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Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, is the term given to accidents, mistakes or errors committed by medical professionals when providing treatment in a hospital, care home, walk-in centre or doctors surgery.
Here at Simple Legal Solutions we know deciding to make a claim for medical negligence can be a difficult decision. It can be hard to decide to peruse a claim against a body who is providing medical care. However, the care which is being provided needs to reach a certain standard. If this standard is not maintained the consequences can be terrible for those involved. Call us today on 0333 443 2466 to find out how you can fight the negligence you’ve been a victim of.
That’s why we encourage you to take advantage of our no win no fee medical negligence claim service. We can’t heal your pain or change what has happened, but we can help to make things right. You can also ensure the same mistakes are not made again on subsequent patents. You may well help prevent another person suffering similar injuries.
Our solicitors have years of experience fighting claims against negligent healthcare workers. And have a history of winning cases to make their clients lives just that little bit easier. If you aren’t sure if what happened to you constitutes negligence, that’s fine. Get in touch with our claims advisers and we can discuss what happened to you in complete confidence.
It is defined as the point when a healthcare worker such as a doctor, nurse, surgeon or other healthcare professional breaches their duty of care towards you. It means they have given you or a loved one poor care, made medical mistakes, incorrectly diagnosed a condition, given poor advice or not acted when they should have. With these mistakes or errors then causing unnecessary pain or harm.
In most cases these mistakes aren’t made knowingly or intentionally. But things go wrong and mistakes are occasionally made. If other professionals with the same amount of training, knowledge and ability wouldn’t have made the same mistake, then the duty of care has been breached. This isn’t always the fault of the healthcare worker. The problems can be caused by policies in their organisation that require changing or updating.
You may be surprised to learn negligence from healthcare professionals and organisations is much more common than you think. The NHS litigation Authority has stated they’ve paid £1.4 billion in the past year (2015-2016) on negligence claims. This compares with £583 million in 2008-2009. News stories also come out almost daily about bad practices, negligent behaviour and preventable harm in the NHS.
There are many reasons you should fight a case of medical negligence if you feel you have been a victim.
The one that is most obvious and makes the biggest impact is compensation. The harm you’ve felt will have placed unneeded stress on you. It may have caused you to perform badly at work, or even miss out on work because of the pain. It may have caused you extra costs in travel, food, and hours that you could have spent on something more productive. In the very worst cases, there may have been bereavement costs. Compensation is about covering the obvious and hidden costs of dealing with negligence and poor care.
Another reason is to ensure that problems within an organisation are brought to light and exposed. This way the same mistakes won’t be made with another patient. The professionals themselves could be the problem, due to a lack of training or knowledge. The organisation could also be at fault. Perhaps policies mean the healthcare workers cannot perform their jobs to the best of their ability. They may not get enough rest time or sleep between shifts, or aren’t given the correct tools to do their job effectively. The hospital may not have enough equipment to deal with the volume of patients it is required to handle. This may have caused you to wait longer to get a diagnosis or treatment that was time-sensitive.
We strongly encourage you to make a claim if you feel there is one. Medical negligence claims have a time limit to them. You must bring a claim within three years of you first becoming aware of a problem. Call us today on 0333 443 2466 for a free discussion about whether you’re eligible for a claim. Remember, it’s no win, no fee, so you have nothing to lose by making an enquiry. We look forward to hearing from you.