9th June 2015
If you have decided to make a compensation claim following a personal injury then you may be wondering where to…
Being the victim of clinical negligence can be devastating, and the personal injuries victims suffer are frequently catastrophic. Clinical negligence claims – also known as medical negligence claims – are a great way for people to recover their damages and pay for any treatment or healthcare they require. Healthcare professionals have a duty of care towards their patients and must do all they can to ensure nobody suffers a preventable personal injury. When they are negligent in this regard and someone is injured, the patient can claim clinical negligence compensation.
You will have to be able to demonstrate that the care you received was negligent if you are to receive clinical negligence compensation. This does not simply mean that a healthcare professional made a mistake – the mistake must have been avoidable, your personal injury must have been foreseeable, and a competent healthcare provider should have been able to avoid the mistake.
Clinical negligence claims also involve proving that the negligent treatment directly led to a personal injury – so called ‘just cause’ causation. The complications of making a claim therefore mean you should hire clinical negligence solicitors to give you the best chance of success.
The value of a clinical negligence compensation claim will depend on a variety of factors. This includes the extent of your personal injuries, your long-term prognosis, whether you suffered from any psychological problems as a direct result of the negligence, and any other losses you faced. These could include lost wages, medical bills, transport costs and long-term care costs. You should try to provide your clinical negligence solicitors with as much evidence as possible, such as correspondence between you and the healthcare facility, medical records, wage slips and receipts. This will help them to add up all your losses and come up with a realistic claim value that ensures you receive every penny you deserve.
Healthcare facilities must have insurance policies to cover them in the event of a compensation claim against them, and these insurers will try to protect their bottom line. This means that although your claim won’t cost the healthcare facility a fortune, you might struggle to receive all the money you deserve without expert assistance.
The clinical negligence solicitors at Clearwater Solicitors have handled a huge range of different clinical negligence claims, from cases against GPs and midwifes to dental negligence claims and midwife negligence. We’ve dealt with cases involving minor personal injuries, helped claimants with chronic health problems and supported the dependents of people who have lost their lives due to clinical negligence, helping all kinds of people get the money they deserve and get their lives back on track.
This means we’re well-placed to help you with your claim and can put you in touch with a solicitor who is experienced in cases just like yours. To find out what we could do for you or to start your claim today, just call us on 08000 430 430. Alternatively, you can request a call back by filling in our online enquiry form.