Doncaster Medical Negligence Solicitors – No Win No Fee Lawyers Claims Guide

Medical negligence Doncaster

Medical negligence Doncaster

Choosing the right medical negligence lawyer can often be a tough task. You might have received a recommendation or read a good review but you’re still unsure who to use?  This guide will try to help you in determining what type of solicitor you may need. If you’ve been searching for medical negligence solicitors in Doncaster we may have a solution as our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can cover the Doncaster area and may be able to assist you.

Our panel of medical negligence solicitors have the ability and intellectual ability to be able to represent you regardless of which area the negligence lies. Any claim they take on is done so on a no win no fee basis.  If you’re ready to begin a claim, call 0800 652 3087 to talk to one of our specialist advisors.

If you want to know more about how to choose a medical negligence solicitor, then carry on reading this helpful guide.

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How Do I Find A Clinical Negligence Solicitor For My Claim?

Before locating the best personal injury lawyer for your case, it’s important to understand when you can claim compensation.  To be eligible to claim for medical negligence you’ll need to have been injured, become ill or your existing condition was made worse because of substandard care performed by a medical professional.

A medical professional could be a doctor, nurse, care worker, surgeon, cancer specialist, cosmetic surgeon, a dentist etc.  In this guide we’ll provide examples of negligence and explanations to what makes those eligible to make a claim.

To help pick a personal injury lawyer, you might consult with friends and family or read reviews.  These are good places to start and we’ll offer more advice about what else you can do.

Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can help with any form of medical negligence and have experience in most types of claims.  If you’re considering starting a claim, you should contact us as soon as possible as there is a medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years for claims with certain exceptions please call to find out more.  A solicitor will require time to prepare the claim and gather any medical evidence which is required to prove your claims, so don’t leave it too late.

Is It Important To Work With A Local Solicitor?

We’re often asked, “Do I need to use medical negligence solicitors in my area?” or, “What about medical solicitors near me?”.  The truth is, the location of a solicitor is not as important as experience and ability to deliver a successful claim. There’s no legal reason to hire a local solicitor which allows you a much greater choice and means you can concentrate on finding a specialist to handle your case.

In the majority of cases clients will not necessarily have meet the solicitor face to face so you could let us help you by introducing you to one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Doncaster area.  To ensure you don’t need to travel far, we have a panel of medical experts in Doncaster who could undertake any medical assessment that is needed to complete your claim.

Our Panel Of Medical Experts Could Can Assess Your Injury In Doncaster

If you need to undergo a medical assessment as part of your claim, we could send you to one of these venues in Doncaster or another.

Kashif Waseem
72 Silver Street,
Doncaster, DN1 1HR.

David Pontefract
Thorne Road Chiropractic Clinic,
45 Thorne Road,
Doncaster, DN1 2EX.

Rehana Rehman
26 Netherall Road,
Doncaster, DN1 2PW.

How Helpful Are Reviews Of Personal Injury Solicitors?

When researching any service, reviews can be helpful.  Medical negligence solicitor reviews are no different.  They are a great way of narrowing down the field.  You can find out, in general, how happy clients were with the professionalism, the number of updates they received and the level of compensation they were awarded.

Once you’ve read the reviews, we recommend that you speak with the solicitor directly as well.  You may need to work with them for some time and so, getting to know them before you hire them will give you a better understanding of whether you’ll get along personally.

Examples Of Medical Claims Our Experts Could Handle

In the next few sections, we’ll provide examples of medical negligence which could potentially lead to a personal injury claim and may answer many of your questions.

Obstetrics Negligence

Not all injuries that happen in medicine will result is a compensation claim, in order to pursue a medical negligence claim it must be proven that the harm you suffered by a medical professional would not have happened had another practitioner with the same ability been providing the service.

If mistakes happen during child birth in some cases the consequences can be devastating to both the child and parents and even extend to the immediate family. If both mother and baby are not monitored appropriately during the delivery how are the medical staff supposed to know if either one is struggling. If pregnant stomachs were made of glass then it would be easier to see if the child was in any danger as they are not using machinery such as heart monitors are crucial.

Examples of childbirth injuries to the baby include hypoxia, bruising, fractures or life-changing conditions such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy.

Surgical Error Negligence

‘Going under the knife’ is frightening for many patients and they have to put complete faith in the surgical team that is going to operate on them.  While surgery is inherently risky, it is important not to mistake risks with errors. Here are some examples:

  • Being awake during surgery because of an anaesthetic mistake.
  • Damage caused to organs during surgery.
  • Wrong site surgery.
  • Surgical equipment being left inside the patient.
  • Infections caused by poor hygiene.

Nursing Home Negligence Claims

A nursing home should be a relaxed and safe place for patients who need care and support with everyday life.  Any care worker, doctor or nurse has a duty of care to their patients and should follow recommended procedures and guidelines at all times.

Any breach of their duty of care, which causes a patient to become ill or injured, could lead to nursing home negligence claims.  These could include:

  • Injuries caused by a fall due to incorrect or unsafe lifting techniques (improper staff training).
  • Pressure sores or bed sores caused by a lack of movement.
  • Illness caused because medicines weren’t dispensed, or they were dispensed at the wrong intervals.
  • Any type of care home abuse.

