Barrow-in-Furness Medical Negligence Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims Lawyers Guide

Medical negligence Barrow-in-Furness

Medical negligence Barrow-in-Furness

If you need to seek advice from a medical negligence solicitor because you’ve been injured during medical treatment, you might not know where to begin your search. This guide will help you if you’re searching for medical negligence solicitors in Barrow-in-Furness and will explain why you aren’t limited to solicitors in your area. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors are not based in Barrow-in-Furness but can cover claims in the Barrow-in-Furness region and offer a no win no fee service for any claim they take on.

If you’d like to discuss how we could help, call us on 0800 652 3087 today. If you’d prefer to find out more about how claims work first, then please carry on reading.

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Ways To Choose The Right Medical Claims Solicitor For Your Case

If you’re considering making a Morecambe bay NHS trust clinical negligence or any other medical negligence claim, you might want to check your eligibility. If you can answer yes to the 3 questions below, our panel of solicitors could help you begin a claim.

  1. Did you receive negligent, poor or substandard treatment from a medical professional?
  2. Was it that treatment that caused you to become ill, suffer an injury or your existing condition made worse?
  3. Finally, did the treatment happen within the medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years? (There are exceptions to the rule, contact us to discuss further).

If all of the above are true, the next step is finding the best medical negligence lawyer to help make your claim.  We’ll provide information on what to look for throughout this guide, but many people ask friends for advice, read medical negligence solicitor reviews or ask for recommendations as a starting point.

You could bypass this work by simply calling Medical Negligence Assist today and let us assess your claim and introduce to one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Barrow-in-Furness area to help you make a claim for compensation.

Check Out Reviews Of Medical Claims Solicitors

Independent reviews of solicitors could be a great starting point in your search, but please bare in mind that they might not offer all the information you need.

Reviews could provide an insight into how previous clients felt about:

  • The professionalism of the solicitor and their staff throughout the claim.
  • How many updates they received throughout the claim.
  • The amount of compensation they received.

However, you’ll only find out how the solicitor will take on your claim and how much compensation they hope to achieve by speaking with them directly.  Therefore we’d recommend that is something you do before agreeing to use any personal injury lawyer.

A Solicitors Location Doesn’t Matter To Your Claim

It really doesn’t matter anymore where a solicitor is based. With modern methods of communication, you won’t need to meet the solicitor face to face which means the office location is irrelevant.

You should concentrate on the solicitor’s experience in medical negligence claims and how they plan to manage your case, rather than where they are based.

Any Medical Examinations May Be Carried Out By Our Medical Expert Panel

To ensure you don’t have to travel very far during your personal injury claim, we have a panel of medical experts based locally who can undertake a medical assessment of your injuries. The assessments are used to ascertain the extent of your injuries and can be used as evidence in your claim.

Here is one of the specialists our panel of solicitors could use in and around Barrow-in-Furness include:

Ian Kerss
South Lakeland Physiotherapy,
58 Hartington Street,
Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 5SR.

Barrow-in-Furness Clinical Negligence Claims Which You Could Make

To help you understand the types of medical negligence which could lead to a compensation claim, we’re going to provide some examples and different scenarios over the coming sections. We know that we can’t cover every type of negligent act, blunder, accident or mistake here, so please get in touch even if you don’t see an example similar to yours here.

Hospital Clinical Negligence Claims

If everything went to plan all of the time, any trip to a hospital would result in the patient recovering fully following any treatment or operation. Of course, nothing in life is perfect and patients could suffer unduly after treatment.

In some cases, this is unavoidable and is caused because the patient’s illness is difficult to treat or has become untreatable. However, if the patient suffers due to a mistake, error or other negligent act by hospital staff, then they could seek compensation for any suffering.

Examples of scenarios which could lead to a hospital negligence claim include:

  • Patients who become ill because they contracted MRSA while in the hospital.
  • Any suffering caused by delayed treatment due to a misdiagnosis.
  • Illnesses or avoidable side effects caused by the incorrect administering of medicines.
  • Any injury caused by surgical negligence.

Cancer Misdiagnosis And Malpractice In Treatment

With cancer, unlike some other illnesses, the earlier it is spotted the better the chances of survival (with many types of cancer at least).

A delay in treating cancer can mean it advances and becomes untreatable or requires a more severe and painful course of treatment which might include surgery to remove the cancer.

Therefore, if a patient suffers because of a delay in treatment caused by a doctor or medical professional failing to diagnose the cancer when they had the opportunity to do so, then they could claim compensation for any additional suffering caused by the delay.

Antenatal And Neonatal Negligence

Hospital staff have a duty of care to ensure patients, both mother and baby, are as safe as possible during pregnancy, labour, and post-birth.  This can be achieved by using the correct procedures throughout their care.

