Do you have a medical negligence complaint?
Had a problem with the NHS?
Or would you like professional advice from an Expert regarding what you feel could be a case for medical Or clinical negligence?
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What Is Medical Negligence?
The term above, refers to an act whereby an individual (working in a medical profession or a provider of healthcare), has failed to act in a way that upholds acceptable standards of medical practice, or care, this can result in injury or death of someone in the care of said professional.
These healthcare issues are established (and have been for years) as an area that needs particular care, and also an area where people who have suffered as a result of this problem have claimed back substantial sums due to the poor care they have received and the knock on effects this has had on their quality of life.
Medical/ Clinical Negligence is a serious Issue, in the UK it is estimated that around 4 in 100 people undergoing surgery lose their lives each year as a result of clinical/medical negligence (not all of this is NHS related, in fact only a small fraction).
Common reasons for this are as follows:
Undetected heart attacks
But there are MANY MANY more.
These types of issues should not be ignored by any of the victims (or the families of the victims) for that matter, clinical negligence is a problem that needs to be dealt with not only on legal grounds but also ethical ones too: because it is very important that medical standards are upheld at all times due to the crucial nature of the job.
It is the duty of medical professionals to uphold the highest standards in care and treatment of people who are suffering from illnesses, it is a huge position of trust to be put in, and of all the professions that people must rely upon, this is one of particular importance.
Even if you have not experienced an issue that you would regard as being serious, we would advise you to get in touch with us, this is because sometimes members of the public cannot verify accurately if they have a valid claim or not, meaning that in many cases it could be that an experts view on things could be useful to you: you don’t want to miss out on what could perhaps be a valid case because you don’t feel it is serious enough for obvious reasons, we advise you to get in touch anyway.
What Are The Primary Causes Of Clinical/Medical Incidents Of Negligence?
There are different causes of these cases, they could be due to individual negligent behaviour by staff members, doctors or nurses, it could be due to funding cuts, resource issues, staff levels not being sufficient, insufficient equipment being made available or many other issues that can arise in a medical/clinical environment.
There can also be delays in the diagnosis of serious diseases such as heart disease, strokes, cancer and dementia, many examples of which could have been better treated earlier if there was an earlier diagnosis by the appointed physician at the time of the medical care.
Another common issue is that of contamination, where people have been infected with a disease, (one example being MRSA) as a result of poor hygiene in a medical environment where a patient was being treated.
Another Commonly reported on instance of medical harm/negligent conduct are some of the issues in care homes and other similar such institutions, if you or someone you know has suffered abuse in care homes/ resting homes then this can also be a case for negligence.
Birth Injuries are also a common issue, if a baby has been injured as a result of improper conduct in labour this can also be grounds for a claim.
Check here for a list (not exhaustive of common medical negligence incidents)
- Birth Injury
- Malpractice by nurses/doctors/GP’s
- Cases of abuse (be it in care homes or other “care/medical” institutions)
- Misdiagnosis Or delayed-diagnosis of any particular serious medical condition
- Infections contracted as a result of being in a “care or medical environment”
- Issues around consent for a given procedure
- Death as a result of poor or lack of medical care.
- Failure to monitor any particular medical complaint or issue that could be serious, (i.e an issue with pregnancy)
- Prescriptions for the wrong type of medication
- Failure to keep an up to date medical record of a patient
- Delays in referrals for a particular consultation or procedure for a patient
- A Medical error which leads to the permanent injury, death or otherwise compensation of a patients health that could have been avoided
- Mistakes during the execution of a surgical procedure
- Generally any particular neglect of duty by any medical professional at any stage of proceedings where there is a risk to someones health and well-being
Is It Possible To Make Claims Against The NHS?
If the NHS have been found to have been conducting practices that are judged to have been medically negligent then, like many other healthcare providers it could indeed be possible to claim compensation against the NHS.
Anyone acting medically, where it be through private enterprise or government funded enterprise could indeed be claimed against if they are found to have acted in a way that is deemed to be negligent to their duty of care to members of society that have put them in a position of trust in a medical capacity.
Is There An Appointed “Time Limit” In Relation To Medical Negligence Claims?
Section 11 (4) of the Limitation Act has legislative guidance on any time limits in relation to putting in your claim, it is three years from the point of knowledge, this means that you have three years to commence any legal action from the point you “knew” or were exposed to the “knowledge” of a medically negligent act, however for individuals under the age of 18 years, it is adjusted to three years from the individuals 18th birthday, presumably to make concessions and allowances for any people concerned to have enough time to submit a claim, and to ensure they commence legal action with a clear and full understanding of the nature of the complaint.
This reinforces the common view amongst medical claims providers that you should submit your claim at the earliest opportunity so that an expert can look at your case (on a no win no fee basis), to ascertain whether or not you have a valid complaint or if the case is something that cannot be pursued because the case is invalid.
Don’t be afraid of appearing foolish when you submit your claim, it is the duty of solicitors to act in a way that is respectful and discreet as to your needs and completely confidential, so however insignificant you deem you case to be, you should put this forward and allow an expert to look at it for you, there is compensation available for successful cases, but there are no penalties for if a case is invalid.
I Want to Make A Claim, (Or Receive Some Advice Or Guidance) What Can I Do Next?
You can reach our experts using the form at the upper right hand side of the page, we can give you some advice and guidance and also take a look at your particular case to assess whether or not there is a viable claim that is worth pursuing on a no win no fee basis, there are absolutely no fees that we charge for assessing your case.
Scroll to the top of the page to find our claims form.