Medical negligence is otherwise known as clinical negligence. Every clinician in the healthcare industry has a duty of care to their patients. It could be your GP, dentist or optician. Perhaps you are a patient in hospital, resident in a care home or you receive care in your own home. Clinical negligence occurs because anyone who provides you with medical treatment is capable of simple “human error”.
The fact of the matter is that if a doctor, nurse, consultant or any of their colleagues in the medical or care profession makes a mistake; the resulting effects on the patient can be disastrous, often life-changing and in the worst cases fatal. This opens the door for a clinical negligence claim.
Over the coming months we will be producing articles looking into the different types of claims against individuals and organisations; such as the NHS trust. For a claim to be successful it must first be proven that negligence occurred, but then also that injury or harm was caused to you by the negligence.
Have I been a victim of clinical negligence?
If you think you have a claim for clinical negligence, you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch. A claim must usually be brought before the expiry of the time limit of three years, although there are some occasions when this rule may not apply; for example when the victim is a child. In this case the time limit of three years starts from the moment they turn 18 years old.
No matter who your claim is against, if you contact us then your first consultation will be free of charge. Your potential case will be reviewed and the suitable funding options will be discussed with you including; “no-win no-fee” arrangements and legal aid if it is available.
Usually the victim will bring the claim themselves. However if the victim has passed away, is a child, or does not have capacity to do so then the next of kin can bring the claim on their behalf. Our team of solicitors are also happy to visit you at home for appointments; so no need for you to travel any further than you are willing.
Whether you have been the victim of a simple mistake by a clinician, a nurse or a midwife; or whether there was a fault with the policy or procedures at the hospital treating you which led to your further pain and suffering, you can be assured that when you get in touch with our team your case will be reviewed by experts that specialise in these claims.
If you have reason to believe that you or someone close to you has been the victim of negligence by a healthcare professional, get in touch with us today. Our next article will be available soon, looking more closely at how a care home could be negligent