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Can I Claim For Medical Negligence?

If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, you could be in a position to claim compensation. Read on to find out whether you could make a claim, or alternatively contact a medical negligence solicitor for an initial consultation.

What is medical negligence?

If a medical professional fails to provide a patient with an acceptable level of care, in turn causing that patient to suffer an injury, medical negligence will be said to have occurred. A very obvious example of this might be a case of wrong amputation. For example, if a patient is due to have his right foot amputated, but doctors fail to address his medical records and accidentally amputate his left foot instead, there can be no dispute that medical negligence has taken place.

Anyone who is affected by medical negligence will be entitled to make a claim against the person or organisation responsible. If a claim is successful, the injured individual will be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering he has wrongfully endured, as well as the acute financial loss he has incurred as a direct consequence of medical mistakes.

How do I know if I can claim for medical negligence?

However, not all cases of medical negligence are quite so clear cut as cases of wrong amputation. In fact, it is very rare that an NHS Trust or a GP will admit that errors have been made, thereby causing a patient additional pain and suffering.

So how do you discover whether or not you are in a position to claim for medical negligence? The easiest way by far is to contact a solicitor that specialises in this area of the law. A medical negligence solicitor will be able to have an initial discussion with you over the telephone, during which he or she will ask about the details of your treatment. After obtaining all the necessary information, a solicitor will use their legal knowledge and expertise to suggest whether or not you are able to pursue a claim.

Who should I speak to about a medical negligence matter?

If you believe you or your loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, you may wish to lodge an official complaint. This may either be direct to a GP surgery, or to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at the hospital in question. Nevertheless, this rarely proves satisfactory for injured patients, as an apology will hardly ever be given.

Therefore you may instead wish to contact a medical negligence solicitor who will be able to investigate the medical negligence matter on your behalf. If it is found that medical negligence has indeed occurred, your solicitor will then be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation.

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Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

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