Clinical Negligence At At Hospital

Hospital negligence could vary greatly, hospitals offer array of different services for patients whether it be accident and emergency departments for immediate treatment, surgery, physiotherapy, x-rays, MRI scans, inpatient treatment, out patient treatment to name but a few. If at any time standards fall below the expected harm to patients may occur. If a doctor, nurse, surgeon or other member of the hospital team cause an injury or illness to a patient, because of am error, omission or negligence, a claim for damages in terms of compensation may be possible.

Possible examples of hospital negligence may include:

  • If a patient is wrongly diagnosed and fails to receive the correct treatment and their condition worsens.
  • When a super bug like MRSA is contracted due to unhygienic practices.
  • If injuries are sustained during surgery.
  • If the wrong medicines are prescribed which cause adverse effects.

Compensation Claims For Negligent Dentistry

A dentist and their staff (including hygienists) have a duty of care towards their patient’s safety and well being.  In order to pursue a dental negligence claim it must be proven that the dental practitioner through negligent treatment or sub-standard care has harmed their patient. When choosing a solicitor to represent you in a dental negligence case it might be worth ensuring that they have experience in similar cases.

Some examples of possible dental negligence may include:

  • If you’ve suffered pain during a procedure because the anaesthetic didn’t work correctly.
  • When you’ve suffered injuries or infection during a procedure.
  • Wrong tooth extraction.
  • Unnecessary nerve damage during a surgical procedure.

Medical Negligence During Cancer Treatment

Many cancers are treatable, or manageable, if they are spotted early so that treatment can begin while the cancer is in its first stages.  If a GP, cancer specialist or other medical professional fails to diagnose the cancer at the earliest possible opportunity when prognosis looks favourably , or misdiagnoses it altogether, the patient could suffer a lot more and need more extensively.

If you think you, or a loved one, have suffered because you didn’t receive cancer treatment quickly enough, please call and speak to one of our advisors.

Doctor / GP Malpractice

Visiting a GP is often the first step we take if there’s something wrong with our health.  Although they don’t have long to make a diagnosis due to time constraints, they very often provide medical solutions during the first appointment.  However, if during this appointment they fail to correctly diagnose a condition or there is a misdiagnosis the condition due to not being treated may worsen.

Mistakes that GPs could make can include:

  • Failing to diagnose the correct problem which means the patient suffers more as the real condition isn’t treated.
  • Diagnosing the condition late. This could mean the patient has visited on a number of occasions, presenting with the same symptoms, before the GP realises what the problem is and the condition is a lot worse than it was from the first visit.
  • Errors with prescription medicines. This can either mean the patient suffers because their condition isn’t being treated or the patient has become ill due to the adverse effects of the incorrect medication.

NHS Data sets Illustrating Clinical Negligence Rates In Doncaster

Any claim for NHS negligence is recorded and the figures are available for public viewing.   Here are the stats for the NHS trust which operates in Doncaster (Source: Trust and authority claims data 2017-18)

Healthcare ProviderClaims in 2017/2018Number of Incidents 2017/2018Damages Payments
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust1195£12,568,187

Private medical providers do not have to release their figures, so this data only contains NHS claims.

Hospitals Treating Patients In Doncaster

For your information, we’ve provided a list of the hospitals which serve the Doncaster community:

  • Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
  • Park Hill Hospital.
  • Montagu Hospital.
  • Kinvara Hospital (Private).
  • Clifton Manor (Private).

Because our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Doncaster area, they could help you to make a make a medical negligence claim in Doncaster.

No Win No Fee Claims For Cases Of Medical Negligence In Doncaster

One of the main things that causes stress and worry when beginning a medical negligence claim is the cost of legal support.  That’s why many solicitors offer a no win no fee service.

No win no fee solicitors offer the same service as any other solicitor, but they don’t charge for it if they lose the case.

When you start a claim, the solicitor will assess what happened, the cause and the impact it had on you.  If they think you could win the case, they’ll prepare a Conditional Fee Agreement.

This will state that you don’t pay up front, you don’t pay their fees if the case is lost and the success fee you’ll pay if the solicitor wins the case.

Success fees are limited to 25% (but could be less) and the good thing is that it is taken directly from any compensation awarded.   Therefore, you don’t have to find any funds to pay the solicitor yourself.

No win no fee is the safest option when making a claim and reduces the associated stress that you’d suffer if you had to pay the solicitor up front.

Contact Us

If you’d like to discuss making a claim now that you’ve read this guide, you can get in touch by calling free on 0800 652 3087 or by filling in our online claims form.

When you get in touch, we’ll assess your claim for free and, if we believe you have a strong case, we could put you in touch with one of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors.  If you’re not quite ready to claim, we can offer free legal advice on what else you need to do prior to commencing a claim.

Helpful Links

For further information, we’ve provided links below which you may find useful:

Inspection Report – The Care Quality Commission’s inspection report for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Cancer Strategy – Information from NHS England about cancer strategies and treatment options.

Personal injury claims calculator – A useful guide which explains how much compensation could potentially be awarded for different injuries and illnesses.

GP Negligence Claims – We’ve mentioned this briefly but this guide provides a more detailed look at when you could claim against a GP.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary Armthorpe Road Doncaster, DN2 5LT

Edited by Melis.