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How long can a medical negligence case take?
The length of time a medical negligence case takes will depend on the severity of the injury and the details of the specific medical negligence. Straightforward cases may be completed within months, averaging between 12-18 months, whereas more complicated cases of medical malpractice could take a year or more. Your case handler will be in touch with you to regularly update you on the progress of your claim.
Once your medical negligence claim has been accepted, the next stage is to prepare for the case by obtaining medical records and relevant documentation related to the care you received, as well as a detailed statement. Getting an expert opinion is often also necessary to confirm breach of duty and the subsequent harm that you endured. The process of this can therefore take some time.
Read more on how long a medical negligence claim can take.
How it works:
STEP 1 – INITIAL ENQUIRY
Contact us, free of charge. Chat to our team of experts who are fully trained to ask the right questions, so that our legal teams can quickly advise if you have a case.
STEP 2 – CASE ACCEPTANCE
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors assess your case and get back to you quickly with a decision.
STEP 3 – MEDICAL RECORDS
If your case is accepted, our legal team will request all of your medical records.
STEP 4 – MEDICAL EVIDENCE
Medical evidence will be obtained to confirm that the treatment you received was negligent and that this treatment caused an injury or contributed to making an existing condition worse.
STEP 5 – NEGOTIATION
Once supportive medical evidence has been obtained a claim will be submitted to the defendant and they will be invited to admit fault. We will then negotiate with the defendant to obtain a suitable award of compensation so that you can get back to a similar situation as you were in before the negligent treatment occurred.
STEP 6 – COMPENSATION
It is often difficult for any amount of compensation to fully compensate for pain and suffering. Compensation can, however, allow you to live a life as normal as possible. You could be awarded financial aid for all out of pocket expenses, loss of earnings, and any potential private treatment costs to put things right. It also covers rehabilitation costs and compensation for your injuries and the impact they have had on your day-to-day life.
No Win No Fee medical negligence claims
At Patient Claim Line, we believe that everyone should have the right to seek fair compensation and get the justice that they deserve, without being deterred by financial worries during an already distressing time. That’s why we will never ask you for an upfront payment, so you can focus on recovery without the pressure of paying for our service out of your own pocket.
All medical negligence claims are handled on a no win no fee basis. This is basically a legal agreement that makes it easier to pursue financial compensation for medical negligence, no matter what your personal financial status. This arrangement means that if your case is unsuccessful, and you have cooperated fully during the process, you won’t have to pay a penny for your legal representation.
How is my medical negligence compensation worked out?
The type of financial compensation granted for your medical negligence claim will differ from case to case, but broadly can be split into two categories. The first is general damages, which compensate for the pain and suffering that you have endured due to an error from a healthcare professional. This will be based on the severity of your injury or illness, and how much the medical negligence has affected your life.
You may also be entitled to special damage compensation, which reimburses any out of pocket losses which were a result of the negligent care you received. It also covers any future losses that may occur due to your injury or illness. This could include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medication costs
- Private treatment
- Rehabilitation costs
- Travel expenses
- Medical equipment
How much compensation could I be entitled to?
Compensation for medical malpractice will depend on your individual case. Our medical negligence lawyers will assess your claim and through due process come to an agreement on the amount of compensation you will receive. Outstanding compensation figures for the NHS stand at over £80 billion. For more information on how compensation figures are calculated read our guide to compensation calculators.
Medical Negligence Solicitors
At Patient Claim Line, we have over 100 specialist medical negligence solicitors who have successfully helped individuals claim for medical negligence. Our expert solicitors have over 400 years experience combined and they can provide you with professional guidance throughout your medical negligence claim.
Contact our medical negligence solicitors today for a free conversation to help you understand your medical negligence claim and whether or not you could claim.
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