Experiencing the aftermath and effects of medical negligence is something that no one wishes to have to go through. After putting your faith into the hands of a medical professional, you would have expected to get the top quality of care possible to safeguard your health and wellbeing. If you have found yourself in the position of being a victim of bad medical treatment that you may well be within your rights to make a claim and get some well-deserved justice.
To help you out, this handy guide is going to walk you through what you need to know about being eligible to make a medical negligence claim and the process involved.
So, tell us what happened?
The first thing that you need to do is work out if you have indeed been a victim to some form of medical negligence. This can be a difficult process as no one likes to think that they have been mistreated or received substandard care from the professionals, but here are some things you should know:
- Medical negligence can occur throughout any of your contact with a doctor, nurse, or surgeon. For example, if you are misdiagnosed and given the wrong treatment or given no treatment causing your illness to get worse, this would be a case of negligence. If you are not given all the relevant information about an upcoming surgery or are not receiving the right aftercare, this too would be a case of negligence. Essentially, medical negligence is any situation where an avoidable mistake has been made that could have possibly led, or indeed has led, you to harm.
- Once you have identified that there is a problem, you need to seek out legal advice from the professionals in order to ensure that you proceed in the correct way and have a much better chance of getting the justice and compensation that you deserve.
- If you want/need to make a claim, you have three years to do so unless the medical negligence happened to someone under the age of eighteen, in which case they will have three years from when they become a legal adult to do this.
How do you know if you are eligible?
Medical negligence can come in many varied forms and so the best way to work out if you are eligible is to contact a legal professional, talk through everything that has happened, and see what they have to say upon the matter.
You could be eligible if you believe that you received substandard treatment (which could include being wrongly diagnosed, surgical mistakes, or an absence of aftercare) which could result in personal harm. Claims for medical negligence can see you get the justice you deserve, and with the help from professionals, it can become a reality.
Why is it important to claim in cases of medical negligence?
In a worst-case scenario, medical negligence could lead to you having to be off work for prolonged periods of time which will ultimately put a financial burden and stress on your home life, for which compensation money could provide some reassurance. Making a clinical negligence claim has never been easier, as, with a team on hand to help you and experts to help build your case, you can seek the compensation you rightfully deserve.
It is also important to make your claim on principle to ensure that all medical professionals are held to the high standards that are expected of them, and to highlight where they went wrong, to make sure that the same mistake is not made again by this medical practitioner. Examples of medical negligence may be more common than you first thought, and hopefully this guide will have given you a clearer understanding of what is involved, which could help you make a successful claim.