How Much Compensation Will I Get for Medical Negligence?

By Marlon Marquardt. Last Updated 13th January 2023. There are various ways you could sustain harm in a medical setting. However, in order to make a medical negligence claim, you must provide evidence of harm caused as a result of receiving a substandard level of care from a trained medical professional.

If this has happened to you, our guide could help. We’ll explore the question ‘how much compensation will I get for medical negligence?’, what your settlement may comprise and how it may be calculated.

How much compensation will I get for medical negligence

A guide on how much compensation will I get for medical negligence

Additionally, this guide will explore the different ways in which a medical professional could potentially harm a patient with them sustaining avoidable injury if they were to deviate from professional standards. We’ll do this by looking at the duty of care a medically trained professional owes you.

Furthermore, we will provide guidance on the steps you may wish to take to build a strong case.

We’ll also look at how an experienced medical negligence solicitor could help by representing you on a No Win No Fee basis. Furthermore, the guide will explore the different types of claims they could handle, such as those for incorrect treatment, negligent misdiagnosis and surgical mistakes.

If you have any questions whilst or after reading this guide, please get in touch with a member of our team using the following details:

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How Much Compensation Will I Get For Medical Negligence?

Each claim is calculated on a case by case basis by considering different factors such as the severity of your injury, the long term impact and the effect it’s had on your quality of life. For that reason, it’s difficult to provide a definitive estimate of how much your medical negligence claim might be worth.

However, you could use a medical negligence compensation calculator to get an estimate of your claim value. Although, you should only use the figure as a guide because your actual settlement will vary.

As an alternative option, you could hire an experienced solicitor who can accurately value your claim as part of the services they provide. It may also be beneficial to seek legal representation as medical negligence claims can seem complex and a solicitor with experience handling these types of claims could help you take steps to get the compensation you deserve.

If you’re still unsure of how much compensation you will get for medical negligence, call our team. Alternatively, continue reading our guide.

Types And Causes Of Medical Negligence

Medical or clinical negligence is when a trained medical professional fails to provide you with the minimum standard of care that could be reasonably expected causing their patient to experience avoidable or further harm. The harm they sustain could include an additional injury or a pre-existing condition that is made worse.

There are various ways in which this could happen, such as:

  • Misdiagnosis: A doctor may have incorrectly diagnosed you with a mild cough and failed to prescribe you any medication, despite you exhibiting clear symptoms of a chest infection that required medication to treat. As a result, you may have experienced your symptoms worsening leading to you developing pneumonia.
  • Delayed treatment: A doctor in the hospital may have incorrectly diagnosed you with a sprain despite you exhibiting clear signs of a fractured ankle. As a result, you may have received delayed treatment for your original injury causing you to experience long term complications.
  • Surgical errors: A surgeon may have left a surgical pad in a patients body when operating on them after they failed to follow the correct post-surgical protocols. As a result, the patient may have developed an infection causing them further harm.
  • Failure to inform the patient of risks: A patient may have elected to have laser eye surgery but was not informed of the risks involved. For instance, one risk is that laser eye surgery could damage your eyes further. Following the surgery, a patient may have experienced their eyesight deteriorating but they may not have consented to the surgery if they had been properly informed of the risks beforehand.

If you have experienced something similar, you might wish to find out how much compensation you will get for medical negligence. Call our team for more information.

Who Could You Make A Medical Negligence Claim Against?

All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care regardless of the field they’re trained in.

For that reason, a claim could be made for medical negligence if you sustained harm as a result of a medical professional providing a substandard level of care, such as your:

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Nurse
  • Surgeon

Furthermore, you could make a claim if the incident of medical negligence occurred in an NHS or private healthcare facility. However, it’s important to note that NHS Resolution may be involved in your claim involving an NHS facility.

NHS Resolution aims to resolve concerns and disputes in a fair way to ensure compensation is awarded where necessary. They also aim to learn from any mistakes that were made to prevent them from happening again.

Please continue reading to find out how much compensation you will get for medical negligence.

Do All Medical Professionals Have A Duty Of Care?

All medically trained professionals owe their patients a duty of care. They must ensure they do everything they reasonably can to provide the minimum level of care when treating their patients.

There are various organisations that oversee the care medical professionals provide to their patients, such as:

  • The General Medical Council (GMC): The GMC aim to protect patient safety and oversee the training and education of registered doctors in this country.
  • The General Dental Council (GDC): The GDC set the standards for registered dental professionals across the country as well as investigate complaints about dental professionals that may not be fit to practice.
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC): The CQC independently regulate health and social care services in England to ensure they meet fundamental standards.

For further details on the duty of care you’re owed by a medical professional, call our team. Alternatively, continue reading to find out how much compensation you will get for medical negligence.

Compensation For Medical Negligence – What Evidence Do I Need?

When claiming compensation for medical negligence, you will need to gather and present evidence to support your claim. It can be difficult to know what can be used as evidence. Therefore, we have included some examples of what you could present as part of the claims process. You’ll find the list below. However, there are other examples too that are not listed here.

