Making a medical negligence claim against the NHS

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Published on July 28, 2014

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Making a medical negligence claim against the NHS Fortunately, the vast majority of people do not experience malpractice or mistreatment when they go to hospital or use the NHS, but the number of medical negligence claims against the NHS is still too high. Medical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation against the NHS if you have been injured as a direct result of negligence in the NHS. You might want to make a compensation claim against a member of staff within the healthcare facility that treated you or against the NHS itself. These claims will be handled by the NHS Litigation Authority, the body that provides indemnity and insurance to all NHS facilities. This means you don't have to worry that claiming the compensation you need will cost your local healthcare facility a fortune. However, clinical negligence claims against the NHS can take a long time, and you should seek legal advice with skilled and experienced solicitors if you want to make a claim, as they may be able to speed up the process and help you cope financially until the case concludes. Statistics relating to medical negligence claims against the NHS Figures from the NHS Litigation Authority show that of all compensation claims made against the organisation between April 1st 1997 and March 31st 2008, a total of 42% were settled out of court, while 41% were eventually abandoned by the claimant. Current figures indicate that as few as 2% of claims actually end up in court. This shows that you are actually quite unlikely to end up in court if you claim medical negligence compensation - usually, the NHS Litigation Authority will try to avoid the expenses involved in going to court when fault seems obvious or when it looks clear that the claimant will win their case. Prevent malpractice in the future Although clinical negligence compensation claims can frequently be the only methods people can use to get back to financial health after sustaining an injury in one of the UK's healthcare facilities, claiming compensation is also a great way to improve the safety of people who use hospitals in the future. The NHS Litigation Authority has committed itself to learning from cases of negligence, working with NHS Trusts and clinical practices across the UK to see how patient safety standards can be improved in the wake of preventable accidents. Whenever the NHS Litigation Authority instructs a solicitor to act for the NHS, it prepares a risk management report, which is used to ensure NHS Trusts can learn from their mistakes and share that knowledge with practices across the UK. It also conducts an annual review and analysis of these reports every year. Contacting medical negligence solicitors is a great way for people to ensure that the failings that led to their injury are dealt with, preventing the same failings from injuring people in the future. The NHS will find it harder to learn from its mistakes if they are not flagged up and it remains unaware of them! Carol is a writer and she writes for Cash advance solicitors, healthcare issue and accident at work compensation, she lives in London. http://www.cashadvancesolicitors.co.uk/: Making a medical negligence claim against the NHS Fortunately, the vast majority of people do not experience malpractice or mistreatment when they go to hospital or use the NHS, but the number of medical negligence claims against the NHS is still too high. Medical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation against the NHS if you have been injured as a direct result of negligence in the NHS . You might want to make a compensation claim against a member of staff within the healthcare facility that treated you or against the NHS itself. These claims will be handled by the NHS Litigation Authority, the body that provides indemnity and insurance to all NHS facilities. This means you don't have to worry that claiming the compensation you need will cost your local healthcare facility a fortune. However, clinical negligence claims against the NHS can take a long time, and you should seek legal advice with skilled and experienced solicitors if you want to make a claim, as they may be able to speed up the process and help you cope financially until the case concludes . Statistics relating to medical negligence claims against the NHS Figures from the NHS Litigation Authority show that of all compensation claims made against the organisation between April 1 st 1997 and March 31 st 2008, a total of 42% were settled out of court, while 41% were eventually abandoned by the claimant. Current figures indicate that as few as 2% of claims actually end up in court. This shows that you are actually quite unlikely to end up in court if you claim medical negligence compensation - usually, the NHS Litigation Authority will try to avoid the expenses involved in going to court when fault seems obvious or when it looks clear that the claimant will win their case . Prevent malpractice in the future Although clinical negligence compensation claims can frequently be the only methods people can use to get back to financial health after sustaining an injury in one of the UK's healthcare facilities, claiming compensation is also a great way to improve the safety of people who use hospitals in the future. The NHS Litigation Authority has committed itself to learning from cases of negligence, working with NHS Trusts and clinical practices across the UK to see how patient safety standards can be improved in the wake of preventable accidents. Whenever the NHS Litigation Authority instructs a solicitor to act for the NHS, it prepares a risk management report, which is used to ensure NHS Trusts can learn from their mistakes and share that knowledge with practices across the UK. It also conducts an annual review and analysis of these reports every year . Contacting medical negligence solicitors is a great way for people to ensure that the failings that led to their injury are dealt with, preventing the same failings from injuring people in the future. The NHS will find it harder to learn from its mistakes if they are not flagged up and it remains unaware of them! Carol is a writer and she writes for Cash advance solicitors , healthcare issue and accident at work compensation, she lives in London. http://www.cashadvancesolicitors.co.uk/

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