Clinical negligence, sometimes referred to as medical negligence, is an unfortunate but not uncommon occurrence. Despite the proficiency of our private and NHS healthcare workers, accidents do happen, and when they do, you deserve recompense.
To be successful in receiving compensation, it isn’t always necessary to go to court. If you’re more interested in receiving an apology than financial compensation, it is recommended you contact the relevant hospital trust directly. This alone can help stop institutional problems and prevent the same experience from happening to anyone else.
However, often clinical negligence can lead to a significant loss of income and additional costs for medical treatment, equipment, and associated items. If this has happened to you, you should contact a clinical negligence Lawyer as soon as possible to see if and how much you can claim.
In the majority of clinical negligence cases you will need to prove two conditions:
In a court of law, this would be judged on a balance of probability.
Clinical negligence claims are assessed by a Judge based on the testimonials of medical professionals, hence you need to be confident that they’ll testify in your favour.
Clinical negligence is quite different from personal injury, the cases are very different and require a specific set of skills; as such, any Solicitor you engage must be specifically trained in the area of clinical and medical negligence.
When seeking a Lawyer, you should ask a lot of questions and try to get an understanding of what experience this person has in this area of the law.
Try to find out if they’ve dealt with a case just like yours before, bearing in mind that there are many different facets to medical negligence, especially if children or brain damage are part of the equation.
Make sure the Lawyer makes you feel comfortable and is able to explain your contract fully. This person will be your advocate throughout the process, and you need to be confident that they are working in your best interest to resolve the case easily without putting you through any more distress.
Clinical negligence claims are rarely easy, but if you go into it with a solid understanding of the process and with a trustworthy, experienced Lawyer, you will be able to come out the other side with the compensation you are due and will be able to move on with your life.