Compensation claims for medical negligence are often difficult to win and even more difficult to provide a fiscal figure for regarding compensation payouts without referring directly to a particular case – namely your case. There are so many factors involved that it’s impossible to say that this injuryfollow will receive this amount of compensation and so forth, so if you’d like to find out how much compensation you could receive, and more importantly whether or not you’ve even got a claim to press ahead with, you’re advised to confer with an experienced solicitor, or at least a representative of a reputable law firm.

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What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence is the term used to describe a situation in which a patient has been injured (or worse) due to receiving, what is deemed to be substandard medical treatment as viewed by the medical community in that country by a healthcare provider or professional. The standards and regulations that govern medical negligence or malpractice differ from country to country, and due to the legal repercussions it presents, medical professionals like doctors and nurses take out professional indemnity insurancefollow to protect themselves against the risk of lawsuits.

What are some examples of medical negligence?

There are many examples of medical negligence that could be given here, some of which are truly horrifying. Most cases of medical negligence are concerned with diagnosis, like misdiagnosis or failing to diagnose a condition as is often the case. For example, a doctor could fail to diagnose a heart condition that if known about and treated, could have saved the patient’s life. Another example concerning diagnosis would be misdiagnosing a condition with the result that the patient is treated for the wrong condition, whilst another would be to diagnose a nonexistent condition with the result that the patient undergoes treatment unnecessarily.

Some medical negligence cases concern child birth, for example a patient may have suffered umbilical cord prolapse, and as a c-section wasn’t performed immediately – which would have prevented an unfavourable outcome – the baby suffers brain damage. These are just a couple of examples of medical negligence that claims could be filed for and there are many others including errors in anaesthesia and surgery.

How do I know if I have a claim to pursue?

The best way to find out whether or not you have a claim to pursue is to contact a law firm that specialises in medical malpractice compensation claims, like www.mintons.co.uk, and confer with an experienced solicitor. When sourcing a solicitor avoid any law firm that offers you a cash advance on your claim and always confer with at least two law firms to see what each has to say, since some may say you have a claim whilst others will say the opposite, moreover some will offer you more competitive rates.

Is there a period of limitations?

As with any tort claim, the sooner you address the situation at hand the better, and yes, there is a period of limitationsfollow. Here in the UK the period of limitations is three years, so you essentially have three years from the incident in question to begin proceedings. Whilst there are some ways to get around this three year limitation period, most of these do not affect the majority of us, though children it should be pointed out, are exempt from this and as a result they have three years from the time they turn 18 to begin proceedings. However, due to the serious nature of filing a claim, it’s advisable to confer with a solicitor as soon as you feel you have a claim to pursue.