Medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients to give them the correct medical care that they need in order to try to keep them in optimal health as much as possible by diagnosing and treating any health issues correctly and appropriately. Although naturally not all medical issues can be solved, the medical team should be doing all they can to treat any problems to help the patient live as long and comfortable as they can. This may involve prescribing medication, performing surgical procedures, having medical tests, x-rays and scans and so on. Medical malpractice definition, or negligence, means an act of immoral, illegal or unethical conduct. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice or negligence, our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can pursue your claim on your behalf to get you the compensation you are entitled to. Just call Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Atherton area and therefore we can help you find one suitable for your case.
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- How Do I Choose The Right Solicitor For My Clinical Or Medical Negligence Claim?
- Should I Claim With Malpractice Solicitors Near Me?
- Injuries Could Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors
- Reviews Of Different Solicitors Could Help You Make A Choice
- Types Of Clinical Negligence Claims Our Panel Of Solicitors Conduct
- Doctor Negligence And Malpractice
- Negligent Surgery
- Misdiagnosis Of Cancer And Other Diseases
- Birth Trauma Claims
- Hospital Medical Negligence Claims
- Dental Malpractice And Negligence
- Harm Caused By Care Home Negligence
- Data On Clinical Negligence Statistics In Manchester
- No Win No Fee Clinical Negligence Claims In Atherton
- Hospitals In Wigan
- Contacting Our Team
- Helpful Resources
When hiring legal help to make a claim it is really important to choose a medical negligence solicitor that is right for you. There are a number of things you should take into consideration when looking at and comparing different personal injury solicitors. Initially try asking friends and family if they know first-hand of any good malpractice lawyers that they would happily recommend. Have a read through the medical negligence solicitor reviews to get a good idea of previous customers opinions on the way they work and if they have good customer relations as you need to know that they will do their best for you. Take into account how many years’ experience they have and if they have been very successful over this period of time, if they haven’t been in the industry of making claims for long, or have a poor success rate, you may want to consider another firm. Another very important fact to consider, is their expectations of payment, how do they get paid? Some will want regular payment instalments with a final fee payment after the case has closed, some like to be paid by the hour, and some will offer a no win no fee payment option which in our opinion is the safest and most viable option.
A lot of people wrongly presume that they have to hire a medical negligence lawyer close to where they are located, however, due to a large number of communication options such as telephone, email, fax, skype, traditional post and so on, it doesn’t actually matter where your solicitor is located, they can be anywhere within the UK. What is important is their ability to pursue your claim for you professionally and efficiently with good customer service skills so that you get the compensation you deserve.
Medical Negligence Assist has a panel of doctors who can help with assessing injuries in order to make an accurate claim for compensation. The local medical experts we have connections with include:
- Warwick Brindley, The Bridgeman Physiotherapy Centre, 18 Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan, WN1 1TD.
- Umar Nazar Rathore, 38 Mesnes Road, Wigan, WN1 2DD.
- Kunal Rathod, Vivek Khare, Ayaz Abassi – Orchard street, Wigan, WN1 3SS.
- Mark Innes Burgin, Adrian Thomson – DW Sports Fitness, Stadium Way, Wigan, WN5 0UN.
- Simon Briggs, Sohaib Yasin – Peter Harvey Physiotherapy Centre, 28 High Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HL.
Customer reviews of medical negligence solicitors in Atherton and across the UK can be really helpful when trying to decide on the clinical negligence and medical negligence solicitor you should hire to pursue your claim for you. They will give you an honest view of how well the solicitor firm operates and if they have satisfactory customer service skills. The last thing you want to do is hire a solicitor that has poor customer relations, is hard to get hold of or who seems to take forever and a day to get anything done and so by reading the customer reviews you will be able to get the feedback you need from a customers’ point of view to help you shortlist the most favourable legal firm.
Medical negligence can occur in numerous ways in a variety of healthcare settings regardless of whether it is private or NHS medical care. Some of the most common includes; surgical errors, cases of misdiagnosis, dental malpractice and many more. We discuss some of the different types through this guide.
Unless in an emergency situation, our GP is usually the medical professional we see regularly when feeling unwell or have some form of health complaint so that we can get the medical care required to improve our health. As they are considered to be a specialist in their field and been through years of training, we tend to put our trust in them to diagnose what is wrong as understandably we see them as knowing best when it comes to health issues. However, occasionally if GP’s make negligent errors it could leave their patient injured or in further ill health; maybe they make a wrong diagnosis, prescribe the wrong medication, or dismiss symptoms that need further investigation for example, whatever the reason if their negligence causes the patient more harm, they could be sued for damages.
