What action should you take if you suspect you have been medically mistreated?
Medical mistreatment of any kind – whether it is at the initial diagnosis stage, during the main stage of treatment, or in the after care provided – can have devastating results for those who are the victims of it. Pre-existing conditions can be seriously exacerbated by such failings, or new complications can develop as a result of it. This is why medical negligence is considered one of the most serious legal issues of all and why it can be one of the most difficult to pursue. Nonetheless, if you, a member of your family, or a dependant has suffered as a result of failures in the standard of medical treatment you have a right to pursue the matter further.
The first step you should take is to contact either the NHS Trust or health authority with overall responsibility for the hospital or member of staff that you feel is responsible for your situation. When you contact them you should register a complaint and provide details of the nature of it and they then have a responsibility to fully investigate your allegations and provide you with a full response. Should this fail to fully satisfy you, you may wish to take the matter further with a claim for compensation. Many people are wary of making this initial complaint, perhaps due to a combination of continuing ill health and stress, coupled with doubts about their entitlement to make such a complaint – meaning that for many, they may prefer to contact a reputable legal firm who specialise in dealing with such cases like Alexander Harris Solicitors.
Making contact with such a company ensures that they will make this initial complaint on your behalf, before providing you with details of the response and offering you the best possible advice on what steps you should take next. Provided you are dealing with a responsible firm they will not advise you make a compensation claim unless they are convinced – having secured the relevant documentation and had it examined by medical experts – that you have legitimate grounds for a compensation claim. Furthermore, most such companies will pursue such claims on a no-win, no-fee basis, ensuring that you do not have to meet the costs of any failed legal action.