Medical negligence refers to the mistakes that have been made by healthcare professionals in both the private and public sector. Mistakes may be made either during a course of treatment, diagnosis, or medical procedure by a member of medical staff, but all must be treated fairly.
Although medical negligence causes serious consequences for both patients and medical staff, compensation claims for medical negligence can be difficult to prove. Claims can be made against both independent practices and those part of the National Health Service. Whether receiving information privately or on the NHS, every individual has the right to make a complaint. There are two ways to make an initial compliant about the service or care you have received. Individuals may choose to go to the service provider directly, or if they feel too uncomfortable doing this they can go to the commissioner of the service(s) instead. In addition to this, complaints can be made on behalf of another individual. All complaints made should be treated fairly and the individual should receive a response within an appropriate time frame.
Of course, sometimes an individual may feel unhappy about the way their complaint has been dealt with. When this is the case, the NHS offers individuals the chance to take their issues to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
The amount of compensation that can be received through a medical negligence claim varies drastically, and will be based entirely on the unique circumstances of the case.
Many people do not realise they can make a complaint, unless they are told, so it is always wise to air any grievances you have to the appropriate channels as soon as possible, to avoid missing out on the justice you deserve. The common misconception of starting a lawsuit against a business is that the legal fees will be too costly, and therefore the claim will not be worth making. However, specialist no win no fee solicitors can not only provide expert advice, they can also help you avoid upfront fees. As part of a no win no fee solicitor agreement, no fees will be applicable if the case is not successful.