When we enter a hospital or place ourselves in the care of a medical professional, we expect to be treated with dedication and professionalism. In most instances this is the case. However sometimes those who have a duty of care towards us fail us, or their actions cause us to suffer further harm. If this has happened to you, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.
What is medical negligence?
All medical staff including nurses and doctors, have what is called a duty of care, which requires them to perform to the best of their abilities and not make avoidable mistakes. This is not simply an ethical duty, but a legal one, and where this duty of care has been breached medical staff and organisations can find themselves liable to medical negligence claims.
If you have suffered injury or loss due to the mistakes or negligence of the NHS or a private healthcare provider, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Here are just a few examples of what could constitute a valid medical negligence claim:
• An error in surgery that causes injury or hardship
• A missed, late or incorrect diagnosis
• Brain damage and other injuries occurring at birth
• Prescription of incorrect medications and dosage strengths
How to make a claim
Due to its nature, a medical negligence claim can be much more complex than other forms of compensation claim. The first step in making a claim is to get in touch with a qualified and experienced medical negligence solicitor.
At the very beginning, your solicitor will assess your claim to ensure that you have a valid case. To be successful in making a claim on your behalf, they must be able to prove that the medical professional(s) who treated you was in breach of their duty of care towards you, and that you have suffered injury or loss because of it.
It’s important to keep in mind that in order to make a successful claim, you must do so within three years of the time when you became aware that you had suffered injury as a result of medical negligence. In the case of birth injuries, parents can claim on behalf of their child up till the age of 18, after which the young person has until their 21st birthday to initiate a claim. A specialist solicitor experienced at dealing with medical negligence claims will be able to assess your case and tell you if you could be eligible for compensation.
Contact our specialist team today for help/information on head injury claims and other types of injuries.