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Recent headlines have brought to light how the National Health Service does not always freely admit when things go wrong. When it comes to medical negligence, the question is: should you go directly to the NHS or seek legal advice from a specialist medical negligence solicitor?
A case which recently caused a stir concerns the death of six-day old baby, Hayden Nguyen. He died at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from a virus that caused his heart to fail. The tragedy occurred back in August 2016, but it took three whole years for the trust to admit liability.
His father recounts how he and his partner sat and watched their baby’s life ebb away in front of them. They decided to take legal action against the hospital. Following their settlement, Hayden’s father said it was not about suing the NHS. It was more about fighting for their baby’s rights and for his short life to be recognised.
The Nguyen family are not the only ones who’ve struggled to get all the facts from the NHS. According to Suzanne White of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, many people have no intention of taking legal action against the Health Service, but due to the intractability of the NHS, they often feel they have no other option.
The fact of the matter is that medical negligence in hospitals and healthcare settings is a sad reality.
All hospital Trusts in England pay into a central fund called the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) which handles medical negligence claims against NHS trusts. The costs of the scheme are met by membership contributions and the fund is administered by a body called NHS Resolution.
When medical professionals make mistakes or fail in their duty of care to you or a loved one, which leads to serious injury or makes an existing condition worse, it can be hard to know where to turn.
A specialist medical negligence solicitor will listen carefully to what has happened, help you get vital answers and secure compensation. However, relying solely on NHS Resolution may mean you don’t receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
If you are thinking about taking on a large organisation, like the NHS, it will take time and it can be a daunting prospect. That is why you should find a specialist medical negligence solicitor who can help you on a no win no fee basis. This will help to take the stress out of making a claim as you won’t be landed with any unexpected costs or charges.
If you believe that you or someone you know, has suffered due to negligent medical care, contact us here at Novum Law, today, on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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