If you’re in the unfortunate position of having to find a medical negligence solicitor, then you might be wondering where to begin. If you’re looking for medical negligence solicitors in Ayr, this guide should prove really helpful. We’re going to explain what to look for and what you could do to make your search easier.
Of course, you could just contact us and use one of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors who work on a no win no fee basis for any claim they help with.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors are not based Ayr but can cover the area with ease. If you’d like to begin a claim today, give us a call on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a member of our helpful team. If you prefer to learn more first, then please carry on reading.
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- Picking Between Solicitors Conducting Medical Negligence Claims In Ayr
- Should Solicitors Be Based Locally?
- Could Injuries Be Assessed In Ayrshire?
- Reviews Of Solicitors Conducting Medical Claims
- Medical Negligence Claims In Ayr Our Team Could Handle
- Ayrshire Hospital Negligence
- Surgery/ Operation Negligence
- Birth Negligence
- Instances Of Cancer Misdiagnosis
- General Practice / GP Negligence
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Dental Medical Negligence
- NHS Ayrshire And Arran Medical Negligence Statistics
- Ayrshire Hospitals
- No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Ayr
- Talk To Our Experts
- Reference Materials
Picking Between Solicitors Conducting Medical Negligence Claims In Ayr
So, when looking for a personal injury lawyer who takes on medical negligence claims, where should you begin? Some people will ask friends for advice, some will use medical negligence solicitor’s reviews and some simply ask their family for recommendations. If you’re lucky, you may find a good solicitor this way, but we’ll provide you with some more advice during this guide so you can ask the right questions when contacting them.
Before that, you should check your claim is likely to be taken on by a solicitor. If you can answer yes to the following 3 questions, then the chances are that you will be able to claim:
- Were you injured, made ill or was your existing medical condition made worse following substandard or negligent treatment?
- Was that treatment carried out by a medical professional such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse or dentist?
- And did the treatment happen within the medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years? (There are some exceptions to this rule, so please contact us to discuss your claim further).
If you’ve answered yes to those questions, then we could help you begin a claim today. Once you’ve finished reading this guide, why not get in touch to discuss how our panel of medical negligence solicitors who are not based in Ayr but can cover the area are able to help you make a compensation claim.
Should Solicitors Be Based Locally?
Your first thought, when beginning a personal injury claim, might be, “I should look for medical negligence solicitors in my area”. However, it is not a legal requirement to use a solicitor based in your area. Therefore you can expand your search to solicitors across the country.
This means that if you do not want to, you don’t have to visit your solicitor’s office as everything can be done over the phone or by email, so their location doesn’t really matter. It’s far more important to choose a solicitor because they have experience in medical negligence cases and can show you that they’ve taken on cases that may be similar to your own recently.
Could Injuries Be Assessed In Ayrshire?
While your personal injury solicitor doesn’t need to be local, we like to ensure that your medical assessor will be. Therefore, we have a panel of doctors and medical experts who can undertake a medical assessment for you in and around Ayr. Here’s a sample:
Regent Medical Group
Glasgow, G2 2RQ.
Reviews Of Solicitors Conducting Medical Claims
One thing people like to do these days is read reviews before purchasing a product or service. In the case of medical negligence solicitor in Ayr, they can be helpful to a point.
You can use them to gauge how happy previous clients were with the professionalism of the solicitor, the number of updates they received throughout the claim and the amount of compensation they ultimately received.
We suggest though that you pick up the phone and discuss your claim with any potential solicitor rather than relying solely on the review. This will allow the solicitor to explain how they’ll handle your case and they might be able to provide an estimated compensation amount too.
Medical Negligence Claims In Ayr Our Team Could Handle
Over the next few sections of this guide, we’re going to provide some examples of medical negligence which might lead to a compensation claim. This list isn’t conclusive which means you might not see an example of one similar to your own.
Don’t worry if that’s the case, we could help with any medical negligence claim in Ayr if you were injured or made ill because of a negligent act by a medical professional so please do get in touch to discuss what we could do to help you.
Ayrshire Hospital Negligence
If you attend a hospital, private or NHS, for planned treatment or in an emergency, you would hope that everything goes well, and your underlying condition is successfully treated. That’s not always the case though. In some cases, you may end up suffering more following your visit.
If that’s because you were treated negligently by hospital staff, either because of an accident, procedural error or a breach of health and safety rules, then you could seek compensation if they caused you to suffer.
Some examples include:
- If your condition becomes worse due to a delay in treatment caused by a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis.
- Suffering caused by surgical negligence.
- Illnesses caused by MRSA or other super bugs in the hospital.
- Or any suffering caused because the wrong medicine as prescribed, dispensed or administered.
Surgery/ Operation Negligence
When you need to undergo surgery, either a medical or cosmetic procedure, you might be worried about the risks involved. The surgeon will usually explain those risks and ask you to sign a consent form or waiver. Doing so doesn’t mean you can’t sue the hospital if the surgeon causes you to suffer because they acted negligently though.
Any injuries caused by mistakes, procedural errors or faulty surgical equipment could lead to a compensation claim for any injuries they cause.
Here are a few examples of surgical negligence which might result in a claim:
- If you require further surgery to remove surgical equipment which was left inside you.
- When you suffer pain during an operation because of an anaesthetic mistake.
- If you need remedial treatment to rectify a problem with an faulty medical clip or ineffective suturing.
- Or if you suffer any bruising or damage to your internal organs during an operation.
The amount of training a midwife and other medical professionals involved in delivering babies undergo is quite amazing. It takes many years of courses and mentoring before they become fully qualified. This is to ensure they know the correct procedures to follow in standard births and what to do if anything goes wrong.
All staff have a duty of care, to both mother and baby, to ensure their safety as much as possible. This means, if they fail to follow the correct procedure, fail to spot a problem or react to a problem incorrectly and this leads to an injury for either patient, then a compensation claim for the injuries could be possible.
Instances Of Cancer Misdiagnosis
When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, it can be the worst possible diagnosis. It can be even worse if they’re told that the cancer is at an advanced stage. Unlike other conditions, the sooner cancer is diagnosed, the better because the chances of cure and survival can increase if treatment begins early.
While the cancer misdiagnosis rate varies, any delay or misdiagnosis might mean that the patient’s symptoms worsen, the cancer becomes untreatable or the course of treatment required is more aggressive and painful.
Therefore, any delay in treatment which is caused by a doctor or medical professional failing to diagnose the cancer when they had an opportunity to do so could mean that a claim against them might be made.
General Practice / GP Negligence
GP’s probably have the broadest range of medical knowledge of most medical professionals. This is because, every day, they have to try and diagnose a range of problems, suggest a treatment or refer patients to a specialist and they usually only have a 5 or 10-minute appointment to do so.
In many cases, they get the diagnosis and treatment plan right and the patient returns to good health. In some cases, though, the GP can diagnose incorrectly, fail to spot a problem or prescribe the wrong medicine. If this causes the patient to suffer more then they might be able to claim against the GP.
Nursing Home Negligence
Many patients within nursing homes require specialist or bespoke care plans to make them as comfortable as possible. While many patients require different levels of care, nursing home staff have a duty of care to follow health and safety guidelines and procedures for each patient.
If a patient suffers because staff fail to follow the right procedures then a claim could be made, by a loved one if necessary, for any injuries or illnesses caused by the neglect.
Some examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Serious infections due to bedsores caused by the patient not being moved regularly.
- Injuries sustained during a fall because lifting procedures were not followed.
- Illnesses caused because prescribed medicines weren’t administered.
- Any suffering caused by nursing home abuse.
Dental Medical Negligence
Dentists, dental nurses and hygienists are all bound by a duty of care towards their patients. Whether the patient is attending the practice for a regular check up or whether it’s for a major procedure, staff should ensure they are as safe as possible by following the correct guidelines and maintaining hygiene standards.
If they fail to do so, and the patient ends up suffering, then it might be possible to begin a claim against the dentist.
Examples could include:
- Injuries to healthy teeth, nerves or gums while undergoing a procedure.
- Pain caused because the anaesthetic wasn’t administered correctly.
- Undue pain caused because the patient underwent treatment which wasn’t required due to a misdiagnosis.
NHS Ayrshire And Arran Medical Negligence Statistics
To demonstrate the amount of compensation paid out for NHS medical negligence we’ve provided the table below:
|Healthcare Provider||Number of Payments||CNORIS Payments|
|NHS Ayrshire and Arran||16||£1,045,619|
The data comes from this NHS document and only includes NHS negligence payments, not private healthcare compensation claims.
For your information, we’ve listed some of the major hospitals that provide services in and around Ayr:
- Ayr Hospital.
- Biggart Hospital.
- The Carrick Glen Hospital.
- East Ayrshire Community Hospital.
- University Hospital Crosshouse.
- Arran War Memorial Hospital.
- BMI Ross Hall.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Ayr area and can help with medical negligence claims at hospitals. Therefore, if you’d like to discuss a claim against any listed here, please get in touch.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Ayr
One thing that worries some people is the cost of hiring a medical negligence lawyer to make medical negligence claims in Ayrshire. That’s why our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee service for any claims they take on.
When you use a no win no fee service:
- You won’t need to pay anything upfront which means the case can begin right away.
- There’s nothing to pay at all if the solicitor loses the case.
- If the case is won, the solicitor takes their success fee straight from the compensation, so you don’t need to find the funds to pay them yourself.
Talk Our Experts
Thanks for taking the time to read our guide. If you’re ready to talk to us about your own medical negligence claim in Ayr, you can call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a specialist advisor. If you’d rather, you can contact us online by filling in this simple form.
Hopefully you’ve found this guide informative and helpful. For more information please take a look at the following resources which you might find useful.
Ayr, KA6 6DX.
NHS Scotland – Information and news from the NHS group responsible for medical services in Scotland.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran – The NHS body responsible for NHS treatment in the Ayrshire region.
Hospital Negligence Claims – A useful guide covering when you could claim compensation for negligence in a hospital including hospital deaths in Ayrshire NHS establishments.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – This handy guide can help you work out the amount of compensation you might get for clinical negligence claims in Scotland.
Surgical Negligence Claims – This is a guide that explains the different types of surgical negligence claims.
Written by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.