What to Know about Medical Negligence Claims

If a healthcare professional has caused you to suffer unnecessarily due to negligence, whether this is because of sub-standard care, misdiagnosis or any other medical related grievance then you are well within your rights by law to seek financial compensation in the form of a medical negligence claim.

All healthcare practitioners and professionals are required to exert their best efforts at all times. When a medical professional neglects to do so, their abilities may become questionable, this is when we see people suffer needlessly due to malpractice or similar issues. See ‘What Is Medical Negligence?’

The law requires all healthcare professionals to be cautious while performing their duties to avoid these malpractice cases. This includes homecare attendants, dentists, surgeons, pharmacists, doctors and other healthcare attendants such as paramedics, nurses and dental assistants. Their primary job is to attend and care for the needs of their patients & clients.

Sadly these cases are quite common, clinical negligence claims are one of the most pervasive. You may have heard about some of the most horrifying cases shared by patients in the media…

If you believe you have experienced medical negligence, we can help. Our team of specialists are ready to assist you in the proper filing of new cases. We encourage you to trust us, and talk about your case with our sympathetic, knowledgeable and approachable team of professionals. We deal with cases every day so we understand that you have experienced a traumatic case of negligence and that it may be difficult for you to receive the recompense that is rightfully yours without the help that you deserve.

Common cases of medical negligence:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Cancer care
  • Pregnancy and childbirth claims
  • Ophthalmic claims
  • Dental claims
  • Cosmetic surgery

It is vital for the success of your claim that you work with medical negligence solicitors that can truly focus on you and your own unique case. Negligence claims vary, so you must seek the proper representation. Selecting the most experienced team of professionals, with a good track record is the only way to ensure that you are compensated fairly.

The right team of lawyers should be able to dedicate their considerable resources and time to get to know your situation. This dedication ensures that you will receive the help necessary to rebuild your life, with the help of the right people you will once again rest easy with that all important peace of mind.

What You Must Know About Your Claim

When filing a claim for medical negligence, there are some things you need to know:

  • There are laws that protect patients. It is important to know that YOU have rights under the law. It is your right to live a life that is free from harm. Therefore, if a medical professional has caused unnecessary grief or pain, you can file for a negligence claim. A medical negligence solicitor is the key to getting compensated and at the same time, a professional can also help you in fighting for your rights.
  • Since lawsuits concerning medical negligence are time consuming and stressful, most claims are settled outside of court. However, to ensure that the negligence case is resolved quickly & appropriately, you must be able to show substantial proof. Settlement between the medical professional in question and the patient who suffered the negligent care can be made without further legal action.
  • To have a valid and strong case, you must be able to prove that the negligence of the medical professional was a cause of mental anguish, physical pain, lost wages, and expensive medical bills.
  • You should learn to speak for yourself and your loved ones. Don’t be intimidated by the medical establishment… Always keep in mind that no one else knows what your body feels. You should speak out, as is your right, instead of sitting in silence while suffering.

You can also see our ‘10 Things About Medical Negligence Claims Article‘.

If this is your first case, it is important that you get help. You should be able to prove that there is negligence which caused injury (physical, mental, financial) or worse yet, the death of a loved one. You need to seek professional advice from an experienced group of medical negligence solicitors.

You must be aware that there is a time span or time frame wherein you can file for negligence, and this will depend on where you live and the law that presides there. Only in extreme cases are claims brought to trial. If the medical negligence claim can be settled out of court, and you have evidence, you can save time and avoid the stress associated with court proceedings.

Statistics show that the lawsuits concerning medical negligence are lesser in comparison to other medical claims. This is because most claims are settled out of court. It is truly hard to get a a claim into court. In fact, only about 55.2% of these claims are able to get past litigation, while 54.2% are rejected by courts. With a reliable and experienced medical negligence solicitor, you can prove your case and the concerned medical professional will be more than willing to settle the issue right away.

You will need to provide the following information to the MNS:

  • Personal details of the patient or victim
  • The personal details of the specialist or doctor, as well as important dates (e.g. when the treatment was given)
  • The reason/reasons why you want to file a claim; it can be that the medical treatment caused injury, pain, and suffering instead of making the patient well

You will need to personally discuss these things with the mns. After a thorough discussion, you will be advised on how you can file for the claim. There are also other things that you have to know like the funding methods, calculating the amount of the claim, the strengths/ weaknesses of your claim, and the time frame when you need to be able to file the claim. Keep in mind that the time duration is limited, and if you go beyond the allowed time scale to file a claim, you can no longer take action.

Filing requires knowledge and effort. Not everyone is familiar with the process, so the best option is to seek help from qualified and experienced mns. Only professionals can help you out. If you are sure that you are a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, you must decide now. Don’t wait too long, or else, you can no longer file for malpractice. By doing your homework, you can be financially compensated and regain control of your life once more.