As personal injury* specialists, Catherine Fee & Co are experts in medical negligence claims. Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence is the term used to describe a personal injury* sustained by a patient as a result of an error made by a medical practitioner and professional.
For the majority, medical practitioners are dedicated and diligent professionals who proved high standards of medical treatment in a safe manner. However, under certain circumstances, mistakes can be made affecting the level of healthcare a patient receives. Unfortunately, these mistakes can cause great injury, illness or loss to the patient. Examples of medical negligence include:
Delay in Diagnoses of an Illness or Injury
Misdiagnosis of an Illness or Injury
Prescription Medicine Errors
Substandard Care of a Patient
Errors During a Surgical Procedure
Aesthetic Awareness while under General Anaesthetic
Incorrect or Inaccurate Test Results
Substandard Pre Surgical Care (e.g. Non-Communication of Risks Involved)
Substandard Hygiene in a Clinical/Hospital that leads to Contraction of an Illness
Foreign bodies/Surgical Instruments Retained by a Patient Following a Procedure
All medical practitioners have a Duty of Care to their patients. If they fall short of the standards then it can lead to further harm of the patient with wide ranging effects in any number of circumstances. These effects can have a significant impact on your future health and wellbeing and you may be entitled to bring a medical negligence claim for compensation. Medical negligence claims can be brought against any private or public medical facility or medical. Medical practitioners that may be attributed to the negligence of various injuries and illnesses are:
Catherine Fee & Co are leading medical negligence specialists and we helped a range of clients with various medical negligence claims throughout our years in practice. Our expert and experienced team of medical negligence solicitors understand that a medical accident can have a significant impact on your quality of life and will work to secure you the compensation that you deserve.
What documents do I need to make medical negligence claim?
In order to be eligible to make a medical negligence claim you will have to prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed and that the medical practitioner was negligent. To do this, your solicitor will need certain documentation and proof of injuries or illnesses sustained.
It is a good idea to compile the following information before beginning the claims process.
How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?
It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations and a certain time frame in which you can bring a medical negligence claim.
A medical negligence claim must be submitted two years less a day following the date of the incident or 2 years less a day following the date that a person realised that the illness or injuries sustained were as a result of medical negligence. So a claim, for example, cannot be brought against a practitioner for an incident that occurred 3 years ago.
Can I make a medical negligence claim on someone else’s behalf?
There may be certain situations in which the patient who suffered from the medical negligence cannot bring the claim themselves.
If a child has been hurt or suffered from a medical accident then they are not able to make the case themselves and a parent will do so on their behalf.
Another scenario in which you can make a claim for someone else is if their injuries or illness has resulted in them becoming mentally incapacitated. Similarly, in the unfortunate incident that a patient has died due to medical negligence then their family members can bring a claim against the medical practitioner.