Medical Negligence at Northwick Park Hospital

Medical Negligence at Northwick Park Hospital

The vast majority of patients receive good quality care from their local hospital, but with the NHS under continuing pressure, due to a lack of resources to meet the demands of a growing population and ageing population, the risks of an adverse outcome to treatment or care at Northwick Park Hospital are likely to increase. This is also at a time when the Care and Quality Commission reported, in 2019, that “overall” Northwick Park Hospital requires improvement.

As experienced and specialist medical negligence solicitors we understand the potential serious consequences of errors or mistakes in your treatment. We have acted for patients who have been treated at Northwick Park Hospital and successfully recovered substantial compensation for the injuries they have sustained, as a result of substandard care and treatment.

How do I make a Northwick Park Hospital Medical Negligence Claim

Depending upon the reasons for the adverse outcome to the care or treatment you have received, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation, for the harm suffered as a consequence of the Northwick Park Hospital medical negligence. Not every mistake will lead to a claim for compensation. If you would like advice on whether the harm you have suffered may entitle you to financial recompense, to reflect your suffering, call 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or use the enquiry form to request a call back.

We will listen to your account of your experience and advise you immediately whether we believe you have reasonable prospects of making a successful claim for medical negligence compensation.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) report-Northwick Park Hospital

In 2019 the CQC published a report which whilst rating critical care services as “good”, maternity and gynaecology services were rated as “inadequate”. Particularly, the rating for maternity and gynaecology under the broad heading of “safe” was rated as “inadequate” as was the issue of whether maternity and gynaecological services were “well led”. Therefore, overall, the rating for this particular service was identified as being “inadequate”.

Urgent and emergency services were identified as “requires improvement”. This was the same for services for children and young people, although critical care and outpatient and diagnostic imaging were rated as “good”. In contrast, medical care (including older people’s care) was rated as “requires improvement”.

To put these definitions in context, “requires improvement” means the service isn’t performing as well as it should. As regards to those services performing at “inadequate” levels, this means the service is performing badly and that enforcement action has been taken against the hospital.

Do you deal with my medical negligence claim?

We have acted for patients at Northwick Park Hospital over many years and have experience in dealing with claims in relation to various types of errors of treatment. Listed below are examples of the expertise that we have in pursuing hospital negligence claims against hospitals.

Why ask IBB Claims Solicitors to act on your behalf?

We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area. IBB Claims’ partner Malcolm Underhill has particular expertise with all types of brain injuries, being accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Our team is recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.

Legal 500 judges IBB as having a “good” clinical negligence department and “puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision.” Simon Pimlott has “a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client.”

Chambers describes Malcolm as being a highly experienced personal injury practitioner with a strong focus on cases that involve brain injury. A client notes: "He is a very personable, sympathetic professional that has helped us as a family….."

Examples of inadequate treatment at Northwick Park Hospital

Tragically, Irmgard Cooper, aged 85, bled to death at Northwick Park Hospital after a spelling mistake meant blood which was intended for the patient during the operation, was sent back. She died because blood supplies were severely delayed. Her name had been spelt as Irngard instead of Irmgard, which caused the delay. This illustrates how a small human error can lead to very tragic consequences.

Another example is a young girl being left with brain damage caused by her birth at Northwick Park Hospital. Aastha Patel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a consequence of staff at Northwick Park Hospital failing to take appropriate action when her heart rate dropped. The result is that Aastha has been left severely disabled although fortunately she was able to make a successful medical negligence claim and was awarded millions of pounds in compensation. No amount of money can make up for the suffering that she experiences but the money can be used ensure that she has care and support for the rest of her life. It also gives the parents comfort knowing, that her future is provided for.

In 2017 doctors removed a woman’s breast client after they got her results mixed with another patient at the hospital. Maryam Yazdanny subsequently had reconstructive surgery. However, that could not make up for the traumatic experience and, as she said “one I will probably never recover from”. She subsequently received compensation for the mistake by Northwick Park Hospital, which included compensation for the loss of the breast, the mental distress and lost earnings because she had to close her beauty salon.

When should I make a Northwick Park medical negligence claim?

A patient who has suffered harm as a consequence of hospital medical negligence has three years from the date of the mistake or error, to bring a claim. However, in the majority of cases there is no reason to delay, once the harm has been suffered and therefore it is sensible to bring a claim as soon as possible after the event. This means that there is a greater prospect of achieving a successful outcome and, equally importantly, that the compensation from Northwick Park Hospital will be received earlier than if a claim was delayed until the end of the three-year time period.

If the patient is not in a position to bring a claim, due to the harm suffered, then a family member can bring a claim on their behalf. Therefore, even where a patient has sustained very serious harm, particularly a brain injury, their claim can be brought by a family member.

This also applies to a child who has sustained a hospital medical negligence injury. Although the time limit for children does not run until their 18th birthday, the claim does not have to be delayed until they become an adult; the claim can be brought by their parents or another family member once the error or mistake comes to light. This is particularly important in respect of children who sustain an injury at birth as the demands of looking after a disabled child will be emotionally, physically and financially demanding. Therefore, bringing a claim as soon as possible will enable the parents to know whether they have the prospects of recovering substantial compensation and, if so, that interim payments of compensation can be obtained from the hospital on an ongoing basis, to fund care and treatment.

Therefore, whether an adult or child, it is in the patient’s and parents’ interest to bring a claim as soon as possible.

I need advice on a Northwick Park Hospital medical negligence claim

If you would like to know whether your experience may entitle you to medical negligence compensation, call 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or use the enquiry form to request a call back.

We will listen to the account of your experience at Northwick Park Hospital and advise you straightaway, whether we believe you have reasonable prospects of making a successful claim for compensation for the injuries that you have suffered.

Where is IBB claims?

We are based in Uxbridge and thus conveniently located to meet, to discuss how we can help you make a Northwick Park Hospital medical negligence claim.