Ambulance Claims

The Department of Health requires that the Ambulance Service reaches 75% of category A (life-threatening) calls within 8 minutes. If onward transport is required, a suitable vehicle should arrive on the scene within 19 minutes. There has been a steady decline in the number of Category A calls attended within 8 minutes over the past few years. As at April 2016, the national target of reaching 75% of Category A calls within 8 minutes had not been met for 27 consecutive months.

Although only a guideline and not a legal requirement, it is a useful standard to help the Courts determine whether a delay in attending an Emergency was reasonable or not and therefore, capable of being judged as negligent. Of course, the list of other Emergency Calls at that time will also be taken into account and their seriousness. However, if it can be proved that the injury to health or death was caused by an unreasonable delay by the Ambulance Service transporting you or your loved one to Hospital for treatment, then you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

At Thomson & Bancks, our medical negligence specialists will deal sensitively and efficiently with your claim for compensation or that brought on behalf of a loved one’s Estate. The civil law attempts to place people back in the same place as they would have been had they not been injured by a medical mistake or left untreated so they have not fully recovered as they should have done.

Where that is not possible, an increasing amount of damages are payable for where the consequences have been more serious for you. Also, financial losses caused by the injury or non-recovery of your condition are claimable, for instance, if you are not able to return to work or require extra services because of a resulting disability which would have been avoided had there been no negligence.

If you or your family have been affected by medical negligence, please call our specialist Solicitor, Lucy Sherry, on 01242 235250 to find out if you may have a claim. We will offer you a first free interview to learn about the next steps and our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements for funding your legal claim.

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