Every year, millions of patients receive medical treatment of varying degrees of seriousness. The vast majority of patients are treated without a problem and with the utmost care, professionalism and effectiveness, whether by the NHS or, less commonly, on a private basis.
When you are treated by a medical professional, you are entrusting them to give you the best possible medical attention and care they can provide. Unfortunately, mistakes can sometimes be made which can lead to unnecessary injury, pain and suffering.
Clinical and Medical Negligence refers to the inadequate treatment (or lack of treatment) of a patient by a medical professional (whether on the NHS or privately) which has led to avoidable injury, pain and trauma for the patient.
Medical professionals include hospital doctors and Consultants, General Practitioners, dentists, nurses and other healthcare workers.
Some examples of types of clinical/medical negligence claims are as follows:-
- Anaesthetic injury
- Birth injuries to mother and/or baby
- Brain injury
- Cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis
- Care and nursing home injuries
- Cosmetic injuries
- Dental negligence
- Hip and knee replacement
- Orthopaedic treatment and surgery errors
- General surgery problems
- Medication and Pharmacy dispensing errors
- Eye injuries
- General Practitioner negligence
- Nerve injuries
- Pressure sores
- Spinal injuries
- Ear, nose and throat injuries
- Accident & Emergency mistakes
- Ambulance Service mistakes
- Out of Hours service mistakes
Medical negligence claims
A medical professional has a duty to take reasonable care of the patient. This duty will be breached if the medical professional fails to provide care which conforms to the standard reasonably expected of a competent practitioner in the particular field. This is called “breach of duty”.
It is then necessary to show that as a result of the medical professional’s breach of duty (negligence) that the patient has suffered some injury. This is called “causation”.
If both breach of duty and causation is established, then there will be liability on the part of the medical professional.
The amount of compensation the patient will receive for clinical or medical negligence will vary depending mainly on:
- The extent and seriousness of the injury or illness
- Expenses already incurred, e.g. loss of earnings, cost of care
- Future anticipated losses, whether relating to earnings, cost of care or other losses
Clinical and medical negligence can affect your daily life and may be long term. Accordingly, we recommend you seek medical advice from specialist and experienced professionals in this field.
At Harris Fowler, our specialist and experienced clinical and medical negligence solicitors will handle your case in a sympathetic manner, listening to you closely whilst also providing you with the best legal advice tailored to your specific needs.
No one understands better than we do how upsetting and traumatising it can be when a trusted medical professional makes a serious mistake. We will take the time to understand what you are going through, and will represent you in establishing liability and helping you get the answers and compensation you deserve.
We have successfully concluded very many clinical and medical negligence claims. Our specialist clinical and medical negligence solicitors take such claims on a “no win no fee” basis.
All you have to do is call our Freephone number 0800 213214 and talk to one of our friendly legal advisors.
*Cases issued and finished between 01.01.16 and 31.12.16