Although everyone has heard or read a horror story of medical negligence it is still true that most of us trust a doctor, nurse or other medical professional to know what they are doing when they treat us for an illness, condition or accidental injury. Unless we ourselves are medical professionals it is hard to tell whether the treatment we are receiving is the right choice and even if we do get a gut feeling that all is not well, it takes a very confident person indeed to speak up in a clinical setting. This is how so many cases of clinical incompetence cause death or serious injury; good advice to anyone who is in the hands of the medical profession would be to speak out if you are in any doubt. If there is nothing wrong, then nothing is lost; if a mistake is about to be made, you could save your life.
Medical negligence can be life changing
The most distressing thing that people come to Accident Advice Helpline to discuss is that medical negligence does not just happen with the big things – minor procedures such as ear pinning or tonsillectomies can go so wrong that patients die. Although major surgery carries its risks, the minor ops that people consent to every day carry the same anaesthesia risks as well and people are totally unprepared for an adverse result. Our experienced lawyers have been dealing with the fallout from clinical incompetence since 2000 and have seen all kinds of cases come to a successful conclusion. Winning a personal injury compensation claim is not the same as having your life back to how it was before the doctor or other medical professional made their mistake, but the money will help with day to day expenses and do away with financial worries at a very difficult time.
Claim as soon as you feel able
Although being a victim of medical negligence may put you in a condition where the thought of undertaking a court case is not even to be considered, you must start proceedings within three years. With Accident Advice Helpline lawyers to deal with the case for you, it is unlikely that you will have to attend court and most cases can be conducted completely by phone calls, which is a great comfort if you are still feeling unwell or are hospitalised long term.
Date Published: September 23, 2013
Author: David Brown