When under a doctor’s care, you trust that they will act in your best interest and discharge their duty of care professionally. In the vast majority of cases, doctors do just so, but there may be occasions when the level of care they provide falls short of expected standards. If you believe you have suffered an injury due to substandard care by your doctor, you may have cause to make a claim for medical negligence.
That said, doctors are held in such high esteem by the majority of the public, so when they fail to fulfill the high standards of care expected of them, you may not know what to do. Without medical knowledge, you may not know whether the injury you or your loved one has suffered was unavoidable or whether it was caused by doctor negligence. With this in mind, we are here to help you through this difficult time and explain your legal rights as well as steps you should take if your doctor has acted negligently.
How Do I Know if My Doctor Acted Negligently?
It must be proven that the adverse outcome you have suffered has been as a result of the actions or inactions of the doctor responsible for your care. This is known as causation and proving it can be very complex.
For instance, you may believe your doctor missed a diagnosis when you were feeling unwell or even misdiagnosed your ailment and this has worsened your condition. In this case, it would be up to you and your medical negligence solicitors to prove that your doctor acted negligently and that this negligent care has directly caused you harm.
Common errors that could be classified as doctor negligence include:
Administrative errors can affect a patient in different ways. For instance, a patient may have received incorrect test results, causing the doctor to provide substandard treatment to the patient.
Prescription errors are common and their effects can be extremely dangerous, even lethal. Prescription errors may be as a result of a doctor’s mistake when writing a prescription or providing the incorrect dosage. Error in prescription may be the result of an administrative error; if you have suffered an injury due to prescription error, you may be entitled to making a medical negligence claims .
Failure to Refer
If your condition requires treatment from a specialist, it is the responsibility of your doctor to refer you to the right practitioner. Failure to do so may lead to a worsening of the condition. You may be able to make a medical negligence claim in this case.
Unacceptable Waiting Times
Long waiting times can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing for patients. Long waiting times could also worsen a patient’s ailment than it otherwise would have been. If you or your loved one has experienced unacceptable waiting times that have led to injury, you may have grounds to make a claim for medical negligence.
How Do I Make a Medical Negligence Claim?
If you are considering pursuing a medical negligence claim, you should contact a medical negligence solicitor (if you haven’t already done so) to discuss your chances of a successful claim. Medical negligence experts at Medical Negligence Direct will listen to the details of your claim, and let you know if you have a valid case for a medical negligence claim.
When you contact us, it is important that you provide detailed information about your case, as any missing or incorrect information could affect your chances of winning and securing the compensation you deserve.
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How Do I Fund My Claim?
Many potential claimants are understandably concerned about the financial implications of pursuing a medical negligence claim. At Medical Negligence Direct, we handle the vast majority of our cases on a No Win No Fee medical negligence basis. This model takes off the financial burden from our clients who want to make claims for the negligent care they have suffered.
Before any documents are signed, we will explain what a No Win No Fee agreement will mean for you. Beyond protecting you from the financial risks associated with making a claim, it gives our clients confidence and peace of mind in the knowledge that we will go all the way with them, and we believe their claim has a strong chance for success.
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Every medical negligence claim is unique. This is why we offer you an instant, no obligation advice with one of our medical negligence experts to understand the details of your case. If we believe you have a valid claim, you can rest assured we would provide the support and advice you need to secure the compensation you deserve.