It is thought that around 30,000 people die in the UK every year due to medical negligence, while around 850,000 people are injured. These figures are shocking indeed, at Dr Richard Smith of the British Medical Journal admitted to the BBC, saying that ‘we have a very substantial problem.’ These cases range from minor issues such as infections received in hospital, to disastrous ones such as the well-publicised case of the surgeons who removed the wrong kidney from a patient.
How can medical negligence happen?
It usually takes around seven years of intensive study and training to become a doctor in the UK. After training for such a long time, it may seem that each and every doctor should be an expert by the time they start practicing, but sadly this is not the case and the inexperience of junior doctors is a contributing factor in many cases of medical negligence.
Others happen through administrative error, as in the situation where the wrong organ is removed due to a simple, and very preventable, typo. While we would like to believe that very experienced consultants know exactly what they are doing all the time, even they can make fatal mistakes.
For many patients, the mistakes made by their medical professionals cost them their way of life. They may be left with permanent disabilities that prevent them from working. Their quality of life may be very much affected. While it may be little comfort, it can be financially helpful in these cases to claim personal injury compensation.
Claiming personal injury compensation for medical negligence
If you feel you have been a victim of medical negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline for more information. They’ll be able to assess whether or not your claim is likely to be valid and give you an idea of how much compensation you could potentially receive. They will also explain the claims process to you in detail.
If you choose to go ahead, most claims can be carried out entirely over the telephone and on a no win, no fee basis. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court without the need for a trial. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard. Over the past thirteen years we have helped many hundreds of victims of medical negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to.
Date Published: November 25, 2013
Author: David Brown