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What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, takes place when healthcare professionals fail to give the best care or treatment they can. When medical negligence results in an injury, illness, or another adverse outcome, you may have a medical negligence claim to pursue.
The medical community has several safeguards in place to protect the patients who visit hospitals and doctor’s offices for their varied healthcare needs, from ample training of staff members to acceptable targets for patient wait times. It isn’t possible for things to always go as planned, however, and medical negligence could take place despite these protections. In a case of medical negligence, you must be able to prove two distinct issues: firstly, that breach of duty occurred (someone was negligent), and secondly, that negligence was the cause of harm to you as the patient.
Breach of duty may sound daunting to prove, but it simply means that the care you received from a doctor or other healthcare professional fell below the standard of care one would expect in that particular setting from a doctor, nurse, or another medical specialist. In essence, they failed to do their job. Medical negligence occurs not only when a breach of duty is proven, but when avoidable harm is the result of that breach. Think of avoidable harm as causation – you should be able to pinpoint the connection between the lackluster care and the injury or illness you suffered. For those consequences, you may be able to claim for compensation to help offset the costs incurred from poor quality care.
Time Restrictions for a Medical Negligence Claim
In order to be eligible to make a medical negligence claim with us, you must claim within 3 years from the day that you were ill or injured due to medical negligence when the negative effects were discovered. Due this time constraint, we strongly advise that you to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This is because you will have a greater chance of remembering the important information regarding your case that will support your personal injury claim. Please note that there are certain exceptions to this and although the time limit may be up, it is still worth checking with our Solicitors.
Who Pays for a Medical Negligence Claim?
At Gowing Law Solicitors, we work on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your case is not successful, you will not be required to pay a penny.
You can depend on our firm to do the legal work for you while you recover, without having to pay for the procedures out of your own pocket.
We understand that your medical negligence case can cause an emotional toll, hence our continuous determination to progress personal injury cases with the result of a settlement. If you believe that you have experienced avoidable harm due to a breach of duty by a doctor or a medical specialist, please contact us on 0161 808 8888.
What Types of Medical Negligence are there?
Medical negligence comes in several forms, with the most common types including:
- NHS claims
- Surgical claims
- Pregnancy claims
- Dental claims
- Cosmetic surgery claims
- Childbirth claims
- Ophthalmic claims
- Cancer care
This potential claims listed above only scratch the surface of medical negligence claims that may have encountered. If you are unsure if your case falls in the category of medical negligence, please get in touch. Our team of qualified Solicitors will be able to tell you whether you are eligible to make a claim and progress it as quickly as possible.
Benefits of Choosing Gowing Law
At Gowing Law, we specialise in medical / clinical claims. Our lawyers have a solid foundation of experience in claims, so we have the expertise needed to negotiate on your behalf.
Our no win no fee agreement ensures that you don’t absorb any financial risk associated with filing a claim. We only collect our fee if your claim is successful. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you can afford legal counsel, especially if you’re already struggling with a decrease in income. At Gowing Law, you don’t have to. Just give us the details of your case and we’ll do everything we can to get you the compensation you are owed.
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