Hospital AdmissionOne of the most common problems in hospital admission is medical errors which has potential of harming patients. One in seven patients may have a medication discrepancy on transfer in the hospital that may cause problems with the practice of general medicine. These errors can occur:

  • When determining the medication being taken by patients when they are being admitted
  • When making records of the medication of the patients
  • When prescribing medicine after they have been admitted

Types of compensation

The medical damages what the patient has lost due to errors. This questions adds to pounds where there are two types of compensation:

  • Compensation that be calculated to a given figure (non – economic compensation)
  • Exact calculation compensations (economic compensation)

Economic compensation

Special damages are considered as lost earning capacity and lost earnings, financial losses and medical bills caused by medical negligence. Lost earning capacity is reference to the amounts of money that one will lose in the present and future due to the injury resulting from medical negligence.

The value of compensation here will vary with the kind of injury suffered. In minor traumatic stress compensation could be as high as £6,000. In some cases when the patients undergo operations that they do not need. They can get compensated with about £ 7,500. There are other compensations however brain damage claims are serious and settlements here are high due to the seriousness of the injuries, pay-out can be as high as £ 300,000.

Non-economic compensation

This includes mental anguish or pain and suffering as well as consortium loss. When one is admitted and given wrong diagnosis, it could traumatize the patients and it puts them through unnecessary pain especially when they discover they are being treated for the wrong ailment.
No guideline has been put in place to determine the amount that claimants can make for the pain and suffering they have gone through due to medical malpractice.

Pain and suffering value

It is difficult to value pain andinsurance companies use a multiplier to calculate the value though it will only be applicable to a certain degree. The courts however do not use multipliers to determine compensation as there are other factors that affect the claim outcome. This includes:

  • Whether the court likes the claimant
  • Whether the claimant is a bad or good witness
  • Whether the claimant lied
  • Whether the injuries are easy for the court to understand
  • Whether the claimant has a criminal record
  • Whether the claimant is alive and present in the court

The compensation given by the court for a claimant that is dead is usually lower than that of one who is living. It is important to consult with the solicitor so they can give an honest opinion about what the court will do with the evidence that is presented.

Consortium loss

This refers to intangible benefits the patients provided to their loved ones.  Therefore, it is one of the compensations that patients receive for what they have been denied to give their family.
There have been laws that have been put in place capping the amount of non-economic compensation in medical negligence cases regardless of the severity of the injuries. There are deadlines when medical negligence can be filed and it is important to consult solicitors so as to initiate the settlement before filing for compensation period expires.

It the right for every patient who suffered hospital errors during admission to get compensationdue to the impact the injuries they had impacted their lives. Experienced solicitors such as Express Solicitors will have a sympathetic approach to their clients so as to help them claim their compensation.