10 Important Things You Must Know to Guide You Through Medical Negligence Claims
Medical professionals go through years of training and put in all the effort in making sure the patient gets the best level of treatment that they can. But the medical field is unpredictable and risky. And sometimes, things go wrong.
There are many reasons why things go wrong, such as misdiagnoses, delays, misunderstandings, etc. Things can stand at a razor’s edge in the medical field, and medical negligence like this can lead to severe impairment and even death.
This is why victims of medical negligence can make compensation claims. But if you are medically impaired or don’t understand how the legal aspect of claims works, then it can be hard to navigate.
This is why we’ve put together a list of 10 essential things that you need to know when it comes to medical negligence claims.
Let’s take a look at how medical negligence is defined legally
The circumstances of medical negligence occur when the medical standards set by the governing medical body are not met. ‘Standard of care’ refers to the level of medical attention deemed necessary to be given to a patient during treatment. If that standard is not met, then medical negligence can occur in many forms and can result in injury or otherwise damage to health.
If the standard of care is not met, then the patient can file a compensation claim. Like any other claim, evidence is required in the case of submission.
Why you should hire a good solicitor
In important cases where medical negligence is involved, it is best to obtain the legal services of a lawyer that has experience in dealing with medical negligence compensation claims. A good lawyer will guide you through all the legal procedures and steps and will make sure that you understand all your options.
No need to go to court
With all the help, knowledge, and proof that you would have, you would most likely not need to worry about going all the way to court. Financial settlements are quite common.
There is a time limit that applies when reporting a medical negligence
The law in the UK states that medical negligence claims must be submitted within three years since the knowledge of negligence is obtained. But it isn’t fully restrictive. There are many exceptions that, depending upon the circumstances of the case, might mitigate or extend the time limit.
You can claim against any medical professional
It doesn’t really matter where the negligence comes from, whether it’s a nurse, a surgeon, dentist, whoever they are, if they make errors in your medical treatment and/or do not meet the required standards or medical care, they can be held responsible and you can submit a negligence claim against them.
Funding the case
Legal aid may fund any medical negligence claims but that isn’t always the case. You can also relieve the financial burden by signing a no win no fee agreement that will help you through the process of the claim.
Proving your claim
The key to any claims case is to have evidence. Physical evidence that can be properly analysed. Which is why you need to make sure to gather all kinds of evidence to present to the court
Copies of all transcripts and records are essential.
Strengthening your proof
Reports and notes must back all proof that you will be submitting, that your solicitor must get from your doctor, as is your legal right.
How long it may take for a medical negligence claim to go through
Medical negligence cases aren’t simple. There are so many complicated factors involved that need to be considered. But it should be expected that such cases go on for months, years even. And that you are in it for the long haul.
Medical negligence cases are technical in nature, and as such, there needs to be a medical expert who can shed light on the medical aspects of any case.
If you have been through the unfortunate circumstance of medical negligence, then making a claim is important. And knowledge about making such claims is even more critical.
Life is the most important thing, and if you feel as though there has been negligence or mishap in your treatment, contact HD Claims now. Our lawyers are here to help you navigate your medical negligence claims. Our lawyers are the best at dealing with personal injury claims in Glasgow.