Frequently Asked Questions – Clinical Negligence
As a patient, you put your trust in medical professionals to make decisions in the best interests of your health. Unfortunately, there are occasions when this does not happen, and it may be necessary for you to make a clinical negligence claim.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have experience in dealing with a wide range of issues, and we have provided answers to some of the more common questions our team are asked.
How much compensation should I expect?
The purpose of compensation is to return a victim’s quality of life as near as possible to the state it was in before their injury. As such, the amount of compensation you will receive is dependent on the severity of your condition in the aftermath of any medical negligence.
For example, serious conditions such as brain or spinal injuries may mean you have to drastically modify your living arrangements, or are unable to return to work. Your solicitor will take all of this into account when dealing with your case.
How much time do I have to make a claim?
There is a standard time limit on any personal injury claim of three years in which a victim may make a compensation claim.
However, in clinical negligence cases you may not be immediately aware of your condition. As such, the three-year limit begins from the moment you are made aware of your diagnosis.
Will I have to wait to get treatment?
No. Some claimants worry that they will not be able to receive the necessary treatment until they can pay for it using their compensation, but at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors we ensure you receive the treatment you need straight away.
You will not need to wait until your claim is successful, and can concentrate on getting better while our team works hard to secure compensation on your behalf.
My doctor did not diagnose me properly. How can I make a claim?
The consequences of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be just as serious as errors made during surgery. In fact, in the most extreme cases, the incorrect decisions your doctor makes during diagnosis can be fatal.
In order to be successful, these claims must show that a condition has worsened since the initial diagnosis was made incorrectly or missed entirely. You must be able to prove that your current condition would have been preventable if it had been identified during your initial visit to the doctor.
I am unhappy with the results of my cosmetic surgery. Can I make a clinical negligence claim?
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, it is not enough to simply be unhappy with how you look once the procedure has been completed.
However, there are circumstances in which you can make a successful clinical negligence claim. For example, if you were not fully informed of the risks involved before proceeding then this constitutes negligence on the part of your surgeon.
Any subsequent psychical or psychological pain could also be grounds for a claim. Additionally, in extreme cases your health may have been put a risk due to surgical errors or faulty equipment.
Want to know more?
Clinical negligence claims can be very complex, so if you have any further questions we are more than happy to answer them. Simply call Sheldon Davidson Solicitors today on 0333 999 8800 or fill in our enquiry form and one of our team will assist you.