Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator

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Peter Rigby, Director of Medical Neglience

How do compensation calculators work?

Our medical negligence compensation calculator is designed to give you an idea of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to following a medical negligence incident. The numbers outlined in our compensation calculator are determined by previous settlement figures, that have been secured by our legal team for similar cases. Therefore, the calculator utilises historical medical negligence cases, as well as information from the Judicial Court, and similar cases within the industry to give you a guideline figure. It is important to note that the figures documented in this calculator are to be used as a guide only and are subject to change on a case-by-case basis and individual circumstances. In the period 2020-2021 the NHS paid out £1.36 billion for medical negligence claims.

How to use our ‘compensation examples’

To get the best from our compensation calculator, we would recommend looking at the information and figures that best match your circumstances. We have gathered information about various cases with wide-ranging conditions, which will help you match the information to your own personal experience. This will give you with the best idea of what compensation you may be entitled to. To keep the data in this calculator updated, we will constantly review the most recent case types in our database and may update the information in our medical negligence compensation calculator at regular intervals. As the examples here are based on real case outcomes, the information in this calculator may vary. To ensure the most accurate guidelines, please to refer to the compensation calculator when you need more up to date information.

Supported by genuine medical negligence cases

Please remember that the figures in our medical negligence compensation calculator is designed to provide a guide rather than definitive figures. For example, in a case outlined by the Daily Mail a woman suffered an avoidable amputation. Doctors believed it was the only method of preventing a serious infection from spreading however, doctors later realised there had been no evidence of the condition. The case was settled at £10,000.

 

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Examples of medical negligence compensation

Medical misdiagnosis compensation payout examples

Below are some examples of misdiagnosis cases that have been awarded compensation.

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Compensation amount
Case notes
Failure to diagnose and treat renal tumor
£27,500 - source: Fletcher Solicitors Case Study - Doctors failed to diagnose and treat renal tumour
Doctors failed to diagnose and treat a renal tumor after scans showed a 9cm mass under the left kidney. over time this grew a has now left the patient requiring further anti-cancer therapy in the future.
Negligent incident
Failure to diagnose and treat renal tumor
Compensation amount
£27,500 - source: Fletcher Solicitors Case Study - Doctors failed to diagnose and treat renal tumour
Case notes
Doctors failed to diagnose and treat a renal tumor after scans showed a 9cm mass under the left kidney. over time this grew a has now left the patient requiring further anti-cancer therapy in the future.
Failure to diagnose Hodgkin Lymphoma
£85,500 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - £85,500 settlement for man following misdiagnosis
Examination results from tests in 2008 showed no sign of Hodgkin Lymphoma. However, 8 years later the sample was re-analysed and the disease was detected. The misdiagnosis in 2008 led to injury & loss and the disease had become aggressive over time.
Negligent incident
Failure to diagnose Hodgkin Lymphoma
Compensation amount
£85,500 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - £85,500 settlement for man following misdiagnosis
Case notes
Examination results from tests in 2008 showed no sign of Hodgkin Lymphoma. However, 8 years later the sample was re-analysed and the disease was detected. The misdiagnosis in 2008 led to injury & loss and the disease had become aggressive over time.
Failure to diagnose meningitis
In 2008 doctors failed to diagnose fast enough. This meant the NHS trust did not treat a 6-week-old with needed antibiotics in time. As a result, she brain damage and was left severely disabled. The girl died due to her condition in 2018.
Negligent incident
Failure to diagnose meningitis
Compensation amount
Case notes
In 2008 doctors failed to diagnose fast enough. This meant the NHS trust did not treat a 6-week-old with needed antibiotics in time. As a result, she brain damage and was left severely disabled. The girl died due to her condition in 2018.

Medical amputation compensation payout examples

Below are some examples of amputation cases that have been awarded compensation.