If a baby or mother is injured because these procedures aren’t followed, a problem is dealt with incorrectly or the problem isn’t spotted until it’s too late then a claim could be made against the NHS trust responsible. Examples of medical negligence in childbirth could be a preventable 4th-degree tear to the mother and a failure of medical staff in noticing that the baby had a lack of Oxygen, causing Hypoxia.

If you believe you, your baby of both of you suffered an injury due to medical negligence during birth, please call our team to discuss how we could help you begin your claim.

Negligence In Surgical Care

When you undergo any form of surgery, cosmetic or medical, will come with a level of risk associated with it. Even though the surgeon will explain the risks and ask you to sign a consent form, you could still claim compensation if you’re injured or suffer during surgery because of negligence from the surgeon or their team.

Some examples that could lead to a compensation claim include:

  • Any suffering caused because you wake up during surgery as there was a mistake with the anaesthetic dosage.
  • Wrong-sited surgery which has caused unnecessary damage to healthy organs.
  • Complications which require further surgery to fix problems with faulty medical clips or ineffective suturing.

Neglect, Blunders Or Abuse In Nursing Homes

Having the unenviable task of choosing a care home for a loved one can be difficult and traumatic. You’ll have to have faith in the management and staff of the care home you choose and trust that they’ll follow the correct procedures throughout your loved one’s care.

Any failure to act properly which causes a resident to suffer could lead to a compensation claim. Some examples include:

  • Pain caused by pressure sores due to staff not moving a bed-bound resident regularly.
  • Any suffering caused to a resident who is abused by care home staff.
  • Injuries caused by a fall when the resident is moved or lifted incorrectly.
  • Any suffering caused because prescription medicine isn’t dispensed.

Negligence In Dentistry

When you attend a dental practice, either for a check-up or for treatment, you are owed a duty of care by all staff working at the practice. This means they should always use the right equipment for the job, maintain hygiene standards and ensure they follow the correct procedure for any treatment they undertake.

If you’re injured by a dentist, become ill or undergo treatment which wasn’t required due to a misdiagnosis, you could have a valid claim for compensation.

Negligence In General Practice (GP) Care

Visiting a GP very often results in the doctor diagnosing your health problem, prescribing a course of medicine or referring you for tests with a specialist all within a 10-minute appointment. It’s amazing to consider the breadth of a GP’s medical knowledge.

However, there are cases where the GP fails to spot the reason for an illness. This could lead to the patient suffering due to a delay in receiving the correct treatment. Click here to read more about GP negligence.

If a GP has caused you to suffer or your symptoms to worsen because they failed to diagnose your illness or diagnosed it as something else then our panel of medical negligence solicitors could help you make a negligence claim against them so please get in touch.

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust Clinical Negligence Data

We’ve provided data in the table below which shows the number of claims made against the NHS trust in the region.  It also includes the amount of compensation paid out for NHS negligence.

Healthcare ProviderClaims in 2017/2018Number of Incidents 2017/2018CNST Damages
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust6111£4,627,210

The data doesn’t include private healthcare claims and comes from this NHS resource.

Hospitals Serving Barrow-In-Furness Or Morecambe Bay

Below, you can see a list of the main hospitals in the area of Barrow-In-Furness:

  • Furness General Hospital.
  • Abbey View Hospital.
  • Burnett Edgar Medical Centre.
  • Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
  • West Morland General Hospital.
  • West Cumberland Hospital.

If you’d like to claim for Furness General Hospital clinical negligence (or any other medical facility in the area), please call to speak with a specially trained advisor about a range of negligence claims including Furness General hospital deaths.

No Win No Fee Medical Claims Explained

When thinking about making a claim for medical negligence in Barrow-in-Furness, some people are put off because they worry about the cost of hiring a personal injury solicitor.

This is why our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors work on a no win no fee basis for any claim they take on.

No win no fee means that:

  • There’s no need to make a payment upfront.
  • You don’t pay anything whatsoever if your claim is unsuccessful.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of no win no fee claims, please speak with one of our legal advisors by using the contact information below.

Contact Our Team

If you’re ready to discuss how we could help you begin your claim, please get in touch by calling 0800 652 3087.  If you’d rather we call you, you can arrange a call back by filling in this online form.

Helpful References And Services

Here are some more useful links and resources which we hope you’ll find helpful.  If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Furness General Hospital
Dalton Lane,
Cumbria, LA14 4LF.

NHS Cancer Guide – Information from the NHS about different types of cancer and their treatment options.

Care Services Cumbria – A website by Cumbria County Council detailing its care provision in the region.

Birth Injury Claims – Information about injuries during childbirth including fatalities such as those in the Furness General hospital scandal.

Oncology Negligence – A more detailed look at when a cancer misdiagnosis could lead to a compensation claim.

Written by Brett.

Edited by Charlotte.