When we go to a hospital, clinic, GP practice, dental surgery or any other medical practice, we are expecting to have any health issues diagnosed and treated where possible. Some problems can be dealt with relatively quickly, whereas others require more extensive treatment. We expect to be treated with a level of professionalism and care and to hopefully have our health problems dealt with accordingly and made better. The last thing we expect is to be injured or have our condition worsened by medical negligence.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence may be important as it can provide financial assistance whilst you concentrate on your recovery and can also make those liable for your injury be held accountable. Medical Negligence Assist can help you to find an expert medical negligence lawyer who can cover the Exeter area to help you get the compensation you are entitled to, just call them on 0800 652 3087. Read on further to find out more about medical negligence claims.
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- How To Get The Right Solicitor For A Medical Malpractice Compensation Claim
- Does My Malpractice Case Need To Be Handled By A Local Solicitor?
- Recommendations And Client Testimonials Could Be Helpful
- Types Of Medical Negligence Which May Cause Harm
- We Could Assess Your Injury In The Exeter Area Through Our Expert Panel
- Clinical Negligence By A GP
- Clinical Negligence In A Nursing Home
- Careless Surgical Procedures And Negligence
- Harm Caused By Birth Injury Negligence
- Hospital Negligence Or Malpractice
- Exeter Hospitals
- Misdiagnosed Cancer And Treatment Errors
- Negligent Dental Care
- Reported Rates Of NHS Clinical Negligence In Exeter, Devon
- No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims In Exeter and Devon
- Contact Medical Negligence Assist
- Advice For Affected Patients
Finding a medical negligence solicitor that will be the right solicitor for your case can be tricky as there are so many personal injury solicitors to choose from around the UK. However with a little bit of investigating, you should be able to come up with a shortlist of legal firms. Investigate simply by asking family and friends if they know of any reputable legal firms that they have had personal experience with, look at medical negligence solicitors reviews so that you can see from a client’s point of view how good the service is that the solicitors offer, look at their success rate and compare the different ways in which legal firms set their payment structure.
With so many ways of communication nowadays, it doesn’t really matter if your solicitor is local to you or not. What is important is their compatibility for your case and the professional relationship you have with them. If they are experienced in similar cases to yours and communicate with you well and are easy to approach then this will give your case a better chance of a successful outcome than using a solicitor that isn’t easy to deal with or that has a poor success rate or because they are close to you in location.
Reading medical negligence solicitors reviews written by previous clients can be a really useful tool in finding out how credible the solicitors are, what their customer service is like, whether or not they are reliable and honest and whether the overall service they offer is satisfactory. It is also important for future potential clients for you to also leave an honest review of the solicitors service once you have concluded your dealings with them. It can also be really useful to talk to legal advice firms such as Medical Negligence Assist to find out more information about reputable personal injury lawyers as we deal with many medical and clinical negligence lawyers across the UK and only work with those we feel give an outstanding service.
There are numerous ways in which an injury could occur due to medical negligence with some being more common than others. We deal with all sorts of medical negligence claims including hospital negligence, clinical negligence, cosmetic surgery negligence, patient negligence and many more. If you have suffered due to medical negligence, just give us a call at Medical Negligence Assist and we will do our upmost to help you.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can arrange for local medicals so that you can have a thorough assessment of the injuries you have sustained which can be used as evidence and as a reference for the level of compensation you should be awarded. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Exeter area as well as all other areas within the UK. Medical experts local to Exeter that could assess your injuries are;
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When we become ill, normally, unless an emergency situation arises, we first visit our GP in the hope that they can diagnose what is wrong and treat us accordingly to make us better. Unfortunately, if a GP does not recognise the symptoms we present with or diagnoses them as something completely different and the current condition is left untreated the patient’s condition could be allowed to worsen. If the delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis happens because of negligence and a patient suffers more than they would have a case for medical negligence may exist. If you have suffered unnecessarily due to GP negligence, please call our advisors as they can offer further advice.
Nursing home staff and the medical staff that treat the residents in the home, have a duty of care to ensure that the residents are treated with a minimum standard and that all of their medical needs are met without fail. Nursing home malpractice and neglect could include not providing the correct medication at the right time which leads to further illness, not feeding residents who cannot feed themselves causing their health to deteriorate, failing to move residents causing bed sores, allowing untrained staff to move patients which lead to avoidable injuries, harming residents, physically and mentally abusing residents.
If a resident becomes avoidably injured, or falls ill due to neglect, they could have grounds on which to make a care home negligence claim.
Thousands of people in the UK have some form of surgery every day for a variety of different reasons. Surgeons performing surgery have to go through years of extensive study and training as it is such an important procedure that needs to be right otherwise the consequences of something going wrong could be disastrous or even life threatening.
Surgery can be needed or wanted for medical, dental and cosmetic reasons and all forms of surgery come with an element of risk. Before surgery is decided, the medical professionals should inform the patient fully of the associated possible risks and side effects that they could encounter so that they can make an informed decision as to whether they want to go ahead. Of course, some surgery is needed as a necessity to preserve life or as an emergency and in these cases there is a set protocol that allows medical staff to proceed.
