Medical Negligence

Staying fit and in good health are key to your military service and career, and the Armed Forces normally have excellent hospitals, treatment centres and facilities. Unfortunately, even if you have been treated in the best military or civilian medical centres, mistakes do happen. For example:

  • Your condition may be misdiagnosed (i.e. mistaken for something else) 
  • Your condition may be or missed all together 
  • Any delays in treatment may make your condition worse

These sort of missed opportunities can result in serious consequences for your health and your career. In such cases, you might be able to make a claim for medical negligence and get compensation.

Medical negligence claims can be very complex. You need specialists who understand how the military medical and welfare systems work.  At Forces Law, we have a unique combination of legal expertise and inside knowledge. We rely on a network of medical experts who have experience of military claims, some of whom have previously served as Medical Officers. 

We also understand issues like medical downgrades, career and promotion structures, Armed Forces pensions, housing arrangements and so on, all of which need to be built into your compensation claim. We will advise you on the potential cost of bringing a claim and, where you have a case with good prospects of success, our solicitors will agree to act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so that we share the risk with you. 

You can also instruct us in Medical Negligence matters outside of service or matters that have affected your family.  This may include (list is not exhaustive):

  • Amputation claims
  • Birth injuires
  • Cosmetic surgery and dental claims
  • Hospital negligence
  • Lack of informed consent
  • Medication errors

It is important to remember that the law sets strict time limits on medical negligence claims. This is normally three years from the date you first discovered that there was a problem with your treatment. There may be ways to extend time to bring a claim in special circumstances. So if you think you may have a case, please get in touch

The most important point that we can make is to take advice from one of our specialist firms as soon as possible if you have any related query.

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