NHS Compensation

Medical Negligence Compensation

Many people come out of hospital with a positive story to tell and with the injury or illness, which originally caused them to be admitted, resolved or healed. Unfortunately though, this is not always the case. On some occasions patients are subjected to medical negligence on the part of the NHS medical staff treating them and this can cause complications in the form of further injuries or illness. This article looks at common reasons people choose to claim compensation from the NHS, what you should do if you think you have been a victim of medical negligence, how long you have to make a claim and how to choose the right solicitor for your claim.

Medical negligence, and it's consequences, is wide reaching and often extremely complex. Victims of medical negligence on the part of the NHS include those that have had an illness or injury misdiagnosed, a surgical instrument left inside them during an operation, a delay or misjudgement during labour leading to injury or illness being caused to the mother or baby, a dental injury, a brain injury (for example caused by lack of oxygen at birth), a delay in treatment or incorrect treatment being administered.

If you have been subjected to one of these, or any other, form of medical negligence then you may be entitled to seek compensation from the NHS as a result of medical negligence claims against them.

If you think, or know for sure, that you have been the victim of a medical negligence claim you should gather up as much evidence as you can to support your claim that the NHS have acted negligently towards you resulting in injury or illness. This includes keeping an accurate record of medical appointments, consultations and telephone calls leading up to the event as well as documenting, in your own words, what actually took place that gave rise to you considering suing the NHS for compensation.

Generally you have three years from the date of the incident in which to make a claim. However, if you are not aware until sometime later that the negligent act or omission of the NHS is what caused your injury or illness, then the three year time limit may start from the time that the cause is indentified.

If you want to seek compensation from the NHS for an injury or illness you believe they have caused you should seek advice and guidance from an expert, medical negligence solicitor.

What are the Costs?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

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Can We Help You?

We understand that if you are on our website you may well be confused: confused about the treatment you have received (or lack of it) and confused about your options. This is why we offer you a free, no obligation discussion with one of our medical negligence solicitors. Simply call us on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630 720) or complete our Compensation NHS Medical Negligence enquiry form to be advised of your options.

Remember, all initial enquiries are completely free of charge and the solicitor will investigate all funding options for you.


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