Clinical negligence claims advice

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When is the best point to accept a compensation offer?

Most insurance companies make a low initial offer but some make a high initial offer. So when is the best point to accept a compensation offer?

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What can I do to speed up my personal injury claim?

If you feel that your claim is dragging or need to see a faster result, is there anything you can do?

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Will I have to pay tax on my injury compensation award?

There have been reports in the press that claimants must pay tax on

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How often do injury claims go to court and what if they do?

Many people are reluctant to make

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Judicial College Injury Tables 2019

The following Judicial College guidelines show the general damages compensation payable to claimants for injuries in 2019.

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How long will my personal injury compensation claim take?

Find out how long average claims take to settle. Check if your claim could be affected by delays and how long it will take to get your compensation.

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Can I get compensation if a doctor ignored my drug history?

A doctor's failure to take a full history of medication can amount to clinical negligence. There are two critical reasons why a history must be taken.

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How will a personal injury claim affect my benefits?

If you are claiming compensation for an injury and are on state benefits, you need to be aware of how compensation will affect your benefits entitlement.

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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.

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I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?

You may have been injured in an accident that was not your fault.

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What losses and damages can I claim for in an injury claim?

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?

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How to make a Vaccine Damage Payment claim

If an individual has been severely injured as a result of vaccine side effects, they could be entitled to a statutory payment. This payment is made regardless of whether the party supplying the va

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What is a 'failure to advise' in medical negligence cases?

When a doctor recommends a medical procedure, he or she has a duty to inform their patient of all the risks and benefits involved.

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Should I set up a Personal Injury Trust?

Many claimants are shocked to learn that their benefits may be affected if they receive compensation for their injury. The solution may be to set up a PI trust.

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Can my personal injury medical be carried out locally?

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Should I accept a pre-medical offer in an injury claim?

What are the risks in accepting a pre-medical offer from an insurer? Is it ever worth it and should you hold out for more?

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Can I get legal aid for a personal injury claim?

Legal aid is no longer available in the area of personal injury law, but No Win, No Fee agreements can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.

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What is the Bolam test for breach of duty?

Doctors have a legal duty to keep patients safe from harm. The Bolam test can be used to establish whether if has been a breach of their duty of care.

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Can I get interim injury compensation payments?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of your personal injury, an interim payment might be paid in advance before the claim is concluded.

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What is the Waterlow Score?

The Waterlow Score assesses the risk posed to patients and those in care by pressure-related injuries. Neglect and serious injury can result from failing to follow the scoring system.

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Can I claim injury compensation if I signed a disclaimer?

Sporting events and exercise classes may require you to sign a disclaimer. If an accident occurs can you still make a personal injury claim?

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What happens during an injury claim medical examination?

Most personal injury cases need medical evidence to support a case in Court, requiring claimants to undergo an examination by a medical professional.

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What are NHS 'Never Events'?

The NHS defines 'Never Events' are wholly preventable hospital incidents that lead to hundreds of avoidable deaths every year

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What are general and special damages in an injury claim?

'Damages' is a legal term that refers to the compensation awarded to an injured party. What is the difference between 'general' and 'special' damages?

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Breach of duty in a clinical negligence claim

All medical professionals must exercise reasonable skill when performing their duties. If they do not this may be a breach of their 'duty of care'

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What if there is uncertainty over blame for my injury?

In cases where a Claimant does not know who caused their injuries, it is still often possible to make a claim.

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Can I claim if an accident made a medical condition worse?

It is possible to pursue a claim in the event that a pre-existing medical condition, illness or injury is made worse or aggravated by an accident or someone else's negligence.

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What if I cannot work as a result of an injury?

The Courts recognise that serious injuries can restrict a Claimant's ability to work. This article explains how lost earnings can be claimed.

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How likely am I to win an injury compensation claim?

Many people start an injury claim with no idea of how likely they are to win - we explain how claimants can assess the chances of getting compensation.

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Will I need a medical if claiming injury compensation?

A medical exam is necessary in a personal injury claim to verify the extent of injuries and consider the long-term effect they may have on your life.

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Can I claim injury compensation if it was an accident?

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Personal Injury Glossary

Find more information about key personal injury terms in the Personal Injury Glossary.