When a person goes to the doctor’s surgery or into hospital, either as out-patient or an in-patient, they are putting their personal well-being and welfare into the hands of others. Fortunately, most patients experience no problems at the hands of skilled surgeons, doctors, specialists, anaesthetists and nurses. However, there are occasions when things do go wrong, sometimes with devastating consequences and if one or more of these healthcare professionals are to blame you might have been the victim of medical negligence.
Medical negligence can result from a misdiagnosis being made, receiving the wrong treatment, symptoms being missed or ignored, a diagnosis or treatment being delayed or a faulty device or piece of equipment being used.
Admittedly, no medical treatment is ever guaranteed to be 100% effective and where the medical staff have done their very best there can be no complaint. If the patient suffers from medical negligence at the hands of the medical professionals, whether in the doctor’s surgery, the treatment room, operating theatre or in the hospital ward, it is a completely different matter.
All medical professionals have a duty of care to you and all patients. When they fail to fulfil that duty the effects can be devastating. The result can be more pain and suffering and in extreme cases life changing injuries. Medical negligence may also result in psychological trauma and can have a severe financial effect on the patient and his or her family, through loss of earnings or an inability to earn a living.
In such cases it is only right that the patient receives redress through medical negligence compensation.
What to be aware of when seeking to claim medical compensation
To make a successful claim for medical negligence it is necessary to show that someone, in this case the medical professional, was negligent in carrying out your treatment. It must be understood that the individual or individuals who were negligent may well deny liability. What is more, they are likely to be legally well represented. This means you will need your own legal representation if your claim is to be successful.
We have a team of experienced medical compensation solicitors who, with the assistance of medical specialists, will be able to help you build your case. You may have no idea who to claim against, be it the doctor, surgeons, other medical staff, NHS Trust or private hospital. Our investigations will enable us to discover precisely who is liable for your medical misfortune.
We can also provide help and representation for you if a loved one has died as the result of medical negligence or is unable to pursue the claim themselves because the negligence has had a particularly devastating effect on their health.
You may be offered compensation, which may be because the individual or organisation concerned wishes to avoid further legal costs and the adverse publicity a court case is likely to generate. However, such an offer may be far less than you might expect to receive were you properly represented.
Will legal representation be costly?
If we represent you the answer is “no” because we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. It costs you nothing to start the case and if it is lost there is still nothing to pay.
Date Published: October 1, 2013
Author: David Brown