Making an NHS negligence claim has a few time stipulations attached to it. Let’s have a look at them.
How long you have to make your claim
Firstly, your claim needs to come within 3 years of receiving harm from the NHS. Any later and the case can’t be considered.
This could also mean 3 years from the date that you found out about the harm. For example, you might have been wrongly diagnosed and therefore only found out about the damage that has been caused to you several years after the diagnosis event took place.
Another stipulation is that – if you were under 18 while the medical damage happened to you, you have until you’re 21 to make a claim against the NHS.
As you would expect, a lot of our work comes from the NHS compensation scheme as so much medical is carried out every single day by the NHS.
Our recommendation would be to get in touch as soon as possible. The longer you leave your claim, the more likely it is that your claim will be taken less seriously. As you are trying to claim here that you have been wrongly treated, most genuine cases act quickly as they have been at some sort of loss.
Another thing to consider in terms of speed is that, if the case looks like it’s going to take a long time to reach a climax, there is a good chance we can get early financial support for you if the NHS side acknowledge that the case will be paid out on eventually. This is especially useful if you can’t work or have lost access to your income as a result of the harm caused by the NHS.
How long will it take me to be paid by the NHS for my negligence claim?
A main factor in making a successful claim against the NHS will depend on the nature of the harm as well as the time involved to recover.
Another factor is if he NHS accepts whether they should be considered liable for the damage inflicted.
For a general guideline, the more severe and lasting the damage is, the longer and more complicated the legal side of things becomes to these types of claims take longer. On the other hand, if you incur smaller harm and a quicker recovery time, payout could be a lot quicker.