We have created this guide to assist you in making a claim for medical negligence in Kent. The guide starts out with some tips and advice on how to choose a good legal team to manage your claim for you. It then moves on to go over some of the different kinds of clinical negligence.
Of course, you will likely have specific questions related to your own case, that this guide doesn’t cover. All you need to do in this case, is call our team on 0800 652 3087. They will answer any outstanding questions, and will also be able to explain how our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help you by processing your claim for you. So, if you are looking for medical negligence solicitors based in Kent, this guide will help you.
Choose A Section:
- How To Choose A Solicitor For A Case Of Kent Medical Negligence
- Do I Have To Choose A Medical Negligence Solicitor In Kent?
- Our Nationwide Panel Of Doctors Could Assess Your Injuries
- Should I Trust Reviews Of Kent Medical Negligence Solicitors?
- What Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims Could You Make?
- Dental Malpractice Compensation
- Injuries Or Birth Trauma Caused By Negligence
- Nursing Home Injury Claims
- Cancer Patient Claims For Negligence
- GP Negligence Compensation
- Surgical Negligence
- Medical Negligence In A Hospital
- Kent Area NHS Trust Clinical Negligence Case Statistics
- Kent County Hospitals And Clinical Services
- No Win No Fee Kent Medical Negligence Claims
- Contact Us
- Helpful Information
How To Choose A Solicitor For A Case Of Kent Medical Negligence
So, you are facing the task of finding a good legal firm to process your claim for you. How do you proceed? Well, there are a few shortcuts that you can take, that will simplify this task somewhat. For example:
- Asking your family and friends for recommendations is a good place to start.
- You could also talk to your co-workers, as they may have used personal injury solicitors who specialise in medical negligence.
- An online reviews website could be a good source of information.
- Social media and networking sites could be a good place to ask for referrals.
After this, if you are still struggling to decided on what solicitors are best suited to you and your circumstances, we can offer you a much simpler alternative. Our claims service can match you with our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Kent area and could process your claim for you. Our number is at the end of the page if you wish to speak to one of our legal advisors.
Do I Have To Choose A Medical Negligence Solicitor In Kent?
You may be wondering, do I need to use medical negligence solicitors in my area? Well, unless you actually prefer to use a local firm, there is no real reason to do so. A much more important thing to consider instead of location, is how effective the legal firm will be at achieving a successful outcome along with obtaining the most compensation possible for you. After all, you can use email, webchat, and the phone to keep in touch with your lawyer easily. Location doesn’t matter in this case.
Our Nationwide Panel Of Doctors Could Assess Your Injuries
In order to make a claim for personal injury for medical negligence, the onus is on you as the the claimant, to prove that you have been injured as a result of avoidable and unnecessary harm in the hands of a health care professional. Your solicitor will then arrange for you to attend an independent medical examination to assess the extent of your injuries. If you choose to go through our panel of medical negligence solicitors, they will use our panel of doctors. Examples of doctors close to you can be found below;
|Raneesh Mahandru||Tuppence House, Brickfield Farm, Main Road, Longfield||Kent||DA3 7PJ|
|Muhammad Ather||48 Church Street, Maidstone||Kent||ME14 1DS|
|Kashif Aziz||26 Kings Hill Ave||Kent||ME19 4UA|
|West Malling ME19 4UA|
Should I Trust Reviews Of Kent Medical Negligence Solicitors?
You may be able to find a number of medical negligence solicitor reviews, published on an impartial review website. This would be a pretty good place for you to start comparing different legal firms. If you take this route, you are might want to look at the below criteria;
- How long has the review been published?
- Is the review covering a claim that is similar to your own?
- Was the claim actually successful?
- Did the reviewer have a positive experience?
- How much was charged as a fee by the legal team?
What Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims Could You Make?
If you live in Dover, Rochester, Canterbury, Margate, or anywhere else in Kent, we work with a panel of solicitors that can help you. However, you will need to have actually suffered some form of harm due to negligence. Negligence on its own is not a valid reason to claim. For example:
- A patient that is undergoing a dental procedure, is injured due to an accident caused by negligence.
- During childbirth, a mother or her baby is injured due to negligence.
- The level of care in a nursing home slips due to neglect, and this harms a resident.
- A negligent diagnosis, causes a cancer patient to suffer harm to their health.
- A mistake on the part of a GP, driven by negligence, causes a patient’s medical condition to become worse.
- Mistakes due to negligence during an operation, cause the patient being operated on harm.
