Have you suffered adversely due to misdiagnosis, surgical error or substandard care? Whether you were being treated by a surgeon, a nurse, or your GP, if you have come to harm whilst in the care of a medical professional, you have a legal right to seek financial redress for your injuries, along with compensation for any personal damages suffered. We have clinical negligence solicitors whom specialise in complex medical negligence cases, including those for brain injury, Cerebral Palsy and cancer misdiagnosis. So, if you decide you want to make a medical negligence claim, you can be confident that we have NHS medical negligence claims specialists on board with the competence and experience to see your case through to a successful conclusion. Contact us to find out whether you’re eligible to make a no win no fee clinical negligence claim today.
Medical negligence is an broad term used to describe a variety of medical mistakes and errors which can cause injury to patients. Our clinical negligence claims specialists could help you to make a medical negligence claim if you have suffered due to any of the following examples of negligence and error:
• Delays in being referred for treatment or surgery
• Mistakes made during a surgical or investigative procedure
• Contamination within a hospital which leads to the outbreak of infection
• Misdiagnosis of an injury, disease or other condition
• Failure to act during a difficult or complicated labour
• Prescription of the wrong medication type or dosage
• Failure to update patient records
• Misinterpretation of test or scan results
• Failure to monitor a high risk pregnancy resulting in foetal disability or complications at birth
• Failure to properly explain the risks of a procedure, or the side-effects of medication
• Neglecting to seek informed consent for a procedure
• Abuse or neglect within a care home
• Wrongful diagnosis of a cancer or tumour
• Failure to isolate patients suffering from MRSA or C. diff
• Malpractice or error which leads to the avoidable death of a patient
Healthcare professionals can usually be relied on to provide no less than excellent standards of treatment and care for patients. However, even the most careful and conscientious of people can sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes occur, you need dedicated NHS medical negligence claims experts on your side who understand how negligence can impact your life, and the kind of support needed to help you through the legal process.
If you come to harm as a result of a medical mistake, it’s probable that our clinical negligence solicitors have dealt with similar medical negligence cases, therefore can draw upon their experience to help you navigate the legal process. Book a free, no obligation consultation today by filling out our call-back request form online, or by calling our free claim helpline number.
Primary Causes of Medical Mistakes
There are many reasons cited for the overwhelming increase in clinical negligence claims being made annually in the UK, including funding shortfalls, spending cutbacks and staff shortages. These problems are affecting NHS hospitals across the country, and the standard of care afforded to patients. From longer waiting times for surgical procedures to staff shortages in wards and A&E departments, all have the potential to put patients at increased risk.
The vast majority of clinical negligence claims arise from basic errors and oversights, but even these have the potential to cause serious harm to patients. Delays in the diagnosis of cancer, heart disease and strokes can be exceptionally dangerous, causing patients to miss out on vital early care that could save their lives. Similarly, oversights which lead to the wrong type or dosage of medication being given can also lead to irreparable internal damage, which in some cases has been known to be fatal. By far the most common types of NHS clinical negligence claims we deal with are those where the standard of care has fallen short of that expected by patients, often compromising their dignity, comfort or health.
Clinical Negligence Claims Time Limit
If you think you may have grounds to make a medical negligence claim, you should seek legal counsel at the earliest opportunity. Section 11 (4) of the Limitation Act 1980 sets out clear legislation regarding the clinical negligence claims time limit. The Act provides that victims of medical negligence have three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ in which to commence legal action. Generally speaking, the ‘date of knowledge’ is the date you knew, or could have been expected to know, that your suffering was attributed to the negligent act of a healthcare professional. The law differs slightly for children under the age of 18, who have three years from the date of their 18th birthday in which to file a claim. Occasionally, a court may grant an exception to this rule, particularly if funding is needed for care on a day-to-day basis. Also to find out a estimate of how much compensation you might be you may be entitled to claim you can view our medical negligence compensation calculator page.
How Do I Make A Clinical Negligence Claim?
You shouldn’t feel intimidated about making a no win no fee medical negligence claim. If you have suffered due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, you have a legitimate right to seek compensation for your ordeal, and any damages attributable to that period of suffering. Our medical negligence solicitors are here to guide you through the clinical negligence claim process, and are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way with regular updates on case developments.
Initially, when you contact us, we’ll carry out a free evaluation of your case to ascertain the value and viability of your case. If we believe we can help you, we’ll make you a formal offer of representation, and explain how we recover our costs under the no win no fee agreement. Once we have your consent, we’ll begin compiling evidence in support of your case, and commission a full report from an independent medical specialist. We’ll then send the report to the legal representatives of the opposition seeking an admission of liability, after which, negotiations for settlement will usually begin.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Experts
We know that many people are hesitant about claiming due to the legal costs involved, which is why we take the time to discuss the no win no fee agreement with you before making an offer of representation. The no win no fee agreement is a legal waiver of sorts, which effectively eliminates any liability on your part for legal fees for the duration of the claim. We won’t seek a penny from you in legal costs at any stage of the medical negligence claim process, and if your case isn’t successful, all fees will be covered by our own insurer.
If you have questions about the claim process, or would like to take advantage of our free claim assessment service, book a free consultation with our solicitors using the online form today. Alternatively, you can call us directly on the free-phone number above if you’d prefer to speak with someone straight away.