Medical negligence is not a frequent occurrence. But, when it does happen, it can be devastating for those that are involved in it. When it comes to issues of malpractice, it’s always best to be in the know. After all, knowledge is power. It’s important that you are armed with the facts so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is far reaching. There are many aspects and factors that constitute medical negligence. As you may or may not know, a medical professional has a duty of care to their patients. If this is breached in some way, you may find that you are in a good place to make a claim. Negligence can cover a broad range of aspects. As such, misdiagnosis, infections and surgical mistakes are all reasonable grounds to make a claim. But, other factors such as improper care while you were in the hospital or the length of time it took to reach a diagnosis are also considered to be cases of negligence.
If any of these factors apply to you, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
How Do You Start a Claim?
The first step that you must take is to seek out a negligence lawyer. Opting for a specialist attorney is the best route to take. After all, you need to ensure that you have the right lawyer that knows all the ins and outs of the medical system. Do be sure to take evidence with you to your attorney. You will need medical reports, hospital notes and absence records from your place of work. If you have received counselling for your trauma, it may be wise to obtain a report from your therapist.
It’s important to note that you only have three years from the date of the negligent act to file a claim. Of course, it’s not advisable to start this process while you are still ill. But, if you are able to do so, you need to file a claim within a reasonable length of time. That way, you can ensure that you get the justice that you deserve.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Filing a claim for medical negligence is not something that will completed within a few months. On the contrary, this process can take years to resolve. Often, these cases are settled out of court. After all, no medical professional or hospital wants to face a courtroom based scenario. Your attorney will advise you as to how long the process should take. But, as a general rule of thumb, medical negligence cases can take up to 2 years to resolve. In some of the larger cases, you may find that you are pursuing your claim for up to 6 years. These instances are rare, but it is worth mentioning that these cases are not easily resolved.
Filing a claim or pursuing a medical negligence claim can be tough. But, if you are unhappy with the level of care that you have received, and you have suffered as a result of it, you are in a good place to make a claim. Speak to your lawyer and claim what is rightfully yours.