What are common A & E mistakes and possible grounds for a negligence claim?

A & E negligence could involve a variety of situations involving diagnosis, treatment and post-care.

  • Mistakes made during a diagnosis could include:
    • Failure to check a patient’s medical history
    • Mistakes made when examining a patient, leading to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a condition or illness. Conditions often misdiagnosed include: strokes, meningitis, aortic aneurysm, Cauda Equina Syndrome, gall stones, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, hernias, compartment syndrome, and fractures, including Scaphoid fractures
    • Failure to refer a patient on to a specialist stroke team for acute treatment
    • Not carrying out or requesting the correct tests eg. x-rays, blood tests, scans
    • Mistakes made when reviewing results of x-rays and other tests
    • Failing to admit patients when further monitoring or emergency care should have been arranged
  • Negligent care in A & E could include:
    • A patient being dropped by paramedics or injured in a fall eg. from a bed or wheelchair
    • Failure to ensure a patient attends follow up care

If you believe that you or a loved one may have received negligent A & E care and treatment, you may be able to make an A & E compensation claim.

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