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What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is, in a nutshell, errors, accidents or sub-standard care provided by medical professionals in a private or NHS healthcare centre, hospital, clinic or GP surgery. Medical professionals have a duty to ensure that you are treated with care, respect, and dignity. Breaking these fundamental practices means you may have grounds to claim for medical negligence.
When investigating whether you can claim against a hospital or a doctor, your solicitor will decide if a hypothetical doctor in the same situation would have done the same thing, whatever that might be. If this is the case, then medical negligence cannot be claimed, even if most other doctors would have done it differently. Your solicitor also needs to be able to prove that the quality of care fell below the level expected by a competent medical professional. To do this, they’ll have to acquire detailed evidence from a professional also in the medical field. An experienced solicitor will have knowledge of respected medical professionals in multiple areas of speciality, so as to best cover all possible angles. You should prepare for the likelihood that the medical expert will need to give you another examination, as well as reviewing your medical records.
What happens after medical negligence is proved?
After a solicitor and a medical expert have decided that there was an element of medical negligence, they’ll need to prove causation. In effect this means that they have to establish a clean connection between the negligence and the harm caused to you. Hospitals and medical practitioners can admit negligence, but that doesn’t mean it is an open and shut case. It’s likely that they’ll try and contend that your injury is a result of underlying medical conditions and not entirely a result of their own negligence. Causation is one of the toughest factors of medical negligence cases, so it is important that you get access to the right representation. With one of Legal Cost Finance’s legal loans, you can get this representation without having to worry about paying large sums up front. Call our experts now on 020 3376 1888 for more information.
After causation is proven, what then?
Once a clear link between the negligence and the harm has been established, it is time to investigate damages. Damages are the amount of compensation you should receive, which makes it imperative for your solicitor to properly represent your situation. Just how much compensation you can receive depends on a few key elements, namely:
- Level of suffering
- Financial loss (this includes future costs for care and/or whether you can no longer earn what you did previously)
- Effect on quality of life (ie. whether you are able to work or not).
A medical expert must arrange a report on damages, before you can be fully assessed in a claim against the NHS or private practitioner. Depending on the severity of the case, it might be necessary for several medical experts to decide upon the level of damages, plus care and provisions needed. Regardless of the details, medical negligence cases can be long and complicated and the legal fees for your solicitor often hike up. Nothing is more important than your health and wellbeing and if this has been affected by what you believe is medical negligence, then you need the best possible legal representation. Our legal loans allow just that, and with their innovative payment plans you can rest safe in the knowledge that you can pay back your loan in easily manageable instalments. Get access to the legal support you require with a legal loan from Legal Cost Finance, or for more information, contact our experts on 020 3376 1888.
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