Medical negligence can happen at anytime in various healthcare settings when a medical professional behaves carelessly or makes a mistake that then results in the patient sustaining an injury or becoming ill. Although some injuries are fortunately fairly mild and the victim makes a full recovery, sometimes the injuries can be very serious leaving the victim with permanent health problems. Claiming for compensation will not change what has happened but can provide the financial assistance needed to support the victim through their recovery. If you’re looking for a medical negligence solicitor in the City of Westminster then Medical Negligence Assist work with a panel of expert medical negligence solicitors who are not based in Westminster but can this area with ease. This guide has been created to help you, but should you find one of your questions unanswered, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 652 3087.
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- A Guide To Choosing A Medical Claims Solicitor
- Compare Different Solicitors With Reviews
- Does It Matter If My Solicitor Is Based Elsewhere?
- Any Injuries May Be Assessed By Our Expert Panel Of Doctors
- What Are Some Of The Most Common Types Of Medical Claims?
- Chelsea And Westminster Hospital Negligence
- Delayed Diagnosis Of Lymphoma And Cancer
- Care Home / Nursing Home Neglect
- Surgical Injuries and Infections
- Westminster GP Negligence
- Westminster Dentistry Negligence
- Harm Caused during The Birth Of A Child
- Data For Negligence At Chelsea And Westminster NHS Trust
- Hospitals In The City Of Westminster
- Are No Win No Fee Solicitors Best For Your Claim?
- How Do I Start My Claim?
- Helpful Information
Making a claim for compensation can be a complex process and so having a medical negligence solicitor can be a huge relief as they will know how to conduct the claim properly to get the right level of compensation. However, having a solicitor that is right for you is important, so with this in mind we have come up with a few ideas regarding what you could do when searching for your own. Asking family, friends and other acquaintances for solicitor recommendations can be useful as they may have used one themselves who they were happy with. Reading through no win non fee solicitor reviews is also really helpful as you should be able to establish how good they are and if they deliver satisfactory customer service. You might want to also consider their level of experience in the personal injury claims industry and how good their success rate is as obviously the more experience they have and the higher their success rate, the higher the chance of them making your claim successful also. Look at their payment options as well, some solicitors offer a no win no fee service which financially, is the safest option.
Reading independent reviews of medical claims solicitor to compare different legal firms can be very helpful as you will be able to see the pros and cons of each firm from a customer’s perspective and therefore eventually conclude which solicitor will be better suited to the needs of your claim. Although there may be the odd review that seems out of place, the majority will be an honest opinion of their work ethic, customer service and level of success. Also, it can be helpful to speak to us at Medical Negligence Assist as we connect with medical negligence solicitors all over the UK. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the City of Westminster, as well as across the country.
You may be asking ‘do I need to use medical negligence solicitors near me?’ and the answer is simply no, you do not, thanks to the various forms of communication available to us. The most important thing when choosing your solicitor is to make sure they will meet the needs of your case effectively and in a timely manner, location really isn’t important as face to face meetings aren’t a necessity.
The main influencing factors when a compensation award amount is being decided, is the type of injury or illness that has been sustained, it’s level of severity, whether or not there are any long term effects and the impact it has had on the claimant’s well-being and lifestyle. In order to accurately give this information as evidence, a medical assessment needs to have taken place to determine the medical effects of the injury or illness. A medical assessment is nothing to worry about and work with a panel of doctors who cover the City of Westminster and the country as a whole.
There are many ways in which medical negligence may occur resulting in numerous different types of claims. Some of the most common that our panel of solicitors have dealt with over the years include:
- Nursing and care home claims
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer
- Surgical errors
- GP Negligence
- Hospital negligence
- Birth injuries
- Dental negligence
If you or someone you love have been injured or made ill because of medical negligence, contact Medical Negligence Assist to discuss how our panel of solicitors can help you start the claim process today.
Hospitals are very busy places and many different types of medical appointments, tests, scans, surgery, treatments and so on, are carried out everyday all through the year. Although for the majority of patients, they receive good medical care, occasionally a patient may not receive the standard of care expected and become harmed as a result of this medical negligence. It may be that they have been wrongly diagnosed, not given the correct treatment, had an error made with test results, been prescribed the wrong medication, or caught an infection such as a campylobacter infection or MRSA. Regardless of whether this negligence occurred in an NHS or private hospital, and if the patient has come to harm due to a failure in providing a reasonable standard of care, they may be able to make a claim for compensation.
With a delayed diagnosis of lymphoma or any type of delayed or misdiagnosed cancer, the chances of beating the disease are reduced as ultimately, it has resulted in delayed treatment. Due to treatment being delayed, the cancer may have become worse or spread, and so when the patient is treated, they may have to undergo a far more aggressive form of treatment in a bid to get the cancer back under control, sometimes sadly though the cancer has advanced too far and no treatment will help. Whether the patient has lung cancer, cervical cancer, skin cancer or any type of cancer, a delay in diagnosis can result in devastating consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered due to cancer negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Care and nursing homes have a duty of care to their residents to provide a safe living environment and make sure that their needs are met to ensure their well-being. This may include helping them with their personal care, providing a nutritional diet, ensuring they receive any medication or specific medical treatments they need, assisting them when moving about to prevent slip, trip and fall accidents and using specified lifting techniques and equipment when required. A further example could be failing to follow any health regime, such as regular turning for bed bound residents to prevent pressure sores and so on. If a resident comes to harm and it can be proven that is as a result of a breach of staff members duty of care, a resident or family member (on the residents behalf) may be eligible to make a claim for compensation for the pain and suffering they have experienced.
