Most of us trust doctors and other medical professionals to know what’s best for us and to get any operations or treatments that we undergo right first time. But doctors are only human and from time to time they make mistakes and errors in judgement. And although most medical professionals do a sterling job in often difficult circumstances, a few that are less competent and skilled than they should be have been known to ‘slip through the net’. This has been demonstrated by the details of high profile cases of repeated medical negligence that have hit the news headlines.
What is a ‘duty of care’?
Because of their status and the nature of their work, all medical professionals automatically have a ‘duty of care’ towards their patients. This, in effect, means they have a legal obligation to perform their duties responsibly and to a professional standard, without endangering the patient or causing them harm or loss as a result of their negligent actions or inaction.
Your right to claim
If you have suffered injury, mental trauma or loss as the result of a breach of that duty of care, you are entitled to claim compensation on the grounds of medical negligence.
The key to winning any medical negligence claim is proving that a duty of care which was owed by the medical professional or organisation has been breached, and that this has caused the injury or loss which has been suffered. Because this is not a straightforward process, it is essential that you proceed with your claim via a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer, such as those at Injury Lawyers 4U.
As well as being able to claim compensation for injury or loss that you have suffered, you can also claim in the event that a loved one has died or suffered brain damage as a result of medical negligence.
What you can claim for
If you’ve suffered an injury or loss as a result of medical negligence then you can claim compensation for a number of different things. Firstly, you can claim for the physical and mental suffering you have endured as a result of the negligence, and for the impact this has had on your quality of life. If you have had to take time off work or are unable to work as a result of the treatment then you can also claim for loss of earnings. Further medical treatment and care needed as a result can also be claimed for, as can other costs incurred.
How we can help
Winning a medical negligence case can take some time and requires in-depth knowledge and experience of the process. With Injury Lawyers 4U you’re guaranteed expert guidance and support every way. What’s more, you’ll get to keep every penny of your compensation, as our ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors take their fee from the other party if you’re successful.
To take the first step towards making your medical negligence claim, call Injury Lawyers 4U on 0845 345 4444 today, or fill in the form on the right to arrange a call-back.