None of us want to consider the fact that medical negligence exists. The thought that something could go wrong whilst under medical supervision is pretty scary but the fact remains that these things do happen. I’ve had multiple abdominal surgeries over the years and they have all gone well – I suppose you could say I am lucky but luck really shouldn’t come into it – this negligence just should not happen.
But what happens if you do suffer from a form of medical negligence? How can you move on with your life afterwards? Medical negligence itself can vary from the smallest of problems to something quite extreme that may even be life changing. An error may occur which could cause you injury, it could exacerbate an existing condition or it could stop you from recovering properly – this just isn’t acceptable.
The thought of making a claim for medical negligence can seem daunting to some people but you may be entitled to some compensation for your injuries – and why shouldn’t you take the compensation if its there for you?
Whilst it may seem difficult or complicated for you to do on your own, there are companies out there like Axiclaim who aim to make it as easy and uncomplicated as possible. They provide you with support and find out if you have a viable claim. If a child is a victim of negligence, then a claim can be brought through their parent or guardian.
Wondering if you have possibly been a victim of medical negligence?
There are many forms but the most common are an incorrect diagnosis, delays in diagnosis, errors during surgery, being given incorrect medication, failing to be referred to a specialist or failing to provide advice of treatment options or warn of potential risks of certain options.
Do you know what you can claim for?
As well as physical or psychiatric injuries, you could also possibly claim for loss of earnings, care and assistance that is needed because of an injury caused by the negligence, the cost of any private treatment you may have required and transport and/or travelling expenses.
What you should know
Something to remember is that time limits do apply when it comes to claims so if you feel you may have a viable claim, make sure to set the wheels in motion within three years of the event.
As I mentioned, I have had a lot of medical treatment and operations in the past and everything has gone well for me but I know that isn’t always the case. I do know of others who have had extremely negative experiences and could probably submit a claim themselves – and why shouldn’t they if their lives have been affected negatively because of someone’s (or multiple peoples) mistakes? No one should have to suffer unduly for the error of another person and has every right to be compensated, don’t you agree?
Have you ever been a victim of medical negligence? Did you take any further action or if not, why didn’t you go further?