Suffering an injury or illness due to the fault of medical professionals can be life-changing.
Having relied on medical experts to enhance your health and well-being, realising that you are a victim of medical negligence will likely leave you feeling extremely anxious, worried and fearful. You may even find yourself struggling with injuries and illnesses that could have been avoided.
Although you may believe that there is little you can do upon experiencing medical negligence, this is not true. Not only can you seek legal advice and justice, but you can claim compensation to ensure you can move forward with your life and secure the physical and psychological support you may require.
Across the United Kingdom, approximately 15,426 people are victims of clinical and non-clinical medical negligence.
Defined as mistakes made by medical professionals, medical negligence arises when a patient finds their physical or psychological health and well-being harmed either deliberately or accidentally by a doctor, surgeon, dentist, nurse or another healthcare provider.
Medical negligence claims can be made for various reasons. For example, if you suffer an infection following surgery or medical treatment, you can make a claim.
Likewise, if incorrect medication is prescribed and causes you to fall ill, you can make a medical negligence claim.
You can also make a medical negligence claim if you have been misdiagnosed, suffered complications following medical treatment, or have experienced mistakes at the hand of a dentist.
Proving medical negligence is essential if a claim is to be made. Although you may find revisiting the medical negligence you have suffered distressing, we are on hand to support you every step of the way.
Typically, when making a medical negligence claim, you must be able to prove that a medical professional had a duty of care for you. Proving this usually requires access to your medical records as they will essentially outline the treatment obtained and the provider.
In addition, you must be able to prove that you suffered an injury or illness as a result of care provided to you. These injuries or illnesses must be documented and presented when making a medical negligence claim. If you cannot provide physical evidence, you will be able to support your claim with a testimony. However, testimonies are usually only accepted if they are provided by medical professionals that have provided follow-up treatment in an attempt to reverse the injury or harm experienced.
Many individuals who have suffered medical negligence, but are worried about making a claim, often defer doing so. However, it is important to bear in mind that there are some time restraints when it comes to making a medical negligence claim.
For example, adults over 18 in the United Kingdom must make medical negligence claims within three years of the incident taking place or within three years of realising that an injury or illness that could have been prevented has occurred.
If a medical negligence claim is required for a child under 18, this three-year limit does not apply.
In addition, if an individual lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, there is no time limit.
At Murria Solicitors, we aim to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve within a short period. Not only does this enable those who have suffered medical negligence to move forward with their lives and put their injury or illness behind them, but it also ensures that they have peace of mind too.
Although we will do our very best to help you receive compensation relatively quickly, it can be somewhat difficult to ascertain just how long your medical negligence claim will take. This is because various factors will need to be reviewed.
However, it is not uncommon for compensation to be provided within two years.
From offering you our professional advice and guidance to submitting evidence and representing you to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to, if you have suffered medical negligence and believe that the time is right for you to make a medical negligence claim, we are here for you every step of the way.
Our team of specialist solicitors will help you get the right result.