If you consider that you have a case for medical compensation there are certain steps you should take before you start legal proceedings. If you are not sure how to begin, start with calling our Freephone number at Accident Advice Helpline; you are under no obligation to proceed and in fact it may be beneficial to try other pathways first as health service providers will not process a complaint if legal action has been begun. If you need advice on whether there is likely to be a personal injury compensation payout for your problem, then make us your first port of call. We are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard so you can rest assured that you will be getting the best advice possible.
Before you sue for medical compensation
If you or a relative or friend has been a victim of medical incompetence, the first thing you need to do is alert the medical body with responsibility for the medical professional involved that there is a problem. If you have been injured or incapacitated by a medical professional who is not working to acceptable standards, it is vital that they should be stopped from injuring others. Most medical compensation claims involve doctors, but other professions may also be claimed against, such as radiographers, dentists and nurses. A semi-formal approach is the best first step, but if this has no effect, our legal experts can advise you on how to take things further.
Don’t forget the time limit
Like most other personal injury claims, medical compensation must be started within 36 months of the incident. There are some exceptions which our experts will discuss with you but you should try and start the process as soon as possible, if only because the facts are then still fresh in your mind. You will need to gather as much documentation as you can, because the problem with medical negligence is that much of the treatment can be considered to be ‘best practice’ as seen by the medical professional and many different versions of any regime exist. Proving that the treatment was given or withheld through ignorance or negligence is sometimes hard to prove. There is no up-front fee for claiming with our help, but anyone setting out to claim medical compensation must be aware that the results can take many months to achieve.