Medical Negligence – Common Questions Asked
When insufficient care is provided to a patient by a medical professional, resulting in injury or worsening of an existing case, this is referred to as medical negligence. There are a handful of ways negligence may occur; from misdiagnosis to surgical mistakes, or even providing the incorrect dosage of medication.
Although claims of medical negligence claims may seem complicated, we at Versus Law are here to make it simple and make the process as easy as possible for you.
How can I win a medical negligence case?
For a case to be successful we will need to prove that medical negligence took place, which resulted in an injury or worsened an existing condition. For more information on that read our ‘how to prove medical negligence’.
How much is the amount of compensation I can claim?
The amount of compensation is dependent on a range of things:
- The care you will require in the future
- Expenses that have occurred
- Extent of injuries or illness as a result of the medical negligence
Will attending court be necessary?
Complex medical negligence cases are usually the only ones that go to court, otherwise these cases rarely do end up in court. If the case does go to court, we will be able to provide help and support through the process.
What are the time limits for medical negligence claims?
Generally speaking, you have about 3 years to make a claim from the date of the injury.
Is it possible to claim against the NHS?
It is possible to have a claim against the NHS if you have been injured or suffered a worsening of an illness due to the negligence of the NHS.
Can a claim affect my treatment?
It is very rare that claims can actually impact the treatment that is being given and usually claims do not affect treatment. If there are any apprehensions regarding this, we are more than happy to assist.
How long do cases take to settle?
Here at Versus Law, we try and settle claims as promptly as possible, whilst providing a compassionate service.
Here are the most common surgical mistakes:
- Failures to diagnose appendicitis
- Failures to diagnose ectopic pregnancy
- Perforation of the bowel during abnormal pregnancy
- Haemorrhage after gynaecological surgery
- Wrong size prosthesis being used in surgery e.g. knee or hip joint
- Damage to the bile duct following gallbladder surgery
Will a medical examination take place if I make a claim?
It is highly likely that a doctor will need to assess the extent of the damages or injuries that may have taken place due to medical negligence. It is vital to obtain the professional opinion of another medical expert to assist you in your claim.
Is it possible to make a claim on behalf of a child?
It is possible for a parent or guardian to make a claim on behalf of their child.
We offer a free initial consultation about any questions you may have about placing a medical negligence claim. Call us today on 0161 249 5087 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org