If you have stumbled upon this guide when looking for medical negligence solicitors in Bridgend, then we may be able to help. Finding the best medical negligence solicitor to help you with a claim can be tricky. You might not know where to start but it could have a dramatic effect on how much compensation you’re awarded if any.
We work with a panel of expert medical negligence solicitors who could help you if you’re searching for medical negligence solicitors in Bridgend. While they are not based in Bridgend, they can cover the area with ease. They all offer a no win no fee service and have a lot of experience in helping with claims such as GP negligence, misdiagnosis of an illness, ophthalmic negligence claims and operation negligence claims amongst other types of claim.
If you’d like to discuss making a claim with one of our panel of solicitors right away, then you can call 0800 652 3087 to speak with one of our independent legal advisors. If you’d rather learn more about how to choose a medical negligence lawyer first, then carry on reading this handy guide.
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- Steps Victims Of Medical Negligence Could Take To Choose A Solicitor
- Will The Location Of A Solicitor Affect The Claims Process?
- We Work With A Panel Of Doctors Who Could Conduct Medical Exams
- Testimonials And Recommendations Are Not The Last Word
- Misdiagnosis And Clinical Negligence Cases Which Could Be Made
- Claims For Negligent Hospital Treatment
- Operation Negligence Claims
- Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
- Doctor Or GP Negligence
- Birth Injuries To Mother And Children
- Neglect In Nursing Home Treatment
- Dental Negligence Causing Illness Or Injury
- Medical Negligence Statistics For The Welsh NHS System
- Could I Claim Through A No Win No Fee Agreement?
- Bridgend Area Hospitals
- Start Your Claim
- Medical Claims Resources
Steps Victims Of Medical Negligence Could Take To Choose A Solicitor
Many people who are searching for medical negligence solicitors struggle to choose one and will often ask friends for a recommendation, use online reviews to lookup solicitors with good ratings or take to social media for advice. If you would rather, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Bridgend area so we could discuss your circumstances with you and provide you with advice regarding a medical negligence claim.
To be able to claim compensation you need to have received a substandard level of treatment from a medical professional which has caused you to become ill, injured or your existing condition was made worse.
In this guide, we’ll provide examples of negligent acts that could lead to a compensation claim. These could be against NHS facilities or private healthcare providers and could even mean claiming for errors during cosmetic surgery.
Once you’ve read this guide, if you’re still not sure how to choose the best clinical negligence solicitor to help you, give us a call and we’ll assess your claim for free and let you know if we could help you begin your claim.
Will The Location Of A Solicitor Affect The Claims Process?
Many people think they have to find a medical negligence solicitor in their area but that can really limit the options that are available to you.
In truth, the location of a personal injury solicitor isn’t important because, in this modern world we live in, everything is done over email or telephone. There’s no need to meet face to face anymore which means the solicitor’s office location really doesn’t matter.
It’s far better for you to concentrate on solicitors who specialise in medical negligence cases, have taken on cases similar to yours and can provide examples of cases they’ve recently won. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors have years of experience and are happy to provide information about cases they’ve taken on.
We Work With A Panel Of Doctors Who Could Conduct Medical Exams
When you make a personal injury claim, you’ll require a medical assessment. To make sure you don’t need to travel too far, we have a panel of doctors and medical specialists across the UK. Here are a sample of specialists in the Bridgend area that we can call upon when needed:
Bridgend, CF31 1RQ.
Testimonials And Recommendations Are Not The Last Word
When looking at medical negligence solicitors’ reviews, you should try to ascertain whether previous clients:
- Were happy with the number of updates they received.
- Would recommend the solicitor to other potential clients.
- Were happy with the success rate of the solicitors in claims similar to yours.
Once you’ve done so, and you think you’ve found a solicitor that’s right for you, it might be an idea to pick up the phone and discuss the claim with them. You’ll find out a lot more about them by speaking to them than directly you might in a review.
Misdiagnosis And Clinical Negligence Cases Which Could Be Made
Claims For Negligent Hospital Treatment
Any hospital, either NHS or private, has a duty of care towards patient safety. A number of procedures, regulations, and guidelines are put in place to attempt to keep patients safe whenever possible. If the guidelines or procedures are breached, without good reason, and leads to a patient suffering, then compensation could be claimed.
Operation Negligence Claims
Operations may come with a level of risk associated with them which the surgeon might explain, ordinarily, you will be required to sign a waiver to acknowledge that you understand the risks but that doesn’t mean you can’t claim compensation if the surgeon, or a member of their team, is negligent during your procedure and the negligence causes you to suffer.
You may be able to claim in cases where:
- You suffer pain during surgery because of a mistake with your anaesthetic.
- There are complications that require further treatment because of surgical items being left inside you.
