When is it right to make a medical negligence claim?

Analysts have claimed that there has been an upsurge in the amount of successful medical claims being made against health services for malpractice and negligence. Indeed, now that solicitors are well versed in how to deal with such cases, more and more patients are stepping up to receive compensation for the damages caused to them.

Medical negligence lawyers can definitely get the job done; but it’s important that you don’t waste your time, as well as the court’s time, by filing a case when there really isn’t one to be made. This article aims to help you decide if your case is actually viable or not.

Early signs that you’ve been made a victim

Usually, when a mistake has been made, most of the time your health care staff will do their utmost best to remedy the situation. You will be informed at the right moment that something has gone wrong, and that everything possible is being done to fix it.

Unfortunately, bad apples do exist. Some healthcare staff will attempt to pretend like there’s nothing wrong, or gradually distance themselves from the mistake.

This in turn will lead to hesitant staff not answering your questions directly in an honest manner.

Trying out the official channels of complaint

There are several complaints commissions that have been set up specifically to deal with complaints of medical nature. The CQC, or the Care Quality Commission, will look into your case to see what can be done.

Of course, should this route of complaint lead you nowhere, adding to your frustration and anger at how you are being treated, it might be an indicator that it’s the right time to change tack.

Being sure that you deserve compensation

Some are understandably apprehensive about demanding compensation. It can take a lot of time; some are afraid that it would damage relations with their carers and thereby complicate future treatment.

Others choose not to pursue compensation because they feel like they just need to get on with their treatment. However, it is highly advisable that you do pursue it, for several different reasons.

The most important reason involves the fact that you could be losing colossal amounts of money that could be invaluable to paying for your further treatment.

It’s the responsible thing to do

Others may stand to gain from your experience; if you take your issue to court, you could inspire others in your position to get compensation for mistakes that they’ve had to suffer from.

This in turn would mean that healthcare services would be more careful in the future when it comes to practicing medicine and rectifying mistakes.

It’s always difficult to make the decision to embark on this journey; however, it’s usually worth it.

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