If you’re looking for medical negligence solicitors in Bromley, then this guide should help you by providing advice on what to look for and what to ask any potential solicitors. It also explains why you do not have to choose medical negligence solicitors in your area. Choosing the right medical negligence lawyer could be important as it might impact on whether you win or lose the case and it could affect the amount of compensation you receive.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer no win no fee claims for any case they take on and are able to cover claims in the Bromley area. If you’d like to discuss how we could help you claim today, call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a specially trained advisor.
If you would rather find out more about making a claim, please continue reading this useful article.
Choose A Section
- What Do I Need To Do To Find A Good Solicitor?
- Should My Claim Be Made With A Local Solicitor?
- The Doctors Making Up Our Panel Could Conduct Your Exam
- Are Online Reviews Trustworthy?
- What Medical Negligence Claims Could You Make?
- Hospital Negligence In Bromley
- Negligence During Pregnancy And Childbirth
- Surgery Negligence Or Errors
- Nursing Home Malpractice
- Negligence And Cancer Treatment Mistakes
- Mistakes And Negligence By A Dentist
- Mistakes And Negligence By A GP
- Statistical Information For Claims Against Bromley Area NHS Trusts
- When And How Do I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
- Bromley Area Hospitals
- Start Your Claim
- Helpful Links
What Do I Need To Do To Find A Good Solicitor?
Rather than starting with advice on choosing a medical negligence solicitor, we though it’d be a good idea to look at what qualifies for a medical negligence claim. A solicitor might be willing to take on your claim if you can answer yes to the following 3 questions:
- Have you received substandard, insufficient, dangerous or negligent treatment from a medical professional?
- Were you injured, made ill or was your pre-existing condition made worse by that treatment?
- Were you treated within the medical negligence claims time limit which is 3 years in the UK? (May vary).
Medical negligence claims can be complicated and complex to say the least so if you can confirm that the three questions apply to your case why not call our team to see what your next steps could be.
Where do you begin when looking for a medical negligence solicitor? Some people begin by asking a friend for advice, using medical negligence solicitor reviews or asking for recommendations on social media or from colleagues. All of these methods could really help narrow down your choices but as each and every case is different calling prospective solicitors can give you a more detailed overview of the service they could offer.
Should My Claim Be Made With A Local Solicitor?
There’s absolutely no reason to only look at local medical negligence solicitors. Doing so, could limit you’re your options. The location of the solicitor is not greatly important because most communication is carried out over email or telephone.
The Doctors Making Up Our Panel Could Conduct Your Exam
Here at Medical Negligence Assist we have a panel of expert medical negligence solicitors who can arrange for you to have your medical assessment carried out by an impartial doctor close to where you reside. The local specialists that be could be used may include:
26 Elmfield Road,
Bromley, BR1 1LR.
Thornet Wood Road,
Bromley, BR1 2LW.
Are Online Reviews Trustworthy?
If you like to read reviews before purchasing a service or product, then you can do the same for medical solicitors. We recommend you use them to find out how happy existing clients are with the level of updates they received during the claim, how professional the solicitor was and how much compensation they received.
To get more information, that a review won’t provide, give the solicitor a call. They’ll be able to assess your case, tell you how they’d manage your case and how much compensation they hope to achieve.
What Medical Negligence Claims Could You Make?
Hospital Negligence In Bromley
You might expect that, when you visit a hospital for treatment, your condition is made better or managed properly. However if standards in the hospital are not at the expected level and the medical service is poor it maybe possible for patients to suffer unnecessarily. Medical or hospital negligence could occur if medical staff fail to identify a medical condition, x-rays are misinterpreted, incorrect equipment is used, unhygienic equipment is used and so on. If you have suffered a new injury, new illness had your existing medical condition made worse due to hospital negligence call our advisors for more advice.
Negligence During Pregnancy And Childbirth
Midwives and medical staff involved in the birth of a baby are trained thoroughly before being allowed to manage or participate in the delivery. This is so that they know the correct procedures and processes to follow in the event of a normal birth but also know how to react during a birth which has complications.
If they fail to follow procedures, make a negligent mistake, fail to spot a problem that they would have been expected to identify or deal with a problem incorrectly and avoidable harm is suffered then a claim for birth injury compensation might be possible.
Examples of birth injuries;
- Oxygen deprivation leading to cerebral palsy or brain injuries.
- Bruising or fractures.
- Hip dysplasia.
- Pre-eclampsia diagnosis errors.
- Anaesthetic mistakes.
- Suturing mistakes.
Surgery Negligence Or Errors
Your surgeon will usually explain the risks of any procedures they are about to perform on you for medical or cosmetic treatments. They will probably ask you to sign a waiver or consent form to say that you want to go ahead with the surgery. The consent form is there to ensure that you are aware of the potential risks involved but you still want the surgery to be performed. The consent form however will not cover errors, if negligent mistakes are made during the surgery that cause preventable injuries this maybe classed as surgical negligence.
