Although most medical treatment in the UK is of a high standard, mistakes do happen. Patients are generally warned of risks but compensation may be awarded if you can prove negligence. Medical negligence is when the standard of care provided has fallen below generally accepted standards.
What are the first steps?
There are strict time limits in place for clinical negligence claims so you should act quickly. You should normally speak with your GP or medical practitioner first to see if you can resolve the issue with them. If this fails, it is a good idea to make a formal complaint – for your GP, you’ll need to write to the practice manager and for a hospital you should address your complaint to the complaints manager. If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, you should be aware that these cases are notoriously fiercely defended, which is why you’ll need the services of a specialist personal injury lawyer. Some examples of medical negligence include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose and subsequently treat a patient
- Birth injury
- Surgical errors
However you have been injured, if you feel it was due to clinical negligence you will need to be prepared to provide evidence. Hiring a personal injury lawyer should be your next step.
Claiming for compensation
With years of experience in the personal injury industry, Accident Advice Helpline should be your first port of call if you have suffered as a result of medical negligence. Whether you are claiming on behalf of yourself or someone else who has been injured, for example your child, you need a company you can trust, and because we are recommended by our patron Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion and TV personality, you know you’re dealing with a reputable firm.
You can call us 24/7 on our freephone hotline to ask any questions you may have about the claims process and our team will be happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. There is no need to worry about expensive legal fees as all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee** basis, so you won’t need to pay unless your claim is successful and it’s unlikely you will need to attend court – most claims can be processed over the phone, although it depends on the complexity of your individual case. Why not give us a call today and see whether you have a viable claim for compensation?
Date Published: February 23, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims