Can I Claim for Medical Negligence?

Can I Claim for Medical Negligence

Our Medical Negligence Lawyers offer a free consultation for victims of clinical negligence and medical accidents. Call us on 08000 488 777 or tell us what happened so we can provide you with expert legal advice at no cost to you.

Medical Negligence is also referred to as clinical negligence. These cases arise when a healthcare provider breaches their care of duty to a patient. A worrying statistic is that there are more than 150,000 medical negligence cases brought against healthcare providers and institutions in the UK and this figure is estimated to rise year on year. When you seek medical treatment and advice from a healthcare provider, you are putting your faith in the professionals who work there. On most occasions, they will do a good job and you receive the correct treatment or advice. However, if you do not get the right treatment, you may end up suffering from their actions. On these occasions you may be entitled to claim compensation.

A medical negligence case can be made against all healthcare providers and institutions, in both the public and private sector including;

  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Dentists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Midwives
  • Nurses

  • Pharmacies
  • Pharmacists
  • Care workers
  • General Practitioners
  • Hospitals
  • Care homes

Do I Have a Claim for Medical Negligence?

In order to make a claim for medical negligence you need to prove that the healthcare provider or organisation performed their duties in an incompetent way towards you and consequently you have suffered an illness or injury. Because of this medical negligence cases tent to be very complex cases that take time to complete, so it is important to hire a lawyer who is experienced and specialises in these particular cases.

A healthcare provider or oganisation can make a mistake at any time during medical treatment. Our Medical Negligence Lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with cases such as;

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delays in diagnosis
  • Prescription errors
  • Surgical Errors

  • Birth injuries
  • Injuries/illnesses during pregnancy
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Care home neglect

During a conversation with your Medical Negligence Lawyer in your consultation, they will take note of the facts of your case and will establish if you are entitled to claim compensation.

Time limits

There are deadlines which must be followed when making a medical negligence claim.

Adults
A claim must be issued within three years from the date of the incident, or three years from the date of acknowledgement that the injury or illness is a result of medical negligence.

Children
A claim must be issued by the child’s 21st birthday, this is regardless of when the incident took place. Parents can make a claim on behalf of their child if they wish to do so before the child reaches 21. Any compensation awarded is kept in a Special Investment Account which can be accessed when the child turns 18. Funds from this account may be released prior to the child’s 18th birthday if there is a need for medical treatment or special education fees.

Adults and children without mental capacity
There are no time limits for adults or children who are not capable of managing their own affairs due to a mental disability.

Fatal Medical Negligence Cases
If you are claiming on behalf of a family member who has died as a result of medical negligence the claim must be issued within three years from the date of death.

Call our Medical Negligence Lawyers on freephone 08000 488 777 or start your compensation claim online and we will call you. Medical Lawyers

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