As you know, medical professionals work in quite challenging environments. However, they are required to maintain high standards of service and care. In some unfortunate instances, the level of care may drop below the accepted standards. In such a case, you may suffer serious problems as a result of their negligence.
If you want to bring a clinical negligence claim, you may feel lost and even not sure where to start. This post discusses vital questions you ought to ask yourself before you start a case.
Are You Ready to Go to Court
A lot of clinical negligence claims settle out of court. In fact, only about 10% of them go to a full trial at court. This does not mean court proceedings cannot start. It does not matter whether your claim will settle before the trial date or will proceed to full trial; you ought to be prepared to attend the court proceedings. You need to conduct yourself bearing in mind that your actions can have an impact on your case. Decide whether you can stand before the judge and answer the questions asked. If you are not, then you should not begin a claim.
Can You Answer Sensitive Questions Concerning Your Treatment?
This question touches your comfort levels and whether you are willing to proceed or not. The defendant can ask you some uncomfortable questions or questions that make you feel as if you are against them. They do this deliberately to show the court that you are biased against them.
Have You Fully Recovered?
It is a good idea to be fully recovered before you start a claim. This will make your case easy to value or attach a monetary value based on delayed recovery and medical costs. If you find the claim is quite stressful to your health, it should be in your good interest to wait until your health has improved. Remember that you have up to three years to make a claim. This time starts from the date you discovered that you have suffered because of negligence. This means that you have adequate time to recover before you start a claim.
What Funding Options Do You Have?
In most cases, lawyers will take a clinical negligence claim under a No Win No Fee contract. This means that you can only pay compensation to the lawyer when you win the claim.…Continue Reading