Most of the time, you’re in good hands when you visit the doctor or healthcare professional. However, occasionally things can go wrong. If you’ve been let down by the medical profession, you could have a case for clinical negligence. Here, you’ll discover what clinical negligence is and what you can do if you’ve been let down.
Understanding clinical negligence
If you haven’t been provided the standard of care you deserve by your healthcare practitioner, it could be considered clinical negligence.
There are two types of clinical negligence including receiving inadequate care and if you were physically or mentally affected by the care you received. It can be caused by an individual practioner such as your GP, or it could be caused by a service like a mental health team. Just some of the types of clinical negligence include:
- You were discharged too early leading to medical issues
- Potential symptoms of an illness were missed
- You were provided the wrong type of treatment
- You were treated poorly
These are just some of the things that can be considered clinical negligence. So, what can you do if you feel you have been wrongly treated?
What to do if you’ve been let down
If you feel you have been let down by the care you’ve received, you can make a negligence claim. The claim process will depend upon whether you are making a claim against a private medical professional, or the NHS.
If you experienced problems with NHS care, you’ll need to file a claim against the actual NHS organisation and not the individual doctor or nurse. If you’re claiming against a private professional, you can make the claim against that individual directly. However, you will need proof in order to progress to a claim.
Clinical negligence claims can be extremely complex, so if you don’t have any proof, you’ll find it difficult winning your case.
The importance of seeking professional advice
As clinical negligence claims can be complicated and stressful, it’s best to seek professional advice before filing one. A solicitor which specialises in medical negligence will be able to tell you whether you have a strong claim. If you do, they can use their expertise to help you file the claim and support you through the court process.
You’ll stand a much better chance of getting the compensation you deserve if you use professional solicitors. Many also operate on a no win no fee policy, ensuring you don’t need to pay a fortune in legal fees.
If you feel you’ve been let down by the medical profession, contact a specialist solicitor today. As long as you have proof of the issue, you’ll stand a good chance of getting the justice you deserve.
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