The Accident and Emergency department is often the busiest in the hospital, with people coming and going at all hours.
However busy the hospital is, you should expect a high standard of care whenever you visit A&E.
If you suffer as a result of substandard care, for example if you’ve been given an incorrect diagnosis, fallen from your bed while being moved, or been given the wrong medication, you may be entitled to make an accident and emergency claim.
Medical negligence in A&E
Medical or ‘clinical’ negligence means a patient is harmed as a result of receiving substandard or inappropriate treatment.
Some types of medical negligence which can occur within the accident and emergency department include:
Patients sustaining injuries while being moved: a patient falling out of bed because bed bars aren’t put up, for example.
Misdiagnosis: incorrect or late diagnosis that causes further injury or prolongs recovery time. For more information, visit our dedicated misdiagnosis page.
Medication errors: causing deterioration in the patient’s condition, or serious side effects.
Failure to refer a patient to a specialist or discharging a patient prematurely.
Delays in treatment: leading to deterioration in the patient’s condition.