Clinical negligence claims advice
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What are general and special damages in an injury claim?
Damages is a legal term for compensation awarded to an injured person. We explain the difference between 'general' and 'special' damages in an injury claim.
Judicial College Injury Tables 2020
The following Judicial College guidelines show the general damages compensation payable to claimants for injuries in 2020.
Read more: Judicial College Injury Tables 2020
Can I claim loss of earnings when making an injury claim?
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to seek financial compensation
How long will my personal injury compensation claim take?
How long do different types of injury claim take? What can delay your claim? Can you speed it up. and when will you get your compensation? Find out here.
What can I claim for in an injury claim? Complete list
If you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, the law entitles you to claim compensation. But what exactly can be included in your claim?
Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?
Many claimants are shocked to learn that their benefits may be affected if they receive compensation. The solution may be to set up a PI trust. Here's how.
Read more: Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?
Can I get interim injury compensation payments?
If you suffer immediate financial difficulty after an injury, you could get an interim payment. Find out if you would qualify and what you need to know.
What are NHS 'Never Events'?
The NHS defines 'Never Events' as wholly preventable hospital incidents that lead to hundreds of avoidable deaths every year
Read more: What are NHS 'Never Events'?
What is the Waterlow Score?
The Waterlow Score assesses the risk to patients posed by pressure-related injuries. Serious injury can result from negligently failing to follow the scoring system.
Read more: What is the Waterlow Score?
What happens during an injury claim medical examination?
Your personal injury claim will need to be supported by medical evidence. You may need to attend a medical. What happens during the examination?
Should I accept a pre-medical offer in an injury claim?
Accepting a pre-medical offer from an insurer is risky and could mean that you under-settle your claim. Here's what you need to know to get the best settlement.
When's the best time to accept an injury compensation offer?
Most insurance companies make a low initial offer but some make a high initial offer. When, strategically, is the best point to accept a compensation offer?
I've been injured so why won't a solicitor take my claim on?
You may have a strong personal injury claim on paper. So why will some solicitors turn you away, and how do you get a solicitor to take on your case? Find out here.
How likely am I to win a personal injury compensation claim?
Many people start an injury claim with no idea of how likely they are to win. We explain how you can assess your chances of winning your claim. Read more.
Proving breach of duty in a clinical negligence claim
A medical professional failing to use 'reasonable skill' may have breached their legal duty of care. Find out how this is proved in medical negligence claims.
What is a 'failure to advise' in a medical negligence claim?
When a doctor recommends a medical procedure, he has a duty to inform you of the risks. If you were not advised this may amount to clinical negligence.
How often do injury claims go to court and what if they do?
Many people are reluctant to make an injury claim as they are worried about going to court. What percentage of claims go to court and what happens when they do?
Can I get Legal Aid for a personal injury claim?
Legal Aid is no longer available for personal injury claims. No win, no fee agreements now take the financial risk out of making a claim. Find out more.
Will I have to pay tax on my injury compensation award?
Injured people do not usually pay tax on injury compensation. There are exceptions, however. Find out more.
Can I claim if an injury made a medical condition worse?
It is possible to pursue a personal injury compensation claim if an accident made a pre-existing medical condition worse. Find out more.
Can I claim injury compensation if it was an accident?
People might not claim for an injury they think was an accident. Legally speaking, accidents are rare and a claim may be possible in any event. Find out how.
What if there is uncertainty over blame for my injury?
If you have been injured but don't know who is responsible, a claim is usually still possible. The process will depend on the type of claim. Find out more.
What can I do to speed up my personal injury claim?
Personal injury claims can take months or even years. Find out what you (as a claimant) can do to speed up your compensation claim.
What is the Bolam test for breach of duty?
Doctors have a legal duty to keep you safe from harm. In a medical negligence claim, the Bolam test can establish whether there has been a duty of care breach.
Read more: What is the Bolam test for breach of duty?
Can I get compensation if a doctor ignored my drug history?
If you were injured or made ill from your doctor's failure to check your drug history, a clinical negligence compensation claim may be possible.
Common misconceptions and errors that injury claimants make
When making a personal injury claim, there are many potential pitfalls that could you catch out or even affect the outcome of the case.
How to make a Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme claim
If you were injured or made ill as a result of vaccine, you could receive a statutory payment of £120,000 under the VDPS. Find out more here.
Can my personal injury medical be carried out locally?
Yes. If your claim requires a medical, then it can be carried out at one of over 700 local medical centres.
What if I cannot work as a result of an injury?
If you find yourself unable to work as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim loss of past and future earnings. Here's what you need to know.
How will a personal injury claim affect my benefits?
If you receive compensation for an injury and are on state benefits, your compensation award could affect your benefits. Find out how.
Can I claim injury compensation if I signed a disclaimer?
If you signed a disclaimer and were subsequently injured, a personal injury compensation claim is still possible. Find out more.
Will I need a medical if claiming injury compensation?
A medical exam is necessary in a personal injury claim to assess the extent of your injuries and the long-term effect they may have on your life. Read more.
Personal Injury Glossary
Find more information about key personal injury terms in the Personal Injury Glossary.