Surgery may be planned or performed as an emergency in either an NHS or private hospital, regardless of which though, a certain level of care is expected. If the level of care falls below expectations and a patient is harmed as result, they may be able to sue for compensation for their suffering. Surgery is used for both medical and cosmetic reasons and certain protocol needs to be adhered to in order to keep the patient as safe as possible. All surgery comes with an element of risk such as problems occurring or side effects being experienced, even when a high standard of care is given. Surgical errors and mistakes may include the sight if incision being wrong, surgical dressings being left inside the wound by mistake when stitched, unnecessary unsightly scarring, wrong body part being amputated, failure to fully explain risks and possible side effects prior to surgery, failure to carry out pre-surgery health checks, use of unsterilised equipment, and more. If you have been injured by some form of surgical negligence, speak to us at Medical Negligence Assist and we will put you in contact with an expert medical negligence solicitor from our panel who could be suitable for you and your case.
If a GP acts negligently in their duty of care to their patients, they may be liable to pay compensation if it is proven the patient is injured or suffers further ill health as a result. GP negligence may include the GP making a diagnostic error, prescribing the wrong type or dose of medication, not acting quickly enough or making a mistake and failing to refer the patient to a specialist when needed. If you have been treated negligently by your GP and wish to make a claim, speak with Medical Negligence Assist and we can put you in touch with an experienced medical negligence lawyer today.
Dental negligence is another form of medical negligence that we at Medical Negligence Assist, have dealt with many times over the years. Our panel of expert medical negligent solicitors have helped many people gain the compensation they deserve for injuries caused by the negligent acts of their dentists. Dental negligence can include errors in diagnosing a problem, extracting the wrong tooth, failing to sterilise the equipment properly which has led to cross contamination and infections, filling the wrong tooth, causing unnecessary damage to other healthy teeth or gums through rough treatment when extracting a tooth, and many more. Being the victim of dental negligence that has resulted in you suffering avoidable harm may mean that you are entitled to claim compensation. Speak with a personal injury lawyer to find out where you stand legally.
Unfortunately, there are many injuries that can occur during childbirth to either the mother, child or both. When the level of care from the medical team falls below the expected standard, chances of injuries occurring are likely to increase. Injuries to the mother may include preventable tearing, resulting in perineal tear negligence claims. In severe cases, a broken or dislocated pelvis, prolonged bleeding, and psychological injuries. Injuries to the child may include dislocated limbs, brain damage or long term health conditions such as Cerebral Palsy to only name a few. If you or your child have suffered due to negligence during childbirth and this has resulted in detrimental health consequences then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against those responsible. Zithromax is a broad-spectrum bacteriostatic antibiotic from the group of macrolides and azalides. Azithromycin acts by inhibiting the protein synthesis of the microbial cells. Binding to 508-subunit of the ribosome, it inhibits peptide translocase at the stage of translation and suppresses the protein synthesis, slowing down the growth and reproduction of bacteria. In high concentrations, Zithromax has a bactericidal effect.
You will find in the table below, the total number of incidents and total number of claims that have been made due to the Chelsea and Westminster hospital negligence that has occurred over a yearly period, and how much in total has been paid out in compensation.
|NHS Trust Or Relevant Healthcare Authority||No. of claims recieved||No. of reported incidents|
(* is less then 5)
|Damages Paid (£)|
|Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust||49||10||£16,751,398|
You can find this data and other data from different within areas in the UK on the following link:
Some of the hospitals that serve the Westminster area include;
- Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust
- St Thomas’ Hospital
- Royal Brompton Hospital
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Kings College Hospital
The medical negligence claim process can sometimes take a number of months to come to its conclusion and if hiring a personal injury lawyer, you’ll want to ensure you are able to cover the costs of legal help. This is where a No Win No Fee agreement comes in. All of our panel of medical negligence solicitors offer a No Win no Fee agreement . This means that if your claim is for some reason unsuccessful, you will not need to pay for the services of your solicitor at all. If the idea of a No Win No Fee agreement sounds attractive to you and you would like to discuss this further, please contact one of our impartial legal advisors today.
The easiest way to start your claim is to simply give us a call at Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087 and after a brief discussion of the nature of your claim, we can put you in contact with one of our medical negligence solicitors who can cover the City of Westminster, or anywhere in the UK, and they will then talk you through the next steps of getting your claim underway.
If a family member has died as a result of medical negligence this guide explains how to make a compensation claim for a wrongful death.
This is the government information regarding NHS complaints and what you should do.
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Written by Kelly.
Edited by Charlotte.