  • Medical records – This official documentation contains detailed information on the condition of your health and any treatment that’s been administered. You have the right to request these records at any time.
  • Prescription slips – For instance, if you have been prescribed the wrong medication, then it will be stated on the slip you have been issued.
  • Witness statements – A loved one may have been present when an act of negligence took place. A solicitor could collect a written statement of their version of events.

When claiming for medical negligence, compensation being awarded to you can depend largely on the quality of your evidence. The more you have, the better. If you have any questions, including how much compensation for medical negligence you could receive, reach out to our advisors today.

Time Limit to Filing a Medical Negligence Claim 

Generally, the time limit to making a medical negligence claim is 3 years as stated in the Limitation Act 1980. However, the three years could start from two different dates.

Firstly, you could start your claim three years from the date the incident occurred. Alternatively, you could make your claim three years from the date you became aware that a medical professionals negligence caused or contributed to the harm you sustained.

There are exceptions to this time limit which may apply to your specific case. For more information on the exceptions, call our team on the number above.

Alternatively, see the section next to find out how much compensation you will get for medical negligence.

How Much Compensation For Medical Negligence?

A UK medical negligence calculator is a tool that you can use to generate an estimated amount for compensation in your claim. While they can be helpful in showing you potential compensation valuations for an injury, the calculators may not always take all aspects of your claim into account.

In place of a UK medical negligence calculator, we will provide you with information about how compensation in medical negligence claims is calculated and provide a list of injuries with example valuations, similar to the listings you would find in a calculator.

It is important to note that there are two potential heads of compensation for personal injury claims. These are general damages and special damages.

General Damages

General damages is the amount of compensation you seek for the pain and distress an injury has caused you.

We have created a table of injuries below using the 2022 edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG creates compensation brackets by examining awards and settlements reached in court and can give you some idea of how much medical negligence claims could be worth.

Injury Further notes Compensation Award
Psychiatric Damage (d) Less severe: The amount awarded will depend on the impact on your daily life and sleep. £1,540 to £5,860
Injuries Affecting Sight (b) Complete blindness. In the region of £268,720
Chest Injuries (d) A simply injury including a penetrating wound that causes permanent tissue damage but has no long-term impact on lung function. £12,590 to £17,960
Male Reproductive System (a) (i) Cases where the reproductive organs are completely lost. In excess of £153,870
Female Reproductive System (b) Where the failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy has caused infertility. £43,010 to £102,100
Kidney (c) Where a person has lost one kidney but hasn’t sustained any damage to the other. £30,770 to £44,880
Bowels (b) Where someone has experienced a complete loss of natural function and depends on a colostomy. Age will be taken into account when deciding the award. Up to £150,110
Spleen (a) Cases where someone has lost there spleen and has a continued risk of internal infection resulting from immune system damage. £20,800 to £26,290
Mental anguish (a) A fear that death is impending and that life expectancy is reduced. £4,670
Arm (a) Complete loss of both arms. £240,790 to £300,000

However, these figures should not be taken as a guarantee, as every claim is different.

Special Damages

Special damages is the amount of compensation you seek for experiencing financial losses caused by an injury.

If the injury left you:

  • Unable to work
  • Needing a carer
  • Requiring adaptations to your home

And this had affected you financially, you could claim back the monetary losses under special damages. Maintain as much evidence as you can of these losses to use in your claim.

If you want to know the worth of your claim, or do not see your injury above and want to know your eligibility, please reach out to an advisor now.

Talk To No Win No Fee Solicitors

If you wish to seek legal representation, you could do so by hiring a solicitor to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means:

  • There are no upfront fees to pay your solicitor
  • There are no ongoing costs to pay while your claim proceeds.
  • You won’t pay solicitor fees if your claim fails.

In successful claims, you may be required to pay a success fee which is taken out of your settlement as a legally capped percentage. Your solicitor will make you aware of the fee beforehand.

The solicitors from our panel could take your claim on this basis. Additionally, they have experience handling medical negligence claims. For more information on how you could work with one of the solicitors from our panel, get in touch with an advisor.

Compensation For Medical Negligence – Make A Claim With Us

As set out above, a medical negligence compensation calculator will not always provide you with an accurate estimate. However, if you would like to receive a more informed assessment of your case free of charge, one that can take your personal circumstances into account, then you can reach out to us today.

After a short chat, they can tell you whether or not you have a case and how much compensation your medical negligence claim could be worth. They could also be able to help you by:

  • Speaking to you about what the claims process can entail
  • Informing you of other resources or financial aids you may be able to access due to your injury or illness
  • Connecting you with a specialist No Win No Fee solicitor
  • And questions, big or small, you may have on medical negligence claims

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Information On Related Injury Claims

Here are additional guides that you may find useful.

We have also provided some external resources that could help.

We hope our guide exploring the question ‘how much compensation will I get for medical negligence?’ has provided you with the information you need. However, if you require further clarification on anything you’re unsure of, please call our team on the number above.

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