Can I claim for medical negligence?

Published: 5th August 2016

However, as wonderful as these people are, they are still just people. This means that they make mistakes. And when you are working in the healthcare profession, these mistakes can have dire consequences.

This is where the terms medical and clinical negligence come in. if a mistake has been made at the expense of your health you are within your legal rights to make a claim for compensation.

To be in with a chance of winning your claim you need to be able to demonstrate two things: ‘breach of duty’ and ‘causation’.

Breach of duty refers to proving that the treatment you received falls below the standard of care you would expect to have received from a competent doctor in their field at the time of treatment.
Causation follows on from breach of duty, and refers to the way in which your poor treatment has led to suffering.
If you can show, and prove, both of these things then you will more than likely have grounds for a compensation claim.

You may fear that to claim is pointless as any doctors will simply ‘close ranks’ and defend each other. However this is far from the case. Typically an independent expert in the relevant field is sourced to give an impartial view of the events. In these cases this expert has a duty of care to the court, not to either side, therefore you can be assured that you will receive a fair hearing.

If you feel you have been a victim of medical or clinical negligence then give Liddy’s a call on 01226 731 314 or contact us here.