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medical negligence frequently asked questions

Yes. If you believe you could be eligible to receive compensation for experiencing medical negligence, we recommend you talk to us as soon as possible. Generally, medical negligence claims should be brought within three years from the date that you became aware of the negligence. Children have until they are 21 in which to bring a claim, and those who are unable to manage their own affairs (in other words they lack capacity) are exempt from this time limit, where other time limits apply.
Every medical negligence claim is different, meaning the amount of compensation you receive will depend on your individual situation. Throughout your case, your solicitor will keep you updated on compensation and will usually give you an indication of how much you can expect to be rewarded.
If you’re considering suing the NHS, there is a formal complaints process that you should look into first. Your complaint must be made within 12 months from the date the event happened, or 12 months from the date you first became aware of it. If you need further assistance, you can get help from the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) whose officers are in most hospitals. If you are unhappy with the response you get, you can complain to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
With our help, you will need to show that the standard of care you received fell below that of a reasonably competent doctor or healthcare professional, and that you have suffered an injury as a result of that negligence.
In all likelihood, no. Approximately 95% of our cases are settled without the need to go to court. Most are negotiated and settle many months before any trial date. If you do need to go to court, you should rest assured that our legal team will ensure you are looked after, and that your case is presented to the highest professional standard.
If you’re wondering how to claim compensation for medical negligence, we recommend you speak with one of our solicitors immediately. In terms of how the procedure works, our team are here to help guide you through the process. Click here to read more about the medical negligence claims process. Your Your clinical negligence claim could settle at any time. The average length of a medical negligence claim is between 3 to 4 years, but every case is different. We will try our very best to provide you with realistic estimates as to how long your claim will take.
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