The NHS is one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Its staff and medical professionals usually maintain a very high standard of care when dealing with patients. However, there are times when this standard falls below what is acceptable and is considered negligence. If you have been a victim of NHS negligence and suffered harm as a result, you may be entitled to a claim for NHS compensation.
What is NHS Negligence?
NHS negligence is a term that describes when a patient has sustained an injury, illness or their condition has been made worse while under the care of medical professionals at the NHS. Examples of NHS negligence include:
· Failing to warn a patient about the risks of a procedure;
· Failing to seek patient consent;
· Administering the wrong medication;
· Misdiagnosing a condition;
If you have been injured as a result of NHS negligence, you may be wondering how much your NHS claim could be worth. While this is difficult to determine, it is an important consideration; you need to know whether suing the NHS and seeking compensation is the right call for you. Before our specialist NHS solicitors can give you an idea on what to expect, they must be able to determine the nature of the negligent treatment as well as its impact on your life.
Usually, compensation payments for medical negligence claims are made up of two parts:
General damages compensate for the physical impact of the negligent treatment, as well as the pain and suffering you have endured. In this case, the nature and severity of your injury as well as its long-term impact will determine how much compensation you will be awarded.
Special damages compensate for the financial losses you have incurred as a result of NHS negligence. It covers the cost of out of pocket expenses such as cost of your medical care from the date of injury, loss of earnings and travel costs (medical appointments for your injury).
Time Limits for Making NHS Negligence Claims for Compensation
To increase your chance of success, it is important that you seek advice from specialist NHS solicitors as soon as you suspect you have suffered an injury due to medical negligence.
There is a strict three-year time limit which begins from the date of your injury or the date it is linked to medical negligence. But proving NHS negligence is always easier when investigation and evidence gathering can be done right away.
The average duration for the resolution of medical negligence claims is usually between 15 and 18 months, so start today by contacting us for legal advice against the NHS. Our solicitors will arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to determine whether you can make a claim.