Examples of surgical negligence that may mean a patient is eligible to pursue a claim may include;
- If items of surgical equipment are left inside you after the surgery.
- If you suffer complications because a medical clip or suturing fail to work correctly.
- If you wake up during surgery causing pain because the anaesthetic wasn’t managed correctly.
- Or if you suffer any injuries to internal organs during surgery.
Nursing Home Malpractice
You might find it difficult if you have to entrust a loved one into the care of nursing home. You’ll have to put faith in the management and staff of the nursing home and trust that they’ll follow the correct procedures throughout the care to ensure your loved one is as comfortable as possible.
If health and safety procedures, and obligated legislation is not followed at all times to ensure the safety and health of residents and they become ill or injured as a consequence a claim for care home negligence maybe possible.
Some examples of care home negligence may include:
- If a patient suffers a physical injury following a fall because staff moved them incorrectly.
- If a patient suffers pain because of bed sores due to a lack of movement.
- Any suffering caused by prescription medicine not being dispensed.
- Or suffering caused by care home abuse.
Negligence And Cancer Treatment Mistakes
For many cancers if they are caught early through an early diagnosis treatment can start as early as possible and patients can receive a positive prognosis.
If there is a delay to diagnosing the cancer then it could spread and develop in other places in the body due to lack of treatment. This could mean the person may suffer a lot more and need more invasive extensive treatment or if the diagnosis is too late it may mean the cancer is incurable.
Delays in diagnosing could happen for a number of reasons but if the cancer diagnosis is delayed or incorrect due to medical negligence and the patient suffers harm that they would have not suffered had the diagnosis been when the symptoms where first presented then there maybe grounds for a medical negligence claim.
Mistakes And Negligence By A Dentist
Your dentist, and other medical professionals such as dental nurses and hygienists, have a duty of care towards their patients. Meaning they need to try and ensure a patient’s safety wherever possible. This is true for any kind of treatment including check-ups, dental surgery or cosmetic procedures.
They should always follow the correct procedure, use the correct equipment (which is in a good state of repair) and maintain hygiene standards throughout the treatment.
If dental staff provide a service that is below what the expected level is and patients are harmed due to negligence they maybe able to pursue a dental negligence claim.
Example of dental negligence could include:
- If dental professionals damage any healthy teeth during treatment.
- If the dentist extracts the wrong tooth.
- Or if treatment is undertaken which wasn’t required due to a misdiagnosis.
Mistakes And Negligence By A GP
Your GP is at the forefront of the NHS and sees many patients every week with a massively varying range of illnesses. A lot of time, the doctor will manage to assess, diagnose and treat the illness or refer the patient for tests or to see a specialist in the very first appointment.
However, if in some instances, the GP may fail to spot the correct problem, diagnose it as something else or give the wrong treatment and it caused the patient to suffer, if it is proven that the GP acted in a negligent way it may be considered as GP negligence.
Statistical Information For Claims Against Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
The following data (source) shows the number of complaints for NHS negligence made against the NHS trust operating in the Bromley area during 2017-2018.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||CNST Damages|
|Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust||16||*||£52,215
When And How Do I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
You’re probably already aware that a personal injury lawyer might offer a no win no fee service. Some people have questions surrounding no win no fee, including:
- “What percentage do no win no fee companies take?”
- “Should I use no win no fee?”
- “What happens if you lose a no win no fee case?”
The following explanation of no win no fee should answer those questions.
No win no fee means that:
- The solicitor will not charge any up-front fees to begin the claim.
- If they lose the case, you won’t have to pay them anything at all.
- When a solicitor does win, they’ll charge a success fee which is limited by law to a maximum of 25% of your compensation.
- The success fee is deducted directly from the compensation payment, so you don’t have to find the funds to pay them yourself.
Bromley Area Hospitals
As we’ve explained that our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Bromley area, we thought it would be a good idea to list some of the hospitals and larger Bromley medical centres in the region.
- Princess Royal University Hospital.
- Orpington Hospital.
- King’s College Hospital.
- Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup.
- BMI Chesterfield Park.
- Croydon Day Hospital.
If you’d like to discuss making a negligence claim for medical negligence suffered at the Princess Royal hospital(or for any other hospital or facility), call and speak with one of our specially trained advisors today.
Start Your Claim
Now that you’ve read this guide, if you’d like to discuss making a compensation claim for medical negligence, you can call one of our specially trained advisors on 0800 652 3087. If you would like us to call you when it’s more convenient, please fill in this form with the details of your claim.
To help you further, we’ve linked to some additional guides and external resources which we hope you’ll find helpful.
Princess Royal University Hospital
Orpington, BR6 8ND.
Inspection Report – The latest inspection found that the Princess Royal University Hospital required improvement overall.
NHS England Cancer – Information from NHS England about cancer news, treatment and long-term plans.
Surgery Claims – This guide explains what types of surgical mistakes a personal injury solicitor might take on as a personal injury claim.
Edited by LisM.