Patient & Hospital Abuse Compensation Claims
When accessing care from a GP surgery, hospital, health centre or dental practice you should feel reassured that the staff will have your best interests at heart, especially if you’re already anxious or worried about treatment you’re receiving.
In most cases this is exactly what happens. Sadly, not all medical establishments are staffed by caring employees, and cases of patient abuse do still occur. Unfortunately, vulnerable people who are physically, emotionally or psychologically frail. Young patients, the elderly, mentally incapacitated or those who dependent on others to look after them can therefore be at risk.
Abuse of patients can happen in a variety of different situations. It doesn’t matter whether medical treatment is being delivered at home, in a hospital or as part of a community health program; the Trust responsible for administering it has a ‘duty of care’ to all its patients. This means you have the right to be treated with a reasonable level of professional care at all times.
Specialists in Patient & Hospital Abuse
We understand the physical pain and emotional trauma victims suffer. To obtain free expert advice or start an assault claim, please get in touch today – we promise to handle your case with discretion and care.
We help to take away the worry and hassle out of making a claim, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Our specialist team of solicitors are here for you and your loved ones to provide expert legal advice.
Making Patient & Hospital Abuse Claim
Patient and hospital abuse claims can be pursued whenever a patient experiences a clear breach of this. If you feel you have suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse by a healthcare professional, it may be possible to pursue legal action and claim compensation for your pain and suffering. Every local hospital trust, social care provider and mental health trust in England and Wales is responsible for the actions of their employees. This means they can be found liable, or failing in their duty of care, if a medical professional commits an act of abuse on a patient.
As anyone who is unwell will know, the relationship between a healthcare professional and their patient is based on trust. In the eyes of the law, any intimacy or sexual contact cannot be considered a mutual act because a patient is seen as being vulnerable. Whilst no amount of compensation can ever make up for the distress, suffering and trauma experienced when subjected to any form of abuse, it can help you access counselling or therapy and medication to make coping with what happened more manageable. Some abuse survivors also take the decision to sue an abuser because it enables them to achieve closure and take back some control of their emotions and life. If you’d like to speak to our specialist team in confidence, please get in touch or call today.
How much will my claim cost?
All abuse cases taken on by us are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.
If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.