The relationship we have with our doctor is probably the most important one we will ever have with someone who we don’t know personally. Our lives are basically in their hands, and we have no choice but to trust them. But what happens when we find out that they didn’t do all they could for us or gave us second-rate treatment? Luckily the law is here to protect us from this sort of negligence.
How do I know if my doctor has been negligent?
Proving medical negligence is not as simple as it may first appear. Just because your doctor has misdiagnosed your illness or your treatment has been unsuccessful does not necessarily mean that negligence was involved. The fact is that even the most committed doctors can sometimes get it wrong. In order to find out whether your doctor has indeed been negligent, an expert will need to consult your medical records to check whether the diagnosis procedure has been followed correctly, and whether there were any obvious signs that your doctor missed.
If negligence can be proved, you will then also need to prove that your injury or condition is a direct result of this negligence. In other words, it can’t be something that would have happened anyway in the course of your illness. Sometimes it can be very difficult to say whether a condition or illness is a direct result of one course of action, but an unbiased medical professional will give their expert opinion on whether or not this is the case.
Claiming for personal injury compensation due to medical negligence
If you suspect that your doctor may have been negligent, contact our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is manned by personal injury compensation specialists who have plenty of experience in dealing with medical malpractice. They’ll be able to give you a good idea of whether or not you have a case for negligence, and how much compensation you could potentially receive.
We are proud to have the endorsement of TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes that all victims of medical malpractice should receive the compensation they are legally entitled to.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.