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Medical Negligence Claim: The initial steps to proving your clinical injury claim for compensation in the UK

Medical negligence claim: this page reveals what you should do if you are unhappy with the medical treatment you have received, the initial steps your solicitor will take to decide if you have a medical negligence claim and the importance of your medical records in proving your claim.

What is the first step you should take if you are not happy with the medical treatment you have received?

The first step you should take if you are unhappy with the medical treatment you have received is to ask for a written explanation from your medical professional.

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The medical professional should then speak to his supervisor who should investigate the complaint, interview staff, look at the medical notes and finally provide you with a written explanation.

If you are unhappy with the written response you receive you should contact a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible.

What records are kept that your solicitor can use to support your medical negligence claim?

All the information you need to support your medical negligence claim should be within your medical records - this could be within your GP notes or hospital notes. Either way every medical step taken, advice given, x ray made or medical condition complained of should be properly recorded.

How does your solicitor access your medical records to help decide if you have a medical negligence claim?

Your medical records contain confidential information about your health, but as they are your records you are entitled to see them.

Your medical negligence solicitor can request to see your records by sending your signed authority to the hospital or GP. Your signature gives your consent to allow them to be released.

The authority must state if you are contemplating a compensation claim against your GP or hospital - your notes must still be disclosed in full, but the medical authority will have been warned that you are contemplating a claim against them.

How will a solicitor decide if you have a UK medical negligence claim?

To decide if you have a medical negligence claim your solicitor will:

1. Obtain copies of your medical records.

2. Examine the medical records for information to support your compensation claim.

3. Organise your medical records and send them to a medical expert to give an opinion as to whether some form of medical negligence has occurred.

4.If the medical expert suggests medical negligence has occurred your solicitor will notify the medical authority in writing that a claim for compensation is to be commenced against them.

You now know what to do if you are unhappy with the medical treatment you have received and the steps your solicitor will take to decide if you have a medical negligence claim for compensation.

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