If you’ve asked the question, “How do I choose a good solicitor?” recently, you could find this guide helpful as we’re going to provide advice on what to look for and the type of information you should ask of any potential solicitor. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Great Yarmouth area and could offer a no win no fee service for any claim they take on.
If you would like to discuss how we could help you make a claim today, then call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a specialist advisor.
If you’d rather find out more about how to choose the right solicitor first, please continue reading.
Choose A Section
- What You Need To Know To Find A Solicitor
- How Important Is A Solicitors Location?
- Compare Medical Negligence Solicitors With Reviews
- We Have A Panel Of Doctors Covering Great Yarmouth Who Could Examine Your Health
- Claims For Negligent Treatment Which You Could Make
- Surgical Negligence
- Suing Hospitals For Negligence
- Birth Negligence
- Care Home Negligence
- Dental Errors And Negligence
- Cancer / Oncology Care Negligence
- General Practice Doctor Negligence
- Reported Incidents Of Claims Made Against NHS Trusts Serving Great Yarmouth
- Great Yarmouth Hospital Services
- Claim Compensation Through A No Win No Fee Agreement
- Talk To Us
- Helpful Links
What You Need To Know To Find A Solicitor
Before searching for the best medical negligence lawyer to help with your case, you need to check whether you’re likely to be able to make a claim. To do so, check the following questions and see if you answer yes to all 3 questions below:
- Did you receive treatment from a medical professional which could be classed as substandard, dangerous, harmful or negligent?
- Were you injured, made ill or did your existing illness or injury get worse because of the treatment?
- And, was the treatment carried out within the medical negligence claims time limit which is currently 3 years in the UK?
If you’ve answered yes then it’s possible that a solicitor will take on your claim, so you’ll need to look at which one you’d like to work with. So, how do you compare medical negligence solicitors to ensure you get the best one?
Many people will ask friends for advice, seek a recommendation from a family member or use medical negligence solicitor reviews to determine who they’ll hire. While these pieces of advice can help, they don’t always, which is why we’ll provide information in this guide about what else you could ask to ensure the solicitor is the right one for you.
If you prefer, rather than searching for a personal injury lawyer, you could contact one of our advisors to see how our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help you. We offer free legal advice about whether you have a valid claim and what steps you need to take before you’re ready to claim.
How Important Is A Solicitors Location
You might think you should search for solicitor who are based locally to you to help with you your claim but limiting your search in this way could reduce your options. There’s no reason to stick with a local solicitor because a lot of the modern law firms you may not actually meet them face to face.
Compare Medical Negligence Solicitors With Reviews
As discussed earlier in this guide, reviews of solicitors can be a good starting point in your search. You could find out from previous client testimony, how professional the solicitor is, how often they update clients and whether their clients are happy with the amount of compensation they’ve been paid.
When you’ve read the reviews, you should contact any potential solicitor personally. It’s the only way you’ll really find out how the solicitor proposes to handle your claim and how much compensation they hope to achieve for you.
We Have A Panel Of Doctors Covering Great Yarmouth Who Could Examine Your Health
We like to ensure that anybody who decides to let us help them make a claim, doesn’t have to travel too far if they need a medical assessment. We do this by having a specialist panel of doctors and medical experts across the UK who can undertake any assessment required. Some of the specialists local to Great Yarmouth that we could use include:
Thorpe End Clinic
73a Plumstead Road,
Norwich, NR13 5AJ.
Claims For Negligent Treatment Which You Could Make
In the next few sections of this guide, we’re going to provide examples of Suffolk medical negligence which a personal injury solicitor might make a claim for. We can’t list every type of possible claim so please get in touch if you don’t see an example similar to your own.
If you require any form of surgery, whether it’s cosmetic or general, you may find out from the surgeon that there are some risks prior to treatment. They may ask you to sign a waiver to say that you are aware of the risks too.
However, even though you may have filled in a waiver, you could still be able to sue the surgeon if they cause you to suffer through a negligent act. For example:
- If you suffer complication post-surgery because suturing fails or if a medical clip breaks.
- The wrong limb was removed during amputation.
- When you suffer pain during surgery because you were awake during parts because of an anaesthetic error.
- Or when you suffer bruising or other damage to unrelated internal organs.
Suing Hospitals For Negligence
If a trip to the hospital results in your condition being made worse, you became ill or you sustained an injury, then you may be able to sue the hospital if a member of staff was negligent and caused your suffering.
This might be because procedures weren’t followed correctly, a mistake happened, or faulty or inappropriate equipment was used.
Here are some hospital negligence claims that could lead to compensation:
- If you suffer any illness because you contracted a super bug.
