Being misdiagnosed or injured due to medical malpractice is devastating enough without the thought of the financial implications, but every year many hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are forced to take time off work on statutory sick pay, sometimes even to change their jobs and lifestyles completely due to medical error. Luckily there is a legal provision to deal with this situation: personal injury compensation.
Being injured as a result of medical malpractice
Even if you have been misdiagnosed or injured as a result of medical treatment, it may not be as a result of malpractice. If your doctor has done everything he or she should have, ‘reasonably and competently,’ there is no case for negligence. If your doctor missed a diagnosis that should have been obvious or failed to go through the correct routine for your particular situation, then you may have a case. You may also have a case if your doctor has done everything ‘reasonably and competently’ but someone else involved in your treatment (someone working in the hospital labs, for example) has failed to do their job, resulting in your injury.
In order for personal injury compensation to be granted, you must firstly prove that one of the professionals involved in your treatment has been negligent. Then you must prove that your injury is a direct result of this negligence and would not otherwise have happened.
Legal advice for personal injury compensation
It can be very difficult if not impossible for a lay person to know if their doctor has indeed been negligent. Only a solicitor will be able to assess the information available and take expert advice on whether or not negligence has indeed taken place.
To discuss your particular situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not your doctor may indeed have been negligent, what proof you will need in order to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and how much compensation you may be able to receive. Although there is no obligation to proceed with a claim simply by making a call, if you do choose to go ahead it will be on a no win, no fee* basis. Claims are usually done entirely over the telephone, with personal court attendance required by claimants only in rare cases.Open Claim Calculator
For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second test online or to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.