Frequently Asked Questions regarding Medical Negligence

The clinical negligence team at CH Legal has many years of experience helping people who have suffered health problems as a result of poor care by medical institutions. Below are some of the frequently asked questions, but for individual advice don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team.

Can I claim for an injury or health problem which was caused many years ago?

In general, you have three years since first being aware that you have suffered medical negligence to start a claim. Children can bring a claim for clinical negligence up until the their 21st birthday.

What is septicaemia?

Sepsis, sometimes referred to as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is a common and potentially life threatening condition triggered by an infection in which the body’s immune system goes into overdrive.

What are pressure sores?

Also known as bed sores, pressure sores or pressure ulcers develop when a large amount of pressure is applied to an area of skin over a short period of time, or when less pressure is applied over a longer period of time.

What is DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to a blood clot in one of the deep veins in the body – normally the leg. DVT can cause pain and swelling and, in certain cases, can be life threatening.

What is anaesthetic awareness?

If not enough anaesthetic is administered, this can lead to a patient becoming semi-awake during the operation, often feeling intense pain but remaining unable to communicate; this situation is known as anaesthetic awareness.

What is a cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, leading to sudden loss of consciousness and cessation or irregularity of breathing. It is different to a heart attack but can be caused by one.

What is laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy makes use of keyhole surgery (known as laparoscopy) to remove the gallbladder, which may be necessary to tackle gallstones.