Medical Negligence and the Patients Association

Medical Negligence and the Patients Association

Medical negligence? Patients Association supports.

Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, occurs when a healthcare professional or facility breaches their duty of care, leading to harm or injury to a patient. This can be a stressful and confusing experience, leaving you unsure of where to turn. The Patients Association (PA) and legal resources like National Claims can be invaluable allies in navigating this challenging situation.

The Patients Association: A Champion for Patient Rights

The Patients Association is a leading UK charity dedicated to empowering patients and advocating for improvements in healthcare. Founded in 1963, the PA champions patient safety, access to quality care, and fair treatment within the healthcare system.

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How the Patients Association Can Help with Medical Negligence

The PA offers a wealth of resources and support for those who believe they may have been victims of medical negligence. Here are some key ways they can assist you:

  • Information and guidance: The PA website provides comprehensive information on medical negligence, including what constitutes negligence, the claims process, and your rights as a patient.
  • Support and advocacy: The PA offers emotional support and practical advice to help you cope with the aftermath of medical negligence. They can also help you navigate the complaints process within the healthcare system.
  • Legal advice: While the PA doesn’t provide legal advice themselves, they offer resources to help you find a solicitor specializing in medical negligence claims.
  • Campaigning for change: The PA actively campaigns for improvements in patient safety and the prevention of medical negligence. They work with policymakers and healthcare providers to raise awareness and advocate for reforms that protect patients.

Recognizing Medical Negligence: When to Seek Help

Not all negative outcomes in healthcare constitute medical negligence. However, there are key indicators that may suggest a breach of duty of care. Here’s what to look for:

  • A deviation from the accepted standard of care: This means the healthcare professional did not follow the usual practices and procedures expected in a similar situation.
  • Harm or injury as a result of the deviation: There must be a demonstrable link between the healthcare professional’s actions (or lack thereof) and the harm you suffered.
  • Foreseeability of harm: A reasonable healthcare professional could have predicted that their actions would likely cause harm.

The Role of National Claims in Medical Negligence Cases

While the Patients Association can’t provide legal representation, National Claims can connect you with a qualified medical negligence solicitor who can assess your case and advise you on the best course of action.

Here’s how National Claims can help:

Free initial assessment:

 Our team will review your situation and determine if you may have a viable medical negligence claim.

Expert legal representation: 

We will connect you with a solicitor specializing in medical negligence cases who understands the complexities of this legal area.

No hidden fees: 

We operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis, meaning you won’t pay any upfront costs. Our fees are only deducted if your case is successful.

The Claims Process: What to Expect

The medical negligence claims process can be complex, but with the right guidance, it can be navigated effectively. Here’s a simplified overview of what to expect:

  1. Initial consultation: This involves discussing your experience with a medical negligence solicitor to determine if you have a claim.
  2. Evidence gathering: Your solicitor will collect your medical records, expert witness reports, and other relevant evidence to support your claim.
  3. Negotiation: Your solicitor will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the healthcare provider’s insurer.
  4. Court proceedings: If negotiations fail, your case may proceed to court.

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Moving Forward After Medical Negligence

Medical negligence can be a life-altering experience. The emotional and physical toll can be significant. Here are some tips to help you cope and move forward:

  • Seek support: Talk to friends, family, or a therapist about your experiences.
  • Focus on your well-being: Prioritize your physical and mental health during this challenging time.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek legal advice: A medical negligence solicitor can help you understand your rights and options, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

National Claims and the Patients Association are here to support you on your journey towards healing and justice.

Contact us today to speak to one of our claims agents who will be able to help you get started on your claim.

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