When we visit a hospital or a clinic, we expect the staff and doctors to provide the best medical care possible. We expect that our problems will be listened to and better solutions will be provided professionally. Mostly, healthcare professionals live up to our expectations. However, in some cases, the complete opposite happens. We expect a lot from doctors, and when they don’t live up to our expectations, negative consequences happen.
If you have faced medical negligence that resulted in injury, harm or it made your condition worse, then it is time that you make a claim and ask for compensation. When a healthcare professional fails to provide standard treatment professionally, the compensation claims try to help you get back on track with your life.
There is no amount fixed for compensation. It highly depends upon the injury’s intensity and how much you and your family suffered from medical negligence. It also depends on how much compensation is required for your recovery from the injury. Our team at Wallace Legal is here to calculate expected compensation.
WHAT IS AVERAGE COMPENSATION FOR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
According to National Health Service (NHS), the average compensation is around £50,000. As each medical condition differs from person to person, the same is the case with medical negligence compensation. It is improbable that the two different patients come with the same medical negligence claim. Medical negligence is anything that is harming the patient, including botched surgery, incorrect prescription, or a missed diagnosis. As the variety of claims are vast, negligence compensation can range anywhere between £1,000 and many millions of pounds.
HIGHEST COMPENSATION PAID DUE TO NHS NEGLIGENCE IN THE UK
We have seen that the number of medical negligence claims has increased over the last few years. As the amount of compensation depends highly upon the intensity of injury, there have been some cases where patients got headline-worthy compensation.
Recently, a woman was compensated £24 Million due to a surgery malfunction. It was reported that the woman’s brain was damaged due to an operating room blunder. In another case, a woman was awarded £12.4 million after she was confined to a wheelchair during the delivery of her child. There are many cases where patients received more than £2 million in medical negligence claims.
STATISTICS OF NHS MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS
In 2008, the National Health Service (NHS) awarded £538 million for medical negligences claim. Since then, this figure is drastically increasing. Now, the annual NHS awards have increased up to £1.7 billion. While the amount paid out has increased dramatically, the number of cases has not shown any drastic increment. Here are some notable NHS stats:
- Between the years 2016 and 2017, there was 17,202 cases record against NHS.
- 5,252 cases were resolved without payment.
- The total NHS awards are predicted to be doubled by 2023.
WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED FOR?
To get the compensation you deserve, it is good to understand different damage categories. These categories include:
- General Damages:
This category includes suffering due to medial malfunction, pain or injury caused due to NHS medical negligence.
- Medical Expenses:
This includes the bills paid after medical negligence at the hands of NHS.
- Out of Pocket Losses:
NHS may also award compensation for losses like travel expenses. This travel expense is the travel cost you may have spent to travel between your home and the hospital.
- Loss of earnings:
Injuries affect our lives. For example, medical negligence caused you a severe injury, and due to this, you couldn’t work. The NHS may also award you compensation for the loss of earnings.
MAKE A CLAIM WITH WALLACE LEGAL If you have been a victim of medical negligence, call Wallace Legal now. We at Wallace Legal have the best medical negligence solicitors in Scotland. We will listen to your case, calculate estimated compensation for you and do our best to get the amount you deserve. Also, we work on a “No Win No Fee Policy”. So, if you don’t win the case, which is highly unlikely, we will charge no fee for you.