Picking a personal injury solicitor to begin a medical negligence claim can be a complex task. With so many available you might struggle to know where to start but it is important to choose one that is right for you, as this decision may well impact upon how much compensation you receive for your injuries. If you’re looking for medical negligence solicitors in Kingston upon Thames, then this guide will provide you with advice about what to ask and what to look for.
In fact, even though they are not based there our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Borough of Kingston upon Thames and could help you make a claim using a no win no fee service. If you would like to discuss how we could help you claim today, then please call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a friendly member of our team.
Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about medical negligence solicitors covering the Kingston upon Thames area, then please continue reading.
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- Picking A Solicitor To Make A Medical Claim
- Should I Pick A Local Law Firm Or Solicitor?
- Your Health Could Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors
- Do I Need To Read Reviews Of Medical Medical Claims Solicitors In Kingston?
- Our Team Handle A Variety Of Medical Negligence Claims
- Surgical Medical Negligence
- Nursing Home And Residential Care Negligence
- Compensation For Missed Or Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
- Dental Medical Negligence
- How To Sue A Hospital
- Childbirth Injury
- GP Negligence
- Hospitals In The Borough Of Kingston
- NHS Claims Against Trusts Serving The Borough Of Kingston upon Thames
- What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?
- Contact Our Team
- Helpful Resources For This Borough
Picking A Solicitor To Make A Medical Claim
When choosing a personal injury solicitor to help you make your claim, you might decide to ask friends for advice, read solicitor reviews or even ask a member of your family to offer a recommendation.
Before doing so though, you should check whether you could claim or not first. Many solicitors will want you to answer yes to the following 3 questions before taking on your case:
- Did you receive substandard, dangerous, incompetent or negligent care from a medical professional such as a care worker, nurse, doctor, surgeon or dentist?
- Did that treatment lead to you suffering an injury, becoming ill or make your existing illness worse?
- And did the treatment occur within the medical negligence claims time limit which is currently 3 years in the UK? (There are, however, some exceptions, please contact us to find out more).
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then our panel of solicitors may be able to help you begin a claim so please get in touch. Throughout the rest of this guide, we’ll provide you with examples of what constitutes medical negligence, but as this is not an exhaustive list, you may find yourself contacting us to discuss your unique circumstances.
Should I Pick A Local Law Firm Or Solicitor?
It’s not always necessary to use medical negligence solicitors in Kingston upon Thames as some modern solicitors are happy to carry out your claim over email and telephone to remove the need for face to face meetings. This could save time and also allows you a wider choice of solicitors to pick from.
Therefore, you could choose a solicitor based on their recent history of cases similar to yours or their experience with medical and clinical negligence claims rather than the location of their office.
Your Health Could Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors
To ensure you don’t need to travel far as part of your claim if you allow our panel of solicitors to help you with your claim, they will ensure that they use one of our panel of doctors local to you. The doctor ill create an independent assessment regarding the injuries you sustained as a result of medical negligence and will form the basis of evidence for your claim for compensation.
The specialists in and around Kingston that we could use include:
Do I Need To Read Reviews Of Medical Medical Claims Solicitors In Kingston?
Many people use medical negligence solicitor reviews to help choose the best medical negligence lawyer to help with their case. We think they can act as a good starting point but you might want to make contact with any potential solicitor personally to try and find out:
- How often they’ll update you throughout the claim.
- What experience they have with cases similar to yours.
- What amount of compensation they hope to achieve for you.
Our Team Handle A Variety Of Medical Negligence Claims
We’re now going to look at examples of medical negligence by providing various scenarios where it might occur. If you’d like to discuss your own case, please get in touch and speak with one of our legal advisors using our details on this page, they will assess the merits of your claim with you.
Surgical Medical Negligence
Most forms of surgery, whether medical or cosmetic, will have some form of risk associated with it. In most cases, the surgeon will explain these risks prior to treatment and ask you to sign a waiver or consent form. However, despite risks, you could make a claim if the surgeon causes you to suffer harm as a result of their negligent actions or omissions and you could prove that this could have been avoided entirely.
Examples of surgical negligence that a medical negligence lawyer might take on include:
- Complications caused because suturing or an inadequate medical clip fail.
- Pain in surgery because the anaesthetic wore off too early.
- When further surgery is required to removed surgical equipment that was left inside you.
- Any injuries caused to unrelated healthy organs during your procedure that could have been avoided.
Nursing Home And Residential Care Negligence
If you have to make the decision to place a loved one into a care home, you’ll have to put your trust in the management team and have faith in the staff to look after them and make them as comfortable as possible throughout their stay.
If they fail in their duty of care towards a patient and they suffer as a result, then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf if they’re unable to do so themselves.
Examples of care home negligence include:
- Patients suffering because they haven’t received their prescription medicines.
- Any injuries sustained during a fall where incorrect lifting techniques were used.
