Medical professionals have a duty to provide you with a standard level of care at a minimum. Medical negligence occurs when this duty of care is breached. In order to make medical negligence claims, the substandard care must have caused or worsened your injury or illness.
The Bolam test is a way to check whether a medical professional has acted negligently. To be deemed negligent, a practitioner must have acted in a way that other responsible medical professionals think is unacceptable. If other practitioners believe they acted appropriately, the professional is unlikely to be deemed negligent.
It’s irrelevant whether other medical professionals would’ve delivered a different form of care to the patient. The deciding factor is whether other responsible professionals deem their care acceptable or unacceptable. Modern medicine is complex, so another medical professional stating they would’ve delivered a different type of care doesn’t necessarily mean negligence has taken place.
Our advisers would be happy to have a chat with you about medical negligence claims and they offer free legal advice. What’s more, they’re available 24/7. If you have a legitimate claim, they could connect you to one of our medical negligence solicitors.
What Can Lead To Medical Negligence Claims?
Here are some examples of clinical negligence that can lead to medical negligence claims:
- Misdiagnosis: Misdiagnoses don’t always have to be a consequence of negligence. For example, your symptoms might indicate multiple potential illnesses, so a misdiagnosis could be reasonable. However, if symptoms are clear and a medical professional negligently misdiagnoses your illness, this can lead to delayed treatment and further suffering.
Many injuries require treatment to begin as soon as possible to prevent the injury from worsening, so delayed treatment can be catastrophic. Our solicitors are experienced with handling misdiagnosis claims.
- Unnecessary surgery: Surgery is something that should only be carried out if absolutely necessary and with standard care. There are many risks associated with surgery, one even being death. Therefore, negligent unnecessary surgery can put your health at risk. If you’d like to discuss surgery compensation claims, you can contact our team of advisers.
- Prescription errors: Prescribing the wrong medication can be extremely dangerous. Firstly, it could mean you’re not receiving important medication that you need to take for health reasons. This could have a significant impact on your health and possibly cause withdrawals. Furthermore, taking the wrong medication can cause severe side effects that could be life-threatening. If you’ve lost a loved one to clinical negligence, you may be able to make a fatal medical negligence claim. When a prescription error is caused by negligence and you or a loved one suffer as a consequence, you could claim.
- Surgical errors: As stated above, surgery can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening. If a surgeon is negligent, mistakes can happen that can put your life at risk. Surgical error claims can compensate you for the physical, mental and financial impact the clinical negligence had on you.
Our solicitors are available 24/7 to offer free legal advice. They’d be happy to have a chat with you about your situation and assess how much clinical negligence claim compensation you may be entitled to.
If you have a strong claim, an adviser can connect you to one of our medical negligence solicitors to begin working on your claim. They can also discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.
No Win No Fee Agreements And Medical Negligence Claims
A No Win No Fee agreement, or Conditional Fee Agreement, is a contract signed between you and your medical negligence lawyer. It includes the conditions your solicitor must meet in order to receive payment. There’s a wide range of benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement and little to lose.
If your case loses, you won’t have to pay any of your lawyer’s fees. If your claim is successful, your lawyer will deduct a small, legally capped percentage of the compensation. This will be discussed with you beforehand and wouldn’t be taken until after the compensation has come through.
You can contact our advisers today to receive legal advice for free and learn more about medical negligence claims. If you have a legitimate claim, they can connect you to one of our expert medical negligence solicitors to explore No Win No Fee agreements and begin working on your claim.
How Can Bonus Lawyers Help Me?
Here at Bonus Lawyers, we have many medical negligence solicitors who are experienced in handling medical negligence claims. They approach each case with empathy and understanding towards your situation, offering a helping hand throughout your recovery.
They’ll aim to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your case so you can start getting your life back on track. Our advisers are available around the clock to have a chat about your situation and offer legal advice for free.
You can get in touch with our friendly team of advisers by:
- Calling them to have a chat about your case.
- Filling in our online claims form to receive a response at your earliest convenience.
- Chatting with an adviser via our live chat pop-up box for an instant reply.
If you’d like to learn more about making a claim, we have some other guides you may find useful:
- Accident at work claims
- No Win No Fee claims
- Professional negligence claims
- Road traffic accident claims
- Slip, trip and fall claims
- Housing disrepair claims
Thank you for reading our guide about medical negligence claims.