How to claim medical negligence in the uk

Making a claim for medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence compensation in the UK, can be complex and take 12 months or more. To pursue a clinical negligence claim, you must prove that a medical professional failed to carry out their responsibilities (this is known as fault or breach of duty) and that this caused you harm and suffering; this is known as avoidable harm or causation.

To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, your medical negligence solicitor will need to have a full and thorough understanding of how the results of the negligence have impacted your life. This may involve the following:

  • Taking detailed statements
  • Obtaining full copies of your medical files
  • X-rays and scans (if needed)
  • Seeking expert medical opinion form an expert away from the local area
  • An examination by an independent medical professional

All of this will need to be done thoroughly to ensure success; this can mean that it takes time and depending on the nature of the negligence, it could be upsetting. However, Forbes' capable clinical negligence solicitors will help you arrange all of this and advise you all the way through the process. In very rare cases, you may need to go to court; if this does happen, we will be there to help you.

When claiming for medical negligence, compensation is not always what a person wants; some want an apology, others may want to see justice served so that no one else will suffer like they did. However, there is no guarantee you will get this. Putting forward a medical negligence claim may only provide you with financial compensation, if successful. Sometimes, an organisation may agree to compensation but will not agree to admit liability. In this event, our solicitors will be able to advise you what the best course of action is.


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22 Mar 2019

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