Medical negligence is what we use to describe a failure of duty of care by a medical professional to a patient. This can directly cause injury or make an existing injury worse. Medical negligence is often due to misdiagnosis, surgical mistakes or incorrect treatment.
If this has happened to you, then you should pursue a medical negligence claim without delay. The amount you can claim depends on a number of factors such as:-
The extent of your injury or illness
Any expenses you have incurred
Your future care needs
What can I do to speed up my claim?
There are a number of ways you can speed up a medical negligence claim.
1. Gather the evidence – the more evidence you gather after the injury, the better. This can include taking photos, obtaining statements, writing down a narrative and obtaining a copy of the medical records from your GP, hospital treatment or dental records depending on the matter. To help your claim, you will need as much supporting evidence as possible.
2. File receipts – you can also claim for any out of pocket costs incurred which could be treatment or travel costs. If you suffer a loss of earnings because of medical negligence, then this is something that your solicitor will also include in your claim.
3. See your doctor – to assess the damage or injury caused to you through medical negligence, make an appointment to see your GP as soon as you can. Whilst your doctor will not provide a negligence report against the Practitioner, then will be able to document your injuries and treatment.
4.Engage a solicitor early – get advice on your claim quickly by contacting a solicitor. An experienced solicitor will know what is required from the beginning and be able to advise you accordingly. Indeed they may apply for some of the records on your behalf and organize the expert report on negligence once you contact them which are required before you can actually lodge a medical negligence claim.
Once your solicitor has what they need, the medical negligence claim process can begin. If successful, you’ll be fully compensated for any pain and suffering incurred. It’s the least you deserve.