During the COVID-19 pandemic, our NHS has fondly become a national treasure. We have supported and clapped our wonderful key workers and been grateful for their incredible and tireless work. The thought of suing this overstretched and underfunded service that is available to all could, to some, seem like a dreadful thing to do. But what if you have been affected by a failure of the NHS that has left you or a family member with devastating and life-changing consequences?
What Is Clinical Negligence?
All medical professionals, whether in the NHS or private sector, owe a duty of care to their patients. If the care delivered falls below a reasonable standard and this causes harm, injury, or death, then the medical professional is negligent in the eyes of the law.
Can I Get Compensation?
NHS Resolution is the legal arm of the NHS and recognises that things can “go wrong” and when that happens, those involved should be properly informed and compensation should be fairly paid.
While financial compensation cannot undo damage caused to a patient or bring back a loved one who has died because of clinical negligence, it can help to ease future financial burdens. For the child who now has additional care needs, compensation can help to give them the care and the quality of life that they and the family deserve. Our expert clinical negligence team has recently secured compensation of over £26 million for one client.
How Can I Make Sure This Does Not Happen to Someone Else?
We find that one overriding theme is that people who have suffered from clinical negligence want to make sure that the same thing does not happen to someone else. The only way that mistakes can be learned from, is if they are fully investigated so that improvements to practice can be made. NHS Resolution is also keen that the NHS learns from mistakes to prevent reoccurrence.
Here at Lanyon Bowdler, we are passionate about helping to bring about change to improve healthcare services to make them safer for all. If you think that you or a member of your family may have been affected by clinical negligence, then get in touch with our specialist clinical negligence team.