Medical negligence claims
In hospitals and treatment centres throughout the UK, the National Health Service diagnoses, treats and operates on thousands of patients every day. Fortunately, mistakes and negligence are infrequent. However, when mishaps come about and patients suffer mistreatment, it is understandable that the person(s) concerned might want to seek redress.
How to claim against NHS for negligence
However, poor or inconsiderate treatment may not in itself be sufficient grounds for compensation. Even treatment that breaches doctors’ duty of care might not be enough. For compensation claims against NHS healthcare providers to succeed, the treatment received has to be classified as irresponsible and unreasonable when compared to acceptable standards observed by other doctors and nurses in the same speciality (if applicable) and at the same time. Additionally, there must have been an adverse effect on the patient’s health and well-being.
For these reasons, it is best to receive advice from a qualified, specialist solicitor. Legal action in medical cases can be straightforward but could require a court hearing with an expert witness. On a positive note, many justified cases are settled before they reach that stage.
NHS medical negligence claims
Usually, patients who sue the NHS look for compensation to help get their lives back to normal. They might want to regain use of a limb, improve their sight, continue in their career or be able to care for their family, for instance. Compensation claims aim to restore the injured party to the position in which he or she would have been if his or her injury had not occurred. Compensation sums may pay for a state-of-the-art prosthesis, home or childcare assistance and living costs if the person is no longer able to work because of the mistreatment or negligence.
Specialist NHS claims lawyers
As experienced solicitors, we advise and assist clients with NHS medical negligence claims. To discuss clinical negligence claims against NHS care or treatment provider(s) and arrange a confidential evaluation of your case, contact us or call our specialist NHS claims lawyers on 0844 484 7774.