Every year, thousands of people in Northern Ireland are treated by healthcare professionals. Whilst the majority of cases are fine, mistakes unfortunately can and do happen. When mistakes are made, patients can suffer as a result.
Medical professionals owe their patients a “duty of care”, which means that they are under a duty to provide treatment of a reasonable standard. Clinical negligence refers to medical treatment, the standard of which has fallen below what ought reasonably to be expected.
Care, which is less than best practice, may not necessarily be negligent and medical opinion can differ in relation to medical treatment. To successfully prove that treatment has been negligent it is necessary to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that the treatment was not to the level reasonably expected and was not in line with a responsible body of medical opinion.
If you can prove that the treatment received was negligent, you must then also establish that the negligent treatment has led to you sustaining an injury or loss, which you can then be compensated for.
Clinical negligence compensation claims can cover a wide range of treatment, including:
Claims include but are not limited to brain and head injury claims, cerebral palsy claims, birth injury claims, spinal cord injury claims, fatality claims and scaphoid fracture claims.
A medical professional owes a patient a duty of care, regardless of whether the treatment is provided via the NHS or on a private basis. If the treatment is provided privately, the healthcare professional ought to have indemnity cover in place to cover any potential negligence claim.
If you have been a victim of clinical negligence, it is important you:
Thompsons NI are specialist clinical negligence solicitors with vast experience of pursuing claims for compensation on behalf of victims of medical negligence.
If you feel that you have been harmed, injured, misdiagnosed or undiagnosed as a result of a failing by a medical professional, please contact either Oonagh McClure or Joanne Kerr of our office on 02890 890450 for free, no obligation legal advice or complete an online claim form.