If you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may find yourself being entitled to make a claim for compensation. This is to recover your losses, such as when you are unable to work, as well as for damages to yourself or your possessions.
In the UK we have a very high standard of the medical care, and our medical professionals are well qualified to perform all sorts of difficult procedures. However, there are times when things can go wrong, resulting in devastating injuries for some.
Medical staff have a duty of care to ensure that you are kept safe whilst you’re in hospital, meaning a legal obligation to perform their duties to the desired result. If this does not happen and you are left with an injury or condition as a result of a medical procedure or medication, you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Medical negligence can lead to injuries, illness or even death, all of which can be claimed for. The most common personal injuries you could claim for include:
- Bowel injuries;
- Exacerbation of illnesses, such as cancer, by poor or late diagnosis;
- Illnesses caused by poor standards of hygiene, such as MRSA;
- Musculoskeletal injuries due to poor orthopaedic surgery;
- Nursing and care home abuse;
- Brain injuries and child brain injuries;
- Pregnancy and related injuries;
- Spinal injuries;
- Amputation injuries;
- Orthopaedic injuries;
- Surgical injuries; and
- Cosmetic surgery injuries.
All doctors and nurses have a legal duty to provide you with reasonable care when treating you. You can claim if there was failure or a delay in diagnosing an injury or illness, where the right medical tests were not done at the right time; a failure to refer a patient for specialist treatment and not recognising the severity of an illness or injury; being given treatment which was unsuitable for a particular injury and made it worse; or as the victim of poorly conducted or unnecessary surgery.
Recommended by Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline offer maximum compensation and a helpful 24/7 helpline (0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993) staffed by friendly advisors, who will not just keep you hanging on. If we can’t answer your query about your injury claim in Wilmcote straight away, then we will call you back.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown