If a GP or hospital missed an infection and this caused you to suffer substantially more, you could be eligible to pursue a claim for medical negligence compensation.
Read on for some advice below, and make sure to contact our team for free, no-obligation legal advice about pursuing a damages claim here now.
Professionals missed an infection – can you claim compensation?
If a GP or hospital doctor or any other medical professional in that capacity missed an infection, and this caused you to suffer further or substantially worse, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Firstly, to be able to succeed with the case, we must prove that you have been the victim of negligence. Sometimes it is not always possible to make a perfect and accurate diagnosis and, on some occasions, there can be delays that are not due to negligence, but just down to simple circumstances. In those kinds of scenarios, you may not have been the victim of negligence but the victim of an unfortunate event which can make it difficult to claim. However, if a hospital or medical professional missed an infection in circumstances in which they ought to have reasonably made an accurate diagnosis or referred you for treatment, that is when you could be eligible to claim.
To prove that you have been the victim of negligence, we will normally need to obtain the expert opinion of an independent consultant. They can usually see you for an appointment and assess your medical records and take your testimony to make a decision about whether you have been the victim of negligence or not. They can then issue the official independent opinion on whether more could and should have been done to have avoided the situation that you were involved in.
The independent medical consultation is part of the personal injury claims process and we can pursue claims for eligible clients on a No Win, No Fee basis. You can contact our team here now for free, no-obligation legal advice about starting a medical negligence compensation claim today.
Establishing that you have suffered due to the incident
If someone missed an infection, and such an incident arose from some form of negligence, you could be eligible to pursue a case, as we have referenced above. However, when it comes to pursuing compensation, it is about recovering damages for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity that has been caused as a result of the negligence. To be able to succeed with a claim, you need to prove that you have suffered worse or suffered more as a direct result of that negligence.
For context, there can be scenarios in which an infection might have been missed, but the timeframe was so short that you did not really suffer worse than you would have done had an accurate diagnosis been made. In such circumstances, you might have been the victim of negligence, but that does not necessarily allow you to pursue a case because there may be nothing to claim in damages if you did not suffer worse than you already would have done.
This is an important consideration as it can define a clear distinction between a legitimate complaint and whether you are able to pursue damages for any actual pain, suffering and loss.
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At The Injury Lawyers, we are a leading team of personal injury compensation experts. We have particular expertise in representing victims in medical negligence compensation claims.
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