If you’ve suffered damaged skin from medical negligence, we may be able to help. At the Accident Advice Helpline we encounter a lot of different medical cases and we find that people don’t always take skin injuries seriously enough. As well as being potentially disfiguring, they can cause ongoing pain and sometimes increase your vulnerability to infections, as well as interfering with activities like swimming that may have been an important part of your life. If you have a problem like this, we’re ready to listen and we’ll work to try and get you fair compensation.
When you can claim
You can usually only make a claim if it has been less than three years since your problem developed. You will have to have proof of your injuries — we can help you get an independent medical assessment if you need one — and they will need to be traceable back to the medical negligence you’ve identified them with.
Skin damage caused by surgery is not the only kind of injury you can claim for. If your skin damage has been caused by being given the wrong kind of dressings, not having dressings changed properly or being put on non-essential medication you had said you were allergic to, you may still be entitled to claim. Legally, medical negligence applies to any situation in which an accredited medical professional — a doctor, nurse, dentist, surgeon or similar — has done something wrong or has failed to do something that they should have known was vital to your wellbeing and that would normally be a part of their job. You are entitled to proper care and, if you don’t get it, you are entitled to compensation.
How to claim
If you want to discuss your situation, you can call us at any time, night or day. Our trained advisers will usually be able to tell you straight away if your claim is valid and how much money you might be entitled to. They won’t pressure you and you won’t have to make a decision there and then, but if you decide you want to make a claim, they’ll put you in touch with a medical negligence solicitor. Claims regarding damaged skin from medical negligence require specialist skills and experience but as we are a national organisation we can search the length and breadth of the country if possible — we will find you the right individual who can give you the best possible chance of winning your case.
Once you have a solicitor, you don’t have to worry. They’ll take care of the paperwork and all the complicated issues in your case. If you need to have an independent medical assessment to look at how your skin damage affects you, they’ll sort it out. They’ll make the process as easy as possible for you.
Some people feel that it’s wrong to make claims against medical professionals because of the important work they do. The good news is that any payout will normally come out of their insurance. With a successful claim, you’ll get what you need to put the worst of your suffering behind you.
Date Published: October 3, 2013
Author: David Brown