Health care providers and professionals- whether nurses, doctors, or other hospital staff- are bound by oath to take care of their patients. There are several medical professionals out there who commit mistakes and medical negligence which leads to further injury or damage to their patients. This is medical malpractice, the way a professional health care provider neglects duties resulting in grave scenarios. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it is best for you to make a negligence compensation claim so you can at least acquire a certain amount of money after damage or harm was done to you.
But how does this necessarily work? How can one make a medical negligence compensation claim?
Be organised – document necessary information
You have to be able to present relevant and concrete information about your medical condition. You have to be organised in the sense that you should be able to keep track of all your medical records as this will be compared against the results of evaluations as assessed by another medical expert. To have concrete evidence for medical malpractice, a doctor must be able to describe your current condition after medical negligence was done to you.
Before filing a claim, you should be able to write a letter demanding settlement with the health care provider or institution that supposedly committed medical malpractice. You can write the amount of money you need so things won’t have to go to a higher level. Filing a lawsuit can be stressful and time-consuming, so most people rely on this stage to settle things early.
In private institutions, there are options for filing claims if the doctor was not able to provide the promised results.
Filing a compensation claim
List down and itemise all the damages, as well as the things affected by this damage. For example, you have to keep track of lost salary, existing medical expenses and bills, as well as future medical expenses brought about by their negligence.
If, for example, they damaged your hands to the point that you cannot use it for hard labour, and your job actually demands hard labour, you can sue for the amount of salary you should be getting (but not able to get anymore) from the time of the injury. Basically, since the practitioner is responsible for the injury, he is also responsible for all the loss that you would have because of the injury.
Attach receipts and other pertinent documents necessary to back your compensation claim. Once itemised, fill out the compensation claims form at your local government office. Then submit it to the courts.
Now, all you have to do is to wait for the court to address your issue against these medical professionals. Just take note that if they had put your life and body at risk, you can get your damages awarded if they are proven guilty. You can also file compensation claims if their medical negligence leads to a traumatizing experience. You just need to have proof about your claims.
Carl Freds regularly writes about medical negligence compensation and the processes involved in filing a claim. He provides information to various consumer rights blogs that people who need to file a claim would find useful.