Q: Am I eligible for an NHS negligence claim?
If you have suffered harm as a direct result of the negligent actions or inactions of your healthcare professional, you may be eligible to make a medical negligence claim. You can start by lodging a formal complaint through the NHS complaints procedure; while you do not have to use this procedure before starting a claim, it can help you learn about what happened and the steps you can take towards making a claim.
Q: How much can I claim?
Medical negligence claims are varied and complex; this means the compensation award you could receive will depend on your personal circumstances. You are entitled to claim compensation for any expenses you have incurred as a result of the negligent treatment. This could include medical bills, loss of earnings and care costs.
Q: Can I make a claim on behalf of someone who has died?
Yes. If your family member has passed away whilst receiving medical care at the NHS, you can make a claim on their behalf. In this case, it would be best to seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible. Our specialist NHS solicitors will explain this process to you, and represent your interest.
Q: Are there time limits for starting medical negligence claims?
Yes. As a general rule, there is a three-year time limit for claimants to start their medical negligence claim. However, there are a few exceptions; children (under 18) and individuals who lack mental capacity to make a claim are exempt from this time limit.
Q: How long will my case take?
The length of time of a medical negligence claim will depend on the nature of injury sustained. Cases involving adults, for instance, may be resolved quickly, but this is dependent on the nature of injury. On the other hand, cases involving children may take more time to resolve, even years, particularly if there is need to assess how they how they progress as they grow older.