If you’re seeking medical negligence advice, Accident Advice Helpline are here to provide it. Medical negligence cases are often complicated, but we’ve dealt with a lot of them over the years and can help you to work out the best way to approach them. We can also put you in touch with an expert medical negligence solicitor to give you the best possible chance of success in your claim.
What counts as medical negligence?
The term medical negligence can be applied to any situation in which a qualified medical professional handles a medical situation badly by doing something wrong, or by failing to do something important. It can apply to mistakes made by a surgeon, damage done by a dentist, misdiagnosis by a doctor or the failure of nursing staff to provide the right medication when it’s needed.
Medical negligence does not apply to cases in which things have gone wrong due to known risks in a procedure which the patient was properly informed about before agreeing to it. It only applies when someone is at fault, not when the patient is just unlucky.
Can a claim be successful?
Some people feel that they have no hope of bringing a successful medical negligence claim because it’s popularly believed that medical professionals will cover for each other. In fact, it’s quite possible to claim successfully, and many people do. As a no win no fee organisation, we don’t get paid for bringing unsuccessful cases, so we’ll always be upfront with you about any potential problems.
Except in special circumstances, a claim must be brought within three years of the original mistake being made. You will need to have received treatment for the problems caused by it, and we can arrange for an independent doctor to see you if necessary. You should be aware that medical negligence cases can take some time to process, but your solicitor will be able to keep you informed and you won’t need to be constantly active in pursuing the case yourself.
What happens if a claim is successful?
Any payout after a successful claim will aim to do three main things: compensate you for your suffering, cover your costs and help you to deal with any lasting problems caused by what went wrong. You can expect help with any essential medical treatment not available from the NHS and help to adapt your home if you’ve been left with a disability. You can also expect compensation for any wages that you lost if your injury left you temporarily unable to work, and money to help you enjoy a reasonable quality of life if you will never be able to work again.
When you receive compensation for a medical negligence claim, it is normally paid out of liability insurance so you won’t be taking money that was intended to be spent on other patients. By claiming, you may be able to highlight failings in the system and thereby make things safer for future patients.
To talk through the situation and receive further medical negligence advice, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. Call us for free on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown