There is no system in the UK for automatically paying compensation to people who have suffered a medical accident. Sometimes, a hospital may admit it has made a mistake and offer you compensation, but this is usually for relatively minor injuries or losses. In most cases, you will need to make a legal claim for ‘clinical negligence’.
If you live in Wales, you may be able to use the fast-track compensation the Speedy Resolution Scheme, which aims to settle claims quickly and reduce costs, but you can use it only:
- if your injury was due to treatment provided by an NHS Trust in Wales; and
- for ‘small’ claims of between £5,000 and £15,000.
There are some other rules governing whether this scheme can deal with your claim. You will need to talk to a specialist clinical negligence solicitor from AvMA or the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel to decide whether you can use the scheme and weigh up its possible benefits and drawbacks.