Medical Negligence Injuries
Medical negligence injuries are those injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals including doctors, nurses, dentists and surgeons. Medical professionals have a duty of care towards the health and safety of their patients. Whilst most medical professionals in this country provided a good standard to care to their patients, sometimes accidents do happen. If a patient suffers an injury as a result of a medical professional’s negligence and therefore breach of duty, the patient can make a compensation claim against the medical professional.
The most common medical negligence injuries are probably the following:
- Injury to a mother or child during birth
- Surgical errors
- Late diagnosis
- Contracting an avoidable illness in a hospital
The amount of compensation a patient can claim following medical negligence will depend on a number of factors such as: the seriousness of the injury, recovery time, the impact it has had on the patient’s life and his or her family’s lives as well as factoring the amount of compensation awarded in previously decided cases on similar facts and government guidelines. The patient can also recover any consequential loss such as the cost of prescriptions or loss of income.
Medical negligence compensation is not paid out by the medical professional themselves but by their insurance company, although a note will be made against the medical professional’s recorded, particularly if they are frequently negligent.
Any medical negligence compensation claim should be made with the assistance of an experienced medical negligence solicitor** in Cardiff, within three years of the date of the accident. In the case of a child the claim should be made by the child’s 21st birthday. Any claim made outside this time period will become statute barred. It is therefore important that you seek legal guidance as soon as possible.
Your Cardiff medical negligence solicitor** will fight your claim on your behalf including establishing that the medical professional was responsible. This will usually include medical assessments to show the extent of the damage caused and is likely to include the testimony of other medical professionals to see if they would have done anything differently.
Medical Negligence solicitors Cardiff
If you have been injured due to medical negligence, our Cardiff Accident Lawyers can help you claim compensation through our No Win, No Fee* service. Call our Cardiff Injury Lawyers on 02921 682 687^ or contact us online.