As a patient visiting a GP or receiving medical treatment at hospital, you have the right to expect a professional service and level of treatment. If you become ill or are injured as a result of medical negligence, you may be considering complaining or even taking legal action to claim for compensation. Here are some examples of what could constitute medical negligence:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Prescribed the wrong medication
- Surgical errors during a procedure or operation
- Failure to obtain your consent for treatment
- Failure to warn about a particular treatment’s or medication’s risks
These can all have serious consequences, and could even lead to a fatality.
What happens next?
If you feel you have suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor or surgeon, you have certain rights. As a minimum, you have the right to demand a full explanation of what has happened, an apology and reassurance that this won’t happen again. If you are not satisfied by any explanation you receive, you may decide to follow a formal complaints procedure, which could help you to obtain more information. If you choose to take legal action and claim for compensation, bear in mind that the legal process only establishes what compensation you will receive – it won’t give you answers as to why things went wrong.
Claiming for compensation
You’ll need to prove liability and causation, if you believe you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, and these can often be hard to prove. Luckily, with the personal injury compensation specialists at Accident Advice Helpline working on your behalf, medical negligence claims are simplified.
We have over 13 years’ experience dealing with claims just like yours, and our friendly, helpful team are available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 to take your call, offering confidential advice with no obligation to proceed with a claim. Should you decide to push forward with your claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service. We’re proud that our patron is Esther Rantzen, media personality and consumer champion, who offers us her support and recommends Accident Advice Helpline to anyone who has been affected by clinical negligence.
We’ll support you through every step of your claim, and because most claims for personal injury compensation can be completed in full over the phone, there’s usually no need to attend court.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown