How long will a clinical negligence claim take?

As clinical negligence claims can be highly complex, it can take a long time for the process to be completed. At best, it may take 12 months to 18 months; for particularly complex cases, it may take years. If the other party admits negligence, then proceedings may take less than a year to resolve.

Where liability has been admitted it might be possible to obtain an interim payment that represents a reasonable proportion of your claim. This can provide some compensation until the true value of the claim can be calculated.

The process takes time because your claim must be thoroughly investigated and evidence gathered. You may also need to be examined by one or more medical experts. If the seriousness of your condition is still unclear, then the case may be delayed as you may need further medical examinations.

Once the evidence has been presented to the defendant involved, they may want to get their own medical evidence which will also take time. Another reason clinical negligence claims take so long is because compensation payments in themselves can be complex. Medical negligence can affect your life in many different ways. For example, it could be possible to claim for some, or all of, the following

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity
  • Loss of past & future earning
  • Reduced employment prospects
  • Cost of care
  • Medication (if required)
  • Private health care (if required)

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