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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What to expect when making medical negligence claims

    Medical Negligence Claims

    Having contacted Accident Advice Helpline’s free-phone number to confidentially discuss the details of your case with friendly advisers, you will first of all be advised as to whether your medical negligence claim has a chance of being successful.

    Assuming that this is the case, your details will then be handed over to the company’s legal team.

    Your burden of proof

    You will then be required to prove that the medical professional or authority you intend to claim against was in fact in breach of their duty of care and subsequently caused you an injury through medical negligence.

    Having dealt with medical negligence claims for years, the team will know exactly what will be required to prove this and where to go to obtain the necessary related information.

    They will also advise you on how to document the injury you received, and how it affected you and/ or your circumstances. Once all of the necessary evidence and documentation has been collected, they will proceed with your claim. More often than not, your attendance at court will not be necessary.

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    Claims for accidents at work

    Work accidents, injuries received in public places, road accidents and so on, will be dealt with in a similar fashion. In essence, any personal injury claim requires the claimant to prove that the injury was incurred through the fault of another party.

    Evidence supporting this may be provided in the shape of written statements, medical reports, photographs and even video clips where applicable.

    What happens next

    Once all evidence has been gathered, the liable authority or individual is contacted and the claim procedure is put into action. Depending on the circumstances, the effect the injury had on the injured individual along with varying other aspects, compensation will then be calculated and may include amounts for the injury itself, loss of earnings, mental effects (trauma, stress, and so on) and more.

    Exactly how much compensation a claimant will ultimately receive in total can rarely be predicted to begin with. It is also usually not possible to determine exactly how long it will be before medical negligence claims can be concluded to the satisfaction of all involved parties.

    Essentially, there are too many, potentially very different aspects and facets to any given case to determine specific time frames or amounts from the start. Claimants are, however, assured that their claim for compensation will be dealt with and concluded as quickly as humanly possible.

    Date Published: October 17, 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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