Claims for medical malpractice, that is, clinical or medical negligence, arise when doctors, healthcare service providers, and hospitals owe a duty of care to individuals admitted under their care, and fail to fulfil such duty, causing the patient to suffer pain and loss of amenity. So, the medical negligence claim occurs when a patient takes their medical practitioner or hospital (or both) to court for compensation due to an act or acts of negligence incurred during their medical care. Somehow you might privy to the various instances of medical negligence – careless medical staff and practitioners, denial or delays in admission of patients, and substandard and wrong medical treatment. However, what continues to be alarming is the absolute lack of accountability of healthcare providers and doctors in public and private medical care establishments.
Under the current legal framework, no codified law exists on medical negligence, and in the absence of a developed tort regime, laws on negligence are dispersed and general. However, The Lawyers Alliance provides full support in respect of any claim brought against medical authority or against any individual.
When you get in touch with one of our expert medical negligence lawyers to discuss your claim, we’ll first ask you to explain exactly what happened, in as much detail as possible before walking you through the clinical negligence claim procedure.
Our experts will want to know some, or all of the following, in order to assess your case:
- When, where and why you had medical treatment
- Any earlier medical problems which could be relevant
- The names of all medical professionals, carers, and doctors who saw you before, during and after your treatment.
- What sort of questions you were asked leading to your diagnosis, and what this diagnosis was.
- How much detail you were given about the treatment you were going to have: whether you knew what the risks were, what the alternatives were, and what would happen if you opted out of treatment.
- The details of any witnesses – these can include friends or family.
- This can vary depending on the case, but the above questions are a general outline.
The sooner you seek legal advice the better result you shall get. Additionally, the more recent the incident, the easier your medical records will be for us to find and access.