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Medical Negligence Abroad Compensation
There are many different scenarios that may result in a medical negligence abroad claim being made, such as being involved in an accident and falling victim to negligent medical treatment from overseas medical professionals, whether that is as the result of a misdiagnosis or failure to detect an injury.
There has also been an increase in clinical negligence related to people travelling abroad for elective procedures on a private basis, including dental work, cosmetic surgery or orthopaedic surgery. In these cases, doctors will often advertise in the UK and provide pre-medical consultations here before you fly overseas for a procedure. They may claim to provide a perfect cosmetic alteration, but this can sadly often differ wildly from the reality; botched surgery resulting in pain, suffering and a great deal of inconvenience.
If you have suffered as a result of negligent medical treatment while abroad, our solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation. The cases can be complicated, so we need to carefully consider what law applies to your claim and how it can be applied to secure your compensation.
How JMW Can Help
Medical negligence abroad claims can be complicated, but our solicitors will make the entire process as simple as possible for you. We will help you through the claims process and make sure you are kept up to date on the progress of your claim and what options lie ahead of you. This approach allows you to focus on what’s important - recovery.
We will work with our clinical negligence team to ensure that you have a strong support network of legal expertise to back up your claim.
Cases involving medical negligence abroad can be complex as there are a lot of different circumstances that need to be taken into consideration. It helps if you are able to provide us with as much documentation as possible to support your claim, which can include:
- Booking papers and contracts with the clinic or doctor
- Any pre-medical questionnaires you have completed
- Any medical records you were given before you flew home
Our team has many years of experience and are able to call upon lawyers from around the world who can help us obtain specialist technical legal advice wherever negligence has occurred.
FAQs About Medical Negligence Abroad
Who can I make a claim against following medical negligence abroad?
You can make a claim for medical negligence abroad if you have been the victim of negligent treatment at the hands of a medical professional. You may be able to make a claim against the medic themselves, as they should have insurance cover in place, or the clinic where your procedure took place.
To qualify for a medical negligence claim, the medical professional must have failed in their duty of care to you as a patient, which resulted in further pain and suffering.
How long do I have to make a claim?
The time period you have to make a medical negligence abroad claim will depend on the specific circumstances and a number of factors. In England and Wales, you would usually have three years from the date of the negligence, or knowledge of the negligence, to bring a compensation claim. However, this may not be the case in countries that have shorter time frames. It is therefore essential you seek specialist legal advice.