Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments in most hospitals are extremely busy and under a great deal of pressure. If you have an accident or become ill suddenly, it is likely you will visit the A&E department of your nearest hospital for treatment. No matter how busy the A&E department is, they still owe you a duty of care.
It is vital that the doctor overseeing your care carries out the necessary examinations and tests to determine a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, in a timely manner. If they get it wrong, your condition may be missed, causing you unnecessary pain and suffering. This may further exacerbate your condition meaning you suffer for longer and may result in more invasive treatment as a consequence.
You may also receive inappropriate treatment which you do not need, and as a result, causes you additional harm/pain and unnecessary suffering.
Some common things that can go wrong in A&E are:
There are inherent risks to undergoing all medical procedures, and the risks should be fully explained to you by an A&E Doctor prior to any medical procedure. Equally, if you have been discharged without being properly assessed or investigated, this may also constitute negligence.
If you consider that you have been let down, suffered injury, and emotional distress as a result of negligent treatment in A&E, you may have a claim for compensation and other losses.