How to sue the NHS
Suing the NHS can be a complex process, but we will guide you through each step. As with any medical negligence case, there is a process to follow. The steps are checking the time limits of your claim, funding your claim, proving the NHS failed in their duty of care; this will be done with the help of expert medical professionals, valuing your claim and the legal process.
It is helpful if you can:
- Keep notes about your treatment and the effect your injuries have had on your everyday life.
- Keep all relevant documents to your treatment.
- Record all related expenses for travel to appointments, any privately funding rehabilitation etc.
- Keep a 'care' diary to record the time you spend looking after a family member who is the victim of clinical negligence or that family members spend looking after you.
Making a complaint against the NHS
Making a medical negligence claim against the NHS can be emotional and challenging. It may be that you feel the NHS had let you down, and rather than financial compensation, you want an acknowledgement of what went wrong and an apology for what you have been through. In these cases, we would advise you to make a formal complaint to the hospital or doctor in the first instance - we can help you with this.
However, if the outcome of your treatment has left you needing financial assistance, then a claim for NHS negligence may be the only viable option.
Why use us when suing the NHS?
If a medical mistake or accident was due to a lack of judgement or incompetence by a doctor, nurse, surgeon or any healthcare professional, then you will need the expertise of a medical negligence solicitor to see if you have a claim against the NHS. Suing the NHS can be complex, but our team have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.
Our Head of Medical Negligence, Jeanette Whyman and her team deal with all types of NHS negligence claims; these can be a result of poor surgery or surgical errors, death, injury, cancer treatment and misdiagnosis and dental negligence. She deals with clinical negligence claims against the NHS, private hospitals and other healthcare practices.
Jeanette is recognised as an authority on medical negligence and NHS compensation. She is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Action Against Medical Accidents.
We can provide immediate legal advice on your NHS negligence claim anywhere in the UK from our offices located in the heart of Warwickshire. We can also offer hospital and home visits for people who cannot visit our offices. We understand this can be a difficult, stressful time for you and your family, so that we will deal with your claim with care, sensitivity and compassion.