No one likes to think that maybe one day, the people we trust most might let us down. The National Health Service is a system that is admired and revered the world over; free at the point of delivery, it offers everyone the same access to the same treatment. We are all equal in the eyes of the NHS.
But, as an injury solicitor Ashkirk will tell you, there are problems.
The NHS is busier than it ever has been. With the UK Government under pressure to a) save money but also b) make new technologies and drugs available to the patients of the NHS, there is a push-pull factor that is equally strong in both directions.
But, being busy is not an excuse or defence for medical negligence, as your injury solicitor Ashkirk will tell you.
Why does medical negligence happen?
It can be for many reasons from poor budget management meaning some technology, medication or procedures are available through to poor training. Many NHS buildings and hospitals are also poorly maintained due to budget cuts. Whatever the reason behind the negligence, it should not happen. The results and consequences can be life-changing; in some cases, sadly the results have been fatal.
Is claiming compensation the ‘right’ thing to do?
Many people bear the scars, both physical and psychological, of being neglected when undertaking procedures. It applies to all medical sectors, not just the NHS and across all medical industries, from your local General Practitioner to your dental surgeon.
If you trust them to carry out the procedure but it does not go right due to carelessness, why should you not claim the compensation you are entitled to? It is not just about the money, it is about ensuring that if the consequences and results of medical negligence have left you with life-long issues, then you may need compensation to adapt your home or buy in care.
Think about your family too
They may also be ‘suffering’ as a result of medical negligence. Perhaps you need help to move around the home or help with personal task; the likelihood is that your spouse or partner will be the person who will help you.
Getting the right advice is important
Knowing your rights and where you stand legally is important; Accident Advice Helpline can advise you if you have a claim and then put you in touch with a specialist injury solicitor Ashkirk.
You can call us on 0800 689 0500 at a time that suits you, for a no-obligation chat. We won’t force or pressure you into making a claim – the choice is entirely yours!
Date Published: 24th November 2013
Author: David Brown