If you’re looking for a medical negligence solicitor to help you with a claim, you might not know where to begin. If that’s the case, then you should find this guide helpful. If you’re looking for medical negligence solicitors in Bebington, then this guide may provide the answers to your questions.
This guide will explain why you don’t have to limit your search to medical negligence solicitors in Wirral and what you need to look for when deciding which solicitor to use.
If you’d like to discuss making a claim today, then call 0800 652 3087 and speak with a medical negligence expert right away.
If you’d prefer to learn more about making a claim first, then please carry on reading.
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- How To Choose A Medical Negligence Expert To Conduct Your Claim
- You Could Use Reviews Of Medical Claims Solicitors To Compare Services
- The Location Of Your Solicitor Is Not Important
- Injuries Or Illness Could Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors
- Medical Negligence Claims Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Conduct
- Negligent Medical Care By A GP
- Negligent Medical Care At A Hospital
- Negligent Medical Care During Childbirth
- Negligent Medical Care In Surgery/ An Operation
- Negligent Medical Care In Nursing Homes
- Negligent Medical Cancer Care
- Negligent Medical Care At A Dental Practice
- Instances Of Clinical Negligence At Bebington NHS Trusts
- Bebington Hospitals And Health Centres
- No Win No Fee Clinical Negligence Claims
- Contact Us
- Helpful Resources
How To Choose A Medical Negligence Expert To Conduct Your Claim
When you look for a medical negligence solicitor should you ask a friend or colleague for a recommendation? Should you simply pick one by reading reviews? Well, both of those are good suggestions but ensuring you get the right solicitor to help you requires a bit more work. After all, what worked well for a friend might not necessarily work for you.
Before considering which medical negligence solicitor to choose for your case it is advised that you check whether your claim is within the medical negligence claims time limit which is currently 3 years. This date starts from the date the negligence occurred or when you were diagnosed with the injuries it caused. There are exceptions for more advice please call our team the number is at the bottom of the screen.
To be eligible to claim both of the following criteria need to be met:
- Firstly, you need to have received negligent, poor or substandard treatment from a medical professional.
- Secondly, you need to have been injured, made ill or your existing condition got worse because of the negligent treatment.
You Could Use Reviews Of Medical Claims Solicitors To Compare Services
As mentioned earlier, some people use medical negligence solicitor’s reviews to help them choose a solicitor. We think they offer some good information but don’t answer every question you might have.
Therefore we recommend, after you’ve read the reviews, that you call the solicitor directly and discuss with them what they can do to help you, how long they think the claim will take, when they’ll update you and what level of compensation they estimate you might receive.
The Location Of Your Solicitor Is Not Important
Many people think, “I need to use medical negligence solicitors in my area”, which simply isn’t true. In fact, that train of thought could really limit your options and prevent you finding the best solicitor to help you.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Bebington area which means they could help with your claim. It’s much better to choose a personal injury lawyer based on their experience with medical negligence claims rather than where their office is located.
Injuries Or Illness Could Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors
While we’ve shown that your personal injury lawyer can be based anywhere in the UK, we feel that claimants shouldn’t have to travel far for a medical assessment if one is required as part of their claim.
Therefore, we have a panel of local medical specialists who can assess the extent of your injuries. Here are sample of local experts:
336 Hoylake Road,
Wirral, CH46 6DF.
Birkenhead, CH41 0DD.
Medical Negligence Claims Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Conduct
Over the next 7 sections of this guide, we’re going to provide different examples of negligence which might lead to a claim. Remember, even if you don’t see your type of negligence or injury listed here, we could still help so please call to discuss if you have a claim or not.
Negligent Medical Care By A GP
Your GP is usually the very first place you go when you are suffering with ill health or have a concern. In many cases, they can diagnose what’s wrong, if anything is wrong, prescribe a medicine or refer you to a specialist all within a 10-minute appointment, which is great if everything is done correctly.
If a GP makes a mistake, maybe misdiagnosis a patient as having an entirely different illness or fails to diagnose the condition at all, it could mean a patient suffers a lot more than they need to. When it comes down to a person’s health all medical practitioners have a duty of care to provide the patient with a minimum level of care and not to cause unnecessary harm.
GP negligence could take the following forms:
- The GP failed to spot what was wrong on the first appointment meaning your condition got worse and you suffered more due to a lack of treatment.
- They prescribed an incorrect medicine which made you ill because of side effects.
- Or they diagnosed your condition as something else altogether which, again, caused a delay in treatment of the correct illness causing you to suffer more.
Negligent Medical Care At A Hospital
Hospitals provide many services, many never close as they are always providing a service to the public. Those with accident and emergency departments are open around the clock receiving patients who need their help. Staff who work at hospitals are required to work in shifts so that there are always staff their to cater for the needs of those that are ill or injured. There is no denying that hospitals offer services are needed at all times. This could lead to staff being over worked, over stretched and over tired resulting in them not being able to perform as well we they need to.
No medical staff intend to cause patients any harm but if harm is caused through negligence to a patient the consequences could be severe depending on the circumstances.
If you suspect you’ve suffered because of a mistake at a hospital, whether it’s NHS negligence or at a private hospital, then please contact our team of specialists for advice on your eligibility to make a claim.
