Making a Claim

Can I bring a claim for medical negligence?   
Medical negligence is also known as clinical negligence.

In order to bring a claim for medical negligence, we have to prove that you have had negligent medical care which has directly caused you some harm or injury.

What can I claim for?   
When you bring a claim for medical or clinical negligence, a claim is made on your behalf for general damages and special damages. 

General damages are damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Special damages are quantifiable losses, which include past and future losses, for example: 

  • loss of earnings
  • travel expenses
  • costs of paying for someone to look after you
  • rehabilitation costs

The costs can include purchasing items to make life easier due to your injury, such as:

  • a new home 
  • adaptations to your current home
  • a new vehicle
  • aids to assist you manage at home, or at work if you are unable to return to work

The cost of future private surgery or medications that you may need now or in the future, would be claimed for on your behalf. If you have incurred any other financial losses as a direct result of the injury you have sustained, or will incur those in the future, then you can claim these losses as part of your claim.

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