Not all of the compensation claims that pass through the hands of the injury solicitors in Towcester relate to physical accidents. People often make compensation claims for other reasons and this includes illnesses and conditions arising from medical negligence. Any of the injury solicitors in Towcester will tell you that those who work in the medical profession have a ‘duty of care’ towards patients. This means that it is their responsibility to ensure that their patients receive the correct treatment in a proper manner. In the majority of cases, medical professionals carry out their work to a high standard – however, sometimes the odd mistake can happen and the patient can suffer as a result.
Injury solicitors in Towcester-Could I make a claim?
If you, as a patient have been injured due to some form of negligence then the answer is yes you can. In this case it becomes “clinical negligence”. Making a claim for compensation following clinical negligence cannot only help relieve any financial pressure you are suffering as a result of the mistake but can also prevent the same thing happening to someone else in the future. This is one of the most overlooked parts of making a compensation claim. By highlighting the error that caused your own accident it can help prevent someone else suffering the same fate, which is of great importance.
What types of medical claim are there?
Medical negligence, which is also known as malpractice, is a broad term that covers a number of different medical errors and substandard treatment.
In practice, this can mean:
- Misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis which leads to complications or a deterioration of the patient’s condition
- Surgical errors that cause unnecessary pain or scarring
- Neglect, or a lack of treatment which leads to a deterioration in the patient’s condition
- Complications or side effects caused by medication errors (including anaesthetic)
- Injuries to a mother or child during childbirth (birth injury claims)
What sort of compensation could I get from a clinical negligence claim?
The injury solicitors in Towcester would be able to advise you on the type of compensation paid for medical negligence but always remember that this can only ever be an estimate and should not be taken as a guarantee. The amount of compensation awarded in medical negligence claims will depend on a number of factors. These can include the severity of the injury caused, your salary (if your normal salary is high and you cannot work as a result of your injury, you would expect more compensation), and the impact the injury has had on your life outside work.
Need some answers?
If you want more advice on compensation claims of any type then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and speak to one of our trained advisors. Our lines are open twenty four hours a day seven days a week so there is always someone available to take your call.
Call today and discover what we can do to help you with your claim.
Date Published: 23rd February 2014