No medical procedure can ever be guaranteed to be 100% successful, but if something goes wrong because of clinical negligence then the patient may be entitled to claim compensation. A health practitioner is someone whose job is to provide healthcare, be it in the surgery or hospital, NHS or private. The whole question of health practitioners and clinical negligence involves patients making claims when treatment falls below the acceptable minimum standard.
Potential problems when making a claim for clinical negligence
Making a claim for clinical negligence is difficult because few of us have the medical knowledge that the health professional that carried out the treatment has.
There may be a problem identifying the health practitioner who was actually responsible for your medical injury. The profession includes doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and therapists. If your condition required a multi-discipline approach the quandary is which one, or more, of these professionals was actually to blame.
It should also be remembered that many health professionals are members of their respective professional bodies. These organisations will often arrange legal representation for their members should they find themselves being sued for clinical negligence.
Occasionally, for less serious claims, an NHS Trust will make an offer of compensation for any cases of clinical negligence committed under its own auspices. If you receive one of these offers you should be wary. The compensation offered may be less than which could be gained by you being properly represented in court.
In the face of such daunting odds you need your own expert clinical negligence advice and representation. At the Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide expertise through our specialist clinical negligence solicitors.
Why you should be properly represented when making a claim for medical negligence
One of the main reasons why you need professional representation when making a claim for clinical negligence against health practitioners is that they will put up a fierce defence. To claim compensation you must prove you were not liable for your own injury or misfortune. While it is highly unlikely you were responsible for your own medical injury, the difficulties arise when trying to prove that one or more health practitioners were responsible for the clinical negligence and that the negligence was responsible for your injury. However, our highly experienced clinical negligence solicitors, backed by our medical experts, will help you build your case.
How we will handle your case
It is essential we have access to your medical records and that you are examined by medical experts who specialise in the condition you were suffering at the time of the clinical negligence. They will have the expertise to determine whether you were the victim of clinical negligence at the hands of health professionals. If they find you were the victim of such negligence, we will pursue your claim for compensation without delay.
How much will our services cost?
Your case will be opened at no cost to you and it will also be pursued on a 100% no win no fee basis. This means we won’t ask you for any fees if the claim is unsuccessful.
Call 0800 689 0500 to discuss your injuries in more detail with a member of the team at Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown