Hospitals are somewhere that we expect to be safe, so being a victim of surgical negligence can be extremely traumatic. It can cause lasting psychological as well as physical damage, and you may need a lot of support to recover. Sadly, the state isn’t always very good at providing that support, which is why we recommend seeking compensation. Despite what many people think, this won’t come out of the hospital’s budget for patient care. Surgeons and hospitals have medical liability insurance to cover compensation claims.
Dealing with problems caused by surgical negligence
Recovering from an injury like this often requires a long period of rest, which may mean that you’re unable to work. A successful compensation claim can cover you for lost earnings and, if you’re expected to have permanent problems, can provide you with a stipend to ensure that you can still enjoy a decent quality of life.
If you have difficulty getting around because of the injuries you have been left with, you may need adaptations to your home. You may also need a wheelchair or other walking aids, and you may need adaptations to your car so that you can continue to drive. All these things can potentially be covered by compensation.
Getting over the stress associated with being a victim of surgical negligence can be difficult, especially if you need to face further surgery to put matters right. Specialist counselling can be a big help in this situation but is not normally available on the NHS. Fortunately, it’s possible to get counselling funded as part of a compensation claim if your doctor thinks you need it. This can help to stop any panic attacks, make it easier to sleep and give you more control over your emotions.
How to claim
If you want help to make a compensation claim, give us a call here at Accident Advice Helpline. We can set you up with one or our inhouse expert surgical negligence solicitors who specialises in cases of this type. You won’t have to worry about finding lots of money to fund this because we do all our work on a no-win, no-fee basis. We aim to make claiming as simple as possible.
Winning compensation can’t make the distress of going through a medical accident go away, but it can really help to put you back in control of your life.
Date Published: 4th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell