Claiming compensation for treatment delays

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You could be eligible to claim medical negligence compensation for treatment delays where you have suffered pain and loss as a result of negligence.

While sometimes treatment is delayed for valid reasons, if any delays arise that were reasonably avoidable, that is where you may be eligible to claim for any problems suffered. For eligible clients, we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

You can speak to our team here now for free, no-obligation advice. We are happy to help.

Liability for treatment delays

A GP, hospital or other medical professional could be liable if you suffer as a result of treatment delays. For some injuries and problems, fast and effective treatment can be the difference between a positive recovery or further complications. At the same time, any delays can simply mean that you are left suffering for a prolonged period of time.

When it comes to establishing liability, it is often about whether you should have been provided with and/or recommended treatment at an earlier point. Whilst there may be occasions where investigations must be conducted to identify what treatment is required, this should be done so as quickly as possible.

If it transpires that you did not receive treatment in a timely fashion, that is when you could be eligible to claim medical negligence compensation. Simple examples could be an incorrect diagnosis, meaning that you did not receive the correct treatment, or it could mean a simple failure to refer you to treatment in a timely fashion.

Proving your medical negligence case

Proving a medical negligence case in respect of treatment delays often comes down to the use of your testimony and an expert report from an independent consultant. You will usually attend an appointment with the consultant who will assess your medical records and speak to you about what happened. The consultant can then provide their professional opinion as to whether they consider the treatment delays were reasonable or not. If they were unreasonable, we can use this expert report to validate that you could be eligible to claim compensation.

When we have established liability in a medical negligence case, it can then come down to establishing what suffering you endured. In accordance with the law of England and Wales, what you claim for is for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused. You may also be eligible to claim losses and expenses if they are related to the injury and suffering as well.

We can ask the consultant to provide a prognosis in their report where they can outline what pain, suffering and losses you sustained. We can then value your claim for compensation based on the extent and severity of any suffering and pain, as well as looking at any evidence of financial losses and expenses. For losses and expenses, typical examples could include lost earnings from time off work or the cost of medication or private treatment.

Free, no-obligation advice now

Our team is more than happy to provide free, no-obligation legal advice in respect of any potential claim for treatment delays. We can talk about what has happened and the circumstances surrounding your issues, and we can risk assess the potential case to decide if it is something that we can move forward with.

If we believe that we could succeed with your case, we may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis.

You can find out now if you’re eligible to claim by speaking to our legal team here now.

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