All medical staff involved with surgery, from the pre-op assessments and decisions, during the surgery and to the aftercare treatment, have a duty of care to the patient. Surgical staff must go through the surgery process with due care and attention at all times and to follow surgical procedure protocol diligently. Sometimes if things go wrong it is no-one’s fault as surgery always carries a risk, but if the patient was to be harmed due to something going wrong because of negligence, they could possibly sue for compensation. Medical and cosmetic surgery negligence could include, or could result in the following:
- Incorrect diagnosis and surgery type performed.
- Either the wrong type, or wrong dosage of anaesthetic given causing complications.
- Carelessness during surgery resulting in unsightly scars.
- Foreign bodies such as surgical dressings being left in the patient’s body by mistake.
- Internal organs being damaged due to carelessness.
- Wound infections due to unhygienic practices or lack of aftercare advice.
- In dental surgery, the wrong teeth being worked on or pulled out.
- Wrong medication prescribed before or after the surgical procedure causing adverse health effects.
There are other ways in which negligence could occur during surgical procedures if standards that are set are not delivered or implemented. If you have been treated negligently during surgery that has resulted in you being injured or your health becoming worse, you may be eligible to launch a personal injury claim for gross negligence. Call Medical Negligence Assist to find an experienced medical negligence solicitor who can help you get the compensation you are eligible for if you have a valid case.
Medical Negligence Assist can help provide medical negligence solicitors for cases involving either the mother or child becoming negligently injured during pregnancy, the birth or post birth due to malpractice. If a mother or her child is injured through the medical staff providing a service that is negligent or failing to act when necessary, the medical staff could be deemed responsible for any harm caused. Severe injuries that could be caused through negligence during the delivery process could result in Cerebral Palsy. Claims can be made for both physical and psychological injuries. Talk to Medical Negligence Assist for more information.
If you have been injured due to hospital negligence, maybe you received preventable injuries during a surgical procedure, or you were prescribed the wrong medication which made you ill health, if your medical negligence solicitor can prove that the harm you suffered was due to negligence then they may have grounds to pursue a case for you. Private and NHS negligence in a hospital could occur in different ways and Medical Negligence Assist can help you to find an expert medical negligence lawyer that will be able to pursue a claim for you for the pain and suffering you have endured.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help conduct claims for negligence in both NHS and private hospitals in the Exeter area, and in fact all areas across the UK. Some of the hospitals and clinics in Exeter include:
- Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
- Nutfield Health Exeter Hospital
- Exeter Medical
- Exeter Bupa Healthcare Centre
Medical malpractice involving cancer misdiagnosis and negligent treatment errors could result in devastating consequences for the patient and often for their families also. If a doctor fails to diagnose cancer and makes a misdiagnosis, or doesn’t act quickly enough, the patient could end up needing more invasive and extensive treatments than if the cancer was diagnosed and treated sooner, or could even suffer fatal consequences. When cancer has been diagnosed, swift action is key to stopping it from spreading or worsening, and the correct form of treatment is crucial to fighting the disease. If the medical professionals in charge of the patient’s care negligently fail to correctly diagnose, act quickly or prescribe the wrong treatment and medication resulting in the patient suffering furthermore, they could be held accountable for the unnecessary suffering that may have occurred.
Dentists have a duty of care to their patients to carry out dental checks and perform treatments to keep their patient’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible in a safe manner and environment. Regardless of whether a dentist is working in an NHS or private practice or hospital, if they act negligently resulting in their patients coming to preventable harm or suffering, they could be liable. Dental negligence could include misdiagnosing a dental problem causing further suffering, extracting the wrong tooth, administrating the wrong type or dose of anaesthetic causing complications, or damaging healthy teeth through carelessness for example. If you have been harmed by your dentist due to negligence, get in touch with Medical Negligence Assist and they can connect you with a specialist dental negligence solicitor.
One of the first things we find people like to know when starting a compensation claim is how much they could receive, but due to each case being individual with many different variables affecting the final amount awarded, it is impossible to give an exact prediction. However, we can show the statistics for the number of claims and the total amount paid out by the healthcare trusts in Exeter, Devon, and these are shown in the table below:
|Number of claims 2017/18
|Number of incidents 2017/18
|Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Making a compensation claim for damages can financially be a risk as there is never any guarantee that your case will win. With this in mind, Medical Negligence Assist work with personal injury solicitors that offer a no win no fee service to allow anyone from any walk of life to make a claim if they are entitled to without the financial risk. No win no fee means claimant do not have to pay any legal fees to start, or during the whole process of making their claim, in fact, if the solicitor pursuing their case doesn’t win, there are no fees to be paid at all to their legal team. No win no fee solicitors only charge fees if the case is a success and they take their payment as a percentage of no more than 25% of the final settlement amount awarded.
If you need some legal advice regarding making a medical negligence claim or would like help in finding an expert solicitor to pursue your claim for you, just call us on 0800 652 3087 and we will be happy to be of service and do our best to provide an expert medical negligence solicitor.
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This NHS site gives guidance on how to make a complaint against the NHS.
This link takes us to the Care Quality Commissions website which is an independent regulator of health and social care in England and produces reports on specific hospital in the Exeter and Devon area.
Edited by LisM.