Finding the right solicitor to a handle any type of claim for you can be tricky at the best of times. Choosing a medical negligence lawyer can be even trickier because of the complex nature of some cases. Are you looking for medical negligence solicitors Eastbourne? This guide will explain why skill, ability, competence and knowledge should be prioritised over location.
As well as providing information on how to pick the best solicitor to help you, we’ll explain how our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Eastbourne area and could therefore help with your claim.
If you’re ready to discuss your claim today, call our team on 0800 652 3087 for advice on how to begin. If you want to know more first, then please carry on reading this useful guide.
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- A Guide To Choosing Your Medical Negligence Solicitor
- Do I Need To Claim Through A Medical Claims Solicitor In Eastbourne?
- Could My Injury Be Assessed By Medical Experts In Eastbourne?
- Seek Recommendations, Testimonials And Reviews
- Types Of Mistakes During Medical Care
- Negligent Cancer Treatment Claims
- Operation Negligence Claims
- Obstetrics And Gynaecology Negligence Claims
- Dental Negligence Claims
- Medial Mistakes By A Hospital
- Neglect In A Care Home
- General Practice Doctor Malpractice
- Statistics For Reported Cases of Medical Mistakes In Eastbourne
- Hospitals In Eastbourne
- No Win No Fee Medical Mistake Compensation Claims
- Contact Us
- Helpful Links
A Guide To Choosing Your Medical Negligence Solicitor
When deciding whether you are going to make a personal injury claim or not, you’ll need to know the definition of medical negligence first. Any medical negligence solicitor who takes your case on will want to be able to show that:
- You suffered an injury, became ill or your existing condition was made worse.
- The injury or illness was caused by substandard care or negligent procedure.
- And the negligent procedure was carried out by a medical or healthcare professional that owed you a duty of care.
Medical professionals include doctors, surgeons, nurses, care providers, dentists, anaesthetists and so. Negligence could occur if standards are not maintained at the required level. Care providers and medical practitioners have an obligatory duty of care to provide patients with a minimum standard of care.
When deciding which solicitor to use, you can ask friends, family or colleagues for recommendations and you can also use reviews to help you choose. This guide will provide other tips on what to look for and provide examples of medical negligence cases, clinical negligence in the NHS as well as examples of dental negligence claims.
Importantly, you should be aware that there is a medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years. While that sounds like a long time, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible following your injury. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors are very efficient but do require time to gather the supporting evidence, including complex medical evidence, to back up your claim. There are exceptions to the time limit so please call our team using the number at the bottom of the guide to find out more information.
Do I Need To Claim Through A Medical Claims Solicitor In Eastbourne?
Some people think that they’ll get a more efficient service if they, “Use medical negligence solicitors in my area”. In fact, wherever your solicitor is based, there’s no need to visit their office. Communication is carried out between the solicitor and client mainly over email and the telephone. Some correspondence is also sent via the postal service.
Even if your personal injury lawyer isn’t local, you won’t want to travel far for any medical assessment that’s required. That’s why, we have a panel of specialists and doctors all over the UK, including the Eastbourne area. We’ve provided their details in the next section.
Could My Injury Be Assessed By Medical Experts In Eastbourne?
Here are some of the doctors and medical specialists that could be used in the Eastbourne area to undertake medical assessments.
31A Cornfield Road,
Eastbourne, BN21 4QG.
18 Gilderidge Road,
Eastbourne, BN21 4RL.
Seek Recommendations, Testimonials And Reviews
Many people look for reviews when they use many services these days and medical negligence solicitor reviews can be just as useful.
If you use them as a starting point, you can find out whether previous clients were happy with the amount of compensation they received and whether they felt they were kept updated throughout the claim.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, nothing beats speaking to the solicitor in person. Give them a call and ask for examples of cases similar to yours and information about how they’ll keep you up to date throughout the claim
Types Of Mistakes During Medical Care
Over the coming sections, we’ll provide examples of types of medical negligence in detail. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors have the expertise and knowledge to be able to conduct a variety of different cases. These include doctor malpractice, operation negligence claims, cancer negligence claims and neglect and abuse in a care home claims.
Negligent Cancer Treatment Claims
Cancer is one of the most feared diagnoses a patient might receive. However, due to modern treatment methods, if some cancers are spotted early, the chances of curing it (or managing it) can be quite high.
If a GP, doctor or cancer specialist fails to diagnose the cancer as soon as they are presented with symptoms, or misdiagnoses it as something else, the delay in receiving treatment can be devastating.
It is vital that when a doctor even suspects a cancer diagnosis that all is done to clarify a patients condition, a doctor may refer the patient for specialist testing or to see a specialist doctor. Failure to act on symptoms that may appear to reflect cancer could mean a late diagnosis and a delay in the most important treatment needed.
Operation Negligence Claims
Surgery can be risky. Patients will be informed of this and the risks will be explained to them. You may be asked to sign a waiver prior to any surgery or cosmetic surgery but that does not mean you can’t claim if your injured during surgery because of a negligent act.
Examples of negligence during surgery could include:
- Injuries caused to unrelated internal organs during surgery.
- Contracting an infection due to hygiene issues.
- Items being left inside you such as swabs, surgical equipment or unused clips.
- If clips or suturing fails and leads to complications.
- Pain suffered during surgery caused by an anaesthetic mistake.
