Lost Medical Records and Missing Test Results Claims
When you think of causes of medical negligence, you may imagine claims relating to surgical mistakes or failing to refer a patient for tests. While these are common grounds for claiming compensation for medical negligence, a lesser-known but prevalent cause is due to lost test results and lost medical records.
Over the course of your illness or treatment, you could see multiple specialists. Each of these interactions should be documented so that the next person treating you has a full picture of your symptoms, and of the medicine or treatment you have received and the effects of these. When medical records and test results go missing, the hole they leave can prevent a patient from receiving the right care.
Examples of medical negligence caused by poor administration can include:
- The keeping of incorrect records.
- Lost test results.
- Poor handwriting.
- Neglecting to record relevant information when disclosed, such as allergies and family medical history.
With so many professionals potentially being involved in a patient’s care, it is imperative that high-quality records are maintained and shared as required. A nurse who neglects to register the time and dose of a patient’s medicine could cause them to receive double the amount.
Medical records can include:
- Handwritten notes.
- Electronically generated reports and records.
- Scanned images, including MRI and x-rays.
- Laboratory results.
- Letters from health professionals, and between professionals and the patient.
- Signed consent forms.
- Reports from monitoring equipment, for example, a heart rate monitor in an ambulance or A&E.
Obtaining Medical Records
You have a legal right to request access to your medical records, or to ask a solicitor to do so on your behalf. They are a key piece of evidence when providing care has been negligent, and they should be made available within 40 days of receiving an appropriate request. There may be a cost associated with obtaining them, and you will need to specify what records you want and that they are being used to investigate a potential claim for compensation.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
The Medical Negligence Experts handles all types of medical negligence claims, including those relating to lost medical records and missing test results. We provide a free, no-obligation legal consultation so you can ask all the questions you want about whether you may be entitled to claim compensation and what the process involves.
We handle the majority of our claims on a no win no fee* basis to make it affordable for everyone to have access to expert legal representation and advice. Whether you’re asking for yourself or acting on behalf of a loved one, you can expect the same high standard of care from The Medical Negligence Experts.
Talk to us today if you have been injured or had your condition made worse due to negligent medical care. We can help you obtain compensation to make sure you do not suffer financially whether it’s giving you access to private medical care or taking care of your daily living expenses if you are unable to work while you’re recovering.
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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?
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We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our 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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On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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