NHS Negligence Claim
The NHS may be a free at the point of service national health system, but it is also an employer with many thousands of medical professionals. These employees have a duty of care when providing medical support to yourself or a loved one. Should they clearly fail in those duties and it results in an adverse outcome, it may be that their actions constitute medical negligence.
If you believe this to be the case, it is worth exploring whether you have a claim for compensation. BeenLetDown – professional negligence Solicitors have a track record of providing trusted advice in the realm of medical negligence.
How Would I Begin a Claim?
To begin pursuing a claim for NHS negligence with BeenLetDown, the first step taken after you get in touch with us would be to arrange an initial telephone consultation. The aim of the telephone conversation is to allow us to identify the specifics of your claim and its chances of legal success. There is a possibility that we assess that your situation doesn’t constitute negligence, or that the 3-year time limitation period on medical negligence claims has expired, but it is possible that we believe your case clearly qualifies and that a claim should be pursued. If we consider that your claim has prospects we will require your medical records and we will ask you to sign a consent form allowing us to apply for your records.
Acts of Negligence
For a claim against the NHS to be successful, we need to establish that there has been a situation where a medical professional as either done something or failed to do something which no reasonably competent medical professional would have done in the same circumstance. You will need to obtain favourable medical evidence from an independent Doctor to establish your claim. In addition, we must also show that whatever negligence occurred has led to identifiable harm. This can be challenging in a case where the patient had existing injury or illness, because it needs to be proven that the negligence has worsened the existing situation. However, there are many acts that can qualify as negligent, including the following:
- Clinical misdiagnosis
- Death of a loved one due to negligence
- Unsuccessful surgery due to negligence
- Injury due to malpractice
- Incorrect amputation
What Does a Claim Cost?
If we determine that your claim should be pursued, then in most cases we offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is more commonly known as a “No Win No Fee” claim. This means that we will make no charges against you at any stage and we will recover our legal costs and disbursements from the opponent if you are successful with the claim.
There are a number of benefits to this arrangement for our clients. Not only does it show that we aren’t looking to pursue frivolous NHS negligence claims with a minor chance of success, it also protects you financially, because if there no compensation is won, then you will incur no costs.
After considering the above, if you wish to know more about how we can assist you please contact one of our experienced team of NHS negligence Solicitors, then give us a call on 0151 5561839. Alternatively, you can request a callback for a suitable time, or complete our online claims form, both of which are available on our website at www.beenletdown.co.uk.