Every year in the UK, almost a million people are injured due to medical malpractice. While mistakes and misdiagnoses can always happen in medicine, despite the very best treatment, this seems like an incredibly high number of mistakes. Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, admits that the number of malpractice claims indicates very real ‘problems with the quality of healthcare’ in the UK. While the NHS have taken on a special advisor in order to instil a new ‘zero harm’ culture, this is little comfort to those who have already been injured as a result of medical malpractice.
Assessing whether or not your injury was due to malpractice
When it comes to eligibility for personal injury compensation, you must be able to prove that your doctor or other healthcare professional was negligent, and that your injury or illness is a direct result of this negligence. What this means is that even if negligence can be proven, if your injury was not definitely a direct result of this negligence, you may not be entitled to compensation.
In order to assess whether or not a claim is valid, courts look in detail at the procedure followed by your healthcare professionals. If everything has been done properly and according to procedure, courts may decide that your injury or misdiagnosis could not have been predicted or prevented.
However, considering that one fifth of the NHS budget is currently allocated to personal injury compensation, in a good number of these cases it’s clear that the quality of healthcare has indeed been substandard.
How to claim for personal injury compensation
If you’re interested in making a claim for personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your situation in detail and in complete confidence, whether you ultimately decide to go ahead with a claim or not. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500, so feel free to call whenever is convenient.
We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, and have been helping others like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years now. Our claims are made on a no win, no fee basis, and we guarantee that we will not advise anyone to proceed with a claim if we think it will be unsuccessful. For an even quicker guide to your eligibility, check our 30-second online claim calculator.
Date Published: December 16, 2013
Author: David Brown