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Making a Medical Negligence Claim

Undergoing any sort of medical care, whether part of your everyday life or something a little bit more out of the ordinary, can often be a traumatic or at least a distressing experience. Suffering from long term conditions can be draining, often costing the patient significant effort, energy, time and money.

Short term treatments are not as drawn out as undergoing long term medical care, but can often be incredibly intense – especially if it is for something like an accident or a difficult operation. Like most people, we’ve all heard of horror stories where medical care became something very different; the traumatic experience of illness was compounded by medical professionals failing to provide suitable care for patients, or of operations going horribly wrong. For most people, filing a medical negligence claim is something that won’t ever enter their lives. For others, it becomes an important part of their emotional, physical and financial recovery.

It might seem unlikely that claiming for compensation would ever be necessary, but as budgets get stretched further and resources are poorly managed, healthcare can often be misused and abused by those staff that should be caring for patients. In the result of trying to make a medical negligence claim, many people are unsure what to do. Who is at fault? What are the processes? What are the legal requirements? And, of course, how much will it cost?

One major stumbling block can be a patient’s reluctance to pursue a medical negligence claim due to fear of high cost and the likelihood that their claim won’t be taken seriously. However, as a patient under either public or private healthcare, you have every right to pursue a compensation claim if you believe the healthcare institution to be at fault. Making the decision to pursue a medical negligence claim can be difficult, and no-one should undertake this process lightly. But once you have made the decision to proceed, finding an excellent lawyer who specialises in medical claims is essential.

While it may seem easier to simply pick a less specific, cheaper solicitor, in the long run opting for a specialist medical negligence solicitor will be of the utmost benefit. Their knowledge and expertise will aid you in gaining the fullest compensation settlement possible, as well as providing much-needed support through the tougher times of your claim. Many medical negligence claims are settled out of court, which can be less stressful for the patient. Whatever the ruling, the first step is always to remember that a claim can be made – and in many cases, it should.

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