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For the majority of people, making a clinical negligence claim can be a daunting prospect. However, if you’ve suffered due to someone else’s carelessness, you may want to move forward in pursuing the compensation you deserve.
To help you get started, here are three things you should know about making a clinical negligence claim.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to clinical negligence and you wish to make a claim, it’s important to note that you will need to do this within three years of the incident occurring. This is known as the ‘limitation period’. A claim for compensation must begin at Court within three years of the event which caused the injury if the matter has not been settled at that point.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, for claims involving children, the three-year period does not start until they reach the age of 18. For those with mental incapacity, this timeframe only starts to run if they regain capacity.
When it comes to healthcare in the UK, you may automatically think of the NHS. However, you don’t necessarily have to experience a lack of care or attention under the NHS to pursue a claim. There are a whole host of different places where you may have received medical treatment that has gone wrong. For instance, you may have suffered as a result of a cosmetic procedure at a private clinic, or you could have suffered due to incorrect advice from a pharmacist.
In order for your claim to be successful, you will need to prove that the care you received was below what would be considered reasonable and competent health care. You will also need to prove that you have suffered an injury as a result, whether it is physical or psychological. You cannot simply file a claim if you believe someone has made a mistake or done something wrong. You’ll need to prove that it has caused you significant injury too.
When you’re making a claim, you will need evidence to support your case, so it’s important that you keep a record of everything. This can include documentation such as your medical notes, X-rays and any expert opinions you have received. If you do not have this information, you are entitled to request copies.
Pursuing a clinical negligence claim can be complex. It’s therefore vital that you seek help from a qualified solicitor to assist and support you throughout the process. Call our friendly team of experts today on 0800 342 3206 or make an enquiry online to request a callback.