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  • Overview

    When can you make a compensation claim for A&E negligence or error?

    A&E is one of the hospital departments that gives rise to the greatest number of errors and clinical negligence compensation claims. Bringing a medical negligence claim can be stressful but remember that, while A&E staff often work under great pressure, you should still expect them to be expert in recognising symptoms and making the right decisions about ongoing investigations or care.

    A&E compensation claims can be complex and often occur following:

    • Inadequate investigation of injuries (e.g. failure to x-ray)
    • A delay in diagnosis (e.g. discharging you without a diagnosis)
    • Failure to diagnose an injury or condition correctly (e.g. misinterpretation of scans).
       

    You can also bring an A&E claim on behalf of a child.

    How our clinical negligence lawyers can help with an A&E compensation claim

    • The size of our clinical negligence team and the breadth of our knowledge means we are likely to have already succeeded in recovering compensation for an A&E clinical negligence claim that is similar in nature to yours
    • Our overriding aim is to protect your interests and achieve the most advantageous outcome for the long term
    • We make sure your case is fully investigated and create a team of specialists made up of:
      • practising medical consultants
      • barristers known for their work in A&E clinical negligence
      • clinical negligence lawyers with experience in A&E claims.
    • We aim to make the process as easy as possible and guide you through each stage of the investigation
    • We can help you find out why the A&E system failed you and ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else
    • Our lawyers are specialists in medical negligence cases and our clinical negligence team is one of the most established, teams in the country
    • We are high ranked by two of the most prestigious, independent guides to the legal profession 'Chambers and Partners' and 'The Legal 500'.
       

    Free initial consultation

    Contact one of our team of specialist lawyers for a free, no obligation, consultation and we will listen to the circumstances of your medical treatment, and give you clear advice on the chances of your receiving compensation in a clinical negligence claim. If we think you have a claim, we can investigate your case using the financial security of a no win no fee arrangement.

    Call us on 01892 510000 or fill in our short enquiry form and we will assess your A&E compensation claim.

     

               

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    Is my Doctor properly insured and who pays the compensation if it all goes wrong?

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James Cahan's approach was exemplary, he was both approachable and understanding at all times.  

Client

As mentioned, I was very impressed at the start! As the case grew and went on, I felt completely safe, and trusted Jonathan to act in my best interests, though everything was always run by me before going ahead with anything, without the experience and knowledge.

Client

They worked as hard as possible to get me a result that I did not think I would end up with. The communication with my lawyer and his staff was excellent, and I felt at ease discussing such private matters with my lawyer, which is a rarity for me as I am a very private person.

Client

Oliver was very helpful and friendly, and settled the case within a short space of time.

Client

Kept me up to date with all stages of the claim. Fees were good, and Oliver was very helpful and friendly.

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I would like to thank Jenny and her team for all their hard work and efforts during what has been a very traumatic 3 years.  Throughout this period, Jenny has been on hand with reassurance and advice.  At the same time, she assembled an excellent team of experts, which enabled me to reach a successful conclusion.

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I am so grateful to TS&P for all their work and help with my mother's case; it was a very complicated and time-consuming case.

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George Liley
Sandra Hennessy
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