Suffering from illness is a deeply traumatic and stressful situation to have to face. Attending a hospital or clinic for treatment which may in itself be unpleasant, painful or upsetting only serves to make matters worse. Fortunately, the vast majority of the time, the treatment you receive will be of the highest possible standard. However, occasionally mistakes are going to be made. Medical practitioners are only human and this means that things can go wrong. When they do, however, it's only fair that you should be able to pursue a fair and justified claim for compensation.
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I've been the victim of medical negligence. What should I do?
Medical negligence can take many forms. It may be that you were the victim of an incorrect diagnosis, a failure to spot an illness, a mistake during surgery, a failure to warn about the risks of treatment, incorrectly prescribed medication or any one of the myriad medical things that could possibly go wrong. Whether you were treated at an NHS establishment or were receiving private medicine makes no difference: if you feel the treatment you received fell below the standard which should reasonably be expected then you've been the victim of negligence, and as such should ring us on 0808 115 0700. One of our advisers will listen to the details of your case and advise as to whether there is a claim to pursue.
What evidence is needed to make a claim?
The first piece of evidence required to successfully build a case is that the practitioner in question owed you a duty of care. This is the easiest part of the case, since any clinician willing to take you on as a patient is, ipso facto, making a promise to provide such care. The rest of the evidence may be more difficult to assemble and is a reflection of the fact that claims such as these are amongst the most complex that we handle.
A successful medical negligence claim can be made if it can be demonstrated that the negligence you have suffered resulted in you falling victim to injury or illness. Demonstrating a link between the negligence and any injury may well depend upon expert testimony and our team of solicitors will have the contacts and experience to put you in touch with the people you need. Over and above this, the more information regarding your treatment that you can provide, the stronger case we'll be able to build.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
Given the complexity of medical negligence cases it can sometimes be a matter of years before they even reach court. You should not, however, let this deter you from seeking justice. If you've been badly treated, you deserve compensation, and the fact that taking on a hospital, clinic or even the NHS can seem daunting should not be allowed to put you off. Remember that our expert lawyers will be by your side every step of the way and will do their utmost to ensure that you receive the compensation that will, even if only in a small way, help you to put your life back together.
I want to make a claim for clinical negligence
If you feel that you want to make a medical negligence claim then get in touch with us immediately. Provide as much information as you can about matters such as the nature of your original illness, when and where your treatment started, its chronological progress, the names of any practitioners involved and the exact details of what you feel went wrong (it may help to write it all down before you call us). If you've got a viable claim we'll let you know, and we'll do our very best to ensure your claim for compensation is successful.
Medical Negligence Compensation News
Hollie McDowall was born in 2005 at University Hospital Coventry, but was left in a severely disabled state after mistakes made by the medical staff delivering her.
Chloe Glasson, a 14-year-old Scottish schoolgirl, received a jab to immunise her against swine flu in November 2009 and, several months later, fell victim to the condition known as narcolepsy.
Emily Dye, of Easton, was born at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital on April 13, 2003. Her family felt that mistakes made by medical staff during the delivery led to her suffering cerebral palsy and so launched a claim for compensation which has finally been settled.
Sophie Collins of east Oxford is now a 22-year-old woman, but when she was 11-years-old she was involved in a car accident which left her with severe brain damage. It was the negligent treatment she received at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, however, that led to the damage and prompted her family to launch a claim for compensation.
It has emerged that one of the largest medical negligence compensation payouts in the history of Northern Ireland was agreed during the summer, when a 10-year-old girl from County Antrim received over £5m in damages and compensation for brain damage she suffered due to mistakes made during her birth.