Medical negligence could occur in different ways, with some cases resulting in serious life changing injuries if medical staff at all times do not maintain a minimum standard of service. If you seek medical care in Horsham or anywhere in Sussex or the UK as a whole, you put your trust in the professionals to take care of you and use their knowledge and expertise to do all they can to provide you with appropriate healthcare, you certainly do not expect to come off worse than you were in the first place. Although in some situations such as during surgery, there is nearly always a risk that things might go wrong however, if things go wrong that could’ve been avoided caused by the negligence of the medical team it could leave the patient with minor to very serious injuries. In medical negligence cases, the victim can make a compensation claim for any pain and suffering plus any financial losses also.
Making a claim isn’t always straightforward and having the help of a medical negligence solicitor can make all the difference to how successful the claim is, and also makes things a lot less stressful for the claimant as they know their case is in capable hands. Medical Negligence Assist have helped many people with making a personal injury claim as we have a panel of no win no fee personal injury solicitors that service not only the Horsham area, but all over the UK. Call us on 0800 652 3087 for help and advice to get your claim started.
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- Steps You Could Take To Find A Medical Claims Solicitor
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- It Is Not Important To Use A Local Solicitor
- Medical Assessments Could Be Conducted By A Panel Of Medical Experts
- Medical Compensation Claims Which You Could Make
- Birth Injuries Advice
- When Can You Sue A Dentist?
- Operation And Cosmetic Surgery Negligence
- Hospital Treatment Negligence
- Doctor Treatment Negligence
- Negligent Treatment In Nursing Homes
- Cancer Medical Misdiagnosis
- Claims Registered Against Horsham NHS Trusts
- Hospitals In Horsham
- When Could You Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
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Once you have made the decision to start a compensation claim, you may decide that you want a medical negligence solicitor to handle your case for you. However, with there being so many solicitors to choose from, it may be a little daunting trying to pick the right one for you, and so we have a few suggestions of things that you can do to help you compare and decide.
Firstly we always recommend you ask family, friends and colleagues for recommendations, perhaps someone you know has needed a solicitor and was happy with their service and so confident to recommend them to you. Another thing to do is to look at the amount of experience they have. Have they been involved in the personal claims industry a long time, or only recently? Also look and compare success rates, obviously you want to have a medical negligence injury lawyer that has a high rate of success as they will be more likely to win your case too than someone who hasn’t got a very good success rate. To get a better ‘feel’ for the solicitor, read their customer reviews so that you get an honest and open opinion of how they are rated by other customers as you are likely to experience the same service.
Lastly, but very important, look at how they want to be paid. All our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors work on a no win no fee basis and will only take on cases they feel have valid merits that way your time or money will not be wasted.
By reading customer’s medical negligence solicitor reviews you can get an unbiased overview of both negative and positive points about the legal firm or medical negligence lawyer you are possibly planning to hire. Very often with reviews, any negative aspects of the service are the things that will get mentioned the most and so you can decide if they are worth avoiding or not. Other aspects of the service may also be discussed that perhaps you hadn’t thought to take into consideration and so this can be really helpful as well. Leaving a review yourself if you go ahead with hiring a solicitor will help other potential people in the future too just as it has you.
Although looking at the reviews can be a big help, it is certainly advisable to also speak to a medical negligence team such as Medical Negligence Assist as they may be able to offer additional information.
You may be thinking ‘I have to find medical negligence solicitors in my area’, but that would simply not be true. We have such good technology and ways of communication these days that you do not have to hire a solicitor in your area, you can in fact hire one who is located anywhere within the UK, even the opposite side of the country to yourself. It is more important to look at the points we mentioned earlier such as level of experience and success rate and so on, and find a medical negligence solicitor that is suitable to your requirements and who you can build a good working relationship with, location really isn’t an issue. At Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Horsham area as well as anywhere else in the UK, give us a call and we will help you to find the right solicitor for you.
At Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can arrange for you to have a medical assessment close to your area so that you do not have to travel far. Some of the medical experts in Horsham include:
- Tariq Ayyoub, Afon Office Building, Worthing Road, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 1TL.
- Salman Baig, 2nd Floor, Afon Office Building, Worthing Road, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 1TL.
Having a medical assessment of your injuries is really important as the level of award will depend greatly on the type of injury and it’s level of severity.
There are numerous ways in which a case of medical negligence may occur and different types and levels of injury or illness that may result from it. Medical Negligence Assist have dealt with many cases of the years and our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue your claim no matter how the medical negligence injury or illness occurred. Below we discuss some examples of different types of medical negligence.
