UK Wide Medical Negligence Claims Service
We have specialist Medical Negligence Claim Solicitors across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland waiting to help you now.
Claims against the NHS
Claims against the NHS are made by victims of medical negligence on a regular basis as claimants attempt to claim compensation for the injury or illness they have sustained.
Claims against the NHS arise for many reasons. These include:
- injury or illness (or, sadly, even death) caused to babies during the process of labour
- misdiagnosis of serious illnesses such as cancer
- hospital acquired infections
- brain injuries caused by lack of oxygen
- dental injuries
- medical implements being left inside the body during the course of an operation
- failed sterilisation or vasectomy operations
These are just some of the circumstances that lead people to make claims against the NHS for compensation - there are many, many more.
Making an NHS Claim
Medical negligence is notoriously difficult to prove. Your opinion as a layperson is going to come into direct conflict with the opinions of medical experts and unless you have medical training yourself, the fight to prove someone has failed in their duty of care can be a long one. However, that does not mean that if you believe medical negligence has taken place during your NHS treatment that you are not entitled to fight for compensation and to have the negligence recognised. This fight can be vitally important as it could alter the way future patients are treated and help to force changes that could save lives.
Help Improve your Chances of Success
When considering making a claim against the NHS for medical negligence compensation it is important to gather as much evidence together as possible to support your claim. This could include a detailed account, in your own words, of what happened leading up to the alleged negligent act or omission (appointments, telephone conversations, consultations, and details of other relevant medical treatment you have received) together with copies of x-rays and medical notes (which may be obtained by your solicitor). You should also consider the following points:
- If you are still in hospital, confront the medical staff directly and if necessary file a formal complaint. This will set the wheels in motion and the use of a formal complaint procedure and also provides a useful way of obtaining further information about the procedure or treatment. Any discussions should be noted and whenever possible, request that any responses to questions you have asked be put in writing.
- Request that all medical records be handed over to you. This is a patient’s right and can help to prove if vital information has not been taken into consideration by the medical staff when deciding on your course of treatment. You may have to pay a small charge for the medical notes.
- Engage the services of a professional clinical or medical negligence solicitor. This is essential to take your claim to the next stage. Medical negligence solicitors are highly skilled in dealing with medical claims, which can be extremely complicated. They also have access to experts who will be able to give you second opinions on the original treatment regime.
- Be aware that medical negligence claims have a time limitation in the UK of three years. You must commence your legal claim within three years from when the incident occurred or when you first realised you had suffered an injury. It is advisable to take specialist legal advice as soon as possible. In the case of children the three-year limit does not apply until their eighteenth birthday, so they have until they are twenty-one before commencing a legal claim. If the claim involves a patient who is not running their own affairs because of a mental disability, the three year rule does not apply until (and unless) they get over their disability. The simple way to discover whether you can make a claim is to ask one our solicitors by completing the enquiry form - follow the link at the bottom of this form.
- For you to be successful in your legal claim you have to be able to prove both negligence and causation. Negligence is defined as the care you received falling below medically acceptable standards and causation is the breach of duty or negligence of the clinician, which directly results in an injury to you. As part of the initial investigations, your solicitor will require a supportive opinion from an independent medical expert on your case. They will base their opinion on your medical records, your statement about what has happened to you and any other documents supporting your case.
Following an assessment of your case your solicitor will be able to give you a more informed opinion about the level of compensation you might expect if your case is successful. They will take into account certain social security benefits you get because of your injury (such as Income Support) as this could affect how much compensation you will receive.
Can We Help You?
If you suspect that you may have been the victim of medical negligence and wish to make a claim against the NHS for compensation our expert, specialist solicitors may be able to help you.
It can be a long and difficult road if you decide to sue The NHS for medical negligence, but by following each step carefully you give yourself a far better chance of succeeding and gaining the compensation you deserve. It could also mean that fundamental changes are implemented in the way future patients are treated.
Simply call us on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01275 774 557) or complete our Claims against the NHS enquiry form to be advised of your options. All initial enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you.
We are here to help you from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday,
8.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.
What Happens Next?
Complete a Quick Claim Enquiry and this is what you will benefit from:
- Advice on whether you can make a claim and how the claims process works from a specialist claims solicitor;
- Compensation - what can you claim for and how much are you likely to receive;
- Costs - whether you will qualify for a no win no fee claim or details of other methods for funding your claim; and
- An explanation of what will happen next if you decide to carry on and make a claim (how your solicitor will take care of everything for you).
All on a free, no obligation Quick Claim Enquiry Advice Call.
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