Medical negligence is not only physically and psychologically damaging for the victim but psychologically scarring for their loved ones. It is doubly harsh because it happens at the hands of someone who has been trusted – literally, in some instances – with their lives. Sometimes the effects are small and barely noticeable, but the clients supported by Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd know they can have long lasting consequences, which reach into every corner.
Seeking expert legal advice may seem daunting at first, especially if you are still physically recovering or dealing with the implications of a life-long condition you have been left with, however prompt action will benefit you in the longer term. If your treatment took place in a hospital contact their Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Part of the NHS, PALS assists patients and their families raise formal complaints where their care has been sub-standard. If you are unhappy with the explanation and outcome of your PALS complaint you can ask for an independent review to be carried out by a team which includes a consultant from a different NHS trust.
Medical Negligence Solicitors
While a formal complaint to a hospital or NHS trust may obtain an explanation and reassurance that procedures will be amended to prevent a similar occurrence happening again, e, it will not provide you with financial compensation for the medical negligence you have suffered.
No one wants to go through the unnecessary stress of going to court. A huge majority of cases where clients seek legal representation are settled out of court after the client and solicitor have amassed the necessary evidence to prove negligence and approached the hospital with the request for them to accept responsibility and compensate accordingly. It is only in very rare instances where a medical negligence claim needs to be decided by the court.
How Long Does it Take
The process of a medical negligence claim can vary depending on the nature of the cause and effects of the injury, but you should expect hospital negligence claims to take around a year. Some medical negligence solicitors work on a no-win-no-fee basis to allow you defer having to pay your legal costs up front. They will specify a fee for their services based on a percentage of compensation you are awarded so you only have to cover the cost of medical reports or tests required for evidence to support your claim.
Medical negligence can refer to any form of substandard care which has led to your physical or mental health being affected in a negative way, and can include receiving incorrect prescription medication, failure to interpret scans or test results correctly, and even poor outcomes from cosmetic surgery. If you want to know more contact Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd today.