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Case notes
Leg needlessly amputated after an infection was not treated correctly
£100,000 - source: BBC - Amputation man awarded £100,000
The patient had broken their leg after overturning their quad bike, The infection wasn't noticed for almost 2 months. Once notice he was give various antibiotics, these did not work. He was referred to another hospital, who believed the leg could not longer be saved from the infection and it was amputated below the knee one year on from initial treatment.
Negligent incident
Leg needlessly amputated after an infection was not treated correctly
Compensation amount
£100,000 - source: BBC - Amputation man awarded £100,000
Case notes
The patient had broken their leg after overturning their quad bike, The infection wasn't noticed for almost 2 months. Once notice he was give various antibiotics, these did not work. He was referred to another hospital, who believed the leg could not longer be saved from the infection and it was amputated below the knee one year on from initial treatment.
Delayed treatment on a blood clot resulted in amputation
A policeman who had been undergoing treatment for a rare nasal cancer was rushed to A&E after a blood clot was found in his left leg. He was left there waiting 13 hours to be transferred just four miles to a different medical centre. Due to this delay, specialist were unable to save the limb, meaning he lost his leg and ended his 20-year career.
Negligent incident
Delayed treatment on a blood clot resulted in amputation
Compensation amount
Case notes
A policeman who had been undergoing treatment for a rare nasal cancer was rushed to A&E after a blood clot was found in his left leg. He was left there waiting 13 hours to be transferred just four miles to a different medical centre. Due to this delay, specialist were unable to save the limb, meaning he lost his leg and ended his 20-year career.
Leg amputated after serious infection was diagnosed as athletes foot
A man was mistakenly told that the infection in his foot was athletes foot and was given antibiotics. This meant he did not receive the required treatment for the diabetic foot infection he was diagnosed with two days later. Once diagnosed he was still not referred or admitted. The infection got worse and it was not until 6 days later he saw a specialist, this was too late and as a result he had he right leg amputated below the knee.
Negligent incident
Leg amputated after serious infection was diagnosed as athletes foot
Compensation amount
Case notes
A man was mistakenly told that the infection in his foot was athletes foot and was given antibiotics. This meant he did not receive the required treatment for the diabetic foot infection he was diagnosed with two days later. Once diagnosed he was still not referred or admitted. The infection got worse and it was not until 6 days later he saw a specialist, this was too late and as a result he had he right leg amputated below the knee.

Cancer negligence compensation payout examples

Below are some examples of cancer negligence cases that have been awarded compensation.

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Case notes
A man received unnecessary chemotherapy for wrong cancer
£12,500 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Unnecessary chemotherapy for wrong cancer
A 77-year-old man had 3 unnecessary round of chemotherapy. This was after a hospital failed to appropriately diagnose a return of prostate cancer. The hospital instead were treating the man for bladder cancer meaning he did not receive the treatment he required. If diagnosed correctly he could have started the correct chemotherapy a year earlier.
Negligent incident
A man received unnecessary chemotherapy for wrong cancer
Compensation amount
£12,500 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Unnecessary chemotherapy for wrong cancer
Case notes
A 77-year-old man had 3 unnecessary round of chemotherapy. This was after a hospital failed to appropriately diagnose a return of prostate cancer. The hospital instead were treating the man for bladder cancer meaning he did not receive the treatment he required. If diagnosed correctly he could have started the correct chemotherapy a year earlier.
Woman becomes terminally ill after not being offered correct treatment
A woman who was being treated for breast cancer was not offered a mastectomy by doctors. This could have helped her condition and prolonged her life. However, the operation was never offered and her condition became terminal as result.
Negligent incident
Woman becomes terminally ill after not being offered correct treatment
Compensation amount
Case notes
A woman who was being treated for breast cancer was not offered a mastectomy by doctors. This could have helped her condition and prolonged her life. However, the operation was never offered and her condition became terminal as result.
Failure to diagnose bowel cancer resulted in terminal illness
A man suffered from a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer. As a result of the delay, the cancer became incurable and her husband sadly passed away.
Negligent incident
Failure to diagnose bowel cancer resulted in terminal illness
Compensation amount
Case notes
A man suffered from a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer. As a result of the delay, the cancer became incurable and her husband sadly passed away.

Medical negligence & eye injury compensation payout examples

Below are some examples of eye injury cases that have been awarded compensation.

