Poor Medical Care
If you or a loved one requires acute medical care, the experience can be daunting. No matter the reason for your hospital visit, you have every right to expect that the medical professional overseeing your treatment keeps their duty of care to you in mind throughout.
While it is always possible that mistakes can be made, or that there are unavoidable circumstances, sometimes poor medical care may amount to a breach of a duty of care, i.e. medical negligence.
If you have received poor medical care, which has caused pain, injury, or loss, then you may have a case for medical negligence compensation.
Here at Been Let Down, we are trusted specialist medical negligence solicitors. For many years, we have provided legal support and guidance following poor and negligent medical care. We have a wealth of experience in this field and encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss the details of your situation.
How do I know if I have a valid claim?
The first stage will be to examine the specifics of your case. From there, we can advise on whether we think you have a good chance of a successful legal claim.
For you to be able to make a claim, you must establish that when you experienced poor medical care the medical professional failed in their duty of care to you and that you have suffered as a result. This makes it a case of medical negligence.
What is the standard of care in medical negligence?
Doctors owe all their patients a duty of care. This duty of care means that medical professionals must provide a standard of care that could be reasonably expected from a competent doctor in their same position.
If a doctor fails to provide this, this amounts to a breach of the duty of care and could amount to medical negligence.
What to do if you believe your poor medical care amounts to medical negligence?
If there has been a breach of a duty of care, it qualifies as medical negligence. Should this fall within the valid time period, we can move forward with assessing your claim.
At this point we will request copies of your medical records which will enable us to review your case properly. As part of this process, we will instruct an independent doctor to assess whether the standard of care fell below that of a reasonably competent medical doctor. If the duty of care amounted to medical negligence, we can progress your claim.
If there was a duty of care and medical negligence occurred, it might be possible for you to make a claim for medical negligence.
For a claim to be successful, it needs to be proven that the standard of care provided to you fell below that of a reasonably competent doctor. We also need to provide evidence that the negligence led to the pain, loss, or injury that you have encountered.
This latter stage can be challenging if a patient had a pre-existing injury or illness. As such, establishing this requires expertise and experience to prove a clear causal link. There are many acts that may qualify as medical negligence, including:
- Clinical misdiagnosis
- Injury due to malpractice
- Inaccurate or unnecessary amputation
- Death of a loved one due to negligence
- Unsuccessful surgery due to negligence
- Progression of illness due to delayed diagnosis
How much will it cost to claim for poor medical care?
This means that you can make a claim against a hospital trust for poor medical care, without taking on any risk. With No Win No Fee claims, you will only pay if you win your case. If, for whatever reason, you’re unsuccessful, you will not have to pay legal fees – for your side or theirs. Unless your claim is deemed to be fraudulent or you have failed to comply with our reasonable requests to pursue your claim.
Making a medical negligence claim with us
Our experienced team of solicitors handle thousands of claims for clients who have experienced poor medical care. We are a fully independent SRA-regulated law firm, committed to putting your best interests first, and aim to offer our clients the best possible outcomes and the maximum compensation.
If you would like to speak to a member of our specialist medical negligence team about making a claim, then call us on 0800 234 3234. There is also the option to request a call back or complete our online contact form.
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