Clinical Negligence: 4 Questions, Answered

Almost every medical process features some form of risk to a patient. It is, however, a healthcare practitioner’s job to ensure they take every possible measure to avoid a patient sustaining an injury, illness or poor outcome.

Yet, it is important to note that not every injury or outcome experienced will be a result of medical negligence. To help you learn more about it, here are answers to four common clinical negligence questions.

  1. How Common is Clinical Negligence in the UK?

While no-one likes to think they could receive inadequate care when attending an NHS or private medical practice, mistakes can happen in various healthcare settings.

According to recent NHS figures, they experienced a reported 460,862 incidents between January to March 2017. However, when you bear in mind that the NHS cares for approximately one million patients every 36 hours in the UK alone, the figure is rather small.

Clinical negligence cannot only be caused by human error, either, as it could be due to poor procedural processes or a fault with a medical device.

  1. Should I Make a Clinical Negligence Claim or Complaint?

Clinical negligence claims and complaints serve different purposes. If you did not sustain an injury following medical negligence, but you believe you have a moral duty to report your concerns, consider making a complaint to the NHS or a private practice’s governing body.

As a result, it could lead to an investigation regarding your care, and you could potentially receive an apology and an explanation why your care failed to meet standards. However, you will not receive financial recognition for any injury you endured.

However, a formal complaint could potentially support a clinical negligence claim, as you may receive further evidence from the NHS or the governing body as proof. As a result, it could potentially speed up the legal process and ensure you receive the right level of compensation for your injury.

  1. What’s the Clinical Negligence Claims Time Limit?

There is currently a statutory time limit of three years to make a clinical negligence claim in the UK, and it will start from either:

  • The date an injury was sustained
  • The date you identified an injury was connected to a treatment

For this reason, you should act sooner rather than later to secure compensation that is rightfully yours.

  1. How Much Compensation for Clinical Negligence?

There is no fixed compensation figure for clinical negligence. How much you are awarded will be determined by the injury sustained, your loss of income and emotional distress.

Our clinical negligence solicitors will endeavour to help you secure the compensation amount you deserve to recover from an injury. That is because we develop a robust case to help you receive the maximum compensation amount.

It is also important to note that a compensation claim will not result in an apology or disciplinary action against the medical practitioners responsible.

If you believe you have been a victim of clinical negligence, contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.