Most medical and nursing staff in the United Kingdom work to a high standard. In fact most heath service staff are dedicated professionals working to tight deadlines and budgets to deliver care. Nevertheless, not everything goes well and mistakes happen. When things do go wrong it is then that personal injury lawyers may find themselves with a claim to make for medical negligence.
It has to be remembered that not all of the unfortunate outcomes that stem from medical treatment are the fault of the healthcare professionals. All treatment carries some risk and patients are routinely warned of serious risks. Still, the current legal system awards compensation for things going wrong whilst having medical attention if it can be proved that the treatment was negligent. To be classed as negligence the treatment must be proven to be below the usual standard of care, that is, it has fallen below the generally accepted level for that that area of medicine.
Before you consider a claim
Personal injury lawyers will always give you the same advice after suffering a case of medical negligence.
- You must seek advice quickly because there are strict time limits for making complaints.
- Before starting legal action against a medical practitioner, that you talk to them first. There may be a genuine misunderstanding or a problem in communication that can often be resolved at this stage.
- If this fails – make a more formal complaint. To complain about a GP you must write to the practice manager and to complain about a hospital you must write to the complaints manager. Making a complaint is useful if your concerns are about procedures or behaviour that you want put right, or you want an apology for the way you have been treated.
What can you do to pursue a claim?
You have a legal right to claim for compensation if you have been injured as a result of medical negligence. There is of course no guarantee that you will be successful. You will also have to obtain the services of one of the personal injury lawyers in Abington or another suitable competent legal firm to proceed.
Clinical negligence is a highly specialist area, so it is important that your solicitor has specific experience in this field. The clinical practitioner or authority will be defended by experts and they will defend him fiercely. You must have someone just as dedicated on your side.Open Claim Calculator
To find out more about medical negligence claims and to speak to a company with experience in all kinds of compensation claims, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile). The lines are open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and the advisor answering your call will not only be fully trained but will listen with sympathy to your problems.
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local firm of personal injury lawyers in Abington they can still represent you and your claim. This is because they are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need personal injury lawyers in Abington look no further than this expert service.
We have over 15 years’ experience and the support of Dame Esther Rantzen to complement our integrity as a legal firm specialising in compensation claim cases. Call us today and find how we may be able to help you.