At Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to understand your options as far as NHS claims are concerned. There are several ways to make complaints about NHS members of staff who may have let you down, and taking forward a case with an organisation like ours doesn’t close down those options for you. If you want compensation for what has happened to you, however, you will need to take legal action, and you will need a solicitor like ours on your side.
Many people hesitate to take action against the NHS because they don’t want to make the service poorer for others. The first thing to note is that any money you receive will come from an insurance company, and not out of the patient care budget. The second is that, if you have been left with serious problems and the support offered by the state is inadequate to meet your needs, seeking compensation may be the only practical way forward for you. It can also help to highlight problems in areas that have not been subject to enough scrutiny, potentially making things safer for patients in future.
Can I claim?
You will normally only be able to claim compensation like this if you have been injured within the past three years as a result of medical negligence. This can apply when any trained medical professional makes an error or fails to provide you with treatment according to protocol, either directly harming you or causing you to be harmed by neglect. This can cover anything from a surgeon’s knife slipping to a nurse giving you the wrong medication or failing to change your bandages as instructed. If you are not sure about your particular situation, call our helpline for free, no-obligation advice.
How claiming works
Because of the complexity of medical negligence cases, you will need a specialist solicitor in order to stand a good chance of winning. At Accident Advice Helpline, our national reach means that we’re well placed to pair our clients up with experts quickly and effectively. If we don’t have the right person in your local area, we’ll offer you the option of dealing with your solicitor by phone so that you won’t have to worry about travel. We appreciate that travelling even short distances can be difficult for people who are ill or have sustained serious injuries.
Although we cannot guarantee a quick outcome in your case, we can promise to keep things simple so that it interferes with your life as little as possible in the meantime. Claiming doesn’t need to be stressful and, although we will never make any major decision without you, beyond that it’s up to you to decide how closely you wish to be kept informed.
If you choose to claim with us, you can do so on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you can get good representation without having to pay a lot of money up front, and we won’t charge you a penny if we lose. We’ll do our utmost to get you the compensation that you deserve.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown