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. [Read more…]