This section tells you what clinical negligence is. It explains the difference between a clinical negligence claim and making a complaint. There is also information about how you can get legal funding for claims.
- Clinical negligence is when healthcare professionals physically or mentally hurt you because of the standard of health care they gave you.
- Proving clinical negligence is difficult. You should get legal advice if you think you have a claim.
- If you win a clinical negligence claim you will only get financial compensation.
- If you want an apology, or other outcome, you can think about making a formal complaint.
- You have three years to make a clinical negligence claim. This is 3 years from when it happened, or 3 years from when you realised it happened.
- You may be able to get legal funding to make a claim.
- You may be able to make a claim if a family member died because of negligence.
This section covers:
- What is clinical negligence?
- What is the difference between clinical negligence and making a complaint?
- Are there time limits for making a claim?
- What if I think I have a clinical negligence claim?
- How can I pay to make a clinical negligence claim?
- How much compensation could I get?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service. Last reviewed in September 2016. Next review September 2019.
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