Obstetrics And Gynaecology Negligence Claims
An avoidable mistake during pregnancy or labour which causes an injury to the mother or baby could be traumatic and in worse case scenarios could lead to long term problems such as cerebral palsy for the baby.
A midwife, doctor, paediatrician or nurse have the skill and knowledge to successfully deliver a baby well. Babies are being delivered constantly many without the slightest complication. The medical staff on maternity wards do an amazing job day in and day out. If standards in care are not always maintained to the level that they are required by law and in legislation negligence could be present. If any medical staff are responsible in some way for any unnecessary injury or illness during childbirth or pregnancy, then obstetrics and gynaecology negligence claim might be possible if it can be proven that a practitioner of the same ability would have done things differently to avoid the harm that has been caused.
Dental Negligence Claims
If you suffer during dental treatment, because a dentist, hygienist or dental nurse were negligent in some way, you could be able to make a medical negligence claim against the dental practice.
Some examples which might lead to claims include:
- Pain caused by incorrect anaesthetic dosage.
- Any suffering caused because you underwent surgery that wasn’t required.
- If a dentist fails to diagnose a problem at earliest opportunity which causes prolong suffering.
- When the wrong tooth is taken out or healthy teeth are damaged during a dental procedure.
Medial Mistakes By A Hospital
Hospitals are the place we go to receive treatment for injuries and ailments alike. In a lot of cases, patients are treated, go home and recover in full. However, if patients receive substandard care, negligent treatment, misdiagnosis, patients may suffer new illnesses, become injured or their existing condition becomes worse. If the reason for the avoidable injury or unnecessary suffering was due to a negligent act or inaction then call our team and they can provide you with additional information that you may need.
Claims for neglect against a hospital may include:
- A delay in treatment because of a late or misdiagnosis which causes the patient to suffer.
- Contraction of a superbug like MRSA which can lead to illnesses such as pneumonia.
- Surgical errors or mistakes such as perforation of healthy organs.
- Illnesses or side effects caused by incorrect prescriptions or dispensing issues.
Neglect In A Care Home
Placing a loved one into a care home requires placing a lot faith in the management of the care home. They should have health and safety procedures and policies to protect all patients/residents. If a member of care home staff fails to follow the procedures though, negligence may lead to avoidable injuries or illnesses;
- Injuries may be caused by falls following an unsafe or incorrect lifting procedure.
- Bed sores or pressures sores because the patient was left in the same position for too long.
- Illnesses caused because the patient did not receive their prescribed medication on time.
- Any form of abuse by care home staff.
If you believe a love one has suffered while in a care home, you might need to discuss the details with a personal injury solicitor. Please get in touch and we could introduce you to one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Eastbourne area.
General Practice Doctor Malpractice
The first place we turn to when we’re suffering from any form of illness or worrying symptoms is often our local GP’s practice. Although they are often under pressure to see patients quickly and diagnose their problems, they have specialist medical training in a broad range of medical issues and conditions and should be able to complete their tasks. If they do not correctly diagnose a patient and provide them with the right treatment, or they misdiagnose a patient and provide treatment for a totally different illness or fail to refer a patient to a specialist when needed and the patient suffers more than they should have then this maybe deemed as negligence.
Examples of GP negligence;
- If the patient becomes ill or their condition worsens because they were prescribed the wrong medication.
- If a doctor fails to diagnose a problem leading to a delay in treatment and prolong suffering.
- If the doctor does diagnose the problem but it took longer than it should’ve done i.e. if the patient presents with the same symptoms on more than one occasion and the patient has suffered unnecessarily.
Statistics For Reported Cases of Medical Mistakes In Eastbourne
The following table provides details of compensation claims and amounts awarded by the NHS trust which operates in the Eastbourne area. The data is from the NHS trust and authority claims report 2017-18.
|Claims in 2017/2018
|Number of Incidents 2017/2018
|East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Hospitals In Eastbourne
For your information here is a list of hospitals in the Eastbourne area. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Eastbourne area so could help with any medical mistakes, NHS negligence or any other negligence which has lead to harm.
- Eastbourne District General Hospital.
- Arlington Aesthetics Clinic.
- The Eastbourne Clinic.
- BMI – The Esperance Hospital.
No Win No Fee Medical Mistake Compensation Claims
No win no fee makes a claim a lot less stressful. Known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA), no win no fee means just that. Firstly, you don’t pay anything up front and, if the solicitor fails to win your case, you don’t have to pay them for the work they’ve done.
If the solicitor is successful, they will be paid a success fee which is detailed in the CFA. It is limited by law to 25% of your compensation but could be less. Once a claim is won, the solicitor will be sent the compensation, retain their success fee and then send the rest straight to you. This method means you won’t need to find the funds to pay them yourself.
Contact Us Today
Even though you might’ve been searching for medical negligence solicitors in Eastbourne, we hope that this guide has shown why our panel of negligence solicitors can cover the Eastbourne area and could be the right choice to help with your case.
Now that you’ve read this guide, we’ve provided some links to other useful resources which you may find helpful.
NHS Complaints – A guide which provides details on how to complain about NHS services.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Inspection Report – This report, from the Care Quality Commission, is for the NHS trust covering the Eastbourne area.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – This guide provides more information.
MRSA Claims – A more detailed look at when a claim might be possible for an MRSA claim.
Wrongful Death Compensation Claims – This guide explains what constitutes wrongful death and when a claim can be made.
Edited by LisM.