In 2014, Bolton did not receive a share of the government’s £50 million which was shared between other regions’ general practitioners, earmarked for increasing patients’ access to their GPs. Despite this, health chiefs in Bolton have promised to do their utmost to ensure that primary healthcare in the town improves, along with all of its healthcare services.
However, unfortunately there are cases of clinical negligence all over Britain, as the NHS struggles to deal with the number of patients needing medical care. You may be seeking the services of solicitors in Bolton, or ones anywhere else in the country, because you wish to file a personal injury compensation claim for clinical negligence.
Solicitors in Bolton and clinical negligence
Clinical negligence claims can be difficult to prove, as sometimes experts fail to agree on what actually caused a patient’s condition to worsen rather than improve, and also what the correct treatment should have been.
If you think you have a case of clinical negligence to answer in the area, you will need a specialist clinical negligence solicitor in a firm of solicitors in Bolton to help you with your personal injury compensation claim.
What is clinical negligence?
Quite basically, clinical negligence is a breach of the legal duty of care that a doctor or other medical professional owes to a patient. This duty has to be firmly established if a claim is to be successful. If there was a breach of this duty, then it has to be established that it caused a patient harm, which as a result caused caused losses or damage.
The breach of duty of care is examined in order to ascertain if the doctor in question failed to treat the patient in a way that met the required standard of other doctors in the same field of medicine. Next, causation must be established, which means that if the doctor’s standard of care did not meet required standards, this must be proven to have been the cause of the patient’s harm or injury.
When causation has been established, the patient has to show that the damage suffered can be claimed for. This might be physical or psychiatric damage. A claim can also include compensation for loss of earnings, as well as past and future medical care and any additional medical expenses.
It can be difficult for solicitors in Bolton to build a case to prove clinical negligence, so if you think you have a potential claim you should talk to an expert solicitor now.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need help in finding a clinical negligence specialist (or any other type of personal injury solicitor) call us here at Accident Advice Helpline. Our freephone numbers are 0800 689 0500 from a landline, and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 15th April 2014
Author: David Brown