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, it is advisable to discuss the circumstances of your injury with a hospital negligence solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

Brain Damaged at Birth Hospital Compensation Settlement Approved

An eleven year old girl, who was starved of oxygen during her birth and is now permanently brain damaged, has had a brain damaged at birth hospital compensation settlement of 1.75 million pounds approved at the High Court.

The unnamed girl was born at West Sussex Hospital in 2000 but, during her delivery, obstetric staff did not notice signs of foetal distress. The girl is not able to walk or talk, and uses an electric scooter for mobility and a computer to communicate.

“I am constantly amazed by the triumph of hope over adversity” stated Mr Justice Butterfield, as he approved the  brain in jury at birth hospital compensation settlement against the West Sussex NHS Trust which includes an immediate lump sum payment of 1.75 million pounds and annual payments to fund a lifetime of care.

Mr Justice Butterfield also had words for the girl´s parents, stating that “The devotion and care of her parents is undoubted and we very much hope that this sum of money will provide her with the very best possible future.”

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If you have suffered a loss, an injury or the deterioration of an existing condition due to doctor malpractice in a hospital, you may be entitled to claim compensation. However, unlike most other personal injury claims in Ireland, a compensation claim for doctor malpractice in a hospital has to show that your injuries were attributable to a poor professional performance when “in the circumstances and at the time” a different course of action would have prevented them. As claims for compensation due to doctor malpractice in a hospital are not assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, it is advisable to discuss the circumstances of your injury with a hospital negligence solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

Undiagnosed Brain Tumour Compensation Award Undisclosed

A former Church of England assistant minister, whose brain tumour was left unattended for three years, is to receive a substantial out of court settlement for undiagnosed brain tumour compensation.

Adrian Underwood, 42, from Birmingham, had been particapting in a theology course in Nottingham in 2001, when he started to suffer severe headaches. He was sent to Nottingham University Hospital, where he underwent a brain scan which revealed a growth inside his skull, but no further action was taken and Adrian was discharged – being told he had nothing more serious than a migraine.

Adrian was unable to complete his course – moving back to Birmingham to take the position of a curate. However, his health continued to worsen, and it was during a medical investigation in 2004 to determine why Adrian was losing his sight that the much enlarged brain tumour was noticed after a scan at Birmingham Eye Hospital.

An emergency operation removed a tumour the size of a lemon, which had forced down on Adrian’s brain and formed a lump in his head. Adrian now suffers from regular fatigue and epilepsy due to this oversight – medical conditions which could have been avoided if the tumour had been removed after the initial scan.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust acceped liability but did not add any further comment.

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