As members of the public, we place a great deal of trust in healthcare professionals to give us sound, expert advice and treat our ailments in the most effective and efficient way. For the most part, our doctors, nurses and GPs do exactly that but, unfortunately, there are occasions where the level of care we receive may be sub-standard. Where that’s the case, there could be grounds to make a claim for medical negligence.

According to NHS Resolution, the body responsible for settling disputes on behalf of the NHS in England, there were 10,678 new medical negligence claims made in 2018-19 – a disconcertingly large number when you consider the impact it may have on a patient and their loved ones.

To help you understand the subject, we’ve put together this succinct guide on medical negligence and its potential consequences as well as how much you may be eligible to receive in compensation.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, can occur in a range of ways. These might include an incorrect or delayed diagnosis; faulty equipment; unsuitable treatment or surgery being performed improperly.

What are the potential impacts?

The after-effects of medical negligence can be severe and wide-ranging. You may suffer a physical injury or a worsening of your condition, for example. This in turn may affect your ability to work, which would subsequently cause financial strain. As well as your physical health, being the victim of medical negligence can be harmful to your mental wellbeing, as you struggle to come to terms with the problems it has caused and the monetary restrictions it may have placed on you as a result.

How do you claim for medical negligence?

If you think you have received sub-standard care from a health professional and may be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence, there are specialist solicitors such as Boyes Turner on hand to help you. By getting in touch with the experts, you’ll be able to tell your story, at which point they should be able to asses whether you have a legitimate claim.

If they decide to go ahead, they’ll begin to gather any evidence to help strengthen your case as much as possible and get in touch with the other party. Remember, they’re the professionals, so they ought to be taking the majority of the responsibility for the legal proceedings and leave you to focus on your recovery.

How much can you receive in compensation?

The answer to this question may depend on a number of factors, such as the level of alleged negligence, the severity of your injuries/condition, any financial implications you may have to contend with and any impact on your mental wellbeing. No two medical negligence cases are ever the same, but your solicitors may be able to advise you on how much you could be in line to receive if your claim proves successful.

A lot of firms will also handle cases on a no win no fee basis, which means that if your claim loses, you won’t owe them anything. If you win, your solicitors will be paid a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation fee.

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