Has your child been the victim of doctor negligence? Medical negligence relates to a situation whereby a person’s condition has gotten worse because of the actions or lack of action of a medical professional. The person could have also suffered a new injury or illness entirely because of the poor service they have experienced.
If this happens to your child, it can be extremely worrying. While no amount of money can make the situation better, it can help to make sure that your child gets the level of care that he or she deserves.
You don’t get a second chance to make a compensation claim, though. This is why you need to make sure you get everything right the first time around, from hiring a top law firm for personal injury claims to getting the evidence you require. Keeping that in mind, in this post we are going to take a look at some of the most common mistakes made when it comes to making personal injury claims for medical negligence, so you can avoid doing them.
Make sure you avoid these common mistakes…
- Waiting too long to claim – A lot of people want to wait until they have recovered to claim and this is understandable, however, you need to make sure you don’t leave it too long. Firstly, there is a time limit on all personal injury cases. This time limit may be three years, but court proceedings must be issued within this period. Not only that, but you will find it much more difficult to claim the longer you leave it. You may struggle to get your hands on evidence, such as witness statements, and it is highly unlikely that you will be able to remember all of the details about the accident. If you do not make a claim within three years, your child then has the option to make a claim once they turn 18-years-old. They will then have three years from their 18th birthday.
- Using a solicitor that charges per the hour – You could find yourself on the end of an enormous bill if you go down this route. Not only that, but there is always a chance that you are going to spend huge sums of money only for your case to be unsuccessful. Instead, you should go for the services of a no win no fee solicitor, as you will only pay legal fees if your medical case is a success and you have secured compensation.
- Throwing away receipts and any proof of losses – A lot of people do not realize that they are actually able to claim for any expenses they have encountered because of their injuries. Common examples include medication expenses, treatment costs, loss of income, counseling expenses, travel costs, childcare costs, vehicle repair costs, and such like. You are going to have the opportunity to make a claim for these costs as special damages, but you will need proof, so make sure you do not throw out any relevant documents.
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