We have recently taken enquiries from a number of patients who have received shoulder surgery at the Spire Leeds Hospital. We understand that, following an internal review, Spire Leeds has identified some areas of concern with the treatment provided at the hospital. They have contacted affected patients to discuss the findings of their internal investigation.
It is clear that Spire Leeds is carrying out a detailed review of the care provided and is taking steps to inform affected patients, and offer them support and advice. We understand that patients who have been contacted in these circumstances may find the information distressing and they might want to seek independent legal advice in respect of pursuing a clinical negligence claim.
Making a claim
For a legal claim to be successful, it’s necessary to show both that the care received fell below an acceptable standard (i.e. that there was a breach in the duty of care owed to you) and that, as a result of the substandard care, you have suffered injury (i.e. causation). This is usually done with the assistance of independent medical experts.
To establish that the duty of care owed to you was breached, it must be shown that the care provided was substandard. This means that the provided must have been at a level which no responsible body of medical practitioners would provide, or agree is reasonable.
If we can establish that the care provided to you was substandard, we must then establish causation by showing that an injury has been caused as a direct result of that care. A claim will not succeed if the injury is caused by an underlying medical condition which needed treating, or is a recognised side effect or complication of necessary treatment.
If you or someone close to you has been contacted by the Spire Leeds Hospital, please do not hesitate to contact Ison Harrison in order to discuss the matter with a member of our clinical negligence team on 0113 284 5000 or alternatively email James.Thompson@isonharrison.co.uk.