What is Medical Negligence?
Medical Negligence (a.k.a Clinical Negligence) is part of Personal Injury Law. It occurs when a healthcare professional breaches their duty of care to a patient by making a medical mistake that results in injury, complications or suffering. In some extreme cases, medical negligence can lead to the death of a patient.
If you have suffered as a result of negligence from a doctor, dentist or hospital, a medical negligence claim may be the best option for you.
Some examples of what is considered medical negligence are:
- Failed diagnosis
- Wrongly prescribed medication
- Not signing a consent form before treatment
- Delay in treatment resulting in suffering
- Not being warned of risks of a treatment
- Incorrectly performed surgery
- Death due to incorrect/lack of care
What can a Clinical Negligence solicitor help with?
Clinical Negligence, in particular, is a complex area of law. You will need the assistance of highly skilled professionals to ensure that your claim has the best chance of being successful.
Our experienced team of Clinical Negligence specialists are able to advise you on whether you can take action towards making a complaint or recovering compensation.
We can assure you that over the years, we have obtained substantial awards of compensation for clients who have suffered injuries and complications as a result of Clinical Negligence.
Our team will assess if you are eligible for a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee). However, we cannot take on any Medical Negligence cases that are eligible for Legal Aid funding.
What are the limitations?
When suing a medical professional or NHS hospital, the claim must be brought within three years of the incident. In some cases, the time can run from when you first became aware of the injury you have suffered as a result of the negligence even if this is later than 3 years.
Although, this approach can be open to question by defendants as it can be difficult to prove. It is advisable that you always begin your claim within three years of the Medical Negligence occurring rather than any injuries or later complications.
What if I am claiming on behalf of someone else?
There are certain scenarios where the patient is not able to claim themselves. For instance, if the patient is a child, does not have full mental capacity or has died. All of these scenarios make the claim more complex to navigate due to the specific rules applicable to each situation. If this applies to you, we strongly advise that you seek the help of a solicitor.
Speak to a specialist
We understand that Clinical Negligence can be an upsetting point of conversation. Our team has a lot of experience on this subject and are able to provide you with the advice and care that you deserve.
To find out more or to speak to one of our Clinical Negligence experts, call 0151 236 8871, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form.