What is the difference between a clinical negligence claim and a personal injury claim?

Anne Maguire | Dec 2015

In a personal injury case such as a work accident or a road traffic accident it can often be obvious as to what went wrong and who is to blame. For example there is clearly negligence when a fork lift truck is driven into an employee in a warehouse, or equipment is faulty or a car drives into you when you are stationery.

Clinical negligence cases are more complex particularly in relation to the care and treatment of a patient. When professionals are involved is different. It is not the case of a Judge choosing between two experts in a case. The Judge is not medically qualified and cannot say whether he agrees with one expert’s view or another. Whatever negligence is being alleged must be outside the scope of what a reasonable doctor would or would not have done. If one doctor would have sent a poorly patient to Hospital and another would not, this can cause a legal difficulty. If however, there are guidelines which would have made that admission mandatory or such that no other reasonable doctor would have failed to follow them then the Claimant will be successful.

At Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors we understand the complexity and difficult of such cases. We will make the necessary investigations with the assistance of an experienced panel of highly qualified specialist medical experts.

We will run your case on a no win no fee basis fully supported by insurance so that you do not have to worry about costs.

If you think that you have been the victim of clinical negligence please contact our specialist personal injury solicitor, Anne Maguire on 01908 689365.

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