When you’re dealing with a serious illness, it can feel like such a relief to get a diagnosis. Once you know what the problem is, you no longer have to face the unknown. You can look forward to treatment and starting on the path to recovery. So, when treatment is delayed, and the problem gets worse, it can feel like a hopeless situation.
While nothing can make up for lost time, making a claim for injuries caused by delayed treatment is often the best way to get things back on track. If your illness or injury got worse, or your recovery was affected by the delay, then you might be entitled to compensation, which can pay for the treatment you need, make your recovery more comfortable, and account for the unnecessary pain and suffering you experienced.
We’ve represented many people who have had similar experiences to these and have worked beside them to secure the right amount of financial compensation to help ease recovery and cover care costs going forward.
If you’re looking to put things right after your treatment was needlessly delayed, contact Switalskis today. We’ll help you start your journey towards the justice you deserve.
Switalskis’ team of expert delay in treatment compensation solicitors have the experience to help you win your case and a proven track record of success.
By taking on as much of the responsibility for your case as possible, we can leave you with more time and energy to focus on your recovery. We’ll always try to settle your case out of court and secure the maximum amount of compensation for you to minimise stress and keep things simple. We prioritise clear communication, so you’ll always know what’s going on and where you stand.
What makes Switalskis different is our personal approach. Every situation is different, but at the heart of each one is a person who has been through a difficult time that could have been avoided. We take the time to listen to our clients and treat them as people. That way, we can make sure we’re always acting in their best interests and providing the things that they need.
In clinical negligence cases, there are two factors that will affect your ability to claim compensation. Firstly, we must prove that a medical professional owed you a duty of care and failed to meet the expected standard. This might mean that they missed a diagnosis, failed to refer you to an appropriate specialist, recommended an inappropriate treatment, or otherwise caused a delay that prevented you from getting treatment when you needed it.
Secondly, we must demonstrate that the negligent action (or inaction) of the person in question led to harm. In the case of delayed treatment, it might be that the negligence caused the illness or injury to get worse, that complications arose that wouldn’t have happened with earlier intervention, or that the opportunity for a full recovery was lost.
There are lots of reasons why this might happen. It could be the fault of a single person who did not meet their professional responsibilities. Sometimes, a patient is lost to follow-up or lost in the system meaning that they aren’t seen by their doctor when they should be. Occasionally, an investigation or treatment is classified as routine, when it should be done urgently. Such delays can allow an illness or injury to get worse or can prevent a full recovery. If you’ve suffered further harm due to delayed treatment, you may be entitled to compensation.
The best way to discover whether you might be eligible to make a claim is to contact a solicitor. The delayed treatment claims solicitors at Switalskis are always just a phone call away. We can discuss and evaluate your circumstances to help you understand whether you’re in a position to make a claim.
Compensation for delayed treatment claims varies significantly based on the type of injury or illness you experienced and the circumstances around it. This will depend on the extent of additional injury or harm you have suffered, the effect on your day-to-day life and any money you lost due to your injury. In fact, there are many different elements that affect how much compensation you could be awarded.
In successful claims, there are usually two categories of compensation:
Every person and situation is unique, and so is the amount of compensation you should expect to receive. The team from Switalskis will always try to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you.
Delayed treatment compensation claims can be complex with many factors to consider. As such, they may take a long time to progress. However, no matter what delays are introduced into the process, it will typically follow the same basic structure.
Switalskis’ medical negligence solicitors prioritise open communication, and we’ll always keep you up to date on the progress of your case. In this way, you can avoid the stress of the unknown and feel reassured that your claim is moving towards a resolution.
There is generally a time limit of three years to make a medical negligence compensation claim, although this does not apply in all cases. Most of the time, the three-year period begins from the date that you suffered injury due to the negligence of a medical professional. However, if it isn’t initially obvious that yu have suffered harm due to the negligence, the time limit begins from the date that you first realised or suspected that the negligence was responsible for your condition.
This is particularly important for delayed treatment cases, as it can take time for the full impact of the delay in treatment to become clear. On the other hand, if you don’t start your claim in time, you could miss your chance to claim the compensation you’re owed. It’s often best to speak to a solicitor about your circumstances to determine whether or not you’re still able to claim.
There are some exceptions to this three-year rule, including:
It’s important to act quickly and avoid missing your chance to claim compensation. Contact Switalskis today to talk about your situation, learn about your eligibility to claim and get the process started.
Many people who have the right to claim compensation find the idea daunting, particularly because they are worried about how they will afford it. At Switalskis, we think that anyone who has suffered harm due to delayed treatment should be able to pursue justice, regardless of their financial circumstances.
There are several different ways that you can fund a legal case that will minimise any financial risk to you while still allowing you to make your claim. These include:
When you first get in touch, we’ll discuss these options with you in more detail to help you find the best one for you. We want to make sure that you receive as much compensation as you deserve without any fear about the potential cost of legal services.
Work with Switalskis to gain the support you need through the claims process, and keep fighting to secure the justice you deserve. Call us on 0800 1380 458 , or contact us through our website today for a sensitive conversation about your situation.