With people in Britain having among the fastest access to GPs, the best co-ordinated care, and the fewest medical errors than anywhere else in the world, it is a fact that our National Health Service (NHS) is one of the best health care systems available. However, this isn’t to say that accidents don’t happen.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of medical negligence at an NHS run facility, you may be eligible to make an NHS negligence claim and seek compensation for the damages that you have suffered.
However, before starting legal proceedings it is important for you to seek advice. This is where the experienced medical negligence solicitors at Vincents Claims can help you and ultimately get you the settlement you deserve. Call us free on 0800 310 2222 for initial expert advice.
What is NHS Negligence?
NHS Negligence is when a medical professional working for the NHS, for example a doctor, nurse, surgeon, dentist, or physiotherapist, makes an error or fails to provide the ‘appropriate level of care’ which directly results in patient injury or even death.
Some examples of NHS negligence include the following;
- Failure to correctly diagnose a condition which leads to unnecessary suffering.
- Surgical errors that lead to excessive scarring.
- Medication errors or over-medication that leads to serious side-effects.
- Errors during childbirth leading to injuries to mother or child.
- Failure to prevent patient falls.
- Using defective equipment that causes injuries, even burns.
- Serious infections that had nothing to do with a patient’s original hospital admittance.
How do I Make a NHS Negligence claim?
NHS Negligence claims are slightly different to other personal injury claims in that they are handled by the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA).
It can be difficult to make a claim as NHS Negligence claims are amongst the most complicated cases of all. This is mainly because the evidence which has to be marshalled is of a complex scientific nature and since all medical treatments and procedures carry a certain risk, it makes NHS negligence claims difficult to win.
When taking on a huge organisation such as the NHS, many people feel somewhat daunted by the scale of the body they’re fighting against. This is why we believe it is important for you to seek advice from our expert personal injury solicitors at Vincents.
There are certain documents and pieces of evidence that you will need to present to your solicitor to make a successful NHS negligence claim, including:
- your statement outlining your account of what actually happened
- medical records including your General Practitioner’s record and the records of any hospital treatment that you have received
- medical reports from a specialist medical professional that you have suffered injuries due to negligence
Filing a claim for NHS Negligence may be difficult but ultimately it is going to get you the respect, settlement, funds, and the change you need to move on in life.