According to figures released by the Compensation Recovery Unit there were only 8,839 medical negligence claims submitted in 2020, which is a 45% fall on the previous year. There are concerns victims of medical negligence aren’t pursuing a claim to show their respect to the NHS, which means they could miss out on compensation due to the strict 3-year time limits to pursue a medical negligence claim.
If you or a member of your family has been a victim of medical negligence, you need to seek professional expert legal advice and contact our specialist solicitors as soon as possible because there is a strict 3 year time limit to bring a claim. A claim for medical negligence must be brought within 3 years of the date from which you first knew, or could reasonably have expected to know, that you suffered an injury as a result of medical treatment.
There is a considerable amount of investigatory work to be done before bringing a claim. The circumstances of each case are unique. Some cases may take many months to investigate whereas, more complex cases may take many years to resolve.
By delaying your claim, there may not be sufficient time within which to investigate it properly, and you may be prevented from pursuing it further therefore you won’t receive the compensation you deserve.
Concerns Arise Over Medical Negligence Claims
The significant drop in medical negligence claims over the last 12 months suggest that logistical issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, sympathy and admiration for the NHS are stopping potential claimants from bringing forward a claim.
Over the last 12 months, the country has faced the biggest medical challenge in decades, which has added immense pressure to our National Health Service. Doctors, nurses and keyworkers have worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic to treat critically ill Coronavirus patients.
As a country we are proud of our NHS, the courage and dedication shown by the staff to help fight this virus. As a result of this, victims of medical negligence are reluctant to make a complaint and pursue a claim unless they feel it is absolutely necessary.
There are growing concerns that victims of medical negligence are either delaying making a claim or have decided not to pursue one meaning they could miss out on receiving an apology, an explanation and recovering the compensation that they deserve.
Medical negligence claims are subject to a strict 3 year time limit. A claim for medical negligence must be brought within 3 years of the date from which you first knew, or could reasonably have expected to know, that you suffered an injury as a result of medical treatment. It’s vital that you seek professional legal advice as soon as possible As there is a considerable amount of investigatory work to be done before bringing a claim.
Making a Medical Negligence Claim During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Understandably, we are all extremely grateful for the NHS and those working in the medical profession fighting Coronavirus. However, people should still receive the same standard of care they would have done prior to the pandemic. Unfortunately, there are occasions where medical mistakes occur, which may result in a person suffering injury or illness.
If you or a member of your family has been a victim of medical negligence; you have a right to deal with it in a way that suits you whether that’s by making a formal complaint and seeking an apology or pursuing a claim for compensation for medical negligence.
It is important to note that the compensation paid from a medical negligence claim does not come from the same money that pays for medical treatment, research or employees’ salaries so, you aren’t taking any money away from the service by pursuing a claim.
Specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors Leeds & Yorkshire
Morrish Solicitors are one of Yorkshire’s leading Law Firms. Our team of Medical Negligence Solicitors Leeds provide clear and honest legal advice to clients based both regionally and nationally. We have helped hundreds of victims of medical negligence recover compensation after they suffered due to an avoidable medical mistake.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Accident and Emergency Compensation Claim
- Birth Injury Compensation Claims
- Brain Injury Claims
- Cancer Negligence Compensation Claims
- Cerebral Palsy Claims
- Delayed Treatment Compensation Claims
- Spinal Injury Claims