Medical negligence ni
When you put your trust in a healthcare professional, you expect them to do their best to take care of you. However, all too often this duty of care is breached causing medical negligence ni, and patients end up suffering at the hands of their doctors which you may have seen recently in the media about the Belfast Trust. When you put your trust in O’Neill Solicitors, our head of medical negligence solicitor Richard will be there for you.
Contact us now on +44 02890 311214 to arrange your free one hour consultation.
What qualifies as medical negligence?
Medical negligence occurs when a physician fails to provide sufficient care to a patient, therefore causing pain or suffering which could have been avoided. It could be a misdiagnosis, an error made during treatment or the wrong decision. If you believe you were mistreated or misdiagnosed and that your doctor acted negligently, you must be able to prove:
- A duty of care was owed by the physician.
- The physician violated the standard of care.
- You suffered a compensable injury.
- The injury was caused by the substandard conduct.
In our experience with medical negligence claims, these elements are often clear within a case and easy to prove.
How do I claim for medical negligence ni?
The first step is to get in touch with our specialists. We offer a free initial consultation to chat about what happened and if you have a legal claim.
- We’ll ask you to provide all the details of your injury, when and where it took place, who you believe to be liable for the damage caused, a copy of your medical records prior to the injury and any further information you think might be relevant to reinforce your claim.
- From here, your expert solicitor will carry out an investigation, when necessary interviewing the parties involved in the incident and compile evidence.
- Once we believe the claim is strong enough, we’ll send it to the liable party requesting a certain amount of compensation. This will depend on the severity of the injury, any costs you incurred or will incur as a result of the injury and any loss of income due to the injury.
- The defendant can either accept the claim, agreeing to pay the amount requested, or deny the claim. If they choose to deny, your case could be heard in court where a settlement will be agreed upon through negotiation.
- Whatever the outcome, you can guarantee that your dedicated solicitor will do their best to put things right and help you get your life back on track.
Is there a time limit on a medical claim?
Generally speaking, yes. After the incident has occurred, you normally have a period of three years to make a claim. There are of course some exceptions relating to your age at the time any negligence.
Can I claim against the NHS for medical negligence?
You are entitled to claim against the NHS if you’ve been injured or suffered an illness because of negligent treatment by an NHS trust or healthcare professional. Like all cases this is based on the nature and severity of your mistreatment or misdiagnosis.
Do you offer legal aid for medical claims?
We may be able to offer legal aid in certain instances. This is dependent on the type of claim and can be discussed at your free consultation.