If you have been the victim of medical negligence, no matter whether the negligence was by a doctor, nurse, surgeon, dentist or any other medical professional, you might start looking for medical negligence solicitors in Basingstoke. However it’s often better to look at experience and specialism rather than locality. This guide is going to explain why local solicitors aren’t really necessary and how our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Basingstoke area.
If you’d like to discuss beginning a claim for medical negligence in Basingstoke with a specialist advisor, please call today on 0800 652 3087. If you want to know more about the help we can provide, then please carry on reading this guide.
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- How To Choose A Good Solicitor For A Medical Malpractice Case
- Experience Is More Important Than Location
- Assessments Of Your Injuries Could Be Conducted In Your Local Area With Our Panel Of Experts
- Testimonials And Reviews May Help You Choose A Solicitor
- Examples Of Clinical Negligence Types
- General Practice Negligence Compensation
- Operation Or Surgeon Negligence Compensation
- Negligent Birth Injuries Or Birth Defects Compensation
- Nursing Home And Care Home Negligence Compensation
- Hospital Malpractice Compensation
- Oncology (Cancer) Negligence Compensation
- Dental Malpractice Compensation
- Basingstoke And Hampshire Hospitals
- Hampshire NHS Trust Claims Data
- No Win No Fee Medical Claims Solicitors Covering Basingstoke
- Contact Us
- Helpful Resources
How To Choose A Good Solicitor For A Medical Malpractice Case
One of the first things you’ll probably do when choosing a medical negligence lawyer is to speak with a colleague, friend or family member for a recommendation. You could even look at medical negligence solicitor reviews. Both of these are a great starting point – in this guide though we’ll provide information on what else you could do and what you need to look for.
Before deciding which medical negligence solicitor to use, do you know if you have a valid claim or not?
The definition of medical negligence or clinical malpractice is when you become ill, suffer an injury or your existing condition is made worse because of substandard care provided by a medical professional. If this is true in your case, then you could be eligible to begin a compensation claim against them or the trust responsible if it is an NHS compensation claim.
Within this guide we’ll provide examples of negligence claims you might be able to make and answer questions like:
- How do I report negligence in a nursing home?
- Can you sue a doctor for complications after surgery?
- Do I have to use medical negligence solicitors in my area?
One thing to bear in mind is that there is a medical negligence claims time limit which applies to all claims in the UK. This means you have 3 years to claim from the date you were injured or the date you found out about your injuries. There are exceptions so please call to find out what time limit is applicable to you. Allow as much time as possible because a medical lawyer will require time to prepare your case and gather any supporting evidence including medical reports.
Experience Is More Important Than Location
As mentioned earlier, even if you’re looking for medical negligence solicitors in Basingstoke, you shouldn’t choose a personal injury solicitor based purely on their location.
In reality, you won’t ever visit the office of a solicitor as communication is done over the phone, email and sometimes via the postal service. Therefore, where the solicitor is based really doesn’t matter. It’s far more important to use a solicitor who specialises in your type of claim.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can work on any type of medical negligence claim and, collectively, have experience of most types of claims.
To ensure you don’t have to travel too far, our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors have a panel of medical specialists and doctors in Basingstoke that could be used if you need a medial assessment of your injuries. We’ll provide details of local specialists in the next section.
Assessments Of Your Injuries Could Be Conducted In Your Local Area With Our Panel Of Experts
Here is a sample of the specialists in the Basingstoke area:
18 Chiddesden Road,
Basingstoke, RG12 3DU.
Gillies Health Centre,
Basingstoke, RG22 4EH.
St Andrews Centre,
Basingstoke, RG22 6ER.
Testimonials And Reviews May Help You Choose A Solicitor
If you use reviews when making purchases, you won’t be surprised to hear they exist for medical negligence solicitors too. If making a personal injury claim, it can be tricky to work out which solicitor to choose so these reviews can be great. You’ll be able narrow down your choice by reading about customer satisfaction, how often they were updated during the claim and if they were happy with the compensation amount they were awarded.
Once you’ve reduced the number of solicitors, we’d recommend speaking to them directly. Don’t just use the reviews, find out more by questioning the solicitor yourself. They should offer free legal advice and you’ll get a good understanding of how they can help you.
Examples Of Clinical Negligence Types
Over the next few sections of this guide, we’ll cover different types of negligence cases that could possibly lead to compensation claims such as NHS dental negligence, birth defects caused by negligence, NHS cancer misdiagnosis and General Practice negligence.
General Practice Negligence Compensation
A GP’s surgery can be a very busy hub of the community with doctors having to see many patients every day and diagnose their problem within a short appointment time. Very often, the doctor will recognise the symptoms and treat them correctly, or if the symptoms are complicated or more tests are needed the patient will be referred to the hospital for clearer clarification. However if GP’s fail to notice signs of a serious illness or misdiagnose it for something else the current condition could go left untreated which may mean the patients health deteriorates and they suffer a lot more than they needed too had the diagnosis happened at the first opportunity. This type of scenario could possibly lead to GP negligence.
Examples where a GP could be deemed to have been negligent include:
- Misdiagnosing a condition leading to a delay in treatment causing unnecessary suffering.
- Failing to diagnose a condition on multiple occasions leading to the patient’s health getting worse.
