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Clinical Negligence

Overview

When someone suffers from an accident, an illness or any other circumstances where medical attention is needed, it is a traumatic experience not just for the patient but for their loved ones as well. In these circumstances the last thing anyone wants to think about are things getting worse. However it is the unfortunate reality faced by many.   

If anything goes wrong during a medical treatment people will want to know exactly what happened. In most circumstances medical professionals are able to do the treatment successfully but there are cases where a patient has endured suffering which could have been avoided.

What does this area of law cover?

This area of law concerns the breach to legal misconduct in relation to what someone is entitled. This is mostly concerning claims that are made against health professionals, doctors, hospitals or their employers. This includes any damages or mistreatment caused by these professionals to yourself.

Who are considered as healthcare professionals?

There are many people who can be considered as public and private healthcare professional, here are some listed below;

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Dental staff
  • Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Mental health care team
  • Ambulance services
  • Pharmacist
  • GP
  • Hospital
  • Medical lab

What needs to be breached to be eligible?

  • The healthcare professional has a duty to take care and not to cause injury
  • There is a breach of that duty to take care (an injury has been caused)
  • That breach of duty has caused harm
  • Damage or other losses have resulted from that harm.
  • The incident should have happened within three years, otherwise the claim will not proceed.

Am I entitled to claim?

You may be entitled to claim for compensation if you have suffered from any of the following:

  • Your condition was misdiagnosed
  • Your baby was injured during childbirth
  • You were not advised about the risks involved with the treatment
  • You were not asked permission before the procedure
  • You contracted an infection whilst in the care of a hospital

For any of these clinical negligence cases you must be able to prove that the injuries you suffered were a result of the treatment you received, and it was not an accident.

You will have to provide medical records to support your claims. If you believe you are entitled to compensation, Free Legal Helpline will work with solicitors who specialize in clinical negligence claims.

What next?

If you want to find out more information on clinical/medical negligence then please contact one of our expert agents or submit an enquiry and someone will get back to you as soon as they can.

What service do we offer?

Free Legal Helpline, offer a free service. Call our team of highly trained advisers who can help you with the legal process and advise on the best course of action and if need connected you with an expert solicitor in the area of law for your needs.

Free Legal Helpline only have highly experienced solicitors, all our solicitors are experts in their area of law, so once we connect you with a solicitor you can be confident that the service you will be receiving is of high quality and great value.