How To Make A Medical Negligence Claim Against The NHS Or Private Practices In Folkestone
Have you been harmed because of a GP failed diagnosis, or injured through wrong surgery? If so, you may be searching for medical negligence solicitors in Folkestone who could help you to claim compensation. If this describes you, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Folkestone area and as specialist solicitors could help you.
Before we further look at how our team could help you, we should define what we mean by clinical negligence, medical negligence or medical malpractice. Any healthcare or medical professional owes you a duty of care. They must provide you with the best possible care and appropriate treatment. If they fail to do so and if you are harmed as a result of this, you could be eligible to claim compensation from them.
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- Misdiagnosed Or Late Diagnosed Cancer
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- Negligence By A Nursing Home
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The start of any legal process could seem daunting to anyone who is not experienced in using solicitors. Breaking the process down into bite sized chunks or individual steps can help you better move through the process. The most important of these steps is to choose the solicitor to handle your case. The right specialist solicitor could be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful claim.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors are on hand and have the expertise to successfully conduct a variety of different claims against NHS Trusts as well as claims against private clinics.
Things which we recommend you think about when you are choosing the solicitor to handle your claim.
- You do not have to claim with medical negligence solicitors in Folkestone.
- Check whether they offer payment methods such as no win no fee agreements.
- Check their experience in handling similar claims. Have they handled a claim such as yours before? What was the outcome?
When considering who should or could conduct your claim there may be many different solicitors or law firms to contemplate choosing between. To help you sift through these different options you may turn to family and friends for recommendations or search online for either ‘medical negligence solicitors in my area‘ or ‘medical negligence solicitor reviews‘.
Such recommendations or information could be important and people do often find solicitors through such methods. However, in addition to this, you should also make sure that solicitors whom you are considering do have necessary experience in this area of law and in handling similar cases.
By talking to our team you could find a solicitor who is experienced in cases similar to your own.
The quickest answer to this question is that the location of your solicitor is not important to how your claim will be conducted. It is also not likely to have any impact or effect on the outcome of your case and whether you are awarded compensation. Whilst you may have been advised by family or friends to choose a medical negligence solicitor in your area, you should not limit yourself to firms operating close to you. Today many claims are conducted without the solicitor or client needing to meet and contact can be conducted quickly and easily by phone call or other methods.
What we recommend that claimants prioritise when they are choosing the personal injury solicitor to handle their claim, is the experience and expertise of that person. Indeed, the more such claims they have handled the better chance you could have of securing a good settlement.
If you are making a personal injury claim for medical negligence in Folkestone, one of the most important parts of the claims process (aside from selecting the personal injury solicitor to handle your claim) is having a medical examination with an independent doctor.
The purpose of this examination is to have your physical health and the injuries or illness suffered examined by a doctor. They will be able to assess the extent of your injuries and could recommend alternative treatment options to those you have already had. They act in an impartial way to record what has happened to you and any effects of this. Their report may be used by the solicitor as evidence in your claim.
Doctors who may conduct your examination could include the following. Note that examinations may be carried out by a different person or at a different location.
Dover Physio Clinic,
41, High Street,
Lombard Business Centre,
12-17 Upper Bridge Street,
The Charing Practice,
1 Surgery Close,
There are numerous different ways in which medical negligence can be caused and different reasons for making such claims. In the following sections we do look at some forms of medical negligence in more detail, however, there are other forms which you could claim for including,
- A&E negligence.
- Cosmetic surgery negligence.
- Hospital Acquired Infections.
- Negligent administration of anaesthesia.
- Prescription errors.
- Errors in diagnosing or treating mental health problems.
How much you could claim will be unique to your case. It will be impacted by factors such as the severity of the harm caused, what impact it has had on you, what expenses you have incurred and what you may have to pay for in the future.
Serious medical conditions such as cancer require diagnosing and treating as quickly as possible to ensure that the patient has the greatest range of treatment options open to them and the best possible chance of making a recovery. If you have received a misdiagnosis, were diagnosed later than could have been due to a doctors error or have otherwise experienced harm because of the way your treatment was carried out, you could claim compensation. In such cases the delay to being diagnosed or treated could even affect your future life expectancy.
Undergoing surgery will very often incur some level of risk but if you have been harmed because of a failed surgical procedure or were harmed because the wrong surgery was carried out on you, you may be eligible for compensation.
There can be instances where harm was clearly caused by a surgeon failing to properly carry out the operation or failing to carry out the operation to an acceptable standard. If you were harmed in such ways, our panel of medical negligence solicitors could assist you.
The arrival of a new baby should be a happy time for the new family. However in some instances prospective and new parents may find that either the newborn baby or the mother have been or are harmed due to mistakes by a doctor or midwife. Negligence could happen (and injuries be caused) at any time in either antenatal care, the delivery of the child, or in neonatal care. If either the mother or child were harmed because of the actions of a healthcare provider, there may be grounds on which to make a claim.
