Medical negligence and no win no fee* Runcorn claims
Have you been researching no win no fee* Runcorn claims because you think you have suffered due to medical negligence? If you feel that mistreatment by a doctor or other medical practitioner has led to an illness getting worse, or the start of an illness that you otherwise would not have had, you may be able to use injury lawyers to claim compensation from your doctor. Medical negligence is a popular 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 if you aren’t going to win, so 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.
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 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.
No win no fee* Runcorn claims, for those times when you may not hit the ground running
Accident Advice Helpline came into being back in the year 2000 to help victims find the best personal injury lawyer for their needs. They have a nationwide presence and advertise in all national papers, on the television and radio. Put yourself in their capable hands and you will wish you rang them last week, this morning or an hour ago. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for no obligation advice about no win no fee* Runcorn claims for compensation.
Date Published: 10th February 2014
Author: David Brown