What is clinical negligence?

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What is clinical negligence?

The vast majority of medical procedures carried out each day are conducted safely, professionally, and to the best possible standard. Unfortunately, however, there are occasions where things go wrong while you’re receiving medical treatment, and in these cases the distress caused can be significant.

If you feel as though the medical treatment or care you received fell below the standard you would expect, and that this caused you injury, illness, pain or inconvenience, you could be able to claim compensation.

It’s important to understand that a clinical negligence claim isn’t a disciplinary procedure, and you shouldn’t expect to receive an apology, or for the medical professional involved to be ‘struck off’. Instead, the claim will ensure that you’re financially compensated for any costs incurred or loss of earnings as a result of the illness, pain, or injury you’ve endured.

How do we test for clinical negligence?

The basis of clinical negligence claims used to be whether or not a ‘responsible body of medical men’ would have taken the same course of action under the same circumstances as the medical professional in question. However, this is difficult to apply to every situation, and has been replaced by a more flexible test – if what was done was ‘what ought to be done’, rather than just what would have been done by ‘most’ medical professionals.

The result of this is that in new clinical negligence cases, the court will still take evidence from medical experts on suitable courses of treatments, care and diagnoses. However, they will also consider if an alternative course of treatment or style of care would have had a more positive outcome, and if so, did the medical practitioner behave negligently by failing to consider them? Along with this, the court will look at what the current accepted course of treatment is, and whether they deem it ‘logical and reasonable’.

The reason for this change in what constitutes clinical negligence is to make it more difficult for medical professionals to protect their peers in instances where the practitioner at the heart of the claim may in fact be wrong, by insisting that the ‘responsible body of medical men’ would have taken the same course of action.

Despite this change, the ins and outs of any clinical negligence claim are still extremely complex, and proving that you were treated in a negligent manner is difficult to do. This is where our team can help if you’re seeking to make a claim.

If you’ve suffered at the hands of a medical professional in the last three years and would like our help in proving your clinical negligence claim, get in touch with our network of experts today. We’ll be able to tell you how much your claim could be worth, and connect you with an expert solicitor to progress the case.

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Am I eligible?

If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.

However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.

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How much could I claim?

As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.

Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.

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How does the process work?

We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.

Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.

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Why should you use us?

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We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.

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Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.

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On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.

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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.

We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.

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