In order to claim for medical negligence in the UK you must be able to show that:
- The standard of care expected in relation to the care, skill or advice provided was poor
- And that this led to an injury being sustained.
You need to establish causation. In other words that the injury or harm
caused was as a direct result of the negligent act. If you can show this then a
claim for pain and suffering, surgery costs, treatment and potentially loss of
earnings can be made.
Your claim may be funded (in other words your legal costs can be paid) in any one of a number of ways:
Legal aid is no longer widely available for claims of this nature. There are some specific exceptions but for most people legal aid will not be an option
No win No fee claims
No win no fee arrangements are now very common in the UK.
Privately funded actions
You can of course choose to "pay as you go" regarding legal costs but this is not usually a sensible option in todays legal market.
Making a medical negligence claim is not an easy step to take but in many circumstances people have no choice in the matter. The injuries sustained are usually very serious and it is important that your rights are fully protected.
Call our helpline today for advice and we will discuss your options with you