What is Medical Negligence?

What is Medical Negligence?

Medical (or Clinical) Negligence is defined as substandard care provided by a medical professional which has directly caused injury or caused an existing condition to worsen. Medical & Clinical Negligence claims are different from Personal Injury claims in that they require you (the Claimant) to prove that:

  • The healthcare professional failed to carry out their responsibilities (Fault) &
  • This is what caused you to be in the position you are now in (Avoidable Harm)



In simple terms, this means that for the treatment you received, your care fell below the expected standards of reasonable competence and skill. Therefore failing to treat you in the manner you could reasonably hope to be cared for.


Also known as “Causation” Avoidable Harm can be shown by proving that neglectful or improper care (not your underlying condition) caused you specific harm. This may sound relatively simple, but can be difficult, particularly if you were already ill.

When we take on your case, we will arrange a report from an independent medical expert to help prove these two issues and fight for compensation. If you’d like to learn more or start your case,

call us on 0115 824 1700 or Leave us a Message today.