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How To Sue A Hospital For Negligence
During the past year, figures show NHS medical negligence claims to have risen by 20%. Following a series of problems in the UK's hospitals, many patients have been dissatisfied with the treatment they or their loved ones have received.
When you are admitted to hospital you expect to receive a level of service and care that will ensure that you are put on the road to recovery from your injury or illness as soon as possible. Very often, this is the case and patients do receive a high level of care and treatment. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. On some occasions, an act or omission of incompetence and/or negligence on the part of the NHS can lead to further injury or illness for the patient.
1st Claims will be able to help you with your hospital negligence claim whether you are claiming against a private healthcare provider or against the NHS. It may be appropriate to sue a hospital for negligence rather than an individual if it is the case that multiple failings, rather than the actions of only one negligent person, have caused you or a member of your family harm.
How Do I Sue A Hospital?
If you think you have been a victim of medical negligence and are thinking of suing a hospital, you should together as much information as possible to support your potential claim. This can include medical notes, x-rays, records of telephone conversations and your own detailed account of events. Medical negligence can be an extremely complex area of law and suing a hospital is not always straightforward. However, if you have a strong case to show that the hospital staff treating you have been negligent then you deserve to be compensated for the injury or illness you have sustained as a result of that negligence. Usually in medical negligence and personal injury claims you have three years from the date of the accident or incident in which to pursue a claim. Often, however, in medical negligence cases the three year time limit starts from the date upon which the cause of the injury or illness being suffered by the victim was identified as being the negligent act or omission of the treating medical professional.
So, how to sue the hospital: the process is very simple in terms of your input. Your 1st Claims lawyer will deal with all the complexities of making a hospital negligence claim. All you need to do to sue a hospital for negligence is the following:-
1. Call 1st Claims for a free consultation - our advisors will be able to let you know whether you have grounds for a viable claim. The sooner you can call us, the better. We can talk to the individual who has been a victim of negligence directly, or we can talk to someone on behalf of a victim of hospital negligence.
2. Keep a record - keep a record of the progression of your injuries and of any expenses you incur due to the hospital's negligence. E.g. travel costs or prescription costs. All of this information will serve to substantiate your claim and ensure you get the full compensation amount that you are due.
When your lawyer is dealing with suing the hospital for negligence, they will need to prove that the negligent actions of the hospital directly caused you harm. If your lawyer can prove this causal link you should receive a sum of medical negligence compensation for your injuries. This will be calculated by looking at the extent of your injuries and at any financial losses you incurred.
What Can I Sue The Hospital For?
There are many things which a hospital may have done wrong. A few common forms of hospital negligence:-
- Failure to diagnose
- Hospital equipment errors
- Administrative errors
- Prescribing errors
- And many more
Hospital Negligence Enquiries
1st Claims offer a free initial enquiry service to everyone. This is because we know just how complex hospital negligence cases can be. We would love to talk to you in person about how we can help you, as we feel this is easiest way for you to be able to sue a hospital in the confidence that your legal team understand your personal situation fully. So fill in a medical negligence enquiry form here or give us a call for free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01348 630720).
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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