When we put our trust in a medical professional, the last thing that we expect is that something should go wrong. If you have had a bad experience with a Doctor or other medical professional that had a significant impact on your life, you may be entitled to claim compensation. You may have suffered an injury, trauma or surgical complications resulting from the medical negligence. If you think that you might have a reason to make a claim, you should contact some of the leading medical negligence Solicitors with a nationwide presence.
Medical Negligence Claims
Medical negligence happens when a medical professional fails to perform their duty of providing the necessary level of care to his or her patients. If you have ever suffered from an issue such as this, you should contact a Solicitor to see if you are able to pursue a medical negligence claim. These issues include (amongst others):
- A clinical misdiagnosis
- A prolonged wait for a diagnosis
- Injury as a result of an incorrectly performed procedure or surgery
- Inaccurate amputation
- Death of a loved one due to medical negligence.
The Role of the Medical Negligence Solicitor
The medical negligence Solicitor will be able to check over your claim to make sure that it is viable to pursue. You should make sure that you have all the information that you need to hand so that the Solicitor can assess your claim. You should be sure to answer any questions that the Solicitor asks as truthfully and as accurately as possible, as you may jeopardise the claim if you give inaccurate information.
If you decide to go ahead with the claim for compensation, you will need to give consent for your Solicitor to obtain any necessary documents from your Doctor. This will be important, as your Solicitor has to prove that negligence has occurred.
Harm and Fault in Medical Negligence
If your Solicitor ever talks about a breach of duty when it comes to the medical professional, this means that there could well have been fault in relation to your treatment. You should be treated appropriately and within a reasonable timeframe and if you are not treated as you should be, this can be tantamount to negligence on the part of the medical professional.
It is not enough to say that the medical professional didn’t act with due care. You also have to prove that you have suffered personal injury /pain and/or losses which could have been avoided. This is also known as causation and it can be difficult to prove. If you were already injured or ill before the negligence occurred, your Solicitor will need to prove that your condition worsened significantly or that you suffered for a period of time when you wouldn’t otherwise have been suffering as a result of the negligence. In most cases you will need to have a medical assessment. Your Solicitor will arrange this and the assessment will be carried out by an independent professional.
You have three years, usually from the date that the negligence first occurred, to make the claim. For this reason, you shouldn’t delay in contacting a medical negligence Solicitor today to see how they may be able to help you.