The amount of professional negligence damages a victim receives depends on what the mistreatment they received from the medical profession was, and how much it has affected them.
For instance, someone who has the wrong leg amputated by a hospital would receive much more in professional negligence damages than a victim whose illness was prolonged by negligence, but they did eventually get better. You have to realise that the victim where the wrong leg was amputated, will still need the other one removed, as the reason for doing that will still be there.
Why else you might be awarded professional negligence damages
There are a whole host of different medical professions, 64 of them alone for doctors to specialise in. That is without nurses, dentists, optician, chemists, and many others, and any of them could make a mistake, and create the need for you to claim compensation because of it.
If someone turns your life upside down because they cause you to be injured in an accident, most people are aware they can claim compensation, usually from the insurance company of the guilty party.
Claiming professional negligence damages is no different, you have just been injured through negligence rather than an accident, and in the majority of cases it would be an insurance company that settles the claim.
Proof of medical negligence
Insurance companies insist that you prove there is at least a 50% chance that the treatment you received either made you worse, or created a new problem. This is usually achieved by obtaining reports from a specialist in the field of your illness or injury. If that report agrees with the treatment you had, the medical professional will have no case to answer. If the report says you should have been treated differently, then you have a good case to claim compensation.
In cases like the poor man who ended up with no legs instead of one, this is very clear it was not his fault and the hospital were to blame, but not all medical negligence claims are that straightforward.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
Medical negligence claims are among the most complicated of all personal injury claims, and you need the best on you side. Accident Advice Helpline have dealt with thousands of medical negligence claims and understand the trauma these sorts of mistakes can cause. After all, you put your trust in the medical profession when you feel ill or have an injury, and to find that the trust was misplaced can be very stressful indeed.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak in confidence with one of our friendly and compassionate advisers. They will give you free advice about making a claim and will make sure you are happy to proceed before the work is started.