Clinical negligence is also known as ‘medical negligence‘ and ‘medical malpractice’
There is really no practical difference between any of these phrases! It could be argued that the word ‘clinical’ is a more comprehensive, in terms of the different types of care that can be provided.
The clinical duty of care covers a wide range of care providers, not just medical services provided by qualified doctors and nurse, but also, for example, residential together with nursing care, care for those suffering from drug and alcohol misuse, mental health social workers, cosmetic procedures, slimming clinics, pregnancy terminations.
There is a broad definition of ‘health care worker’, including, for example, dentists, biomedical and clinical scientists, paramedics and radiographers.
For many years, lawyers only referred to ‘medical negligence’, but then various organisations, such as the Law Society, replaced the use of the term medical negligence, for clinical negligence.
The Law Society receive applications from solicitors and then decides whether they are suitably qualified, and experienced, to be accredited specialist status in the area of medical litigation. If they are suitable, then they are given membership of the “Medical Negligence Accreditation Panel”. However, years ago, the name was changed to the “Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme“. Our Director, Caroline Moore, has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Accreditation Scheme since 1999.
Clinical negligence claims are where a patient says that those who have cared for them should pay them compensation. There are various things that have to apply for a medical or clinical negligence claim. You have to show that someone did owe you a duty of care, that they failed to provide a reasonable standard of care, and also that any such failure has actually caused you harm/injury.
Medical malpractice is actually the American way of referring to medical negligence or clinical negligence.
For more information on the factors that have to be satisfied in order to claim compensation, see our helpful link below.
Our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors help people who have suffered from negligent medical treatment. Compensation can be claimed where care hs fallen below a reasonable standard due to Medical Negligence.
Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, you do not have to worry about how you are going to afford to bring a claim. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.