Each year, around 850,000 people are injured in the UK due to medical negligence. While our medical professionals for the most part do a wonderful job, sadly they are not infallible and long working hours can contribute to a dangerous lack of concentration. Those who are injured due to medical negligence are legally entitled to claim personal injury compensation for the pain and suffering they have needlessly endured as well as for any potential financial fallout of their injury.
How to claim damages from doctors
There are three legal requirements for claiming personal injury compensation from a doctor. Firstly, your solicitor must prove that your doctor has been negligent. Secondly, they must show that your injury is a direct result of this negligence. Thirdly, they must demonstrate that your pain, suffering, and financial situation warrant that you should receive damages.
You will not always receive damages if your doctor’s professional opinion has resulted in a bad outcome for you. He or she may have made a sound decision based on all of the information available to them; this is not necessarily negligent. Even if your solicitor can prove that your doctor has been negligent, your particular injury must be a direct result of this negligence, and not simply of your original condition or injury. For these reasons, claiming damages against a medical professional can sometimes be particularly complicated.
What to do if you have been injured
If you have been injured and feel it was the result of a medical professional’s negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline today. They’ll be able to discuss your situation in detail and give you their expert opinion on whether or not your doctor has been negligent. While there is no obligation to go ahead with a claim simply by making a call, if you choose to proceed it will be on a no win, no fee basis.
Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500, so feel free to call whenever you feel ready. Our firm specialises in personal injury compensation, so you can be sure that we’ll understand your situation fully. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, complete our 30-second online test.