Your guide to compensation claims for clinical negligence
When something goes wrong in the medical world as a result of human error due to undue care and attention in a position of responsibility, the term for this occurrence is clinical negligence. Interchangeable with the term medical negligence, clinical negligence is unfortunately a risk we face when undertaking any kind of medical care. Medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients to ensure that they do everything in their power to keep their patients safe and free from unnecessary suffering, and whilst it is rare that such mistakes happen, in the worst cases they can have devastating and permanent effects on lifestyle and families. In these situations, it is only right that individuals should be able to claim compensation for the stress, suffering and debilitation caused.
Not all cases of clinical negligence result in long term effects, however. The amount of compensation awarded will differ with the severity of the claim, and often even for similar cases the amount of compensation can vary widely. This is because each individual claim is dependent on the circumstances specific to it. For this reason, it is very hard to gauge exactly how much compensation will be awarded.
Clinical negligence is something which we would rather not think about, but unfortunately it does happen and it is helpful to know that there are ways of making sure that the hardship and suffering it causes are recognised and compensated for. If your lifestyle has been altered as a result of a medical procedure that did not go to plan or you have had long term side effects, you may not personally be clear on the specifics of what went wrong but talking it through with professionals may help you to understand whether or not the fault lies with the medical practitioner as a result of carelessness or negligence. You have three years from the time of the incident to start a claim and you are fully within your rights to claim for any hardship you have suffered.
If you feel that you have been affected as a result of clinical negligence and wish to discuss your case further, give us a call now on 0800 012 5880 or text ‘Simply’ to 07883 504 919.