We hear all the time that we are turning into a nation of blamers and claimers. Where there’s blame, there’s a claim has come into force after a huge marketing ploy from two-bit firms. But, the fact is that if you are a victim of negligence, then you are well entitled to claim compensation with expert medical negligence solicitors.
The first thing to know is that it can be a lengthy and costly process for all parties involved, but it is something that frequently occurs. When you consider that the NHS said back in April that they expect to pay out the best part of £16 billion for clinical negligence, you start to understand the business within it.
Should you claim?
When considering whether or not you should pursue a case, you need to know who is liable, the damages caused and who would foot the bill for said damages. Once you are aware of this then you will be ready to make a proper claim. Human error can have a multitude of consequences, from adding 10 seconds onto your day to having life-ending effects. These are common types of medical negligence:
- Misdiagnosis – When you feel ill, you will head to a medical professional and they may fail to diagnose cancer or appendicitis, recognize meningitis or misdiagnose heart attack symptoms or a stroke or diabetes.
- Diagnosis Delay – If you don’t get diagnosed in time, then this can lead to big problems as a result. If another doctor could have spotted something earlier you are right to claim. This includes things like a delay in cancer, stroke, coronary artery disease, internal trauma or heart attack diagnosis.
- Surgical Error – If one procedure goes wrong then additional problems are almost always what follows. If you receive incorrect treatment through unintentional laceration, wrong site surgery or are left with a foreign object then you will be well place to make a claim.
- Unnecessary Surgery – If you are misdiagnosed or are given incorrect information, you may well be given a procedure like a caesarean section, hysterectomy, pacemaker implant or coronary bypass surgery when it is unnecessary. In fact, a review by the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia suggested that as many as 20% of pace maker surgeries aren’t needed.
- Anesthesia Errors – Anything from poor preparation to incorrect monitoring of performance can see someone help accountable.
- Childbirth Trauma – A big one this because of the problems it can give on one of the momentous occasions of your life. Anything from holding off on a c-section for too long, malpractice or induced labor complications can be classed as mistreatment.
- Negligence to Long-Term Treatment – Bad follow up and poor monitoring are typically what is looked at here.
All these points are worthy reasons to make a claim. It might seem daunting to make a claim on the outset, but when you consider all off the potential problems that come as a result of medical negligence, you wouldn’t be acting in due diligence if you didn’t.
With as many as 96% of claims settled out of court, it is always worth checking whether you have a case. Funding can often be found with “no win, no fee” solicitors or public funding at the beginning so you may not even be out of pocket for having a look. There is a bad stigma attached to some claimants but if you do have a case for medical negligence then you owe it to yourself to look into it.
So, to recap, we need to know who was negligent in the first instance, how their duty was breeched, the reasons for this and the injury or loss that has come as a result. To do this we need the right solicitor, funding to be available and a strong case. The result could be well worth the effort.