Medical negligence in surgery could occur in both private and NHS hospitals. Surgery may be performed for medical reasons, cosmetic reasons, or in an emergency situation. Some of the most common surgical errors can include:
- Leaving unsightly scars
- Administering the incorrect type or dosage of anaesthetic
- Causing damage to other areas of the body close to the operation site.
- Damaging nerve tissue
- Performing the wrong surgery
- Using unclean utensils
If you have been the victim of surgical medical negligence, contact us at Medical Negligence Assist for help and advice on what you need to do next.
By misdiagnosing cancer and other serious diseases, the consequences can be devastating for the patient and their families. Catching such diseases early and starting treatment as early as possible is sometimes the main tool in beating the disease. By receiving the wrong diagnosis, life-saving treatment may be postponed and the outcome could not only mean more ferocious and extensive treatment is possibly needed and for a longer period, but also could result in loss of life. If you or a family member has been the victim of private or NHS negligence involving misdiagnosis of cancer or another serious disease, contact us at Medical Negligence Assist for help and advice on what you need to do next.
Pregnancy and birth, although a natural occurrence, is a highly complex process and medical intervention is commonplace to ensure things progress as they should, to keep checks on both mother and baby and to be able to intervene if something isn’t right in order to try to prevent any harm coming to the mother or baby. However, sometimes due to someone not acting quickly enough, or making a wrong decision, things could go wrong that shouldn’t have done, leaving the mother or baby injured. Serious injuries such as brain damage and cerebral palsy can occur in childbirth if care is not taken. Medical negligence claims for pregnancy and childbirth can involve both physical and mental trauma, contact Medical Negligence Assist for further advice.
Regardless of whether you have attended a private or NHS hospital if you have been injured or made ill due to negligence, you could make a claim against those responsible. Medical negligence in a hospital may involve:
- Misdiagnosis or lack or diagnosis of a health complaint
- Undergoing tests or checks not relevant to your condition
- Receiving the wrong medication
- Being left to suffer for long periods of time without being seen
- Developing bed sores or pressure sores due to being left in one position for a long time
These are just a few of the negligent things that may occur in a hospital. If you have been treated negligently, speak to one of our team at Medical Negligence Assist for further information.
When we think of medical malpractice or negligence, we tend to automatically think of hospitals or GP surgeries, but medical negligence can also happen at dental clinics. Dentists can also make mistakes with diagnosing problems, sometimes make errors when filling, extracting or working on damaged teeth such as filling the wrong tooth, or even removing the wrong tooth. They may also make mistakes with the anaesthetic and cause the patient to experience extreme pain if it was not administered properly. Whatever the cause, if the patient has been injured in some way whilst under the care of their dentist, they may have a valid reason to launch a claim if the dentist’s actions are perceived as being negligent.
Nursing staff within a care home have a duty of care to look after the residents and make sure that all of their needs are met and catered for and to ensure their safety and quality of life are a priority at all times. Their duty of care may include making sure the residents receive any medication correctly if any is prescribed to them, ensuring their personal care needs are met such as washing and dressing, making sure they are dressed in clean clothes, and so on. Special lifting techniques should be applied when helping to manoeuvre the residents, and where required, lifting equipment should be used correctly. If the nursing staff fail in their duty of care to the residents and treat them negligently resulting in them becoming injured or ill, they may be held responsible.
The amount of compensation you receive depends heavily on the injury, particularly the type and severity of the injury. Other components such as expenses and loss of income also affect the final amount paid. Due to each case being unique, we cannot accurately predict the amount you receive, but we can show you in the table below as a guide, the total amount that has been paid out for the number of claims made over a period of one year.
|Trust||Claims received 17/18||Number of accidents/incidents||Compensation awarded|
|Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust||10||0||£53,632|
|Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust||165||42||£27,519,419|
As mentioned earlier in the guide, no win no fee is the safest financial option when hiring a legal team to conduct your claim case for you. Its’ basically a service whereby you don’t pay any solicitors fees at all until the case has concluded, and only then do you pay if it wins. The fee is paid out of the awarded payment as a small percentage. If the case loses, you do not pay any solicitors fees at all.
Some of the hospitals and clinics in this region include:
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary,
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust,
If you or someone you love has been injured due to medical negligence, you can contact Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087 to discuss the details of your case and they will be able to help you take the next steps in starting your claim.
This links to another of our guides that explains the medical negligence claim time limits.
This is the Governments guide on how to make a complaint to the NHS.
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Written by Kelly
Edited by LisM.