It is common for those who have suffered through medical negligence to feel that they have ‘missed the boat’ if they don’t claim compensation immediately. This is not the case. Often, people are too upset to deal with approaching their doctor immediately. Sometimes injuries do not become apparent until later, when healing is compromised due to negligence. The law recognises these possibilities, and takes them into account when setting the time allowed to you to make a claim for medical negligence.
Here we look at some common questions about timing and using a medical negligence specialist.
So, can I only use a medical negligence calculator if my injury was recent?
No, you can use the medical negligence compensation calculator for accidents that have occurred within the last three years. There is a limit to when you can claim for any injury under British law. If you miss the three-year window, you can no longer claim for compensation. It pays to act sooner, rather than later.
The extent of my injuries has only just become apparent.
If the medical procedure that led to your injuries was undertaken within the three-year window, you are free to make a claim.
I did not raise objections with my doctor immediately
Again, this is not a problem. We understand that some injuries can take a while to develop after a negligent medical procedure. It is common for people not to have made a prior objection to their doctor at the time. The important issue is whether or not your injury is as a result of negligence, and whether that injury occurred within the last three years.
My injury was recent, but the consequences will be with me for years
If your injuries will be causing pain in the future, you may be entitled to extra compensation. Claims can be brought for future pain and discomfort, and future treatment that may be required due to your injury. If your injury means that you will be unable to work in the future, or that you cannot return to work for a while, you can claim money for loss of earnings.
I am undecided about what to do. I want to claim but I don’t know how.
This is where the injury compensation calculator can help you. In less than minute, you can have a ballpark figure to give you an idea about what you could claim. You may be surprised at the amount. It will help you make a decision about whether to make a claim.AAH have a great deal of experience in bringing cases of this type and an outstanding record of winning cases for our clients. Just look at some of the patient testimonials on our site to see how satisfied our claimants feel. If you would prefer to talk to someone, rather than use the calculator, just call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. They will be able to reassure you about the procedure of bringing a medical negligence claim, what you could be entitled to, and what to do next.