Medical, or clinical negligence, can have lasting damages. Using a solicitor that is experienced in medical claims can increase the success of compensation for injuries received. A rise in claims suggests an awareness of compensation entitlement following a breach of 'duty of care'.
Medical Negligence Definition
A medical negligence definition should incorporate two fundamental aspects if your objective is to make a successful claim;
- Your healthcare provider was negligent by breaching their 'duty of care' and;
- This breach was a direct cause of your injury.
Compensation can only be received if the decisions that lead to mistakes in your treatment seem unreasonable to other healthcare professionals. Doctors, nurses and other professionals in the healthcare sector are there to assist in your recovery and intentional harm is extremely rare. However, mistakes are made and in these circumstances, a medical negligence solicitor can help.
Making a Claim for Medical Negligence Compensation
In order to make a claim for compensation, you and your solicitor must provide evidence for;
- A breach of their 'duty of care' that caused injury or harm
- Harm was caused by a mistake that no reasonable doctor would have made
In addition to this, the claims process must be initiated within three years of the injury occurring, or within three years of the damaging results of the negligence, you experienced to become known.
Using an experienced medical negligence solicitor is key to securing the deserved amount of your compensation. Accident Line Direct advise on using solicitors with experience in this sector, in order to increase the success of your claim and maximise your compensation amount. If you would like more information or think you may have a medical negligence claim then call us for free to speak with one of our professional advisors and receive a no-obligation quotation.
Types of Medical Negligence
Due to an annual increase in the number of people using the NHS, the NHS Litigation Authority is able to establish where the greatest cost arises in terms of clinical negligence claims.
In the 2014/15 annual report the NHS Litigation Authority, an increase in the number of patients claiming for compensation is shown. They attributed this rise to an increase in people using the NHS, alongside a suggested positive reporting culture due to medical negligence in the UK.
According to the same report, the greatest number (32%) of claims are made up of an aggregate of “other” more specific types of claims. Following the ambiguity of that percentage, the most common types of claims are;
- Orthopaedic surgery (musculoskeletal systems)
- Accident and Emergency cases
- General surgery
- Obstetrics (pregnancy and childbirth)
- General medicine
- Gastroenterology (digestive system disorders)
Interestingly, the greatest value for medical negligence claims was attributed to obstetrics, which made up a huge percentage of the claims value at 41%. If you think you may have experienced negligence and deserve medical negligence compensation for injuries received during childbirth or any other medical field then speak to one of our advisors to find out your entitlement.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims
Where possible, Accident Line Direct will try to operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This means the solicitor you use will take a success fee, currently capped at 25%, from your compensation award. In the event that the claim is not successful, your solicitor will not charge any fee to you, thus removing the financial risk of making a claim.
To find out if you could enter into a No Win No Fee agreement to start your claim, call Accident Line Direct today for more information on the claims process.
How Accident Line Direct can help
At Accident Line Direct we are connected with solicitors who have key industry experience in how to achieve medical negligence compensation. If you think you have suffered personal loss or injury within the last three years as a direct result of substandard medical care then contact Accident Line Direct for further help and advice.
Posted in: Medical Negligence on Monday 18 December 2017
by Oliviah Rix-Taylor