- Prescribing the wrong medicine or dosage which causes the patient to suffer.
Operation Or Surgeon Negligence Compensation
Despite surgery sometimes being risky, even if you have been explained the risks beforehand you could still claim compensation if the surgeon, or other medical staff, cause you to suffer because they were negligent in some way. To be eligible to pursue a surgical error compensation case it must be proven that the treatment was negligent, it caused you direct harm and another medical practitioner of the same statute would have not caused the same suffering.
Here are examples of surgical errors or mistakes which could lead to compensation claims;
- The surgeon failed to follow standard operation procedures which lead to an avoidable injury.
- You suffered pain because the anaesthetic dosage was incorrect.
- Any item of surgical equipment was left inside you.
- You suffered further complications because suturing or surgical clips failed.
Negligent Birth Injuries Or Birth Defects Compensation
While many visits to the maternity ward result in the birth of a healthy baby, if medical staff do not always maintain the high standard constantly and allow the service they offer to fall below the minimum standard the mother or baby could be left with injuries which, in some cases, could be life changing. If the injuries were caused because of a mistake, error or because the people overseeing your delivery failed to spot a problem or follow the correct procedures, then you may be able to claim compensation for any harm caused.
Nursing Home And Care Home Negligence Compensation
Care homes should protect some of the most vulnerable patients in society including the elderly. They have a duty of care to look after them and ensure they are treated properly throughout their stay. If the care home staff are negligent in any way then you could claim for compensation on behalf of your loved one if they’ve been injured or become ill because of the negligence.
This could include claims where:
- A patient is injured during a fall because they weren’t moved correctly or by untrained staff.
- Any type of care home abuse.
- If the patient suffers because they do not receive their medication at the correct times.
- Or if they suffer from bed or pressure sores because they’re left in the same position for too long.
Hospital Malpractice Compensation
Hospital treatment usually results in the stabilising or the curing of a condition for many patients. If in some cases, though, patients receive a poor standard of service, are not diagnosed correctly, prescribed the wrong medication patients could suffer from a new illness, injury or their existing condition could be made worse. In these cases, it maybe possible for the patient to seek compensation for the negligence. Examples of hospital negligence could include:
- Negligent injuries sustained during surgery.
- Treatment delayed causing the condition to worsen because of a late or misdiagnosis.
- Contracting a condition such as pneumonia because of superbugs like MRSA which is due to unhygienic practices.
- Being given the incorrect dosage or the wrong medicines causing an overdose or ill health.
Oncology (Cancer) Negligence Compensation
The prognosis for cancer patients, where the cancer is spotted early on, can be very good with certain types of cancer. It can get worse if there is a delay in treatment caused by a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis.
Proving a doctor or cancer specialist failed because they didn’t spot the symptoms correctly early on can be tricky. This is why you should use a specialist when making these types of claim. If you think a doctor could’ve spotted your cancer earlier, and you suffered because it wasn’t, speak with our advisors about your eligibility to claim.
Dental Malpractice Compensation
Many people don’t enjoy a trip to the dentist but it’s relatively rare for things to go wrong when receiving dental treatment. That said, if a dentist does make a negligent mistake which causes you pain, suffering or an avoidable injury, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your suffering.
Dental negligence may include:
- If you suffer an avoidable physical injury during treatment.
- When the dentist fails to spot a problem, which leads to you suffer more.
- If you undergo treatment which wasn’t needed.
- If you suffer pain because of an error with the anaesthetic dose.
Basingstoke And Hampshire Hospitals
For your information we’ve compiled a list of the hospitals, both private and NHS, which cover the Basingstoke area:
- Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital (NHS).
- Andover War Memorial Hospital (NHS).
- Royal Hampshire County Hospital (NHS).
- BMI – The Hampshire Clinic (Private).
All of our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Basingstoke area so if you have any questions at all regarding medical negligence please call our advisors who will try to answer any of your concerns.
Hampshire NHS Trust Claims Data
The table below outlines the compensation payments made by the NHS trust within the Basingstoke region. Source: NHS Factsheet
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||Damages Payments|
|Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||42||5||£4,339,332|
No Win No Fee Medical Claims Solicitors Covering Basingstoke
No win no fee agreements allow you to claim compensation without risking your own money. You don’t pay the solicitor up front, you don’t pay them if they lose the case and, if they win, their success fee is taken directly from the compensation, so you don’t need to find any funds to pay for their services.
A success fee is a maximum of 25% of your compensation and may be less. No win no fee is the safest way to begin a claim and all of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer it for cases they take on.
To help you further, we’ve linked to some resources below which we hope you will find useful:
Aldermaston Rd, Basingstoke RG24 9NA
Complaining to the NHS – A guide, by the NHS, about where you need to turn if you need to complain about an NHS service.
Care Home Inspections – This list of inspections is for care homes within Hampshire County Council’s region, including Basingstoke.
NHS Long Term Plan – A detailed look at planned changes to the NHS and its services.
Misdiagnosis claims – This guide offers a more detailed look at making a claim against a GP and what forms of negligence could be claimed for.
Medical Negligence Claims: How Long? – This useful guide explains how long claims can take and what might cause any delays in the claims process.
Edited by LisM.