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12 Things to Know About Medical Negligence Claims

Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether the illness or injury you suffered was as a result of medical negligence, or it was a consequence of something else. Medical Negligence is a complex part of law, but with the right knowledge, you can make the best decisions for your health and future.
Here are 12 things you need to know about medical negligence claims:
 
1. Legal Terms
A medical or clinical negligence claim is when a patient sues a medical practitioner or hospital to obtain compensation due to the unacceptable standard of care they received from such individual or institution.
 
2. Finding a Medical Negligence Solicitor
It is important that you seek the support of a specialist medical negligence solicitor, as their experience and knowledge can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
 
3. No Win No Fee Agreements
You can make a compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that there will be no upfront cost to you, until your claim is successful.
 
4. How Long it Might Take
The medical negligence claims process leading up to trial can take anywhere between eighteen months to three years, and longer sometimes. The amount of time will depend on the complexity of your case.
 
5. How Much You Might be Awarded
Each medical negligence case is unique, and the compensation award you may receive will generally depend on the severity of injury, time of recovery, impact on health, loss of earnings and any care equipment you may need.
 
6. You Will Likely Not Go to Court
Most medical negligence cases are settled before they reach a court trial. The defense will likely offer a commensurate financial settlement.
 
7. Who You Can Claim Against
You can sue any medical professional or hospital if they have caused you avoidable harm.
 
8. You Will Need Proof
It is important that you keep records of every record related to your case, no matter how irrelevant it may seem. Your medical negligence solicitor will review these records and advice you on the best step to take.
 
9. Medical Expert Requirements
Your solicitor will likely seek the opinion of an independent medical expert to determine if there was a breach of duty in your case.
 
10. Types of Medical Negligence Claims
There are different types of medical negligence claims, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, pregnancy and birth injuries, and cancer misdiagnosis. To know more about negligence claims visit here.
 
11. Time Limits
It is usually expected that a medical negligence claim is made within three years of the incidence. But exceptions may apply: under-18 patient, date of knowledge of the negligence and death of patient.
 
12. Filing a Medical Negligence Claim
Seek the advice and support of a medical negligence solicitor. They can guide you through the process and help secure the compensation you deserve.
 

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