If you are considering claiming compensation for medical negligence or personal injury, it is important to be aware of the time limit for making a claim. This time limit is known as the ‘limitation period’.
In the recently reported case of JD V Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Ms JD, a 42-year-old woman was awarded £45,000 after she suffered damage to her ureter during a hysterectomy in November 2017.
In 2015 Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of 6 year old Jack Adcock, who had been a patient in Dr Bawa-Garba’s care at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011.
It was good to hear Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of NHS Confederation, on this morning's BBC Radio Four Today programme acknowledge that "not all lawyers are ambulance chasers". He was considering the rise in the cost to the NHS of medical negligence claims.
The final quarter of 2017 continued to be an active one within the field of medical negligence. Consultations and Parliamentary reports continued to flow. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) produced a report on 1 December 2017 stating that the government was continuing to be complacent in relation to learning from mistakes from clinical negligence claims. There has been a quadruple increase in the cost of clinical negligence which PAC attribute to the failure to identify key re-occurring mistakes and learning from those mistakes. The committee advocated a shift from the current NHS "defensiveness" position to a learning from mistakes culture.