How to define medical negligence
Are you considering contacting serious injury lawyers in Runcorn after suffering medical negligence? Before you contact serious injury lawyers in Runcorn, it might be a good idea to clarify that you have, in fact, suffered from medical negligence.
You may be able to use serious injury lawyers in Runcorn to claim compensation from your doctor. Medical negligence is a common reason for people to claim compensation, but sometimes it can be hard to work out whether your doctor really has acted negligently.
You don’t want to go through the process and struggle of filing a medical negligence claim using serious injury lawyers in Runcorn if you aren’t going to win. Here are some ways to tell whether you have a case or not.
Are you owed a duty of care?
Most doctors, nurses and medical practitioners owe their patients a duty of care. A duty of care refers to the legal requirement of a medical practitioner to do everything they can to keep you safe and healthy, and to treat you as you should be treated. If you have gone through a legitimate doctor or hospital then they do have a duty of care to you. However, whilst your doctor owes you a duty of care, the other doctors in their practice do not. If you have visited someone not classed as an official healthcare practitioner, then they may not be deemed to have a duty of care either.
Was there a breach of this duty?
Work out the level of care that should be reasonably expected by you as a patient. A doctor cannot treat issues which are not presenting yet, and cannot order tests that are unlikely to be necessary. If this means that your illness is missed or not treated then you are walking a fine line, as the doctor may not be considered negligent. If, however, your doctor has clearly missed something that other doctors would have tested for, or treated, then this will count as a breach of their duty of care.
Was this slip the cause of your injury?
Just because there was a breach of the duty of care, it does not mean you can claim compensation. If your injury or illness would have happened either way then you won’t be able to claim compensation. You need to work out whether this breach actively contributed to the problems you have suffered. Going for a second opinion with another doctor can help you to decide this.
Where to find serious injury lawyers in Runcorn
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. You do not actually require serious injury lawyers in Runcorn to start making a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims, and will be able to give you the best advice and service possible. Your injury lawyers will work on a 100% no-win, no- fee basis. You shouldn’t even have to go to court.
Date Published: 1st November 2013
Author: David Brown