If you have suffered following treatment from a medical professional, then you might be able to seek compensation if the way they performed the treatment is deemed negligent. It is advised that with any medical negligence case claimants use a professional expert medical negligence solicitor. So you might ask where do I find a good medical negligence solicitor in Barnet? This guide will provide advice on how you find the best medical negligence solicitor for your situation and how our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors have the expertise and knowledge to be able to conduct almost any clinical negligence claim anywhere in the country.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Barnet area so, to save the hassle of searching, you could simply call our team of advisors on 0800 652 3087 today. You may be eligible to make a no win no fee claim.
If you would prefer to find out more information first, then please carry on reading this helpful guide.
Choose A Section
- How Do I Choose My Medical Claim Solicitor?
- Do I Need To Use A Local Solicitor?
- Our Panel Of Doctors May Assess Your Injuries
- Do I Need To Look At Reviews?
- Medical Negligence Claims Handled By Our Panel Of Experts
- General Surgery / Cosmetic Surgery Negligence
- Maternity / Birth Injury Negligence
- Barnet Hospital Negligence Claims
- Nursing Home / Care Home Negligence
- GP / Doctor / Nurse Negligence
- Cancer / Oncology Negligence
- Dental Negligence
- Barnet Area NHS Trust Claims Statistics
- No Win No Fee Medical Claims In Barnet
- Barnet Area Hospitals
- Talk To Our Team
- Helpful References
How Do I Choose My Medical Claim Solicitor?
Before starting your search for a personal injury lawyer, you should check whether you’re able to claim or not. The basic check list for medical negligence claims that we use is:
- Were you provided with substandard, incorrect or negligent treatment by a medical professional?
- Did that treatment lead to an illness, injury or your existing condition becoming worse which otherwise would not have happened?
- Was the treatment performed within the last 3 years, which is the medical negligence claims time limit in the UK? (This may vary please call our team for more information)
If you’re able to answer yes to all 3 questions, we could help you begin claim so please get in touch and let us do the work of choosing a solicitor for you.
Many people do choose to find a solicitor by reading medical negligence solicitor reviews, asking for advice from friends or colleagues or by asking family for recommendations. All of these could work, but we’ll give you further advice on what to look for in a solicitor which you can use in conjunction with any other advice you receive.
When you’ve read this guide, if you still have any questions, please call to discuss them with one of our specially trained advisors. We’ll happily explain your options and help you decide whether you have a claim or not.
Do I Need To Use A Local Solicitor?
In this modern world, there’s really no need to limit your options by sticking to solicitors who are local to you. It’s a much better idea to find a solicitor who deals with medical negligence claims regularly, has years of experience doing so and can demonstrate recent cases that they’ve taken on and succeeded in.
Our Panel Of Doctors May Assess Your Injuries
By choosing our panel of medical negligence solicitors to represent you on your case they will try to ensure you don’t need to travel far for any medical assessment that’s required. There are a panel of doctors and medical specialist across the UK who can undertake the assessment near you.
A sample of the specialists in the Barnet region include:
Barnet, EN4 0PY.
Do I Need To Look At Reviews?
You don’t have to use reviews when choosing a solicitor, but some people do find them a helpful starting point. You could find out how previous clients felt about the solicitors’ firm in general, how often they were updated throughout their claim and, importantly, how happy they were with the compensation they received if they received any.
However, we would advise you to pick up the phone and call any solicitor you’re considering using. This is because they could tell you how they plan to proceed with your case, what amount of compensation they hope to achieve and how they’ll communicate with you throughout the claims process.
Medical Negligence Claims Handled By Our Panel of Experts
We’re now going to look at forms of medical negligence claims that a personal injury solicitor might take on by providing some examples for you. This is not a definitive list so please get in touch even if you don’t see an example similar to your own. If you’ve suffered an injury, been made ill or your existing condition was made worse because of medical negligence, we maybe able to help you.
General Surgery / Cosmetic Surgery Negligence
Whether you’re undergoing medical or cosmetic surgery, the surgeon will usually tell you if there are any risks associated with your procedure and ask you to sign a consent form or waiver.
However it is important not to mistake associated risks with negligent injuries that could have been avoided had the right procedures been followed.
Examples of surgical negligence where compensation might be claimed include:
- Preventable injuries caused to internal organs during surgery.
- Pain caused because the anaesthetic isn’t managed properly.
- Complications caused by failed suturing or failed medical clips.
- Suffering because surgical equipment was left inside you and further treatment is required to remove it.
Maternity / Birth Injury Negligence
Doctors, midwives, nurses etc are all fully trained in how to deliver a baby safely and in a healthy environment even if complication arise they have the know how to proceed with confidence to ensure both mother and baby are safe and healthy. There maybe circumstances when things go wrong but they are totally out of the control of any medical practitioner. Not all injuries and illnesses that take place will be because someone got it wrong. However it is vital at all times that medical professions act in accordance to their duty of care to prevent avoidable injuries from happening.
Examples of injuries and illnesses that could happen during pregnancy and the birth:
- Perineal tears.
- Pre-eclampsia misdiagnosis.
- Suturing errors.
- Fissures and tears.
- Infections due to poor hygiene standards.
- C-Section errors causing damage to internal organs.
