Can I Make a Medical Negligence Claim Against a Private Practitioner?
Yes, you can make a claim against a private practitioner just like an NHS medical professional. Indeed, the NHS provides healthcare to most citizens and residents in the UK. But it’s not the only healthcare option available to patients. Being able to access and choose private healthcare is your right and privilege as a resident.
But that does not mean that you cannot experience negligence from private practitioners. Nor does it mean you cannot claim compensation when private-sector medical professionals fall short of professional expectations.
Private healthcare is a service, and private practitioners must also work to the same standards as NHS practitioners. Do you think that medical negligence took place in your privately-funded treatment? Did the private practitioner’s level of medical treatment fall short of standard healthcare expectations, too? Then you’re within your rights to make a negligence cases claim against privately-funded healthcare providers.
What Counts as Medical Negligence?
If you suffer due to the actions of a private practitioner, you deserve compensation. Consider the following factors to make your claim against a private practitioner.
- First, if you endure any unnecessary pain.
- Second, if the treatment they provide causes unnecessary inconveniences.
- Third (and most relevant) if the treatment leads to an unforeseen injury.
- Finally, if you’re incurring unforeseen costs and/or suffer an unanticipated loss of earnings.
Likewise, your private medical practitioner might behave unprofessionally or irresponsibly while you were under their care. If so, you may have a medical negligence claim.
Additionally, if you’re not sure whether or not you have a medical negligence claim, we can help! In essence, our experts will examine your unique case. First, we’ll review your medical notes, then employ an independent medical assessment to establish if you have a claim. Then, we’ll gather the evidence necessary to proceed.
What Compensation Can I Pursue?
All in all, the amount of compensation you receive depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. To that end, you can get compensation for any numbers of reasons.
- For example, loss of earnings;
- Moreover, the length of time your injury might hinder your life. For example, a birth injury may be for life, whilst a bloody nose can take much less time.
- Also, repayment for any extra medical procedures you need to rectify your private practitioner’s negligence, and;
- Additionally, special damages for any suffering you endure.
How Long After the Incident Can I Make a Claim Against a Private Practitioner?
In summary, you’ll have three years after the incident in question. Also, it could be three years after you were made aware of the negligence to make a claim. But there are exceptions to this standard, too. For example, you were under 18 at the time of the incident.
Accordingly, you’ll have three years after your 18th birthday to make a claim.
How is complaining about private treatment different from an NHS complaints procedure?
Complaints about privately funded health care, in short, are much less formal than with an NHS hospital. Moreover, your complaint process – depending on your private provider – is subject to varying standards. By contrast to the NHS, each private provider treats clinical negligence compensation claims in their own unique way.
As the BBC writes:
Complaints made on the spot to the person dealing with you can often be sorted out quickly and easily. But if you want to complain more formally, ask for a copy of the complaints procedure for the hospital, care home or private healthcare insurer. You should write directly to the person in charge of complaints.
Negligent medical treatment is negligent, regardless of whether its public or private. But healthcare claims and personal injury claims against healthcare professionals change according to one or the other.
What About No Win, No Fee Claims?
The Medical Negligence Experts work with a nationwide network of experienced medical negligence solicitors. Accordingly, we can find the right law firm to suit your individual needs. We operate a service that’s proud to deliver the best customer care possible. In addition, we always aim to deliver an excellent outcome for our clients.
Through No Win, No Fee agreements, everyone can access top legal advice regardless of their finances. But it was very different before the introduction of these agreements. In short, the financial risks of pursuing a medical negligence claim was too daunting for patients looking to seek compensation. This was due to the expenses that come along with these complex cases. Only through legislation was it clear
Today, by working with a No Win, No Fee medical negligence solicitor, you can pursue what you deserve. Because the lawyer assumes any financial risk, as they won’t be paid unless your claim is successful.
With a No Win, No Fee agreement, the legal advice that you access as free of charge. Moreover, you’ll also get cover for any work undertaken on your case. In addition, a No Win, No Fee agreement kills any fears regarding the upfront costs of medical negligence claims. Even better, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing your solicitors want to obtain a successful outcome for your case.
How Can We Help You?
In brief: for your medical claim to be successful, you will have to prove the following.
- The private practitioner owed you a duty of care.
- Standards of care fell below the standard of reasonable expectations from a responsible medical practitioner.
- That failing to meet this standard directly causes or contributes to your injuries or negative.
Our team of lawyers know its daunting to do all this in the face of private hospitals and medical accidents. But our experience in handling medical negligence claims changes the game. We help you determine quickly whether or not you’re eligible to claim, and how best to proceed if you do.
There’s usually no need to take a medical negligence claim to court. But your private practitioner may refuse to take responsibility and/or offer an acceptable level of compensation. Obviously, we can escalate the process, and fight on your behalf.
For full information on legal advice and how we can assist with your claim, get in touch now.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us to make a claim against a private practitioner?
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Our panel of experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
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