Negligent Medical Care During Childbirth
Midwifes tare trained to deliver babies into the world safely. This training is carried out to ensure they understand the procedures involved in delivering a child safely. They’re trained on how to deal with standard births as well as knowing what to do if something goes wrong.
As well as midwives, doctors, nurses and paediatricians are sometimes involved in the delivery of a baby. If any of these medical professionals’ deviates from the standard procedures, without good reason, fail to spot a problem or are negligent in any other way then any injuries caused to the mother or baby could lead to a compensation claim for medical negligence.
Some injuries in childbirth can’t be avoided, especially in emergency situations, but if you’re unsure whether negligence caused you or your baby to suffer, then please call to discuss your case with our team today.
Negligent Medical Care In Surgery Or Operations
Surgeons have to perform very complex procedures in sometime very difficult or emergency situations. They often have to think quickly and react to fast changing situations. You might think that this would exclude them from being responsible if a patient is negligently injured during surgery, especially if they signed a consent form but that’s not always the case.
Surgical teams are trained thoroughly to ensure they know the correct procedures to follow and what they need to do if something doesn’t go according to plan. If they fail to follow the right procedure, miss a problem or react to it in the wrong way and the patient suffers an injury or illness because of their negligence, then compensation could be a possibility.
Proving surgical negligence can be complicated so it’s important you have medical negligence specialist on your side. Therefore, call us if you think you might have a claim for injuries caused by surgical negligence.
Negligent Medical Care In Nursing Homes
If you have to place a loved one in a care home, you have to have faith that the management and staff will treat them with respect and provide them with the best care possible to make their life as comfortable as possible.
When care home staff fail to follow procedures or guidelines though, and a patient becomes ill or injured, you might be able to make a compensation claim on their behalf if they’re unable to do it themselves.
Some examples of care home negligence which could lead to a claim include:
- If a patient suffers from bed sores because they’ve not been moved regularly.
- If a patient is being moved by untrained staff or incorrect lifting technique and becomes injured.
- Any suffering caused by any form of abuse in a care home.
- Or an illness caused by medication not being dispensed at the right time.
Negligent Medical Cancer Care
Cancer treatment options have improved drastically over the last couple of decades. In some cases, if cancer is spotted early enough, the chances of full recovery have increased greatly so long as the treatment begins as soon as possible.
Therefore, any patient who suffers a delay in their treatment starting because a medical specialist failed to diagnose the cancer straight away or diagnosed it as something else, could look for compensation if they suffered because of the delay.
The delay in treatment could mean that the patient suffered more as their condition got worse or, in the very worst cases, cancer spreads so much that it becomes untreatable. In cases of death due to medical negligence involving cancer treatment delays, a loved one could still be able to claim on behalf of the victim.
Negligent Medical Care At A Dental Practice
When you attend a dentist for either a check up or for planned treatment, the dentist and their staff have a duty of care to ensure your health and safety wherever possible.
If they breach this duty of care which causes you to suffer an illness or injury, then you might be able to claim compensation. Here are some examples which might lead to you suing a dentist:
- If you suffer any damage to teeth, nerves or gums due to a mistake during a procedure.
- If you suffer more than you would have because the dentist failed to spot a problem at the earliest opportunity.
- If you suffer any pain because you received treatment which wasn’t required due to a misdiagnosis.
Instances Of Clinical Negligence At Wirral NHS Trusts
In the following table, we’ve outlined the number of complaints and total amount of compensation paid out for medical negligence by the NHS trusts operating services in the Bebington area in 2017.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||Damages Payments|
|The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust||*||0||£63,310|
|Wirral Community NHS Trust||*||0||£141,372|
|Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||74||*||£11,481,151|
The information in the table came from this NHS resource.
Wirral Hospitals And Health Centres
For your information, here are a list of some of the main hospitals and clinics serving the Bebington area.
- Clatterbridge Hospital.
- St Catherine’s Health Centre.
- Arrowe Park Hospital.
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital.
- Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral.
- The Civic Medical Centre.
If you are unsure as to whether the harm you have been caused is medical or clinical negligence why not give our advisors a call the number is at the bottom of the guide they can answers questions you may have and be able to tell you if you have a case or not.
No Win No Fee Clinical Negligence Claims
For many people, the cost of hiring a personal injury solicitor can put them off starting a claim. This is why most medical negligence claims are offered on a no win no fee service. Using this type of service reduces any risks significantly:
- There’s no upfront fee to pay.
- If the solicitor loses the case, you don’t have to pay them at all.
- And if they do manage to win compensation for you, their success fee is taken directly from the compensation meaning you don’t need to find the funds to pay them.
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide about choosing a medical negligence lawyer. If you’d like to now discuss your claim today, then you can call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a specialist advisor. If you prefer, you could fill in this online form to begin your claim.
Remember that our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Bebington area so could help you with your claim. Let us assess your claim today and we’ll introduce to a solicitor if we agree you have a good case.
Now that you’ve come to the end of this guide, we’ve provided some more useful links and resources below which we hope you’ll find useful.
Wirral, CH6 4JY
Inspection Report – Overall, Clatterbridge Hospital was given a ‘requires improvement rating’ by the CQC but was rated good in the effectiveness and caring categories.
NHS Service Locator – A useful website from the NHS where you can find local services.
MRSA Compensation Claims – Details on what causes MRSA and when you could claim compensation.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – a useful page that could help you work out possible compensation amounts.
Edited by LisM.