Substandard medical treatment can cause emotional and physical stress, injury and in rare cases, even death. The consequences of clinical or medical negligence can have a knock on effect to your health, your finances and your quality of life.
Sue The Expert has many years experience in representing people who have suffered a medical injury due to the negligent actions of doctors, surgeons and healthcare professionals. Whether you feel you have suffered incompetence with an initial diagnosis, surgical procedure or hospital treatment via the NHS or a private clinic, our team of expert clinical negligence lawyers can help you on the road to recovery.
Clinical negligence claims can be complex, but we have vast experience in working on behalf of our clients to negotiate positive outcomes, an apology and/or financial compensation.
How long do I have to make a clinical negligence claim?
Time is important because you only have three years either from:
- The date on which the alleged negligence occurred; or
- The date when you should reasonably have known that you might have a claim
What constitutes clinical negligence?
Examples of clinical negligence include:
- Failing to properly diagnose your condition
- Failing to properly examine you
- A delay in diagnosing your condition
- Prescribing inappropriate treatment or medication
- Failing to refer you to hospital or referring you to the wrong consultant
- Not carrying out the correct surgical procedure
- Someone with inadequate expertise treating you
- Causing personal injury during the course of surgery
Do I have a claim for clinical negligence?
To establish if you have a claim for clinical or medical negligence or not, you need to be able to prove two things;
1. That their actions were a beach of duty
You are owed a duty of care and if your doctor or nurse had been negligent to you whilst under their care, they could be at fault and their actions held to be negligent
2. That their actions caused you avoidable harm
You need to be able to clearly demonstrate that the negligent care was the cause of your harm, and not an underlying or existing medical condition
In many cases, we will arrange to instruct an independent clinical expert to compile an in-depth report to prove the two points above.
I think I have a clinical negligence claim, what do I do now?
Contact the team at Sue The Expert today. We work hard to seek justice for our clients and negotiate appropriate compensation on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. Call our team on 0345 052 3529 or click here to use our online contact form.