Is it wrong to sue a doctor for medical negligence?
Many people feel concerned about making a claim for medical negligence, as they worry that they may cause harm to an already overstretched health service, or that their claim somehow shows a lack of gratitude for the efforts of medical staff. The NHS is a national institution, and so some victims of medical negligence and errors feel uncomfortable in pursuing a claim against a longstanding and much-loved establishment.
Doctors work with the knowledge that patients are supported by the law, and that compensation can be sought in the event of their negligence. No doctor sets out to cause harm to their patients of course, but when errors occur, a patient can be left with more serious physical conditions a well as psychological and financial damage. It is therefore imperative that people are secure in their eligibility to seek compensation for their losses and suffering whenever clinical negligence occurs.
It is important to recognise that the law protects victims of medical negligence and that all medical practitioners are insured to ensure that patients who suffer from errors can access the compensation that is rightfully owed to them. This means that settlement payments come from insurers of doctors and NHS trusts, rather than the health system directly.
Claiming compensation following medical negligence can be key to ensuring that you have the funds needed for the best treatment and necessary recovery plans. Medical negligence can lead to you needing to take time off work, which can result in financial hardship and emotional distress. The compensation paid to you should help to alleviate this suffering and promote your recovery.
Find out if you have a valid claim
If you or your family has been affected by clinical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out if you have a valid claim, we provide clients with a free personal injury case assessment service. This is a chance to discuss circumstances of your injury or illness with an experienced medical negligence solicitor. As well as finding out if you are eligible to pursue a claim, you can also receive answers to any questions you may have regarding the claims process.