What can I recover in a medical error claim?

The types of things you can claim (and the way a Court would ultimately assess your injury compensation, if it ever reached that stage) are broken down into various categories. The largest components in a medical error claim will usually be loss of earnings, future medical costs and the costs for paid assistance or care. [...]

By |March 19th, 2016|Comments Off on What can I recover in a medical error claim?

Don’t all doctors stick together? How can I get the evidence I need?

While many doctors are reluctant to give expert opinions against their colleagues there are some who are willing. Finding medical experts who are willing to give a balanced opinion and consider the merits of what has transpired can be a challenge if unfamiliar with this area of law. The reality, though, is that finding suitably qualified [...]

By |March 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Don’t all doctors stick together? How can I get the evidence I need?

Is it worthwhile using a lawyer?

You are legally entitled to bring a medical negligence claim for injury compensation without legal representation. But, if your claim is worth pursuing at all, then it will almost always certainly be worthwhile engaging a lawyer to represent you. Medical negligence claims are generally very complex. A careful legal analysis of all the evidence needs [...]

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Can you only bring medical negligence claims against a doctor?

No. Medical negligence claims do not just relate to negligence claims against a doctor. Injury compensation can be sought from any health care provider at all. It could be a hospital. Or it could be a physiotherapist, osteopath, GP, private specialist, chiropractor, pharmacist, mental health care teams, laboratory services, dentists, medical dental technicians, opticians, ambulance [...]

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Do I have a compensation claim?

It can be very difficult, without the right evidence and advice to succeed in a medical negligence claim for injury compensation. But that doesn’t mean you have no claim. It just means you need to carefully consider your options. In basic terms, what needs to be established is that the health care provider did something [...]

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Should I seek injury compensation?

Even if you have availed yourself of other possible avenues (in seeking an apology, getting your records or being given an explanation as to what transpired) you still have the option of seeking injury compensation. Injury compensation is an important way to gain access to funds to reimburse you for the additional costs and expense you [...]

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What action can I take after an adverse medical outcome?

After you have taken steps to take care of your health, you should think about what you want to do next. You should think about what you want to happen. You might want: an explanation and apology – before you think of getting compensation, other things like a full explanation or an apology are important. Speaking [...]

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How do I find out more about what happened to me?

You should first ask your doctor (or the health care professional who was involved in your treatment) for a detailed explanation. Medical practitioners are bound by their professional code of conduct to give you an explanation of what happened during your treatment. You are also entitled to a copy of your medical records. You can [...]

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What do I do after an adverse outcome from medical treatment?

The first priority is your health. Make sure that you are now getting the right treatment to try and correct any problem. If you’re not comfortable with the medical advice or treatment you’re currently receiving you are perfectly entitled to seek a second opinion. Feel free to ask your GP to refer you to another practitioner, [...]

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Do any time limits apply to claims?

Absolutely – in fact there are quite a few. Which is why it is so important to get legal advice at an early stage. A procedural time limit you should be made aware of is the obligation to serve a notice of claim form on the person a t fault within 9 months of the [...]

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