Private Hospital Negligence

Private Hospital Negligence? Secure the Compensation You Need

Private care, harmed outcome? Get what's owed.

Sometimes, even when we seek the best possible care at a private hospital, things can go wrong due to negligence. Medical errors, misdiagnosis, or poor treatment can lead to pain, suffering, and even life-altering consequences. If this has happened to you, know this: you may have the right to claim compensation.

Let’s explore what private hospital negligence compensation claims entail, how to make a strong case, and the process involved. By the end of this article, you’ll feel empowered to seek the justice you deserve. We will also highlight how you can start a medical negligence claim.

What is considered medical negligence in a private hospital?

Private hospital negligence compensation claims hinge on the idea that the treatment you received fell below the expected standard of care. Here’s what could potentially constitute negligence in a private setting:

  • Surgical errors: Mistakes made during operations, such as leaving surgical equipment inside a patient’s body or operating on the wrong body part.
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: Failure to correctly identify a condition, or significant delay in doing so, leading to worsened outcomes.
  • Incorrect medication or dosage: Administering the wrong medication or the wrong dose, resulting in harm.
  • Failure to obtain informed consent: Not fully explaining the risks and benefits of a procedure before obtaining a patient’s agreement to proceed.
  • Hospital-acquired infections: Infections contracted within the hospital due to poor hygiene practices.

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What do I need to prove for a successful claim?

To succeed with a private hospital negligence compensation claim, you must actively demonstrate two crucial factors. Firstly, you must prove that the healthcare professionals at the private hospital breached their duty of care. This means showing they failed to provide the level of care reasonably expected within the medical field. To support this, proactively gather expert medical opinions and reference established healthcare guidelines that outline the standards of care they should have followed. Secondly, establish a clear and undeniable link between the negligent treatment you experienced and the resulting injury or harm.

What kind of compensation can I receive?

Compensation aims to restore you to the pre-negligence situation, as possible. It can cover pain, suffering, and various expenses.

You may be able to claim for loss of earnings if your injury impacted your ability to work, both lost income from the time of the injury and potential future loss of earnings if your capacity to work has been permanently affected. Additionally, the costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, medication, and any ongoing care needs you may have can be considered. Finally, your claim may include expenses for modifications to your home, specialist equipment, or long-term care costs if those are now a necessity as a result of the negligence.

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Time limits: How long do I have to make a claim?

In general, you have three years from the date you became aware of the negligence or injury to bring a private hospital negligence compensation claim. This is called the “date of knowledge.” However, there are exceptions:

  • Children: The three-year time limit typically starts from the child’s 18th birthday.
  • Mental incapacity: Individuals lacking mental capacity to pursue a claim may have no time limit or a delayed one.

It’s always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible, even if you’re unsure if you want to proceed. Acting quickly can help preserve evidence crucial to your case.

Private Hospital Negligence

Making a Medical negligence Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand that experiencing medical negligence can be devastating. When you entrust your health to professionals, you expect the highest standard of care, and when that care falls short, the consequences can be life-altering. Our team specialises in helping victims of medical negligence navigate the claims process and secure the compensation they deserve to help rebuild their lives.

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Let’s start with a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. We’ll listen carefully to your experience, assess the potential negligence involved, and provide initial advice on whether you have a strong claim.

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National Claims believes that access to justice shouldn’t be limited by financial worry. We operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis, meaning you won’t pay any upfront legal fees. Our fees are contingent on the success of your claim, allowing you to pursue justice without added financial stress.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

Conclusion

Navigating private hospital negligence compensation claims can be overwhelming. Don’t face this alone. Seek expert guidance from a medical negligence solicitor to understand your rights, build a strong case, and advocate fiercely on your behalf. You deserve justice for the harm you have endured.

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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