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Compensation amount
Case notes
Negligence leads to loss of vision
£60,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - £60K settlement follows negligent loss of vision
A woman who initially attended hospital with a severe headache was not treated quick enough, resulting a loss of vision. It was argued that had her problems been identified sooner, then there was still a window of opportunity to save her vision. The evidence found that due to negligence, she would have retained better vision in her left eye, would not have lost any vision in her right eye, and would not have had to be registered as being sight impaired.
Negligent incident
Negligence leads to loss of vision
Compensation amount
£60,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - £60K settlement follows negligent loss of vision
Case notes
A woman who initially attended hospital with a severe headache was not treated quick enough, resulting a loss of vision. It was argued that had her problems been identified sooner, then there was still a window of opportunity to save her vision. The evidence found that due to negligence, she would have retained better vision in her left eye, would not have lost any vision in her right eye, and would not have had to be registered as being sight impaired.
Man loses eyesight after doctor refuses to see him
On New Year's Day 2017, the man began to see floaters and was rushed to A&E as his eyesight was fading. Whilst he was there an on-call eye doctor failed to see him and he was sent home with eye cream. Overnight, vision in his right eye had gone, he had suffered an eye haemorrhage. An operation took place which was unable to restore his vision.
Negligent incident
Man loses eyesight after doctor refuses to see him
Compensation amount
Case notes
On New Year's Day 2017, the man began to see floaters and was rushed to A&E as his eyesight was fading. Whilst he was there an on-call eye doctor failed to see him and he was sent home with eye cream. Overnight, vision in his right eye had gone, he had suffered an eye haemorrhage. An operation took place which was unable to restore his vision.
Delayed diagnosis of retinal detachment
£300,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Man receives 300K after delayed diagnosis of retinal detachment
In 2019 a an noticed that his vision was foggy and after seeking advice from a pharmacist and GP he went to A&E. There, he was triaged and advised that he had suffered a haemorrhage in his eye and that he should have a follow-up appointment in four weeks’ time. He was advised to avoid strenuous exercise in the meantime. at the follow-up he was advised that he had actually suffered a left vitreous haemorrhage and retinal detachment with macula-off, and the retina had folded on itself, requiring urgent surgery. Shortly after it was noted that his visual acuity was affected and he can could only hand movements. Today he has around 5% vision in his left eye.
Negligent incident
Delayed diagnosis of retinal detachment
Compensation amount
£300,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Man receives 300K after delayed diagnosis of retinal detachment
Case notes
In 2019 a an noticed that his vision was foggy and after seeking advice from a pharmacist and GP he went to A&E. There, he was triaged and advised that he had suffered a haemorrhage in his eye and that he should have a follow-up appointment in four weeks’ time. He was advised to avoid strenuous exercise in the meantime. at the follow-up he was advised that he had actually suffered a left vitreous haemorrhage and retinal detachment with macula-off, and the retina had folded on itself, requiring urgent surgery. Shortly after it was noted that his visual acuity was affected and he can could only hand movements. Today he has around 5% vision in his left eye.

Birth Injury negligence compensation payout examples

Below are some examples of birth injury negligence cases that have been awarded compensation.

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Negligent use of forceps and unnecessary procedure in labour
£7,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Forceps negligently used during woman’s first labour
In 2017, a woman was admitted and during the assessment prior to induction of labour, the foetus was considered to be head down but facing the abdomen. The effect of this was that the fetal head was not fully descended within the pelvis at the start of labour/induction. After multiple tests, she was transferred to the maternity theatre for instrumental delivery, yet fetal blood sampling had never taken place. Multiple attempts at the delivery were made and a decision was made to carry put a C-section. The investigation found that the forceps were used with excessive force. The baby was delivered in a C-section without difficulty which suggests that the use of forceps was not required. The baby had multiple bruises and indentation of its left cheek as a result of the forceps.
Negligent incident
Negligent use of forceps and unnecessary procedure in labour
Compensation amount
£7,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Forceps negligently used during woman’s first labour
Case notes
In 2017, a woman was admitted and during the assessment prior to induction of labour, the foetus was considered to be head down but facing the abdomen. The effect of this was that the fetal head was not fully descended within the pelvis at the start of labour/induction. After multiple tests, she was transferred to the maternity theatre for instrumental delivery, yet fetal blood sampling had never taken place. Multiple attempts at the delivery were made and a decision was made to carry put a C-section. The investigation found that the forceps were used with excessive force. The baby was delivered in a C-section without difficulty which suggests that the use of forceps was not required. The baby had multiple bruises and indentation of its left cheek as a result of the forceps.
Woman denied child bonding time after negligent maternity care
A woman was denied valuable bonding time with her new born baby. During labour she had developed a pressure sore to her right buttock. At discharge the district nurse was meant to treat the sore and change the dressing, they did not turn up. The woman was discharge without this taking place. Once home, her neighbour (a nurse) visited her home for the first few weeks to change the dressing. The sore took two months to heal and severely hindered her bonding time.
Negligent incident
Woman denied child bonding time after negligent maternity care
Compensation amount
Case notes
A woman was denied valuable bonding time with her new born baby. During labour she had developed a pressure sore to her right buttock. At discharge the district nurse was meant to treat the sore and change the dressing, they did not turn up. The woman was discharge without this taking place. Once home, her neighbour (a nurse) visited her home for the first few weeks to change the dressing. The sore took two months to heal and severely hindered her bonding time.
Baby born born severely disabled after a series of medical errors
In 2006 a family sued the NHS after medical error during pregnancy caused a baby boy to born with cerebral palsy and severely disabled. This significantly affect the life of both the baby and his family. This left them needing to provide full time care to the child and move house to ensure that the baby boy could have the best quality of life possible.
Negligent incident
Baby born born severely disabled after a series of medical errors
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Case notes
In 2006 a family sued the NHS after medical error during pregnancy caused a baby boy to born with cerebral palsy and severely disabled. This significantly affect the life of both the baby and his family. This left them needing to provide full time care to the child and move house to ensure that the baby boy could have the best quality of life possible.

