Health care providers usually take good care of people. When something goes wrong, it can be hard knowing what move to make next. Medical negligence claims can be daunting. You’ve already been through so much. However, it could lead to you getting some much-deserved compensation. If you’re thinking of putting together a case for yourself – or on someone’s behalf – there are some things you need to prepare.
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Letter of Complaint
Remember that you don’t have to do this alone. Medical negligence solicitors can help you with the process. They want to see you succeed. A great starting point is to ensure you’ve got a letter of complaint. This should act as proof that you reached out to a doctor and nothing was done. Public and private health care providers usually have an internal complaint system, and it is usually often advised to try this before making a claim.
While expert help can make your life much easier, you should be aware of the time frame where you’re able to make a claim. In the current system, you have three years from the event. There are certain exemptions to this rule. It’s also worth noting the length of cases wildly differ, so you need to be patient. It can be a complicated process.
The most important thing you need to have prepared is proof. Cases must be built on evidence. You need to be able to show the injury was a mistake and the consequences of the medical treatment. Keep everything involved with your case. Medical records – including X rays and ultrasounds – are useful tools. You should be able to ask for a copy of medical records from the relevant health care provider.
In the majority of cases, you need medical witnesses. They can give their expert opinion that can tie your claim together. They can link the negligence and the impact of the damage. You can also get family and friends to provide their side of the story. This can further prove the impact of the injury in day-to-day life. The more people you have, the better.
When you’re making a medical negligence claim, you’ll likely be seeking compensation for your loss of earnings. So when piecing your proof together, make sure you’ve got financial evidence to back up your claims. The amount of compensation depends entirely on your case, and differs from person to person. It is worth examining how you’re going to make your claim. From trade unions offering some legal aid fees, to ‘no-win no-fee’ solicitor agreements.
If you think you’ve got a case, don’t be afraid to speak to an expert and see if they can help you. Have you had much experience in putting together a medical negligence claim?