We have every confidence in the skills and experience of our doctors, GPs and healthcare providers at the NHS to provide excellent standards of care. If this trust is broken and they provide us with care that falls below an acceptable standard, we are likely to be devastated. Worse still, this poor treatment may have life-altering or even fatal consequences. If you have received substandard care from your doctor, GP or medical professional at the NHS, you may be entitled to a medical negligence claim.
At Medical Negligence Direct, we offer a free, no obligation initial assessment of medical negligence claims. We understand that making a claim against your doctor, GP or the NHS may feel like a daunting task, so we are here to provide legal support for you. We work with a panel of specialist solicitors who will listen to your complaint, and let you know whether you can sue your healthcare provider, how long it might take, the funding options available to you and the compensation amount you might be awarded.
What is Duty of Care?
All medical professionals – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists etc. – have a duty of care to their patients. This duty is the practitioner’s obligation to protect their patients from harm while under their care. As a patient who trusts the knowledge and experience of your healthcare professional, there is a legally acceptable standard of care you must receive.
This standard of care depends on:
The acceptable standard at the time of the incident
The skills and experience of the healthcare professional
The guidelines in place for specific treatments
When a medical professional makes a mistake and you suffer an injury as a result, you may consider making a medical negligence claim. There are several types of medical negligence claims that can be made as a result of a doctor’s error, but three key things must be established to determine whether negligence played a role in the injury the patient suffered:
Were you owed a duty of care?
Can a breach of duty be established?
Have you suffered harm as a result of that breach of duty?
If your situation meets the criteria outlined above, then you may be able to make a medical negligence claim. Our medical negligence solicitors have the knowledge and experience to help you determine whether you have a valid claim and ascertain your chances of success. This way, you can decide whether or not you would like to proceed.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
There are several types of medical negligence claims which include, but are not limited to:
Misdiagnosing a condition
Misdiagnosing a medical condition can have devastating consequences and may lead to incorrect, delayed or no treatment. When progressive illnesses like cancer are misdiagnosed, there can be catastrophic and even fatal consequences. If you or your loved one have suffered misdiagnosis of an illness or injury, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
If a healthcare professional has administered an incorrect dosage or given you the wrong medication and this has caused you an injury or illness, you may be entitled to a compensation claim. Other examples of medication errors include incorrect medicine labeling, delivery errors and computer/administrative errors.
Failing to Refer a Patient
A part of a medical professional’s duty of care is to refer patients when specialist care is required. If there is failure or delay in this regard and the patient’s condition worsens, the effects can be traumatic. You may be entitled to a compensation claim if you have suffered as a result of failure to refer, have had your referral delayed, or have been referred to the wrong medical professional or department.
Failing to Thoroughly Examine a Patient
Failing to thoroughly examine a patient can result in worsening of a medical condition. If your GP, specialist or A&E doctor fails to thoroughly examine you and your health has been adversely affected, you may be entitled to a compensation claim.
Failing to warn of risks of a procedure
Medical professionals have a duty of care to warn patients of potential risks of surgical procedures. If you can prove that you would not have undertaken a procedure had you been informed of the risks involved, you may be entitled to a compensation claim.
Proving Harm in Medical Negligence Claims
Harm refers to physical and/or psychological damage that a patient has suffered due to the medical negligence of a practitioner. It can also include emotional damage and financial loss.
When making a medical negligence claim for compensation, it is your duty to prove that you have suffered harm as a result of the actions or inactions of the healthcare professional responsible for your care. This is known as causation, and proving it can be complex.
For instance, your GP may have diagnosed a different illness from the one you are experiencing, making your current condition worse and causing you to miss work for a period of time. With the help of your medical negligence solicitors, you would need to prove that your GP failed in his/her duty of care and this failure has directly contributed to your injury and financial loss (loss of earnings in this case).
Are You Eligible for Compensation?
If you or your loved one have been injured as a result of the mistakes made by a GP, doctor or staff at the NHS, call us today on 0800 644 4240 for a free, no obligation chat about how we can help you. At Medical Negligence Direct, we work with a panel of specialist solicitors who will let you know whether you have a valid claim. If we believe you may be entitled to a compensation claim, we will provide the legal advice and support you need to navigate the complex medical negligence claims process.
Funding a Medical Negligence Claim
The vast majority of claims handled by our medical negligence solicitors are done on a No Win No Fee basis. Whether you are making an NHS claim for NHS negligence or claiming against a private practitioner, a No Win No Fee nhs negligence claim means you do not incur any financial risks even if your claim is unsuccessful.
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Why Choose Medical Negligence Direct?
The panel of specialist solicitors we work with have in-depth experience in medical negligence claims and have a strong track record of securing compensation in cases involving GPs, doctors and medical staff at the NHS. We ensure that our clients receive maximum compensation for the physical and mental distress they have suffered, as well as any money they have lost as a result of the negligent treatment they received.