Clinical Negligence Litigation – Advice for a Patient
Thousands of medical appointments, treatments and operations happen each year in the NHS and private sector. It is always going to be mistakes are made.
As a litigious society, clinical negligence offers an opportunity for those wronged to bring a claim against the health provider for the avoidable injury, death and any losses incurred.
Why bring a Clinical Negligence Claim?
If you have suffered because of medical negligent treatment, you should bring a claim for the wrong that has happened to you. You may be able to find out why the treatment went wrong, who was responsible for the treatment going wrong and in some cases be offered an apology from the health provider.
Although you bring the claim, it may be that the person responsible for the wrong action is not personally responsible. It is usually the health provider such as the NHS Trust if the claim relates to an NHS Hospital who are held responsible rather than the individual surgeons.
Bringing a claim for medically negligent treatment will afford you compensation for your injuries and losses. If it is a claim where someone has unfortunately died due to negligent treatment their estate would be compensated for their death and all their financial losses.
We understand when dealing with a medical negligence claim a person bringing the claim wants to see the person who committed the wrongful act disciplined. However, bringing a medical negligence claim is not a disciplinary process. The person bringing the claim is compensated by the award of monies for the negligent treatment. We understand this may not be a satisfactory outcome for some claimants and we would advise if disciplinary proceedings should be brought against a surgeon or not.
Our aim is always to ensure a successful claimant is awarded the compensation they deserve but also if they can be rehabilitated sooner they have that rehabilitation as soon as possible.
– Article by Mark E. Irlam
If you feel like you should discuss a medical negligence claim then please contact our specialist team on – 01282 422711