Extended Delays in Treatment
If you have to see a medical expert, whether that person is your GP, nurse or a specialist of some kind, that person has a duty to provide you with the correct treatment. Often that treatment has to be done within a certain timeframe.
By way of an example, if your GP suspects cancer, they would usually refer you to a cancer specialist. Depending on the type of suspected cancer, NICE guidelines use the classifications below:
- Urgent – Within 2 weeks
- Very urgent – within 48 hours
- Immediate – admission or referral occurring within a few hours or sooner if needed
In cases of fractures, a delay in treatment can affect how the bones heal or if they heal at all. There are complications such as mal-union, embolic complications, osteomyelitis and loss of function.
It is of the upmost importance that the correct treatment is given within the correct timeframe to ensure the optimal outcome for the patient.
When is a delay in treatment not considered negligent
If you are scheduled for a routine surgical procedure or appointment which gets cancelled, the risk to the patient is always considered first and foremost before it is cancelled. A delay in receiving treatment is only classed as negligent if that delay has caused harm or injury which could have been avoided.
How can we help?
Negligence Claimline are specialists in compensation claims. We have helped many people make a claim in areas of misdiagnosis, undiagnosed medical conditions, delayed treatment of non-routine procedures and complications arising from delays in receiving treatment.
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
Find out more about negligence in our Advice Centre
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.