Serious Incidents

NHS Serious Incidents can cause temporary or lifelong changes to your lifestyle and ability to function every day. They may happen to you or a family member and sometimes, this may mean your household is no longer able to bring in an income.

How would you cope in such a situation?

What is an NHS serious incident?

Serious incidents in NHS care are adverse events including those that involve avoidable or unexpected serious harm and injury. In the most severe cases, they can involve the avoidable or unexpected death of a patient. There is no definitive list of Serious Incidents but Serious Incidents requiring investigation by an NHS Trust or Health Board would include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Delays in treatment
  • Birth injuries to mother
  • Birth injuries to babies
  • Surgical errors
  • Medication and prescription errors
  • Misinterpretation of test results
  • Serious pressure ulcers
  • Accidents on-premises
  • Safeguarding issues
  • Assault/violence

Serious Incidents also include systematic and organisational failures such as serious IT failures, issues surrounding ward closures and bed availability for patients in need, as well as any adverse event or incident affecting an NHS Trust or Health Board’s ability to provide quality healthcare.

Making a claim for an NHS serious incident

Sometimes, we have to put ourselves and our families first, and deciding to make a claim may be a difficult choice. However, compensation can help to relieve the financial burden a serious incident can cause.

Making a claim can also help to bring about change within the NHS. Highlighting problems in particular trusts and hospitals can help to stop others from experiencing the same issue. Consider the changes that have been implemented since the Stafford Hospital scandal which highlighted the neglect of patients. If family members had not complained, the practices at the hospital would have continued unchecked.

Free initial advice and no win, no fee

There is no risk in making an initial approach to Blackwater Law as we offer free initial advice. We may ask to see a report or ask you to send us your medical notes, so we are able to give you a better assessment of the potential to make a claim. In addition, we take on claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that, unlike other litigious matters, you will only pay a fee upon receiving a compensation settlement amount.

Legal professionals, you can trust and rely on

Our specialist lawyers have a wealth of experience in this field and consult with a wide range of medical experts to assess your treatment path to pinpoint where mistakes have been made. With their help, your lawyer will be able to put forward a comprehensive account of your experience and pursue your claim with confidence.

Your lawyer understands the emotional stress an NHS incident can create and will be a sympathetic and supportive friend to you through the claims process.

Zoe Diss Blackwater Law
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