NHS Negligence Payouts

Reviewed by
Georgia Briscoe, Director of Medical Neglience

NHS Negligence Payouts

When visiting the hospital, the expectation is that we receive medical care and treatment that makes us better. While the staff, specialists, and doctors at NHS typically deliver on this promise, there are times when care or treatment falls below a standard of quality we are used to. Sometimes, that standard falls so far below the expected level that it is considered negligent.

If you have experienced poor quality care while receiving medical treatment from the NHS that resulted in injury or harm, or made your condition worse, you may have a claim for medical negligence compensation. When a health professional or facility like the NHS provides treatment that is below the standard of care you expect and deserve, a compensation claim attempts to return you back to the quality of life you were in before the care was received. When that isn’t physically possible, a medical negligence claim may be a viable way to help make your life more comfortable after a devastating or life-altering event at the hands of the NHS.

The amount of your NHS negligence payout depends on several factors revolving around the injury and losses you or your loved one incurred as well as any costs needed to help your recovery or help ensure you live the best possible life now and in the future. Our expert legal team are here to help determine the amount of your compensation if you believe you have an NHS negligence claim.

What is the average payout for an NHS negligence claim?

According to the National Health Service Litigation Authority, the average NHS negligence payout was estimated around £50,000.

Just like every medical condition presents differently from one person to the next, an NHS negligence claim is unlikely to be exactly the same between patients. Negligence may be a missed diagnosis, an incorrect prescription, or a botched surgery, and each of these cases results in varied harm or injury to the individual. Because the variations are so broad, cases for NHS negligence compensation can range anywhere from £1,000 up to many millions of pounds in the most severe of cases.

The Highest Payout Awarded due to NHS Negligence in the UK

Throughout the UK, the number of and total compensation paid for NHS negligence claims have steadily increased over the last several years. While the amount received after harm or injury at the hands of NHS staff varies greatly, there have been recent cases that have made headlines, due in part to the amount received.

One woman was awarded £24 million after an operating room blunder that left her brain damaged. In another case, a woman confined to a wheelchair after negligence in the delivery of her child resulted in £12.4 million. There are several other notable NHS negligence claims where harmed patients and their families have received more than £2 million based on the damages they incurred.

NHS Negligence Claims Statistics

In 2008, the NHS paid out £538 million for negligence compensation claims. This figure has increased significantly, now totaling more than £1.7 billion. While the amount of compensation has steadily risen over the last decade, the number of cases has increased less dramatically. For the same time period, negligence claims that resulted in awarded damages rose from 2,800 to 7,300. Other notable NHS negligence claim statistics include:

  • NHS negligence claims span many specialties, with the largest percentage of compensation awards involving obstetrics
  • The total of all claims against the NHS equaled 17,202 for the 2016/17 year
  • The number of claims resolved without payment of damages equaled 5,252
  • Total cost of NHS negligence claims predicted to double by 2023

What can be claimed for after NHS Negligence?

In order to have a successful case for NHS negligence compensation, it is necessary to break down damages into specific categories. These include:

  • General damages – general damages involve compensation for pain and suffering related to the harm or injury caused by NHS negligence.
  • Medical expenses – these are the costs incurred to return to health after harm or injury due to negligence at the hands of the NHS.
  • Out of pocket losses – compensation may also be awarded for losses such as travel expenses, like those required to get back and forth between treatment or follow up care appointments after harm or injury has occurred.
  • Loss of earnings – you may also be able to claim for compensation if you have to take off from work due to your injury. If you may never return to work, then you can also claim for future loss of earnings.
  • Care claim – if you need assistance during your recovering from a carer, you may receive compensation for that help as well. In more serious cases where care is needed indefinitely, either by a loved one or a professional carer, then those costs can be claimed also.

How is the Payout Amount Calculated?

For each NHS negligence claim for compensation, the amount received differs based on the damages incurred. Less serious cases may have a smaller payout because the injury was relatively minor, while more serious cases that involve life-altering consequences have far larger compensation payouts.

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. You absolutely need a specialist who understands medical clams, in order to ensure you get the right amount of compensation.

How Do I Sue the NHS for Negligence?

The first step in bringing an NHS negligence claim is to give us a call or fill out our brief online claim form. With our expert team on the line, we have an opportunity to understand what happened and if a claim for compensation is the solution without any upfront financial risk to you.

No Win No Fee

At Patient Claim Line, we operate on a no win, no fee basis. This means that when you work with us to pursue your NHS negligence claim, you have peace of mind knowing that there is no fees to pay if the case is unsuccessful. The fees incurred for legal assistance are only obtained if compensation is awarded after a successful claim. If there is no award paid, you don’t owe us anything.

A no win, no fee arrangement takes away any worry about financial means when bringing a claim against the NHS. Our solicitors understand you need to focus on getting back to the life you knew before the negligence occurred, so we work diligently on your case without putting an additional burden on your shoulders.

Why Choose PCL

Patient Claim Line has a strong track record of bringing claims for compensation against the NHS when negligence resulting in harm or injury has occurred. We’re the highest rated Medical Negligence specialists on Trustpilot and our legal team has over 400 years combined experience in this area of law. We are owned and operated by the UK’s largest Medical Negligence law firm. Our dedicated team recognises how important it is to receive what you deserve to cover pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and other damages you incurred because of a blunder with the NHS. Our solicitors have an excellent reputation for providing the best legal assistance without the stress of any out-of-pocket expenses. The combination of our expertise and the no win, no fee arrangement we work through makes bringing a claim for compensation after NHS negligence much more straightforward.

If you think you have a claim because of negligence after visiting the NHS, get in touch with us today. You can call 0330 107 5328 to receive free guidance on your case, or simply complete the claim form online.

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