When you seek medical help for an injury or illness, you expect to get standard treatment and care from medical professionals. Given the high standard of treatment in the UK, you will, in a majority of cases, receive standard treatment. However, in a minority of cases, the treatment you receive may fall below the benchmark for the industry. Unfortunately, medical mistakes often result in devastating consequences, such as lifelong injury and even death.
The General Medical Council requires that all doctors inform their patients (or their guardians) when mistakes may have occurred. You have the right to get an explanation about what has happened. If you or your loved ones have suffered as a result of mistakes or negligence on the part of a medical professional, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation for the losses you have suffered.
However, winning a medical negligence claim is easier said than done. It usually requires you to prove two things:
1. You have been a victim of serious medical errors or negligence
2. The losses you suffered are direct consequences of the substandard treatment you have received
In order to prove these facts, you may need to get a second opinion from another medical expert, saying that the treatment you received was not at par with the industry standard. Remember, it isn’t easy to get such a statement from a doctor or medical professional. With our extensive network, we can arrange this for you. We have a team of legal advisors who offer the first consultation completely free of charge. Contact us to know what you are entitled to and how you can file a medical negligence claim.
Why should I make a claim?
Medical negligence or clinical negligence may have lifelong consequences on you and your family. Making a claim can help you get financial compensation for the losses you have suffered. Maybe you are worried that filing a complaint may affect your relationship with the doctor or the hospital authorities. If so, then here’s what you should know. If you win the claim, the NHS Litigation Authority or the hospital’s insurance provider will pay the compensation, rather than your doctor or the hospital itself.
When can I make a claim?
You can file a medical negligence claim in a number of situations, such as misdiagnosis, failing to offer quick treatment when it was necessary, surgical errors, post-surgery errors, not taking consent before surgery, and prescribing the wrong medicines. Medical negligence claims cover almost all medical fields, including:
- Cardiology or treatment of heart diseases
- Cancer Treatment
- General Medicine Practice
- General Surgical Care
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Accident and Emergency Situations
- Community Care
- Dental Care
- Elderly Care
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Vascular Surgery
- Nursing Care
- Plastic Surgery
- Psychiatry and Mental Health
You can also file a claim for indirect consequences of medical negligence, such as job loss and mental trauma suffered by your family and caregivers.
How can I make a claim?
If you fall prey to clinical negligence, you can start by making out a written complaint to the medical authority. This will help you obtain a written record of the event, as well as get an explanation from the authority. If you are not satisfied with the explanation, you can then complian to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) or the local Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). For best results and for support through the entire process, contact our legal advisors.
How we can help you
- We listen to you sympathetically – Once you contact us, our experienced legal advisors will listen to you carefully to find out whether you have a case.
- We help you take informed decisions – Our lawyers know the law regarding medical negligence inside out. They will make you aware of your rights, so that you can take informed decision.
- We fight for you – Depending upon the complexity of your case, we will appoint the best solicitor for your claim. Our lawyer will ensure that you get the best possible outcome.
- We keep you in the loop – Winning a claim usually takes time. We keep you updated throughout the process.