If you or a loved one have been affected by errors made in A&E, our solicitors may be able to help you. Call us free on 0808 164 0808 today. Or, if you prefer, you can request a call back and we will get in touch with you.

A&E negligence claims

Accident and Emergency departments are on the frontline of NHS care. While enabling patients to access high quality medical care in an emergency, they can also be one of the most error-prone departments within our hospital system. 

With little to no control over patient numbers and all kinds of conditions and injuries to treat quickly and efficiently, A&E departments can be extremely challenging environments. A&E staff have to assess and transfer patients to specialist departments for appropriate care as soon as they can after being admitted.

Resources within a hospital often do not meet the demands – so prioritisation of need is required. Patients will be triaged and identified for treatment depending on their individual conditions. Failure to recognise a feature of a patient’s presentation or a failure to provide the right urgent treatment may lead to A&E compensation claims.

Causes of additional injuries to patients from A&E negligence:

Because of mistakes made in A&E, patients can often endure additional injuries due to:

  • Lack of proper care
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Undiagnosed issues
  • Delayed treatment
  • Misinterpreting exam or test results
  • Incorrect medication
  • Mistakes in taking the patient’s history
  • Not examining a patient properly
  • Not carrying out the correct investigations
  • Failing to admit and sending a patient home instead

Diagnosis and treatment errors can lead to all kinds of illnesses and injuries. Many of the illnesses listed below are often missed or misdiagnosed, and can lead to life changing injuries for the patient concerned. Those injuries can include:

  • Fractures
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Torsion
  • Hypoxia
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Appendicitis
  • Meningitis
  • Sepsis

This is why it’s imperative for A&E staff to handle a vast number of patients quickly and properly.

Paramedic negligence and ambulance negligence claims

Negligence may not just occur within the Accident and Emergency department. It can also be a result of ambulance negligence or paramedic negligence before arriving at A&E.

If an ambulance is delayed with a slow response time, or a paramedic fails to administer the correct treatment to a patient, this could cause further complications to arise from an already life-threatening situation.

Grounds for Accident and Emergency claims

When things go wrong in A&E, the staff are judged as to whether their care fell below that of a reasonably competent practitioner. Unfortunately due to the highly complex and challenging nature of A&E departments, errors can occur and give rise to A&E claims.

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of negligence while seeking treatment at an Accident and Emergency department, our clinical negligence solicitors may be able to help you. Call us free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and we will call you.


In general you have three years from the date of negligence or reasonable knowledge of mistreatment by a healthcare professional causing you harm to bring a compensation claim. There are some exceptions to this rule for instance where the matter involves a child in which case the child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday to bring a claim, therefore expiring on the individual’s 21st birthday.

It is important to speak to a legal team as early as possible to avoid any issues with limitation dates.