Medical negligence is a term that is used when the standard of medical care received is less than expected and a patient is harmed in some way as a result. When seeking medical care in Greenwich, we put our trust in the medical professionals treating us to find out what’s wrong and treat us accordingly to make us better, we certainly don’t expect to become injured or further unwell due to their actions.
Medical negligence can occur in many ways and happen in a variety of places such as doctor’s surgeries, hospitals, clinics and dental practices. It may be due to general carelessness, or a simple but grave mistake, or even by a deliberate act. However it has happened, if you sustain an injury or become ill as a result, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation as long as it can be proven that your injury or illness is in fact due to the medical negligence you have experienced.
If you have in fact suffered due to medical negligence and are looking to make a compensation claim, you have come to the right place. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Borough of Greenwich, as well as all over the UK, and can help you to successfully claim the compensation award you deserve, just call us at Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087.
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- How Could I Find A Solicitor To Handle My Negligence Claim?
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- Does My Solicitor Have To Be Based In The Borough Of Greenwich?
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- Claims For Clinical Or Medical Negligence Handled By Our Panel Of Solicitors
- Negligence At A GP Practice
- Medical Misconduct By Surgeons
- Negligence In Paediatrics And Childbirth
- Greenwich Hospital Negligence
- Malpractice And Errors In Nursing Home Care
- Claiming For Dental Negligence
- Misdiagnosed Cancer
- Statistics For NHS Medical Misconduct Or Negligence In Greenwich
- How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?
- Borough Of Greenwich Hospitals
- How To Contact Us
- Reference Materials
If you are looking to make a personal injury claim for medical negligence, having an experienced solicitor is a really good idea and will increase the chances of you having a successful claim. However, you may feel slightly over whelmed when trying to choose the right medical negligence solicitor for you. There are a few things you can do in order to make the right choice.
Speaking to friends and family and asking for recommendations is a good idea as personal recommendation is a good sign that the solicitor offers a good service and is successful in what they do. Reading the medical negligence solicitor reviews will also help you to find which solicitors are considered good and which ones to possibly avoid as although you may come across a few false reviews, in general, they give an overall outlook of the service in question from a customer’s point of view. Look at how much experience the solicitor has had in the personal injury claims industry and if they have a good success rate, often a good level of experience will result in a higher success rate so it’s better to choose a solicitor who has worked in the field for a number of years. Lastly, it’s very important to consider their payment structure, do they require payment by the hour, or can they offer you a no win no fee policy? Depending on your finances, you may find it is better to opt for a solicitor who offers the no win no fee service which we discuss further on in the guide.
Reading the medical negligence solicitor reviews can give a better insight as to the sort of service the solicitor provides. The reviews collectively will usually show the good and bad points, if any, about the solicitor’s service, and as they are from previous customers, it is likely that you too will receive a similar level of service. Although some reviews may be unfair or unjust, overall in comparison with other reviews, you should be able to get a good picture on how good they are.
Speaking with a firm such as Medical Negligence Assist is also really useful as we work with many solicitors that we believe offer a fantastic standard of service, in fact, our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors work across the UK and all have great success rates due to their experience and dedication.
You may be under the impression that you should use ‘medical negligence solicitors in my area’, but actually it really doesn’t matter where they are based. What’s more important is the service they provide and the expertise in personal injury claims cases they can offer. With many ways to communicate, there isn’t any need to visit the solicitors offices or even meet with your own personal solicitor face to face, and so you should concentrate on finding the right solicitor for your case regardless of their location.
One of the most influential factors on how much compensation you receive, is the type of injury you have sustained and it’s level of severity with the more severe injuries generally being awarded the higher levels of compensation, therefore it is a requirement of the personal injury claims process to have your injury assessed by an independent medical professional so that a report can be produced and used as evidence in support of your claim.
We at Medical Negligence Assist work alongside a panel of medical experts in the Greenwich area, as well as all over the UK, and could arrange for you to have a local medical assessment carried out. The experts that service the Greenwich area include;
- Soran Saeed, Holiday Inn Express, Bugsbys Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0GD
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors deal with many different types of cases involving medical negligence of some kind. Some of the cases they have dealt with include negligence in paediatrics, Knee surgery negligence, amputation errors, sterilisation negligence, dental malpractice, NHS negligence, private healthcare negligence and many more. Regardless of where or how it happened, if you have been injured or become ill because of medical negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim, speak to Medical Negligence Assist for help and guidance.
When suffering with a health complaint, we normally see our GP in the first instance to get a diagnosis and be treated accordingly, such as being prescribed medication or possibly being referred to a specialist. We trust our GP with our health as they are supposed to be the experts, and so don’t usually question their findings and recommendations. However, unfortunately, negligence can still occur such as making a diagnostic error, prescribing the wrong medication or treatment, failing to refer for further tests when needed and so on. If you have suffered due to medical negligence at a Greenwich GP practice (or any GP practice), you may have a valid cause to claim compensation.