- Patients who suffer from bedsores because they were not moved regularly.
- Or any suffering caused by care home abuse.
Compensation For Missed Or Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
With many cancers, because of modern detection and treatment methods, the prognosis for survival can be good if the cancer is detected and treatment begins early. In cases where treatment is delayed, the cancer may advance too far for treatment to be effective or the treatment required could be a lot more painful.
If the delay in treatment is caused because of a late diagnosis or a misdiagnosis by a doctor, cancer specialist or medical professional then a compensation claim for a missed cancer diagnosis could be possible.
Dental Medical Negligence
A dentist and the dental team have a duty of care towards to all patients and to ensure that, while they’re receiving a form of treatment, they remain as safe and well as possible. This means that whenever treatment is performed, the right equipment is used for the task, hygiene standards are maintained, and correct dental procedures and practices are followed.
You could seek compensation if:
- You receive damage to healthy teeth or gums during treatment.
- Any pain caused because of anaesthetic errors.
- You are caused to suffer because you underwent a dental procedure which wasn’t needed due to a misdiagnosis.
How To Sue A Hospital
You might expect that if you’re ill and require hospital treatment, or if you choose to use a hospital for cosmetic surgery, that you’d receive the treatment required and everything would go as well possible. This is true a lot of the time, but patient’s do sometimes suffer because hospital staff make mistakes, fail to follow procedures, deal with problems incorrectly or fail to maintain hygiene standards. In these situations, the patient may be able to claim compensation against the hospital or NHS trust that operates the hospital.
Cases of hospital negligence which could lead to a claim include:
- Illnesses caused by super bugs like MRSA.
- Any form of injury caused by surgical negligence.
- Problems caused by the administering of incorrect medication.
It’s possible for either mother or baby to suffer a childbirth injury completely naturally which obviously means a compensation claim couldn’t be made. There are occasions though where medical staff have not followed the correct procedures, not spotted a problem or failed to deal with a problem properly which could cause the mother or baby to suffer. In these cases, which could be deemed negligent a claim might be possible.
Some common birth injuries for a mother include:
- Preventable tears and fissures.
- Injuries caused by a C-Section delivery.
- Infections and related illnesses.
- Instruments such as swabs being left inside the body.
And for babies:
- Brain injuries and Cerebral Palsy.
- Hip dysplasia and broken bones.
- Bruises, cuts and marks caused by the use of forceps.
Often the first person you turn to with medical concerns, your GP has to try and understand the problem, diagnose it, treat it or request that you undergo further tests all within a 10-minute appointment. In many cases, they manage to do so too. However, in some instances, that doesn’t happen, and mistakes can lead to a patient suffering because of a delay in treatment.
Hospitals In The Borough Of Kingston
As our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Borough of Kingston upon Thames area, we’ve listed the main hospitals in and around the Borough below:
- Kingston upon Thames Hospital.
- New Victoria Hospital & Private Clinic.
- Cassel Hospital.
- Parkside Hospital.
- Sir William Rous Unit.
- West Middlesex University Hospital.
If you’ve suffered, through negligence, at any of these hospitals or other medical facilities in the region, please call and speak with one of our specialist advisors about your chances of beginning a no win no fee claim.
NHS Claims Against Trusts Serving The Borough Of Kingston upon Thames
Using the table below, you’ll find the compensation payments made for medical negligence by the NHS trust operating services in the Kingston area. The data was obtained from this NHS report and also shows the number of complaints received.
|NHS Trust||Number of claims||Number of Incidents||CNST Damages|
|Kingston Hospital NHS Trust||29||6||£5,295,965|
What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?
Beginning a medical negligence claim using a personal injury lawyer could be expensive if you couldn’t use a no win no fee solicitor to remove the financial risk of claiming. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors understand this so offer no win no fee for any personal injury claim they take on.
With a no win no fee agreement you don’t have to pay anything upfront for the claim to begin, you don’t pay if your solicitor fails to win the case. If the solicitor wins the case, they take their success fee directly from the compensation so you won’t need to find the funds to pay them.
Contact Our Team
If you’re now in the position where you’d like to discuss your claim with us, then please call a specialist advisor today on 0800 652 3087. If you’d like to arrange a call back instead, then please fill out this online claim form.
Helpful Resources For This Borough
To help you further, we’ve included some extra resources and additional links which we hope you’ll find useful:
Kingston upon Thames Hospital
Kingston upon Thames,
Surrey, KT2 7QB.
Kingston Care Homes – Information about care home provision from Kingston Council
NHS Service Finder – A useful NHS tool to find GPs, dentists and hospital services in your area.
Hospital Claims – A guide that might help you when suing Kingston upon Thames Hospital for medical negligence or if you need to sue a hospital operated by a private healthcare provider.
Suing the NHS – This guide provides information about NHS negligence claims that specialist medical negligence solicitors could help you with.
Written by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.