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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

    How does medical negligence compensation work?


    Medical negligence compensation is paid to anyone who has been a victim of clinical incompetence by a medical professional. Many people believe that only doctors can be sued for making medical errors due to lack of skill, failure to maintain training or other bad practice but in fact any person employed in a medical capacity by an institution which is in the business of providing medical care is included in the list. This means that chiropodists, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and a whole range of other professionals can be found guilty of medical negligence.

    Medical negligence compensation can be substantial

    The results of some cases of misdiagnosis or incompetent care can have such catastrophic results that the person’s life is changed forever. Sometimes the patient dies as a direct and instant result of clinical incompetence and in other cases death occurs sooner than might be expected. If the person is disabled by the medical accident their life span may not be reduced but their earning power may be less or they may need expensive care. The experienced and expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline will see you through every stage of your claim for personal injury compensation and will deal with all the doctors and arrange for any second opinions or similar input so you don’t have to worry about approaching the people responsible. Most cases of medical negligence compensation are conducted over the phone and there is no need for a court appearance.

    Who pays for the claim?

    Accident Advice Helpline lawyers work on a 100% guaranteed no win, no fee* basis so there is no money to find up front; this is a major reason why consumer champion Esther Rantzen is pleased to be our patron. When it comes to the payment of the compensation, this can be met by the insurers of the institution or the professional or, more rarely, by the person who has been required to pay medical negligence compensation directly. Depending on the damage caused by the incompetence some payments can be quite high but nothing can be guaranteed. Some cases can take quite a while to be fully investigated, but by keeping accurate notes and records of every stage of treatment, this can be made much easier. Of course, no one goes into any procedure expecting things to go wrong, but it is a good plan to be prepared, especially regarding letters from the medical professional on the subject of procedures and prognosis.

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    Date Published: September 23, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.