Surgical errors are some of the more common reasons for compensation claims regarding medical misconduct but they can be the most hard to establish. There are many ways in which medical negligence may arise during surgery such as the surgical incision being performed on the wrong body site, unnecessary scarring being caused, infections due to equipment not being sufficiently sterilised, the wrong type of surgery being performed, dressings being left in the wound, and more. If you have been injured due to botched surgery caused by medical negligence, regardless of whether it was under the NHS or in a private healthcare hospital or clinic, you may be eligible to make a claim. Contact one of our legal advisors using the information at the bottom of this guide and we can connect you to a reputable medical negligence lawyer who can advise you on your next steps.
Pregnancy and birth, although totally natural, is actually a very complicated and sometimes risky process. Specialised medical care during these times that includes tests, scans and regular health checks is there to ensure the safe arrival of a healthy baby and to allow medical intervention if needed to protect both the mother and child. However, if tests and scans are not assessed thoroughly or a wrong action or a lack of action results in harm coming to the mother, baby or both, a claim may be launched for medical negligence against those responsible. Negligence during pregnancy and childbirth can result in permanent consequences and medical conditions to either mother or child. An example of such is the failure to notice the baby distress during labour, resulting in a lack of oxygen causing Cerebral Palsy.
Hospitals cater for many different medical needs and are very busy places with patients coming and going constantly. However, despite the sometimes seemingly chaotic nature of hospitals due to how busy they are, patients should still receive a good standard of medical care, regardless of why they are at the hospital. Whether they are there for surgery, for medical tests, emergency care, check-ups or for chronic illness treatments for example, the level of care should still be at a high standard for all. If the standards slip and someone is injured or becomes ill due to carelessness or a mistake, the hospital may be sued for medical negligence. It makes no difference if the hospital is NHS or private care, if negligence has caused an injury, they can be sued for damages.
Malpractice and errors in nursing and care homes can lead to a variety of health issues such as physical injuries, illness and psychological damage to the residents of the home. Residents in a care home rely on the staff to help them meet their everyday needs and if treated negligently, can decline in health quite rapidly. Negligence in a home may consist of failing to meet nutritional needs, not giving the correct medication at the right time, not assisting residents with re-positioning leading to pressure sores, failing to acknowledge any symptoms of illness, failing to prevent accidents such as falls and so on. If you or someone you love has suffered due to negligence in a care home, we can help you find a personal injury solicitor to advise you on making a compensation claim.
If you have been treated negligently leading to an injury by your dentist, regardless of whether they are an NHS dentist or practice privately, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Providing the claim is started before the medical negligence claims time limit is up, which is generally 3 years depending on the circumstances (see link at end of guide), you can sue your dentist for medical negligence. Negligence at a dentists may involve receiving an incorrect diagnosis, having a healthy tooth extracted by mistake or being treated with unclean utensils that lead to an infection for example. Speak to Medical Negligence Assist for help and advice on how to get your claim started.
Getting a correct diagnosis of cancer and starting treatment as soon as possible is essential in order to give the best chance of beating the disease. Any delay in treatment due to misdiagnosis for example, could lead the patient having to undergo a more aggressive treatment to counteract the delay, or in the worst cases, could even lead to the patient losing their fight. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis, or due to the wrong treatment being prescribed or administered for example, you may be eligible to make a medical negligence claim.
In the table below you will find the statistics for medical negligence claims and incidents for the NHS trusts in the Greenwich area and the total amount they have paid out in compensation.
|NHS Trust Or Relevant Healthcare Authority||No. of claims recieved||No. of reported incidents||CNST Damages Paid|
|Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust||63||8||£25,044,422|
You can access the information here.
‘Do no win no fee claims work?’ you may ask. Well, yes they do and actually they are arguably the safest financial way to make a claim. Basically, with no win no fee, no payments for legal fees are paid at all until the case comes to its conclusion, and only then are they paid to your solicitor if the case is successful, whereby the amount owed will be taken as a small percentage of the claim award, this legally cannot exceed 25%. If the case is unsuccessful however, no fees are paid to your medical negligence solicitor.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors deal with negligence cases involving hospitals all over the UK including in the Greenwich area. Some of the hospitals that serve the Greenwich area include:
- Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust
- Blackheath Hospital
- Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill,
- Princess Royal University Hospital,
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
- Queen Mary’s Hospital,
- University Hospital Lewisham,
- BMI The Blackheath Hospital, London,
If you have suffered an injury or became ill due to medical negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim. If you wish to discuss your eligibility, or would like to find out more about making a claim, you can contact Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087 for help and advice.
Here you will find some information regarding the medical negligence claims time limits.
Here is some information regarding making wrongful death claims.
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Edited by Charlotte.