It's crucial that the work of healthcare professionals is carried out with the highest degree of care. Whether they're giving out medical advice or performing a surgical procedure, they are expected to always provide an appropriate standard of reasonable care.
Patients generally put a lot of trust in healthcare professionals, but, unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong and it's possible for a practitioner to cause (usually unintended) harm to their patient through malpractice. This is known as medical negligence.
Medical negligence occurs when a patient is injured, becomes ill, or has an existing condition made worse because a health service provider, such as a doctor or nurse, made a mistake or did not meet the standards required of him.
The effects of medical negligence can range from mild to severe. The most common examples include:
- Misdiagnosis of an illness
- Mistakes during surgery
- Mistakes during pregnancy and childbirth
- Mistakes in relation to medication administered
How Thompsons can help in medical negligence claims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, you may find that the repercussions extend beyond the physical pain and suffering caused. This may be a very emotional time for you because it is likely you were already in a vulnerable position. Putting your trust in a medical professional in the hopes that they'll make you better only to have your condition worsen can be very upsetting, and this distress may also be felt by those closest to you.
It can feel like you have no control over your own life - but with the proper medical, financial and legal advice it is possible to take control again.
At Thompsons, our personal injury lawyers approach every case with sensitivity, care and the utmost dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for you. It is our goal to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our solicitors will have only your best interests at heart, and making a claim may even help to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
We are an award-winning personal injury firm, with have an excellent success rate - we recover over £1 million every week for our clients.
We have a large team of solicitors, solicitor advocates and other professionals specialised in pursuing medical negligence compensation claims. We also have a team of experts, such as Consultant Physicians and Occupational Hygienists, who can assist with the evidence in the claims.
Contact Thompsons, the personal injury specialists, today
It's advised that you seek professional legal advice as soon as you suspect you have been the victim of medical negligence. As with most personal injury claims, there is a time limit of three years in which you have to take legal action. However, it's possible that in some cases, such as those where the effects are mild or slow to develop, it may take some time before you realise that your suffering is due to the actions or inactions of another. In such instances, the three years does not begin until the date you become aware that your suffering is linked to the negligent act.
Thompsons offers an initial, no-obligation phone call with a specialist lawyer, allowing you to discuss the details of your case and decide whether you want to move forward. You will also be able to discuss any queries you have regarding the medical negligence claims process.