Medical Negligence Explained
All you need to know about Medical Negligence Claims.
What is the Medical Negligence process?
Outlines the process involved in Medical Negligence.
Medical Negligence F.A.Q.
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Negligence.
Medical negligence claims arise through negligent lack of care and skill during the performance of various medical treatments and procedures which cause injury. This is also known as ‘medical malpractice’.
Not all injuries during the course of medical treatment are due to negligence on the part of the treatment provider.
In order to succeed in a medical negligence or medical malpractice claim you need to establish that :
- the medical treatment you received was less than the reasonable level of care or skill expected of a medical practitioner in an equivalent area of expertise.
- that as a result of the medical treatment you have suffered injury loss and damage and that
- that the medical treatment was the actual cause your injury loss and damage.
If you have all three of the above you could have a viable medical negligence claim and may be able to claim compensation. The amount of compensation will depend on the injury and the losses that the injury has caused you such as:
- general damages for pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life caused by the injury;
- the cost of medical expenses and treatment caused by the injury;
- the loss of income caused by the injury; and
- compensation for the care provided to you by family or friends.
There are strict time limits that apply to medical negligence claims and you should contact your solicitor as soon as the injury occurs to avoid losing your right to claim compensation or damages.