- Accidents at a hospital that are the result of negligence, cause harm to a member of the public.
Dental Malpractice Compensation
When you visit the dentist, you should expect to be treated with the same level of due care as you would by any medical professional. When a dentist, dental nurse or any other member of staff in your local dental surgery themselves are negligent, it can result in injuries and further undue harm such as:
- Infections of the mouth or gums.
- Jaw fractures.
- Cuts to the face or neck.
- Facial scarring and disfigurement.
Injuries Or Birth Trauma Caused By Negligence
Childbirth can be a traumatic experience for a mother and her baby, and there is always a risk of harm. This risk increases though, when negligence occurs. It could result in injuries such as:
- To the mother:
- Death (in severe cases).
- Fractured bones (especially the pelvis).
- Soft tissue injuries (such as the pelvic floor muscles).
- Perineal tears and other internal injuries.
- To the baby:
- Death (in severe cases).
- Hypoxia, leading to medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy.
- Improper use of forceps leading to cuts that cause scarring, soft tissue injuries or even fractures.
Nursing Home Injury Claims
All staff in a nursing home are trained to deal with a number of complex health conditions, and a variety of people with different and sometimes demanding needs. Every resident in a care or nursing home, should be able to expect a minimum level of care that ensures their health and safety. Unfortunately, in a busy nursing home, the care level can drop and this negligence could result in some form of harm to a resident. Examples of such could be the failure to properly treat bed sores, leading to Osteomyelitis, or incorrect lifting techniques, which could result in unnecessary fractures. For more information on nursing home negligence, please read here.
Cancer Patient Claims For Negligence
It is vital that a cancer patient receives treatment quickly, so that they have the best chance possible of recovering from this serious illness. The negligence of medical professionals can lead to a misdiagnosis or a late diagnosis, which can have life altering consequences for the patient. If it can be proven this delay in providing critical treatment was caused by negligence, a medical negligence solicitor could be able to process a claim for the patient.
GP Negligence Compensation
Our GP is the gateway to the NHS service, therefore we rely on them to provide us with the correct diagnosis and treatment, or to refer us promptly to a specialist if our symptoms are not subsiding, or are complex in nature. When the standards of our GP fall below what is expected of them, it can sometimes cause adverse and undue harm to us. Such examples could be a delay in receiving proper treatment, or receiving incorrect medication and this causes unnecessary and harmful side effects. Further examples of GP negligence can be found here.
A patient undergoing surgery is always at some level of risk. Yet, when negligence occurs, these risks become much worse, for example:
- A surgeon makes a mistake while using a scalpel, and cuts in the wrong place which could lead to damage to healthy organs.
- An anaesthetist administers too much anaesthetic, harming the patient.
- After the operation, the patient contracts an infection, due to negligent care.
- Wrong – sited surgery.
Medical Negligence In A Hospital
A hospital can be a dangerous place when incorrect procedures are followed by staff members. A member of the public can be harmed in many ways, for example:
- Treatment is poorly administered, and an injury is made worse because of it.
- Harmful chemicals or radiation that a patient is exposed to, could cause them an unnecessary health problem.
- When medication is prescribed, a mistake could be made, causing the patient to become ill.
Kent Area NHS Trust Clinical Negligence Case Statistics
This table details NHS negligence in Kent:
|Healthcare Provider||Claims Received (2017/18)||Number of Incidents (2017/18) (*less than 5)||Damages (£)|
|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|
Data for this table was taken from the following online resource:
Kent County Hospitals And Clinical Services
- Medway Maritime Hospital.
- Kent And Canterbury Hospital.
- William Harvey Hospital.
- Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital.
- Cygnet Hospital Godders Green.
No Win No Fee Kent Medical Negligence Claims
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors offer a No Win No Fee agreement for all medical negligence claims. This means that if you claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay your solicitors fees. You will discuss with your chosen solicitor at the beginning of your claim the percentage of compensation that will be deducted from your claim for the work that you solicitor carries out. This is capped at 25%. To discuss the ways in which you can benefit from a No Win No Fee (conditional fee agreement ((CFA)), please contact us.
Have you been the victim of private negligence or medical negligence by the NHS in Kent and you would like impartial advice, please contact one of our legal advisers using the below number of by filling in this form. You can also contact us if you wish to use or panel of medical negligence solicitors. Speak to our claims team on 0800 652 3087 to learn more.
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Edited by Charlotte.