Claiming Compensation for Clinical Negligence
Clinical negligence can arise in several circumstances while the victim is placed in a hospital for some reason. Being placed under medical supervision is the one of the few instances where an individual would assume that he or she is in safe hands and being taken care of.
However, with most hospitals working for a full stretch on shifts basis and doctors and other professional working for long hours with no breaks, mistakes are bound to happen, and these judgment errors sometimes become serious enough to spell disaster in the form of neglect. At the same time, medical malpractice is not uncommon by incompetent doctors and unscrupulous hospital staff.
Clinical negligence claims can arise because of several reasons. A patient might have been subjected to wrong diagnosis and subsequent incorrect medical attention, which could have led to the matters becoming more serious and unnecessary cost for the patients. The brunt of medical malpractice is worst when a patient acquires a serious medical condition or infection which would mar his future permanently.
Negligence laws make the victims of medical malpractice or negligence liable for suitable financial compensation for their troubles. Such claims cover all the medical institution, including private hospitals, NHS institutions, cosmetic surgeons, specialist clinics, dentists and general practitioners. Clinical negligence claims deal with misdiagnosis of a condition, incorrect treatment or poor communication between the concerned doctor and the patient.
Negligence claims can be filed in the following cases:
• Delayed diagnosis of Obstetric Cholestasis, or liver disfunctioning during pregnancy
• Dental negligence, in spite of regular visits to dentist
• Injuries during episiotomy, due to incorrect procedure of delivering the baby
• Infections acquired in hospitals, due to carelessness and lack of diagnosis
• Failure in diagnosis of cancer/ wrong diagnosis
• Birth injury like fractured bones, skin cuts etc. for a newborn baby
• Injury during vasectomy, or failure
• Subarachoid Haemorrhage or Brain Injury
• Failure during sterilization
• Misdiagnosis of epilepsy, or its forms
Filing for clinical neglect claims can be a tricky par, however, and the best recourse in such cases is to hire a reliable and experienced clinical negligence solicitor who has considerable experience in dealing with such cases and has an eye for looking out for finer details. One can only file for compensation while keeping in mind the deadlines and other details of filing the same, and an individual trying to file a claim can fail miserably if he or she is not aware of the correct procedure.
Hiring a solicitor can be beneficial for many reasons. The solicitor would be able to make an accurate estimation of the liable compensation amount by consulting the doctor or the authorities responsible for the negligence, as well as by going through the costing details of the same. Many a times, the victims of clinical negligence may have to undergo a repeat medical attention tenure for rectification of the incorrect treatment, as well as for the correct diagnosis of the problem, which means that the victims often end up paying their hospital fees twice, the details of which need to be taken into account while estimating the compensation amount.
Several law firms have now begun to offer free consultations to the claimants, and the fees are charged only when benefits are awarded to the claimant. Other firms also offer to cover for the entire legal expense for the claim, and the same is charged from the claimant only if he or she is successfully awarded the compensation amount.
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