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    Claiming against doctors, dentists and nurses


    Claiming against doctors, dentists and nurses

    Claiming against a medical practitioner for medical negligence, sometimes referred to as clinical negligence, can seem like a daunting prospect, but with the help of expert solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline, it need not be.

    There have been many instances of injury or illness arising from treatment by medical professionals who acted improperly or failed to provide adequate care. Medical negligence solicitors are expert in obtaining appropriate compensation for victims. Such claims can arise for a number of reasons: there may have been an incorrect diagnosis or treatment, key symptoms might have been overlooked resulting in a patient’s condition worsening, there may have been a delay in the medical professional making a diagnosis or treatment may have been delayed, or a medical product or device could have failed.

    A critical thing to remember with medical negligence claims is that the onus is on the client to make the case for practitioner negligence. As such, it is vital that all documentation in terms of the care provided is kept as proof that negligence occurred. A clinical negligence claim can be a complex one and it may be some time before it is fully processed and the outcome known. Therefore, it is vital that a client engages an experienced, knowledgeable medical negligence solicitor, such as those who work for Accident Advice Helpline. The solicitors who are part of our comprehensive network will take on a case on a no win no fee* basis, meaning that if the client is unsuccessful, they will not incur any costs.

    The compensation offered for medical negligence will differ from case to case, according to its respective complexity. Typically, compensation will be provided:

    • For suffering from the pain and injury caused;
    • For ongoing issues, such as inability to work or lack of mobility; and
    • For loss of earnings or related costs already incurred as a result.

    A medical negligence solicitor will provide clients with an idea of how much compensation they might expect, based on cases settled in the past. No claim amount can be guaranteed, but a client will have an idea of what level of compensation they are likely to receive in the event that their claim is successful. This will leave them in a better position to judge the merits of taking a case.

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    Huge trust is placed in the UK medical profession. People up and down the country value the care they receive, so when something does go wrong many people are reluctant to seek compensation. It must be remembered, however, that everyone deserves to live as full a life as they possibly can, and medical negligence compensation can help someone get back to doing so.

    Anyone who feels they have a case for medical negligence against a doctor, dentist or nurse should contact Accident Advice Helpline without delay for a no-obligation claim assessment free of charge. It is as simple as filling out the compensation calculator on the Accident Advice Helpline website, or by calling us on 0800 689 0500 for free.

    Date Published: October 8, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.