Medical negligence compensation payout examples

Below are some examples of medical negligence cases that have been awarded compensation.

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Failure to identify stress fracture results in delayed treatment
£17,500 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Failure to identify stress fracture results in delayed treatment
In 2018, a woman felt pain in her left leg when she was stood. A GP prescribed her analgesia and was told to return in two weeks if nothing had improved. She returned with worsening pain and was referred for an X-ray. The NHS trust said that a stress fracture needed to be excluded and no definite fracture was identified in the scan. She was told to continue physiotherapy, which she did for 2 month before requested a further scan after becoming unable to bare weight on her leg. An MRI scan revealed a stress fracture of proximal tibial diaphysis evolved toward complete cortical fracture with inflammatory component. This left her immobile and in plaster for four months.
Negligent incident
Failure to identify stress fracture results in delayed treatment
Compensation amount
£17,500 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - Failure to identify stress fracture results in delayed treatment
Case notes
In 2018, a woman felt pain in her left leg when she was stood. A GP prescribed her analgesia and was told to return in two weeks if nothing had improved. She returned with worsening pain and was referred for an X-ray. The NHS trust said that a stress fracture needed to be excluded and no definite fracture was identified in the scan. She was told to continue physiotherapy, which she did for 2 month before requested a further scan after becoming unable to bare weight on her leg. An MRI scan revealed a stress fracture of proximal tibial diaphysis evolved toward complete cortical fracture with inflammatory component. This left her immobile and in plaster for four months.
Failure to refer patient and provide correct treatment
£1,000,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - £1 million settlement following rare vein condition
In 2013, a woman visited her local NHS trust after seven days of abdominal pain. She was discharged three days later with gastritis. Almost two years later she return with increased abdominal pain and her abdomen had increased in size significantly. When examined, Ascites (fluid within the abdomen) was identified along with a gene mutation, namely Jak-2. was also informed she had Polycythemia Vera disorder and as a result, she developed thrombosis in the hepatic veins and Budd-Chiari syndrome. These condition had developed as she was not referred to a haematologist, further test and treatment were not provided and/or carried out initally.
Negligent incident
Failure to refer patient and provide correct treatment
Compensation amount
£1,000,000 - source: Patient Claim Line case study - £1 million settlement following rare vein condition
Case notes
In 2013, a woman visited her local NHS trust after seven days of abdominal pain. She was discharged three days later with gastritis. Almost two years later she return with increased abdominal pain and her abdomen had increased in size significantly. When examined, Ascites (fluid within the abdomen) was identified along with a gene mutation, namely Jak-2. was also informed she had Polycythemia Vera disorder and as a result, she developed thrombosis in the hepatic veins and Budd-Chiari syndrome. These condition had developed as she was not referred to a haematologist, further test and treatment were not provided and/or carried out initally.
Baby girl left disabled after surgery
A 5-month-old girl was left severely disabled following an operation to correct a malformed oesophagus. During the treatment she suffered a respiratory arrest and "turned blue" after being starved of oxygen. The court ruled that the medical staff failed to properly ventilate her before and after treatment.
Negligent incident
Baby girl left disabled after surgery
Compensation amount
Case notes
A 5-month-old girl was left severely disabled following an operation to correct a malformed oesophagus. During the treatment she suffered a respiratory arrest and "turned blue" after being starved of oxygen. The court ruled that the medical staff failed to properly ventilate her before and after treatment.
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Compensation figures change from case-to-case. This is because there is various criteria considered when it comes to compensation figures, such as the injury sustained, further treatment and estimated time of recovery (if applicable). Other factors to consider include loss of earnings, psychological distress, long term adaptations to your home as well as any ongoing support, medical equipment and/or physiotherapy you may require. Assessing each claim to calculate the amount of damages to be paid out is a complex task, making it necessary to get in touch with us if you believe you have an NHS negligence claim. Our solicitors understand how to best calculate what you may receive based on your unique experience and circumstances.

 

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