Medical Negligence Claims in Scotland - What You Need to Know

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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 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.

In the realm of medical negligence in Scotland, it is crucial to recognise the potential consequences of deviations from the expected standard of care. By leveraging the expertise of medical negligence solicitors in Scotland, individuals can effectively navigate the legal complexities associated with such cases, ensuring that accountability is established and justice prevails in the face of medical malpractice.

Claiming for Medical Negligence - What You Need to Know

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence transpires when a patient sustains injury, experiences illness, or sees a deterioration of an existing condition due to an error or a failure to meet the requisite standards by a health service provider, be it a doctor or a nurse. In the legal context of Scotland, such occurrences are encapsulated by the term medical negligence.

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

This breach of expected standards may prompt individuals to pursue legal avenues through a medical negligence claim in Scotland. The term medical negligence claims Scotland encompasses the legal processes by which individuals seek recourse and restitution for harm suffered as a result of suboptimal care.

Patients, who initially place trust in healthcare providers, may find themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of harm arising from deviations in expected standards of care. In such situations, the need for redress is met through the expertise of professionals specialising in medical negligence solicitors in Scotland. These legal practitioners navigate the complexities of medical negligence cases, providing legal counsel and representation to individuals seeking justice and compensation for the consequences of substandard care - and this is where Thompsons steps in. 

How Thompsons can help in medical negligence claims

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence in Scotland, 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 medical negligence solicitors in Scotland 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 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. Thompsons is proud to be an award-winning personal injury firm, with an excellent success rate - we recover over £1 million every week for our clients. 

Contact Thompsons for Medical Negligence Claims Scotland, today

It's advised that you seek professional legal advice as soon as you suspect you have been the victim of medical negligence in Scotland. 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 in which 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.

Give us a call today to take the first step towards claiming compensation.

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