When you think you have been a victim of medical negligence, it is important to contact a solicitor to handle the case, especially when it comes to medical negligence claims against the NHS or another entity. What will provide you more invaluable help with the lawsuit, though, is evidence.
One of the possible sources of evidence is medical records. Your solicitor would contact the hospital and your general practitioner to request all necessary medical notes and records in the questioned procedure. It will go through scrutiny to ensure that all details in the records are complete and valid before it goes to another entity: the independent expert.
The independent expert is in-charge of assessing the medical records, swearing that all information in the said documents would remain confidential among you, your solicitor, and the expert.
The future of your case lies in the hands of the expert, as there cannot be a claim if they find that the treatment was in accordance with acceptable standards and normal practice.
If the reports support your claim, your solicitor will send the defendant a letter, elaborating all details for the claim, including allegations and estimated compensation. The defendant is given four months to respond to this letter.
You can avoid the need for a trial if the defendant admits liability early on. In many cases, the parties settle the matter out of court even when the court proceedings are ongoing.