- If you suffer pain and require rectifying treatment because of faulty or inadequate medical clips or suturing.
Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
One of the most important factors in curing cancer is spotting it early. The chances of survival, with many cancers, increases greatly the earlier the problem is spotted. It can mean a lot less intrusive treatment and could mean the patient suffers a lot less because their treatment is started quickly.
Therefore, if a GP, surgeon or cancer specialist fails to diagnose the cancer when they had the opportunity to do so, causing a delay in treatment and the patient suffering more than they should’ve done, then a compensation claim may be possible.
Doctor Or GP Negligence
Of all the medical professions, General Practice probably requires the widest range of knowledge. Patients can present with literally any number of symptoms on a daily basis and the GP will try to understand the cause, diagnose the problem and prescribe the right treatment within a 10-minute appointment.
This happens regularly and patients are cured of their ailment within a short period. However, when a doctor fails to spot a problem, diagnose’s it as something else, prescribes the wrong medicine or fails to refer the patient to a specialist then the patient could seek compensation against them if they suffered because of the mistake.
Birth Injuries To Mother And Children
Many injuries caused during childbirth, to either mother, baby or both could be deemed normal injuries for which nobody was to blame. However, if an injury is caused either because of medical negligence, then it may be possible to claim compensation.
This could be because midwives or other staff failed to follow the correct procedure, failed to spot a problem or reacted to a problem incorrectly meaning either mother or baby suffered an injury.
Neglect In Nursing Home Treatment
Care homes or nursing homes have their own set of health and safety procedures set out by the Health and Safety Executive. The procedures and practices are designed to ensure the safety of patients wherever possible even though many patients require bespoke care plans.
If staff fail to follow procedures, whether, by mistake, staff shortages or any other reason and the patient suffers an avoidable injury, then a compensation claim could be possible.
Some examples of care home negligence include:
- Illnesses caused when the patient doesn’t receive their prescription medicine at the correct time.
- Any suffering caused by care home abuse.
- Bruises or fractures caused by a fall where the correct lifting or moving procedure wasn’t followed.
- Suffering caused by bedsores because a patient was not moved regularly enough.
Dental Negligence Causing Illness Or Injury
A personal injury lawyer might take on a dental negligence claim if the dentist, dental nurse or hygienist failed to meet their duty of care towards the patient. This could be because they failed to follow any relevant procedures during a check-up or operation.
Examples of dental negligence where a claim might be possible include:
- Dental negligence causing gum disease.
- Damaged caused to any healthy teeth, nerves or gums during a procedure.
- Pain caused because the wrong tooth was removed.
Medical Negligence Statistics For The Welsh NHS System
According to this NHS report, on the 31st March 2018 the amount of compensation claims (known and anticipated) against the NHS in Wales was nearly £8.5 million for NHS trusts and over £650 million against local health boards.
Could I Claim Through A No Win No Fee Agreement?
The main thing people worry about when making a medical negligence claim is the cost of hiring a solicitor. This is why many, including our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors, offer a no win no fee service for any claim they take on.
With a no win no fee service:
- There’s nothing to pay upfront so your claim can begin right away.
- You won’t have to pay anything if your solicitor fails to win your case.
- And if the case is won, you won’t have to find your own funds to pay the solicitor as they take their success fee directly from any compensation.
Bridgend Area Hospitals
Here are some of the main hospitals within the Bridgend region:
- Princess of Wales Hospital.
- Glanrhyd Hospital.
- Bridgend Clinic.
- Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
- Neath Port Talbot Hospital.
- Nuffield Heath the Vale Hospital.
We can help with claims at any of these hospitals as our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Bridgend area. If you think you’ve suffered because of NHS negligence (or private health negligence) at any of these hospitals, then please get in touch to discuss making a claim.
Start Your Claim
If you’d like to get in touch to discuss beginning a claim today or would like advice on clinical negligence payouts then you can contact us by calling free on 0800 652 3087 or, alternatively, by filling in this claim form so that we can get back to you.
Medical Claims Resources
Now that you’ve come to the end of this guide about finding medical negligence solicitors in Bridgend, we’ve provided some more useful resources and information below:
Princess of Wales Hospital
Bridgend, CF31 1RQ.
Care Facilities Bridgend – Information from the Bridgend council about social care services they offer.
Care Homes Advice – A guide by the NHS which provides details of when a care home might be required and how to choose one.
Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims – Further guidance on when a cancer misdiagnosis claim might be made.
Fatal Medical Negligence – A look at when a claim could be made against a medical professional for a wrongful death.
Negligence In A Nursing Home – A guide with regards to the type of injuries/illnesses that constitute a claim for medical negligence with a care or nursing home.
Written by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.