Medical negligence happens more frequently than people think, and while healthcare in the UK is some of the best in the world, there is still the risk of medical negligence occurring.

If you have been injured, or somehow negatively affected by medical treatment, even on the NHS, then you may be entitled to make a claim.

It can feel like a complex situation, and often there are many complicating factors. However, we have helped provide legal support for medical negligence claims to a number of clients across Portsmouth and beyond.

Here is what you need to know.

What is medical negligence?

There are a variety of situations that may constitute medical negligence. The most common circumstance is when a medical professional’s substandard care has caused injury or a worsening of a patient’s condition.

Like any insufficient medical care, negligent treatment in A&E departments can cause serious health problems and may require further medical care. In rare cases, A&E misdiagnosis can lead to serious health problems or death.

Medical negligence claims allow patients to receive financial compensation for the impacts these lapses in judgment have had on their lives.

What circumstances are considered medical negligence?

Thanks to the standard of care that doctors have to follow, it is often clear when standards have not been met. For medical negligence claims, there must also have been a legitimate professional relationship between the patient and the doctor.

For example, a claim against a family member or friend providing advice on a personal basis will not be successful.

These claims can be from GP appointments, healthcare visits at home and also accident and emergency departments. Most commonly, misdiagnosis is the basis for negligence claims – where a patient has been sent home by a healthcare professional and their condition has worsened as a result.

How a solicitor can help

It can be difficult to make the decision to pursue a case of medical negligence for many reasons.

You may wonder who is to blame, and it can feel as though the process is long-winded with no certain outcome.

If you are living with the negative consequence of medical negligence, your future is often at risk. Acting fast is important.

Legal processes often take time, and medical negligence is no exception. Our experience means we can assure clients that if there is a case, you access the best legal care as fast as possible.

There is no need to be worried about costs, as our free consultation service can offer a guide on your likelihood of a case. Most of the cases are undertaken on a no-win, no-fee basis.

Starting the process

When starting your claim process, you will need as much information as possible to support your claim.

Our consultation service will help you begin the process, and then our team will support you throughout the entirety of the claim process.

Peace of mind is important, and it is our job to help you achieve it.

Get support with your medical negligence claim

Andrew & Andrew Solicitors in Portsmouth have extensive experience in personal claims compensations and our team has delivered positive results for medical negligence claims across the South.

We are here to help, whenever you are ready. To get started, please talk to our team.