Medical or clinical negligence is a broad term used to describe mistakes, accidents and poor care by medical staff, both NHS and private. It includes any medical treatment whether it is provided at hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres or even at home.
While in many cases hospitals, doctors, nurses and other health professionals carry out their work to a high standard, it is an unfortunate fact that negligence does happen. A study published in 2012 estimated that there were 1,000 avoidable patient deaths in hospital each month. The number of preventable injuries is significantly higher.
When things go wrong it can have a life-changing effect, not only for the patient but their family too.
The types of treatment that can lead to a claim are wide-ranging, but can include the following:
- GP negligence such as a failure to investigate symptoms or to act on test results.
- Misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosis.
- Surgical negligence such as poor operating procedures, instruments left inside the body or the wrong operation being performed.
- Dental negligence that results in avoidable tooth loss or making a dental condition worse.
- Hospital negligence including patient dehydration and malnourishment, bed sore claims and hospital-contracted infections such as MRSA.
- Medication errors when the wrong medicine is prescribed or drugs are administered in the wrong dosage.
- Birth injuries to mothers and children or inadequate prenatal and postnatal care.
- Negligent cosmetic procedures such as breast implants, face lifts, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), injections or liposuction.
- Lack of consent claims where a healthcare professional provides treatment without first explaining the risks.
- Accident and emergency negligence such as the failure to check a patient’s medical history or refer the patient for tests.
At TRUE Solicitors LLP, we know that making medical negligence claims against a hospital or your Doctor is a daunting prospect. We have a specialised team to deal with these claims and they, in turn, have access to barristers experienced in this type of law and senior medical professionals in all areas of speciality, to support any medical negligence claims.
For a free, no obligation initial assessment contact us now on 0844 854 7000. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an enquiry via the form on our website, and we will contact you without delay to discuss your case
Our ‘No Win, No Fee’ service means there is no financial risk to you.
Submit Your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
The length of medical negligence claims depends on whether the other party admits fault, the severity of the injury and the extent of the claim for losses and expenses. Straightforward medical negligence claims may settle within a few months, whereas complex cases may take in excess of a year.