There are a number of things that bringing a medical negligence claim will achieve, which are:
The main aim of a civil claim in medical negligence is to compensate a Claimant for the injury suffered as a result of negligence. If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for that injury.
When making a claim, you will be suing the healthcare provider for an amount of money with the aim to compensate you financially accounting for your injury and the financial losses suffered as a result of that injury. For example, loss of earnings because your injury means that you cannot work, expenses of travel to and from appointments which would otherwise have been unnecessary, expenses of purchasing equipment to assist you in coping with your injury, such as a wheelchair or adaptations around the home, the cost of additional care required whilst you recovered, and so on.
Whilst the compensation will never un-do what has gone wrong, it will assist in financially putting you back in the position that you would have been had the negligence never occurred and also in planning for any potential future issues caused as a result of the negligence.
2. Learning lessons
A healthcare provider cannot learn from its mistakes, if those mistakes are not highlighted to them. As a result of a legal claim, a healthcare provider will learn exactly what happened and what went wrong which, in turn, will allow them to consider whether changes need to be put in place.
Following a legal claim in which compensation has been paid, a healthcare provider will need to do everything possible to ensure that lessons are learnt and the same does not happen again in future.
3. Answering questions
Often, clients have numerous questions over their treatment and what exactly happened to result in their injury. The claim process will assist to answer those questions and clarify exactly what happened and where things may have gone wrong.