How we can help
If you have been to A&E and received treatment or a diagnosis that was incorrect, resulting in you being given unsuitable treatment that has led to your condition worsening, then you may have a claim for the injuries suffered.
At Howells we have represented clients who have attended A&E with a range of problems and recovered compensation as a result of the poor treatment received. Examples of types of claim are:
• the misdiagnosis of fractures
• failure to diagnosis and treat gallstones, hernias and aortic aneurysms
• bleeds to the brain
• failure to identify objects retained in wounds such a wood, glass etc resulting in infection or more extensive surgery to remove the object than would have been needed if it has been identified at the appropriate time.
If you feel that you may have a claim for compensation then get in touch today. We know that many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side. Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our Medical Negligence team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.
Why choose us?
We will advise on the merits of every claim brought to us, and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the care and attention it deserves.
We appreciate that worry about costs can be a barrier to getting professional help – don’t let it stop you. If we believe you have a claim, then we can potentially pursue it via one of a number of funding options or fee arrangements such as ‘no win, no fee’.
If you choose us to look after your claim, we will look after you, as here at Howells we are committed to:
• earning the maximum possible compensation settlement for clients
• helping establish adequate ‘provision for life’ in terms of on-going specialist care, housing, support and welfare
• removing any fear, worry or mystery about the legal process and communicating regularly, openly and sensitively
• remaining a strong, staunch and tireless advocate for your rights
Make An A&E Claim
Q. How long do I have to make a claim?
A. A claim must be made within 3 years of the misdiagnosis or the date that you know or suspected that you have suffered as a result of the delay in diagnosis and treatment of your condition.Where a claim is brought on behalf of a child the 3 year limitation starts to run from the child’s 18th birthday.If the Claimant is a patient who is assessed as not being capable of handling their own claim the time limit (limitation period) does not begin until the legal incapacity is removed.
Q. How much compensation will my claim be worth?
A. This depends on the illness and the impact of the misdiagnosis to your health and recovery, and the effect that this has had on your ability to carry out day to day activities such as caring for yourself, going to work, driving etcAfter an initial appointment/discussion we may be able to give you an estimated claim worth.
Q. How serious an illness does the substandard care have to have caused to make a claim?
A. Usually, a claim can be made for a substandard care that has significantly hindered your recovery, caused additional pain and suffering or resulted in more complicated treatment. But get in touch regardless as a member of our team will be able to advise you free of charge whether you are likely to have a claim or not.
Q. Can you still help if the treatment was private?
A. We can assist with claims for both private and NHS patients.We can also assist those who are detained in prison and received hospital treatment during their detention.
For more questions on the process of making a claim see FAQs.