Amounts when it comes to medical negligence pay-outs usually depend on the medical evidence and the witness evidence available to us. These key factual details can allow us to measure the impact of medical negligence on a patient in a rigorous and reliable manner.
Of course, qualified observation and information can help to ensure that the professional medical opinion of an expert being relied upon is as comprehensive and reliable as it can be; as can the quality of your lawyers, which is where we come in.
We have a wealth experience in carefully pursuing medical negligence claims and solidifying them with the security of medical evidence. If you believe that you have a medical negligence claim to make, read on to find out about how you could claim, and speak to the team now for advice if you want to here.
Obtaining medical evidence
Medical negligence can occur in many different ways. It can happen when the doctor or medical practitioner involved in a matter may be accountable for their errors of judgement, depending on the specific circumstances. These kinds of incidents can be hard to distinguish in law, as it can be hard to prove whether a doctor genuinely believed that a certain treatment was the right course of action, or whether they were simply careless.
However, we can employ proven medical experts to evaluate your doctor’s choice of treatment, giving us an informed opinion on whether they acted correctly or incorrectly based on the information available to them at the time. The type of injury or condition that you are claiming for can affect the expert we choose; for instance, if you have suffered from the adverse side-effects of an unidentified broken bone, we may apply for a medico-legal report from an experienced radiographer or orthopaedic expert. This report can also be based on your medical records, which we can apply for at the start of the case.
The amounts of medical negligence pay-outs can depend on the particular type of medical causation that brought about your injury or condition. Some of the most common forms of medical negligence can include:
- Medical mistakes – commonly occurring in operations and can include accidental incisions, leaving foreign objects in the body, or removing incorrect organs or tissue;
- Failure to warn patients of risks involved with a course of treatment or a surgical procedure;
- Failure to diagnose or issuing an incorrect diagnosis;
- Failure to investigate symptoms properly (or at all);
- Failure to treat or issuing the wrong treatment;
- Pressure/bed sores.
In some cases, you may have suffered from more than one of these examples for the same condition or injury, meaning you might have more to claim for.
It is always important to remember that, in medical negligence cases, you are not only claiming for the pain, emotional suffering and loss of amenity (negative effects on your quality of life) caused by your injury and condition. You may also be eligible for any lost earnings and/or other expenses that may have resulted from your experience of medical negligence.
To help you win the most possible compensation for each of the adverse side-effects, we will normally require further evidence to support your claim. For example, if you have been experiencing a mental disorder, such as anxiety or depression following the development of your injury or condition, a clinical diagnosis from an appropriate expert can help to prove your suffering. Or, if you have had to buy any mobility equipment to allow you to get around, proof-of-purchase receipts can allow you to recover the correct expense sum.
Claiming for medical negligence pay-outs
At The Medical Negligence Lawyers, we believe that patients have every right to demand the highest quality care of the medical professionals to whom they entrust their health and well-being. As such, if something goes wrong, however well-intentioned your doctor might have been, you should not have to live with their mistakes without complaint.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to receive no-obligation advice about whether you have a claim or not, and we can fight for the highest medical negligence pay-outs possible.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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