What Should Military Personnel Affected By Medical Negligence Do?

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Military Personal

Sadly, during military combat injuries are to be expected. Members of the armed forces know this and receive thorough training to keep colleagues and themselves as safe and out of danger as possible. However, when wounds and illnesses do occur during military operations it is imperative that military medical staff work with timely efficiency to provide the sick and injured with appropriate medical attention. When incidents of medical negligence do happen they can have life changing implications.

If you were injured or fell ill and did not receive the correct medical treatment you required you can claim for military compensation against the hospital where the negligence took place or the Ministry of Defence (MoD) if the negligence was committed by military medical staff. A wrong diagnosis can often lead to the wrong medication or treatment being used, which can have harmful short and long term effects. However, a significant number of incidents of military medical negligence and malpractice occur in the surgery theatre.

Examples of illnesses and injuries caused by military medical negligence include:

•    Coma
•    Limb amputation
•    Paralysis
•    Severe infection
•    Non-traumatic brain injury

If you have sustained an injury, illness or condition because of military medical malpractice or military professional negligence you should contact a UK military lawyer at the specialist firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, who have the expertise to successfully make your compensation claim against the MoD or hospital that is at fault. No win no fee lawyers will discuss your case before devising a strategy to make the claim for compensation.

The illnesses, conditions or injuries that commonly result from military medical negligence and malpractice can permanently disrupt the life and career of the affected person. Counseling, physiotherapy, medical treatment and care may be necessary in the aftermath of the incident for days, months, years or even an entire life time. This will impact upon the life of the claimant and their family. Compensation can help support the injured party to get their life and career back on track.

If you have suffered due to military medical negligence or malpractice contact Bolt Burdon Kemp to discuss how to proceed with claiming the compensation rightfully owed to you.

Maternity Ward Mistakes Cost NHS Over £420 Million

Maternity Ward Mistakes Cost

Clinical Negligence Claims

In what will no doubt amount to more embarrassing controversy for the NHS, the bill for mistakes in maternity wards has nearly doubled within the last 12 months to over £420. Such news follows revelations that the medical negligence bills totals of the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, and the hospitals of West Suffolk and Ipswich had risen significantly within the past two years. This article will take a deeper look into what is turning into a growing problem for the NHS.

The Figures

Shockingly, figures released by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) have revealed that a staggering £422.9 million was paid out in the form of legal fees and compensation in the financial year of 2011-12 for obstetric claims. This is in comparison to £234.8 million being paid the previous year.

The Causes behind the Rise

A number of causes have been cited as reasons behind the significant rise in clinical negligence bills for the NHS’s maternity wards. Medical mistakes are amongst those mentioned most. Such mistakes made by NHS staff, include injuries to mothers during labour and babies dying or suffering from brain damage and other disabilities.

However there are other causes that render the NHS to be less blameworthy. For example, the rise in the in ‘no win, no fee’ clinical negligence solicitor has certainly had an impact. With more lawyers offering such services, more of the population can afford to file claims.

Furthermore, the cost of care and treatment needed to support a disabled child over their lifetime has increased. This has in turn increased the amount of compensation paid out to victims of such cases, when caused by medical negligence.

In addition the general amounts of compensation paid out for cases of clinical negligence have independently somewhat increased over the years significantly.

On top of all of this, it ought to be noted that some cases go back years and take a long time to settle. Therefore, the amounts paid in the past year may have been down to a mistake quite some while ago.

Nevertheless, the NHS will want to reduce such hefty fees being paid out every year. This is especially so as figures matter most when it comes to public scrutiny and such rises in medical negligence bills will no doubt heap embarrassment upon our public healthcare institution.