- Fractures, cuts and bruising.
- Brain injuries.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Dysplasia of the hip.
Barnet Hospital Negligence Claims
You might not expect for your condition to become worse after treatment at a hospital. You probably don’t expect to incur a new injury or become ill, but if standards are not maintained at the expected level this leaves room for negligent acts to occur which could result in a patient suffering unnecessarily. If they are caused by negligent acts by staff such as not following correct proven procedures, using damaged or faulty equipment or not maintaining hygiene standards then you might be able to seek compensation if you suffered because of their negligence.
For instance, you might be able to claim for:
- Injuries caused by surgical malpractice.
- Illnesses caused because you contracted MRSA on the ward due to poor hygiene.
- Excess suffering caused because treatment was delayed due to a negligent misdiagnosis.
- Medication error, being prescribed the incorrect medication which caused adverse health effects.
Nursing Home / Care Home Negligence
Having to find a care home for a loved one can be quite upsetting and distressing. You have to have complete faith that the one you choose will offer the best level of support and ensure your loved one remains as comfortable as possible throughout their stay.
If the care home management or staff fail to implement the correct health and safety procedures, which leads to the patient suffering, you could seek compensation on their behalf (if they’re unable to do so themselves).
Here are a few examples of care home negligence:
- Bruises or fractures caused by falls because staff used incorrect lifting methods.
- Illnesses caused because medicines weren’t provided.
- Suffering caused by pressure sores (bed sores) when the patient wasn’t moved often enough.
GP / Doctor / Nurse Negligence
GPs try to diagnose most medical problems at the earliest opportunity and prescribe a treatment plan to resolve the issue if there is one. In many cases, this can be done in the first appointment, but sometimes further tests will be required, or a specialist may need to assess the patient further.
If a GP fails to diagnose properly but another physician of the same ability would have diagnosed correctly, or takes many attempts to diagnose correctly which results in failure to refer a patient for tests or prescribe the right medicine, then the patient could possibly claim compensation if the doctor’s negligent mistakes led to any suffering.
Cancer / Oncology Negligence
With some illnesses, when they’re diagnosed doesn’t matter too much, so long as they are treated. With many cancers, this isn’t true, and the sooner treatment begins, the better the chance of full recovery.
Any delay in treatment can result in a patient suffering more than they would have because the cancer could advance and their symptoms could become worse. This might mean a more painful and aggressive treatment is required or the cancer could advance too far an become untreatable.
Not all delays in treatment or misdiagnosis will be due to medical negligence but medical professional are required to be aware of symptoms that reflect cancer so that they can act quickly, if the delay is caused because a medical professional clearly over looks the symptoms, when another practitioner would have not then it maybe possible to make a claim for any further suffering that was unnecessary.
A dentist’s surgery can offer a number of services including general check-ups, hygienist treatments, cosmetic treatments and resolve other issues regarding the mouth and jaw. Whichever service they’re providing they need to ensure hygiene standards are high, the right equipment is used (and well maintained) and the correct procedures are followed throughout the treatment.
If they fail in their duty of care, and the patient suffers as a result of negligence, then a compensation claim could be a possibility.
Examples of dental negligence could potentially include:
- If a patient suffers pain during a treatment because the anaesthetic wasn’t administered correctly.
- Suffering caused by treatment that wasn’t required due to a misdiagnosis.
- Any damage to healthy gums, nerves or teeth caused during treatment on other teeth.
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Claims Statistics
In the table below, we’ve listed the number of complaints for NHS negligence and the amount of compensation awarded for claims against the NHS trusts operating in the Barnet region:
|Claims in 2017/2018
|Number of Incidents 2017/2018
|Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The information is from the 2017-2018 period and can be seen in this NHS report
No Win No Fee Medical Claims In Barnet
One thing that many clients worry about is the cost of using a medical negligence lawyer to make their claim. This is why many London medical solicitors, and those outside the area including our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Barnet area, offer a no win no fee service for claims that they feel have a good chance of success.
You don’t pay anything up front when using no win no fee services, there’s nothing to pay to your legal team if you don’t receive compensation and your solicitor will take their success fee directly from any compensation which is won which means you don’t have to find the funds to pay them.
Barnet Area Hospitals
Here is a list of the main hospitals serving the Barnet area for your information:
- Barnet General Hospital.
- Chase Farm Hospital.
- Royal Free Hospital.
- Hadley Wood Hospital.
- Finchley Memorial Hospital.
- BMI Hendon Hospital.
Talk To Our Team
If you’re happy to use our panel of experts to help you begin a medical negligence claim then you can contact us by calling 0800 652 3087 or, if you’d rather, we can call you back when it’s convenient if you fill in this online form.
You’ve reached the end of our guide about medical negligence cases, so we have provided you with some more guides and external resources which we hope you’ll find useful below:
Hertfordshire, EN5 3DJ.
Inspection Report – The latest Care Quality Commission report found Barnet Hospital requires improvement overall.
Care Homes in Barnet – Information about the council provision for care homes in Barnet.
Hospital Negligence Claims – A guide to hospital negligence claims which could be applied to cases of poor nursing care at Barnet Hospital or any other medical negligence at Barnet Hospital.
Birth Injury Claims – Information about birth injuries which could be used in claims.
Edited by LisM.