Following an accident, the provision of adequate medical attention to a victim in as fast a time as possible is critical. Without this rapid attention, any injuries sustained may have serious consequences in the future.
An accident victim should take careful note of the medical practitioners from which they obtain treatment, as well as those practitioners referred to them by other caregivers. It is vital that detailed information in respect of medication, procedures and treatment be kept for future reference. Such information is important if a compensation claim is subsequently lodged. Copies of all medical bills and reports should be requested and kept. These copies will be important in claiming for medical expenses.
Documentation pertaining to medical care and expenses is relatively straightforward, but documenting the pain and suffering that arises from an accident can be more problematic. It is vital that an accident victim keep a detailed account of the effects their injuries have had on their day-to-day activities. Important things to take note of include time taken off work, routine activities that cannot be completed owing to injuries sustained and details of how injuries have impacted on family life. For instance, someone with small children might not be able to provide the same level of care for them that they could before the accident.
It should be remembered that medical treatment in the UK is generally of a very high standard, but there are occasions when a patient feels they have received inadequate care or their care providers have been medically negligent. This is where a compensation specialist can help. Medical negligence is sometimes referred to as clinical negligence and refers to injuries arising from the actions taken or the lack of action taken by a health practitioner. Doctors, surgeons, nurses and even dentists all come under this category. Someone entitled to medical negligence damages may have received an incorrect diagnosis or been given the wrong medication. They may also have been on the end of a surgical error or received the wrong treatment.
Medical negligence compensation can assume a number of different forms. The victim may be entitled to compensation in terms of general pain and suffering, and could also get compensation for an ongoing issue, such as restrictions in physical ability or loss of income.
Getting a specialist negligence solicitor is essential because the onus, or burden, is on the client to prove that the practitioner they are claiming against is actually guilty of clinical negligence. Specialist legal advice and representation is critical. Accident Advice Helpline will help our clients to obtain the best legal advice and representation available.
If someone is the victim of medical negligence, they will surely have enough worries without wondering how they will meet the costs of a medical negligence claim. The good news for clients coming to Accident Advice Helpline is that our expert solicitors operate on a no win no fee* basis 100% of the time, so the client does not need to pay costs upfront to lodge a claim. If their claim is unsuccessful, they will not have to pay any solicitor costs.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.
Date Published: October 9, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim