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Medical negligence claims on the rise

The National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) is a government body that deals with all medical negligence claims made against doctors, nurses and hospitals in the UK. As a result, it offer reports and statistics each year on the number of claims made, the medical areas in which claims were more prevalent and also details how much money was paid out in compensation for medical negligence claims.
The report details claims levels of 10,129 in 2012/13, which also includes potential claims – an increase of 986 claims in one year. This does seem like a large increase in just 12 months and the report does not offer any explanation for the increase.
Statistics have been collated since the compensation scheme began in 1995. Since then, the speciality with the most compensation claims made was surgery, with just over 33,000, followed by obstetrics and gynaecology with just over 16,000.
Interestingly enough, obstetrics and gynaecology are the specialities with the highest amount paid out in compensation claims since 1995 by nearly £5 million. This suggests that the injuries being sustained by patients in obstetrics and gynaecology are significantly more severe than in any other speciality.
Christopher Noble, head of clinical negligence at Atherton Godfrey, said: “The statistics on medical negligence claims only tell half of the story. Behind every statistic and every claim is a victim of medical negligence who, in some cases, may never regain the quality of life they had before the incident. The compensation they receive is a means of making their lives as comfortable as possible, under the circumstances.”
If you have suffered from an injury following treatment in hospital and you need advice about the possibility of making a medical negligence claim, speak to a medical negligence solicitor who will be able to offer you the advice you need. call us on 01302 320621.

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