Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator Explained

By Cat Wayne. Last Updated 25th October 2023. Welcome to our medical negligence compensation calculator guide. This page explains why and when you could use a medical negligence claim calculator. And we also answer any questions you may have regarding medical negligence NHS calculators. If you have been a victim of medical negligence, it can be a very worrying time, especially if the injury sustained due to the negligence has meant that your life has been completely disrupted. Injuries that have resulted from medical negligence claims can vary across the board, from slight injuries that patients will recover from and carry on to lead the life they lead before the incident happened to those victims whose lives have completely changed and they may never recover at all.

Victims are often in a conundrum and confused about whether to claim when they suffer medical or clinical negligence. A deciding factor for such victims or the victims’ families if they cannot decide themselves can be to what degree the incident has affected the victim’s quality of life and how much future care will be needed. Very often, when a serious incident has happened, and the patient has suffered some brain injury and will not recover to live a normal life, then a compensation claim may seem the only way of ensuring the victim lives a comfortable life.

Our advisors are here to help if you’d like to learn more about making a medical negligence claim. To get started:

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  1. Medical Negligence Claims Calculator – Calculating General Damages Compensation
  2. When Could I Make A Medical Negligence Claim?
  3. How Long Do I Have To Claim For Medical Negligence?
  4. Examples Of Evidence You’ll Need To Claim

Medical Negligence Claims Calculator – Calculating General Damages Compensation

General damages is the amount awarded for the pain and suffering caused by an injury.

We can provide you with examples of general damages in a claim for medical negligence by looking at injuries that could be the result of medical harm. The injuries shown in the table below and their listings for compensation come from the Judicial College Guidelines –  a publication listing compensation ranges for general damages for an injury. They create these amounts by looking at what has been previously awarded in court claims.

Our information comes from the 2022 edition of the publication. You can use this table as an alternative to a compensation calculator.

Kidney (a)Both kidneys have either been lost or permanently damaged.£169,400 to £210,400
Kidney (c)Loss of a kidney with minimal damage to the other.£30,770 to £44,880
Bowel (a)A complete loss of the bowels natural function with double incontinence and other medical complications.Up to £184,200
Bowel (c)Passive incontinence with faecal urgency that persists after surgery and will cause the person distress and embarrassment.In the region of £79,920
Female Reproductive System (a)Infertility caused by a disease or injury that causes sexual dysfunction and pain. Could have been caused due to an ectopic pregnancy failing to be diagnosed.£114,900 to £170,280
Chest (a)Prolonged pain and suffering due to the removal of one lung or because of serious heart damage.£100,670 to £150,110
Chest (b)Traumatic injury causing permanent disability and reducing the person's life expectancy.£65,740 to £100,670
Male Reproductive System (b)Total impotence with sterility and loss of sexual function in a young person. How much is awarded will be affected by hormonal effects, psychological reaction and whether the person has children or not.£114,900 to £148,320
Lung Disease(c)A disease such as emphysema that worsens the lungs function and impairs the person's breathing.£54,830 to £70,030
Digestive System (b) (i)Severe toxicosis that will cause vomiting and a fever and the person will need to be admitted to hospital for a few weeks.£38,430 to £52,500

When using a medical negligence claims calculator you find online, it may not include special damages. This is a head of claim that sets out to reimburse you for financial losses that have occurred due to your injury. A number of costs can be considered as eligible, but you need to be able to present evidence. For instance, you should keep hold of any receipts.

Here are some examples of what could be included as part of a special damages claim:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Medical expenses
  • The cost of adaptations to your property
  • The cost of additional care at home

Instead of using a medical compensation calculator, you can speak with our advisors to get an accurate estimate of how much your claim is worth. Call on the number above.

Loss Of Earnings Calculator – How Are Your Losses Worked Out?

A loss of earnings calculator, as with any other type of compensation payout calculator, could be used to work out potential settlement amounts you could be awarded. However, you should understand that whatever figures are recommended by a medical compensation calculator must only be used as guidelines.

A loss of earnings could occur if you have to take time off work to recover from any harm caused by medical negligence. As part of this, you could potentially also claim for lost pension contributions and missed bonuses. An expert solicitor from our panel could still help you work out your losses.

It’s also possible for you to claim a future loss of earnings. An online calculator may not be able to help you with this figure. For example, if a medical negligence injury has led to a disability which then affects your earning capacity in the future. Your solicitor can take into account factors such as your age, current wage and any prospects of your job to work out a future loss of earnings.

We are available to chat 24/7 and could connect you with a medical negligence solicitor from our panel. They’ll be able to help you calculate your loss of earnings settlement.

When Could I Make A Medical Negligence Claim?

Every medical professional owes their patients a duty of care. As such, the treatment they provide must meet a minimum standard. If they breach this duty of care and fail to meet this standard, this could cause significant harm to their patient’s well-being. 

While the steps that each professional is expected to take will vary depending on their field, doctors can get advice on standards from the General Medical Council (GMC) in their Duties of a Doctor

In order to claim medical negligence compensation, you have to be able to demonstrate that:

  • You were owed a duty of care
  • This duty was breached 
  • As a result, you suffered avoidable or unnecessary harm

Some harm is unavoidable. For example, if you are diagnosed with cancer and undergo chemotherapy, this can have significant side effects. You would not be able to claim for this, as the harm is unavoidable and part of the treatment you are receiving. 

However, if you were misdiagnosed with cancer, and the chemotherapy you underwent was unnecessary, this is known as avoidable harm, and you may be able to claim. 

Read on to learn more about making a claim and how a medical negligence claim calculator could help you. Or, if you’d like to learn more about using a medical negligence calculator, contact our team of helpful advisors today.

How Long Do I Have To Claim For Medical Negligence?

If you are eligible to seek compensation, you must start the medical negligence claim process within the time limits set by the Limitation Act 1980. Typically, this is three years from the date you were harmed or connected the harm you experienced with negligence (the date of knowledge). However, in some circumstances, there are exceptions to this limitation period. These include:

  • Those who lack the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves. An indefinite suspension is applied to the time limit in these cases. During this time, a court-appointed litigation friend could act on their behalf. If they regain this mental capacity and a litigation friend did not act for them, they will have three years from the date of recovery to begin their case.
  • Those who are under the age of 18. In these cases, the limitation period is paused until they turn 18. Prior to this, a litigation friend can bring forward a claim on their behalf. Once they reach their 18th birthday, they will have three years from that date to start a claim if one was not already made for them.

To find out more about time limits when seeking compensation for medical negligence, please get in touch with one of our advisors.

Examples Of Evidence You’ll Need To Claim

Above, we have provided a table of compensation examples that could be included in our medical misdiagnosis calculator or another medical compensation calculator. However, in order to successfully receive compensation, you will need to provide the relevant evidence to support your claim. Some of the evidence that you could collect includes:

  • Correspondence with the medical institution where the negligence occurred following a direct complaint made to them.
  • A copy of your prescription to help support a medication error claim.
  • Photographs of any visible symptoms you have suffered due to medical negligence.
  • A copy of your medical records stating your diagnosis and treatments you’ve received.
  • Evidence of any financial losses you have suffered due to being harmed by medical negligence, such as bank statements or invoices.

Remember, you need to prove that a medical professional breached their duty of care, causing you unnecessary harm to be eligible for compensation.

Contact our advisors today if you have any questions about making a medical negligence claim or about how to use a medical negligence calculator in the UK. Our friendly team is available 24/7 to help you.

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