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Medical negligence: We are all human, mistakes happen, but they’re not your fault

Since that momentous moment in July 1948 when the National Health Service (NHS) began, it has been there for millions of people every year, helping them overcome a myriad of health problems ranging from minor issues to life-changing and life-saving specialised care.

The NHS is, unquestionably, the envy of much of the world, and deservedly so.

However that world, and the UK specifically, is a vastly different place these days and with that comes added complexities and added demands on the NHS as it continues to evolve to meet expectations and demand.

While few would argue that the talented and dedicated workforce that makes up this crucial and much-loved national institution are anything other than first class, it is also fair to say that the NHS is under ever-increasing budgetary and resource pressures.

And with such pressures, mistakes are unfortunately inevitable – we are all human after all.

There are many reasons why there appears to have been an increase in medical negligence claims in recent years, with some of the most common causes relating to:

  • Understaffing
  • Breakdown in communication between departments and staff
  • Individual human error
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Societal changes – such as a growing and ageing population

There are many more reasons for medical and clinical errors but what binds all of the above together is one theme – and that is that none of these reasons are the fault of the individual that suffers from a mistake. Those on the receiving end of medical errors, whatever mitigating circumstances there may be, should not have to personally pay the price without being adequately compensated for the physical and mental ramifications of such errors.

It’s also important to recognise that while the NHS is the most utilised health-related institution in the United Kingdom, medical and clinical mistakes can happen in many different areas – and are most certainly not exclusive to the NHS.

While the vast amount of medical and clinical mistakes are honest ones, this is little comfort to those subjected to them. It also takes nothing away from the pain, stress and possible consequences as for many, the results can have long-lasting effects not just on them but also on their families and loved ones.

Often, the process of considering and potentially making a claim can feel daunting, acting as a barrier to the justice an individual may be entitled to.

However, providing you are dealing with a professional, competent and compassionate legal professional – willing to take on your case on a no-win-no-fee basis to protect you against any costs – this process can be surprisingly straightforward.

The results could ensure closure for an individual, as well as peace of mind and the financial compensation that could help an individual and those close to them move on in a positive way with their lives.

Hopkins Solicitors’ highly experienced, local and friendly medical negligence team can help you if you have experienced issues in a wide variety of medical conditions and procedures.

What’s more, Hopkins can offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your specific concern and uncover whether we feel you have a valid claim. If they do think you have a valid claim they will act on your behalf on a no-win-no-fee basis, meaning you pay nothing up front or during the entire process. Hopkins initially cover the costs of medical experts to research your claim and if necessary, any court or legal costs (although the majority of their claims are settled out of court). Hopkins only receives reimbursement if they successfully win your case. So, if you think you or a loved one has experienced medical negligence, get in touch with Hopkins Solicitors today on 01623 468468 and book your free initial consultation at one of their local offices in Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton or Kirkby.

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