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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

    Initiating medical negligence claims


    If you think that you were injured as the result of medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim for medical negligence compensation. Here is how to initiate your claim.

    Determining eligibility to claim

    Your first step needs to be determining if you are entitled to claim and whether your claim has a chance of success or not. This can be done easily in one of two ways. The first is to visit the website of Accident Advice Helpline and check your eligibility and chance of success via the provided compensation calculator.

    This calculator can, by the way, also be used to determine eligibility to claim following accidents at work, claims against injury by faulty products, car or motorcycle accidents, and so on.

    Alternatively, you can call the freephone number and speak to one of the company’s experienced, friendly advisers. Your call will be dealt with in strict confidence and a helpful advisor will be able to advise you if a claim is justified and likely to succeed.

    Getting started with medical negligence claims

    Following this, you will be put into touch with a member of the AAH legal team. This will be a person who specialises in medical negligence claims.

    Open Claim Calculator

    After discussing the situation in more detail with you, this individual will then set things into motion by sending the initial ‘letter of claim’ to the individual / authority against whom the claim for compensation is to be made.

    As a rule, several weeks will then be allowed for in order to gather the necessary information you require as evidence to support your claim, prepare reports and so on. Naturally, the defending person / authority will use this time to gather material aiding their defence.

    In time, an exchange of information between your legal team and the defending authority / individual will take place. This may be followed by a court ordering a meeting of experts. More often than not, claims for medical negligence compensation are dealt with without the need to go to court.

    Accidents at work and other personal injuries

    The same principle applies to individuals wishing to claim for injuries received in road accidents, work accidents or accidents in public places.

    After establishing eligibility, claims are initiated by an AAH legal representative specialising in the relevant field and evidence supporting each individual claim is gathered.

    The claim for injury is then dealt with in as short a time as possible, while aiming to achieve the best possible outcome for the claimant.

    Date Published: October 18, 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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