Claims for medical negligence during childbirth are one of the more serious kinds of cases of clinical negligence. Avoidable injuries caused during childbirth can have devastating consequences to the mother or baby. The Mother may suffer a broken pelvis, or severe muscle damage and bruising in that area, the baby may suffer with severe injuries such as brain damage due to lack of oxygen, or even develop cerebral palsy. If you or your baby have been injured due to a negligent act during childbirth, you may be able to claim for child birth injury. Childbirth injury or cerebral palsy claims could be made for the physical injuries as well as the psychological injuries.
If you have suffered medical negligence resulting in avoidable injuries whilst at the dentists and you need to hire a dental negligence lawyer to pursue your compensation claim, speak to Medical Negligence Assist and we can find the right solicitor for you. Although some injuries that occur due to medical negligence at a dentists are often fairly trivial, sometimes they could be more serious leaving the victim with serious injuries such as suffering from permanent scarring, loss of healthy tooth, unnecessary nerve damage and possibly psychological injuries. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you to win your case.
Operational errors caused by medical negligence can leave the patient with severe injuries, some life changing. Errors such as operating on the wrong body part, amputating the wrong limb, leaving a surgical sponge or dressing inside a body, performing stitches carelessly could be regarded as being a form of medical negligence as they are all preventable errors. If you have been injured due to a surgical error resulting from negligence, whether it’s a medical or cosmetic procedure, you may have a right to make a claim.
Medical negligence in a hospital could happen for all sorts of reasons as people visit hospitals for different reasons every day. Negligence may occur due to the lack of care, delay in important treatment procedures, mistakes with medication or illness due to poor hygiene standards on the wards. NHS negligence, or private healthcare negligence could occur if medical staff breach their duty of care. Accident and emergency claims may also be made if urgent medical care is negligently delayed or an error of diagnosis or treatment is made because there is a breach in duty of care.
Medical misdiagnosis claims and delayed action medical negligence claims could be made against GP’s if they do not identify if a patient is suffering with a condition when they would have been reasonably expected to do so and such a patient has suffered unnecessarily. GP’s, unless in an emergency situation, is usually the first person you see about a health complaint as you trust them to be able to diagnose and treat you accordingly, or refer you for further tests in order to reach a correct diagnosis. If your GP misdiagnoses, fails to act, prescribes the wrong treatment or medication for example, and such errors were caused through negligence resulting in preventable harm the patient may have the right to claim for damages.
Nursing homes have a legal duty of care to provide a safe environment for their residents whilst also taking care of them and making sure that their needs, both medical and personal, are met. Sometimes however, perhaps due to staff shortages, lack of funding or poor training, the standards of care may slip and the residents neglected in some way or another. Neglect in a nursing home may be that the residents do not receive their medication at the correct time, they fall and get injured due to lack of supervision or correct lifting and handling techniques being used, signs and symptoms of illness are missed and so on. If the nursing home fails in their responsibility to take care of the residents correctly, and a resident becomes harmed as a result, the home could be sued for negligence.
Cancer is an illness where if left undiagnosed or untreated, will in most cases result in loss of life. A quick diagnosis and commencement of treatment is vital in having any chance of beating the disease. If a doctor fails to recognise the signs and symptoms, fails to refer the patient for further tests or prescribes the wrong form of treatment, it could have devastating consequences such as the patient having to undergo extensive, aggressive treatment or even losing their life. If you or a family member have suffered due to negligent medical misdiagnosis of cancer, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation, contact Medical Negligence Assist for further information.
In the table below you can see the claims and incidents statistics for NHS trusts in the Sussex area and the amount of money paid out in compensation.
|Healthcare provider||Claims received 17/18||Number of accidents/incidents||CNST damages paid|
|Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust||11||0||£168,688|
|Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust||5||*||£174,700|
For reference, you can find all statistics used at this link – https://resolution.nhs.uk/resources/factsheet-5-trust-and-authority-claims-data-2017-18/
Some of the hospitals and medical clinics include:
- Horsham Hospital, Hurst Road, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 2DR.
- Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Povey Cross Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 0BB.
- Park Surgery, 2 Albion Way, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 1BG.
- The Causeway Dental Practice, 8 Causeway, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 1HE.
No win no fee is a service offered by some medical negligence solicitors which gives every person a chance to pursue a valid claim. With no win no fee, there are no payments made to your solicitors at all unless they win your case, and in this case, a small percentage out of the final awarded amount of compensation is paid. If the case is unsuccessful, you do not pay anything to your legal team. All medical negligence claims have a medical negligence claims time limit and so you have to ensure you start your claim within this time, call Medical Negligence Assist for more information.
This is a link to another of our guides featuring childbirth injury claims which may be useful.
Again, another of our guides regarding NHS hospital medical negligence claims.
This links to the Horsham Hospital under the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and has a section under ‘contact us’ that advises about making a complaint.
Edited by LisM.