When receiving any dental treatment you should expect the same high standard of medical care that you would from any other healthcare professional. Whether you are being treated by the NHS or at a private clinic, the same minimum standards of care should be met. If such standards have not been met and if you have been harmed through injury or illness as a result of this, you could make a claim for NHS negligence or claim against a private clinic.
Whether a hospital was run by a private company or is part of the NHS, you should expect a high level of care and that minimum standards are always met. The staff at the hospital should always prioritise patient care and treat you with the medical care you need, as well as the right manor. At times such standards are not met and hospital care does not go according to plan. In such cases the impact of mistakes or errors could be large on your health. You could be left with serious injuries or illnesses. In some cases the damage to your health may not be able to be corrected. In others you may require extensive treatment. However you were harmed, talk to us to see if you could make an accident claim in Folkestone for harm caused at or by a hospital.
If you or a loved one needs to reside in a nursing home or a care home, you should always be able to trust that the best level of care will be provided. It is only right that as you may be paying for such care that you do receive a minimum level of care and that residents in care homes have a good quality of life. However there have been many recorded instances of care homes failing to meet said standards.
If people are neglected or receive negligent care the harm suffered could be physical or psychological. If harmed in such a way, talk to a personal injury lawyer or medical negligence solicitor today.
No matter why you are visiting your GP, they should always take the time to fully listen to you and to conduct a full examination of your suspected illness or injury. It is then vital that they properly assess what has happened to you and recommend the right course of action to be taken. If this does not happen and if the GP failed to diagnose a condition or made an error, you could be harmed as a result.
GP’s serve as the entrance to a variety of healthcare services and so you should be able to put your trust in them knowing how to best treat you.
NHS Resolution records the number of medical negligence claims which have been made against each NHS Trust in England. This data is published on an annual basis and data for the year 2017 – 2018 can be found here.
We have taken applicable data for NHS Trusts operating in this part of Kent and created this table below. You can see the number of claims registered and payments made in the relevant period.
|NHS Trust Or Relevant Healthcare Authority||No. of claims recieved||No. of reported incidents||CNST Damages Paid|
|East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust||83||5||8,728,648|
|Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust||6||6||671,000|
|Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust||11||*||58,874|
Folkestone is a port town on the south coast of Kent. In the past the port and harbour has been a busy international shipping port. Today this has been superseded by the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle UK Passenger Check-In facility which sits just on the edge of Folkestone. As an important town in Kent and and international connection, Folkestone is served by a variety of medical facilities. Major medical services in the area are as follows.
NHS medical services
- East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
- Royal Victoria Hospital.
- Folkestone Health Centre.
- Folkestone Sexual Health Clinic.
Private medical services
- CVS Healthcare.
- Spencer Private Hospital.
- BMI The Chaucer Hospital.
- One Ashford Hospital.
Whether you experienced an error by a Folkestone GP or were harmed by a failed surgical procedure, you could claim compensation for the injuries and illness caused to you.
If you have been harmed by a medical practitioner and are considering making a claim, such as a claim against Darent Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, Dartford, Kent, you may be concerned with how you could or will be able to fund the claim. We are happy to say that the majority of cases handled by our panel of solicitors are conducted through a no win no fee agreement.
What is a no win no fee agreement? Put simply, it is a contract between a medical negligence solicitor and claimant. This will lay out what services will be provided, how they will be provided and what fees are due. It should state that no payments need to be made by the claimant until the case has been concluded. It should also state that if the claim is not won, then no fees are to be charged.
If you are awarded a settlement, the solicitors fees will be set at a percentage of the total payment you get and this percentage is both agreed by both parties and limited in law. When you talk to us we discuss your options with you.
Have you or a loved one been affected (through illness or injury) by harmful medical negligence? If so, you or a loved one may be able to make a personal injury claim to compensate you for the harm and financial costs suffered. Whilst not located in this area, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Folkestone area and handle claims as well as if they were just around the corner. To see if you are eligible to start a claim, contact our team.
- Contact us by phone 24 hours a day on 0800 652 3087
- Click here to fill in your details and get started online.
- Use the simple ‘contact us’ form on the right hand side of this page.
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Through this guide we have provided you with an outline of how you could make a claim against an NHS Trust or private medical company and how you do not need to use medical negligence solicitors in Folkestone to do so. Further to this, we have included additional resources below which may be helpful to those affected by medical negligence as well as health care services in this area.
Royal Victoria Hospital
Radnor Park Avenue,
Kent Health And Social Care Services
Information on health and social care services as available and provided through Kent County Council.
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If you need to make a personal injury claim for harm caused by a medical practitioner you need to be aware of medical negligence claim time limits which may apply. In this guide you can see how long a claim may take.
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Edited By Jay