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Clinical Negligence - Overview

In the UK, millions of people require clinical treatment or examination from healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists and nurses every year. Thankfully due to high standards and regulations set in place for the NHS and private healthcare, we can usually place our trust in the treatment we require. Unfortunately, human error can occur and sometimes mistakes happen, which can have serious consequences for the patient and their families.

When Health Care Goes Wrong

Clinical negligence claims, otherwise known as medical negligence, requires a qualified solicitor with specialist expertise in the medical legal field. An excellent clinical negligence solicitor will be able to offer professional legal advice as to what went wrong, whilst maintaining an understanding towards your feelings and needs. Expert clinical lawyers will also be able to secure interim payments where immediate financial support is a concern.

Starting A Claim

If you instruct a lawyer to handle a medical negligence case, it is important to understand these claims are largely different from general personal injury claims. They require that you - the claimant, are able to prove that the medical professional failed to carry out their duties and this caused you to be in a position of avoidable harm.

  • Fault: This is a breach of duty or a failure to carry out responsibilities for the treatment received. The practice falls below the acceptable standard of a skilled and competent healthcare worker.
  • Avoidable harm: You will need to prove that there was negligent care during your treatment. This can be extremely difficult to prove, which is why you will require an expert lawyer to handle your case.

Your solicitor will ensure that as much evidence to prove negligence is gathered so that they can prepare your case. This normally includes retrieving your medical records which will be arranged by your chosen solicitor.

Preparing Your Case

Clinical negligence can cause detrimental effects to your daily life. Your solicitor will want to fully comprehend the extent and impact of the negligent treatment to make sure that you receive the correct amount of compensation. It is likely that you will need to provide a detailed statement and visit a medical expert who can provide an accurate report as to the expected recovery time and extent of negligence.

The preparation will take time, but ensures your claim has the best chance of being successful and should not defer you from starting a claim if your health care was below standard. Your specialist medical negligence solicitor will arrange everything for you, giving you peace of mind.

The majority of clinical negligence cases are settled without the need for a trial if enough evidence is secured to prove that the health care professional was at fault. Only a minority of cases actually go to court, and your chosen lawyer will represent and fight your case for you.

Time Limitations

It is imperative that you seek legal advice as soon as possible following clinical negligence. This ensures that the correct steps are taken to perform a full investigation at the earliest opportunity. Your detailed statement will rely on memories and it is best to recite these when they are fresh.

You have 3 years from the date where the injury was first discovered to start a claim for clinical negligence compensation.

How To Fund Your Claim

Accident Assistance will normally accept your case under a conditional fee agreement*, also knowns as a 'No Win No Fee*' agreement. If your compensation claim is successful, the at fault party paying your compensation will also pay your legal costs. If your claim is unsuccessful, the solicitor fees are waived and you are not liable for any costs. Due to our experience, we are able to quickly determine whether the chances of the case being successful are high.

Deciding On Making A Claim

Through experience we understand that clinical error can cause negative effects on all involved. Most victims want to ensure that no one else will suffer in the same way. Making a claim will be able to help you financially whilst you recover from your injuries. Regardless of whether or not you start a claim you are entitled to compose a complaint about the treatment received whether it be from the NHS or private. Your solicitor will be able to guide you through this process, but it is important to do this within 6 months of the injury taking place.

Instructing Accident Assistance

If you have been the victim of clinical negligence and would like to make a claim for compensation, you can do so on our make a claim page, or contact us for free no obligation advice on 0161 763 8260.

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