Clinical Negligence Claims
Clinical negligence claims can be made when medical practitioners such as doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists or any members of an institutional health provider whether it be the NHS or a private hospital, have failed to treat you correctly.
All medical professionals have a duty of care to ensure that you do not receive substandard medical treatment whilst undergoing treatment or when reaching diagnosis.
Clinical negligence claims can arise throughout all areas of medicine and you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you have suffered personal injury as a result of medical malpractice.
Clinical Negligence Claims: Making a Complaint
If you have suffered an injury from an NHS institution then you are able to make a complaint against the hospital trust who are primarily responsible for the day to day running of the hospital.
Notably, it is the trust who are responsible for dealing with your complaint rather than the individual medical professional who has treated you.
However, if you have suffered an injury whilst receiving private health care or treatment from a general practitioner or dentist, then, in this instance, the complaint would be lodged against the individual medical professional concerned.
Medical professionals of this kind will usually have professional insurance who will deal with any complaint on their behalf.
Clinical Negligence Claims: Some Facts…
Statistics from the Department of Health have revealed that 5% of the general population report suffering some injury or other adverse effects of medical care.
A recent report shows how in the last 14 years, £1.8 billion has been paid out in clinical negligence compensation, covering a range of injuries, with birth injuries being the most serious of claims.
Surprisingly, these figures do not include infections caught in hospital which account for a further 300,000 incidents per year.
Arguably the biggest cause of concern in light of these figures is that it is estimated that at least half of these incidents could have been avoided had lessons from past incidents been learned.
Clinical Negligence Claims: Make a Claim Today
Duncan Gibbins Solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with clinical negligence claims and serious personal injury.
Our team of solicitors strongly believe in the importance of making healthcare professionals aware of their mistakes so that they can take the necessary steps to ensure that other patients do not sustain the same personal injuries.
We recognise that whatever the cause of your personal injury, both you and your family deserve, at the very least, an explanation for the injuries that you have sustained.
We offer a full system of support through our rehabilitation services and will strive to deliver the best result possible so that you receive 100% of the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has sustained personal injury which you believe was not your fault you may be entitled to make a complaint or claim for compensation today.
We have legally trained advisors waiting to discuss potential clinical negligence claims in further detail, please contact a member of the Duncan Gibbins team today.
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