- When you’re administered the wrong drug, which causes problems.
- Any delay in treatment which means you suffer following a misdiagnosis.
- Injuries caused by surgical negligence.
The happiness that surrounds many births can turn to upset and even anger if either the baby or mother are injured during the delivery. This is even more true in situations where the injury was caused by a negligent act. In some cases, this could lead to a compensation claim.
If a member of the delivery team doesn’t use the correct procedure, fails to spot an issue during labour or deals with a problem incorrectly, then we may be able to help you start a compensation claim if either you or your baby suffered because of the mistake.
Care Home Negligence
If the time comes when you need to find a place in a care home for a loved one, you will have to put your faith in the management and staff of the home you choose. You’ll need to trust that they will follow the health and safety guidelines for care homes to make sure your loved one is as comfortable as possible during their stay.
If they fail to follow the guidelines and a patient suffers, then you could claim compensation for their suffering on their behalf. For instance:
- If the patient falls and is injured due to the correct lifting techniques not being used.
- When a patient becomes ill due to medication not being dispensed.
- Or if the patient isn’t moved often enough which leads to bed sores.
Dental Errors And Negligence
All dentists, whether private or NHS, have a duty to ensure that their patient is safe at all times. They can do this by following health and safety guidelines, using the correct medical procedures, maintaining hygiene standards and using the correct equipment for the job.
If they don’t do these things, and the patient suffers as a consequence, then a dental negligence claim could be made. Examples may include:
- If work is carried out that wasn’t needed due to misdiagnosed condition.
- Where pain is caused by incorrect anaesthetic dosages.
- Or if damage is caused to healthy gums, nerves or teeth during a procedure.
Cancer / Oncology Care Negligence
Even with modern cancer treatments improving, the chances of survival from many cancers require an early diagnosis so that treatment can begin.
If there’s a delay, the treatment required might be more painful and aggressive and the patient may suffer worse symptoms.
If the delay in treatment was caused by a medical professional failing to spot the symptoms of cancer or thinking it was something else, then the patient might be able to seek compensation for the additional suffering caused.
General Practice Doctor Negligence
It is quite common for GPs to see a wide range of different conditions every single day. It is a testament to their knowledge that they often spot the problem, treat it or send the patient for tests all within the first appointment.
There are times though, where the GP doesn’t manage to correctly diagnose the problem which means there is a delay in the patient starting their treatment. If this delay causes the patient to suffer in any way, then they might be able to sue the doctor for medical negligence.
Reported Incidents Of Claims Made Against NHS Trusts Serving Great Yarmouth .
In the table below, you’ll see the number of complaints received by the NHS in the Great Yarmouth region during 2017.
|Number of claims
|Number of Incidents
|James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
|Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
|Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
|Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
The table also shows how much compensation was awarded and the data cam from this NHS report.
Great Yarmouth Hospital Services
For your information, we’ve compiled a list of some of the main hospitals in the Great Yarmouth region:
- Northgate Hospital.
- Hellesdon Hospital.
- The Beeches Medical Centre.
- James Paget University Hospital.
- Cromer and District Hospital.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Great Yarmouth area meaning they might be able to help you make a personal injury claim for any form of NHS negligence at the hospitals listed above. Please get in touch to discuss whether you have a valid claim or not.
Claim Compensation Through A No Win No Fee Agreement
A big worry, for some people looking to claim for medical negligence in Great Yarmouth, is the cost of hiring a medical negligence solicitor. That’s why it’s common for solicitors, including our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors, offer a no win no fee service for any cases they take on.
Using a no win no fee service means:
- There’s no need to pay the solicitor up front.
- You don’t need to pay the solicitor for their work if they fail to win the case.
- Furthermore, you won’t need to pay the solicitor from your own funds should they win the case as they receive a success fee directly from the compensation (which is a maximum of 25%).
Talk To Us
If you’d now like to talk to us to discuss when you could make a compensation claim, then you can get in touch with a medical negligence specialist by calling 0800 652 3087. If you’d prefer for us to call you at a convenient time, then fill in this claim form.
Now that you’ve come to the end of this guide about finding medical negligence solicitors in Great Yarmouth, we’ve put together a list of useful guides and resources to help you further.
Norfolk, NR30 1BU.
Norfolk Care Homes – Information from Norfolk County Council about care home provision in the region.
NHS England Cancer – All the latest updates from NHS England regarding cancer research, treatment and long-term plans.
Hospital Negligence – A guide which explains when you could sue hospitals for negligence.
Birth Negligence Claims – This guide explains when you could sue for injuries to mother or baby during childbirth.
Edited by Jay