When receiving health care, be it through a private institution or through the National Health Service, we expect to be placed in the hands of professionals. Whether we’re seeking minor attention or are in for a more serious operation, we expect to be able to trust our health professionals to do the right thing. Unfortunately, what we expect is not always what we receive.
Just like everybody else, doctors can make mistakes. However, if you believe that the health care you have received has placed you at risk due to the negligence of health care staff then you may be eligible to make a medical negligence claim.
Medical negligence claims are not always straightforward. This is due to the difficulty of ascertaining whether a mistake in the hospital is the result of negligence, or an honest mistake. Evidence can be difficult to obtain and details can be hazy. For this reason, medical negligence claims are something which should only be obtained with the assistance of a professional.
If you suspect that you have been the victim of medical negligence then the first step is to consult a professional with the hope of understanding whether or not you have a case. A claim may be possible following unnecessary treatment, surgical errors or a delay in the working of your health care provider which has caused you to fall into ill health.
The importance of evidence and documentation
In order to build a successful personal injury claims case, evidence and precision will be of utmost importance. For this reason it is essential that you do your best to hold on to all documentation which you are offered. If you suspect that you are the victim of medical negligence while you are in care, it is important for you to raise the issue with your career.
The specifics of each case will differ. Your job is to provide as detailed an account as you are able to – an account which you can back up with evidence. It will then be the job of a qualified solicitor to amalgamate the information, make a judgement and consider whether it is advisable for you to take the next, necessary steps and what they should be.
When speaking with a solicitor, it is important that you are as clear and specific as possible. The more information which you are able to hand over to your legal help, the better the chance is of you receiving compensation, should you be eligible to do so. Any information which is not made available by you could hinder your chances of achieving success when you file a claim for medical negligence.