What is Medical Negligence?


Medical or Clinical Negligence is when healthcare professionals or institutes are in breach of the duty of care they owe to the patients, resulting in avoidable harm to the patient, such as an injury, worsening of an existing condition, an additional condition during a surgery, or hospital treatment.  A compensation case is then initiated by the solicitor if the medical negligence claim is still within the time limit. Different factors can lead to medical negligence such as:

  1. Misdiagnosis
  2. Errors during surgery
  3. Incorrect treatment
  4. Treatment without consent
  5. Delayed diagnosis
  6. Giving the wrong drug to someone
  7. Not warning about the risks of a particular treatment

 

Types of Medical Negligence

Some common types of medical or clinical negligence are given below:

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    Birth Injury Claim

    If your baby has been injured, during, or after birth due to medical negligence.

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    Dental Negligence Claim

    If there is damage to your teeth or nerves due to negligence by the dentist or medical staff.

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    Hospital Negligence Claim

    If you’ve been affected by negligent hospital care.

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    Medical Misdiagnosis

    If a healthcare professional diagnoses you with the wrong condition or your condition is diagnosed late, causing a delay in treatment.

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    Surgery Compensation Claim

    If the surgeon makes a mistake during your surgery and cause further problems and injuries such as:

    • Operating on the wrong part of the body.
    • Leaving foreign objects in the body.
    • Causing damage to your organs.
    • Too much or too little use of anaesthetic.
    • Causing infection from poor hygiene.
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    Failure to prevent suicide claims

    Misdiagnosis of mental illnesses, failure to ensure appropriate treatment, incorrectly discharging patients from the hospital, or allowing a patient’s access to drugs and other hazardous objects.

How do I make a Medical Negligence claim?

If you have a condition that is caused or made worse due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, then you should contact our expert medical negligence team immediately on 0161 436 0000  to get the compensation you deserve and to rehabilitate and rebuild your life. Compensation claims are very complex and need to be handled by an experienced solicitor. Our solicitors have years of experience and a high success rate to help you get the compensation you deserve.

In the case of medical negligence, you must follow the guidelines given below:

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    Get further medical help immediately

    Seeking medical help is the most important thing you should do in the immediate aftermath of medical negligence, even though this may seem difficult, daunting and traumatic. Visit a healthcare professional for a full assessment of your injury. The doctor will also record the details of your accident in medical records. Seeking correct medical care is an essential step on your road to recovery.

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    Gather and prepare evidence

    Your doctor or medical advisor will best be able to detail the medical negligence claims you are making with a professional diagnosis. Your medical reports will be very useful for legal proceedings and will help you claim the compensation you deserve for your injury.

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    Claim compensation with the help of Ask Legal Solicitors

    Your doctor or medical advisor will best be able to detail the medical negligence claims you are making with a professional diagnosis. Your medical reports will be very useful for legal proceedings and will help you claim the compensation you deserve for your injury.

Who can make a Medical Negligence compensation claim?

You can file for a compensation claim if:

  • You’re a victim of medical negligence.
  • You’re related to someone deceased due to medical negligence.
  • You’re related to someone who lacks the legal or mental capacity for filing a medical negligence claim.
     

How long do I get to document a claim?

In the UK, you have to claim compensation within 3 years after you discover that the condition you have was due to medical negligence. The cut-off point starts from the time when you’ve reasonably judged that the medical complications you have were due to medical negligence by healthcare professionals. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • Children – The 3-year limit doesn’t apply to children under 18 years of age. On the 18th birthday of your child, the 3-year rule comes into effect. So you must file the claim before they turn 21.
  • Capacity – If someone lacks mental or legal capacity to file a medical negligence claim then the three-year rule doesn’t apply. There’s no time limit for documenting a claim in such a case.
     

What kind of compensation do I get?

If you’re a victim of medical negligence, you will be entitled to compensation that’ll help you rehabilitate and rebuild your life. You can claim compensation for:

  • Psychological damage
  • For pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings
  • The cost of any care or extra equipment you’ll need
  • The cost of ongoing treatment
     

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