​ What can you claim for in medical negligence claims?

January 11, 2017

Clinical negligence is a complex area of law, and to bring a successful claim you will need a solicitor with the knowledge and expertise to properly investigate and pursue your claim.

For a clinical negligence claim to succeed it is necessary to prove that:

  1. The treatment or care you received fell below the standard expected of a “responsible body of doctors or medical practitioners” (this is known as breach of duty); and

  2. That as a result of that breach of duty you sustained an injury (this is known as causation).

    In addition, there is a strict three year time limit for pursuing a clinical negligence claim, in other words, Court proceedings must be commenced within three years of the date of negligence, or knowledge of that negligence, if later.

So, what can you claim for? Well, there is a long list of potential clinical negligence claims, but to name a few, you may have suffered from the following as a result of negligent treatment/care:

  • A&E Medical negligence
  • Amputation injuries
  • Bowel injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis
  • Delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Dispensing incorrect medication
  • Exacerbation of existing illnesses
  • Eye injuries
  • Fatal medical accidents
  • Hospital acquired illness/disease e.g. MRSA
  • Never Events
  • Nursing and care home abuse/injuries
  • Orthopaedic negligence
  • Pregnancy/birth injuries
  • Pressure sores
  • Spinal injuries
  • Surgical negligence

At Metcalfes, our team of experienced medical negligence solicitors are here to sensitively help guide you through any potential claims you may have. We deal with all areas of medical negligence. If you think that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical negligence, we may be able to help. 

Please contact us on 0117 239 8012.  Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

Website content note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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​  What can you claim for in medical negligence claims?

Gillian Clark

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