What is medical negligence? If you or someone in your family have received negligent medical treatment. when you visit a doctor or hospital, you put your trust in the staff and expect to receive the treatment you need. A medical error can leave you feeling frustrated and let down.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is any mistake or substandard care by a medical professional, which caused you to become injured or made your condition worse.
Doctors and medical staff are highly trained and provide an excellent level of care, mistakes do happen and they can have life-changing consequences for you as a patient.
To find out whether you could make a claim, you can take advice from our specialist, or submit your details using the contact form at the top of this page.
Can you make a medical negligence claim using no win any fee?
Yes, the majority of the time you can make your medical negligence claim on a no win no fee basis.
When you speak to our specialist for the first time, they will let you know whether your claim will be successful. With no win no fee, there aren’t any upfront charges or hidden costs either.
Types of medical negligence
There are a lot of different types of medical negligence, so you might be unsure whether you could make a claim for your experience.
Generally, our specialist can help you make a compensation claim for any negligent treatment if it became apparent in the last three years and caused your condition to get worse.
Here are some of the types of medical negligence cases:
— Misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis
— Surgical errors, including cosmetic surgery negligence
— Birth injuries
— Claims against a GP or negligent dentist
— Claims against the NHS or a hospital
Can I claim against a private practitioner or just the NHS?
When medical negligence happens, any medical practitioner – whether they are private or in the NHS – can be held liable for your injury.
Medical negligence doesn’t always need to involve a stay or visit a hospital. Many treatments, such as cosmetic procedures or dental work, can cause serious injuries if they go wrong. You have every right to make a compensation claim, whether it’s from a large NHS trust or a small private clinic.
How Do You Prove A Medical Negligence Case?
To make a claim for negligence, you must prove that you have suffered an injury or your condition got a lot worse because of negligent medical treatment.
Here are the types of evidence that can support you to claim:
- Medical records.
- A detailed statement from you.
- Have receipts for all the expenses you occurred.
- Close family members and friends can also help provide evidence as witnesses to your injury or illness.
How Much Can I Claim For Medical Negligence?
The amount of compensation you can claim for medical negligence will vary depending on:
- The extent of your injury/illness.
- Any expenses you’ve incurred.
- Your future care needs.
What Can I Claim compensation for?
The compensation you can claim can include:
- Travel expenses for medical appointments, medical equipment and things that you have bought to help you in your daily living.
- Earnings you have lost if your injuries/illness have stopped you working.
- Costs of any surgery or medical procedures you needed after suffering from negligence.
- Any adaptations to your home.
- The costs of receiving current and future care.
- Future loss of earnings if your condition does not allow you to return to work, or to return to the same career.
- You may compensation for the pain and suffering resulting from your injury or illness.
Are There Any Time Limits For Medical Negligence Claims?
In the U.K., you have three years to make a medical negligence claim from the date that your injury was documented to a medical error.
Will I Need A Medical Examination If I Make A Negligence Claim?
An expert doctor has asses to the extent of any damage/ injury you have suffered as a result of negligent treatment.
Contact a Specialist
Our specialist is experts in claiming a compensation settlement that reflects your current and future needs. Check Eligibility here.Fill in the form below and we will introduce you to a claims specialist for your specific injury.