If you are looking for medical negligence solicitors in Kirkby, then this guide will provide you with information on what you need to look for and the questions you need to ask of a solicitor. It’s important that you are confident in the solicitor you choose to help with your claim, as it could have an impact on whether you are awarded damages or not and how much compensation you could receive.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitor are based in Merseyside and can cover the area of Kirkby with ease. If you’d like to discuss your claim straight away, why not call us on 0800 652 3087?
Alternatively, you can find out more about choosing a medical negligence solicitor by reading the rest of this guide.
Choose A Section
- How You Could Find A Good Clinical Negligence Solicitor
- Online Reviews And Testimonials
- Location Is Not Important
- You Could Be Examined By Our Panel Of Doctors
- Grounds For Making Medical Negligence Claims
- Surgical Negligence
- Cancer Or Breast Cancer Negligence
- Negligence In Pregnancy Or Birth Care
- Kirkby Hospital Negligence
- Nursing Home Neglect Or Negligence
- Negligence By A GP/ Doctor
- Negligence By A Dentist
- Statistics For Claims Brought Against NHS Trusts In Merseyside
- Making Your Claim With A No Win No Fee Agreement
- Hospitals And Clinics Serving Kirkby
- Start Your Claim
- Want To Learn More?
How You Could Find A Good Clinical Negligence Solicitor
There are many things to consider when beginning your search for a solicitor, but the first thing should be to check whether you’re eligible to claim or not. Most solicitors would like you to be able to answer yes to the following 3 questions before agreeing to assess your claim:
- Did you receive substandard, negligent or inappropriate treatment from a medical professional?
- Were you injured, made ill or did your existing condition get worse as a result of the treatment?
- Did the treatment take place within the last 3 years which is the medical negligence claim times limit in the UK?
If you’re able to answer yes to all of those things, then please read this guide about how you could choose the best medical negligence solicitor to help you with your case.
Many people will read reviews, ask friends for advice or ask family members for a recommendation. This could work, but when you’ve read this guide, we hope you’ll have the knowledge to make your own choice.
Online Reviews And Testimonials
Medical negligence solicitor reviews can offer a very good insight into:
- How professional a solicitor was throughout a case.
- Whether they provided regular updates to their client.
- Whether the solicitor has experience in claims similar to yours.
They don’t tell you everything though. That’s why we advise you speak with a solicitor directly to find out how they’ll handle your claim, what amount of compensation they hope to achieve and whether they can provide examples of cases that they’ve taken on recently which were similar to yours.
Location Is Not Important
When choosing a personal injury lawyer, you should concentrate on their experience with medical negligence claims rather than where they are based.
There’s no need to use local solicitors to make your claim as you don’t need to meet face to face with them because of modern communication methods. Email and telephone are used rather than wasting time travelling to and from their office which means you can have a much wider choice of solicitors than sticking with one in your hometown.
You Could Be Examined By Our Panel Of Doctors
In order to make a successful claim for medical negligence, the onus is on you as the claimant to prove that you were injured as a result of the negligenct actions or omissions of a health care professional. In order for you to do so, you will be required to attend an assessment with an independent doctor. We work with a panel of doctors who are based locally to Kirkby. Please see examples below;
Liverpool L3 8LR.
134 College Road,
Liverpool, L23 3DP.
Grounds For Making Medical Negligence Claims
In most surgery, whether cosmetic or medical, there is some form of risk associated with the procedure. A surgeon will usually explain these to the patient and ask them to sign a waiver or consent form.
That doesn’t stop a compensation claim being made though if the patient suffers because of negligence during the surgery.
Some examples where compensation could be claimed include:
- When pain is felt during surgery because of an anaesthetic error.
- If the patient requires further treatment because a piece of surgical equipment was left inside them following surgery.
- When remedial treatment is required because of a failed medical clip, or inadequate suturing results in complications.
Cancer Or Breast Cancer Negligence
Many types of cancer have become highly treatable because of advances in cancer treatments and diagnosis techniques. In many cases though, this relies on the cancer being spotted early. The chances of survival and curing the cancer increase dramatically the earlier it is spotted for many forms of the disease.
If there is a delay in receiving treatment, then the patient could suffer more pain as the cancer advances and may require further painful and aggressive forms of treatment (if treatment is still an option).
Therefore, any delay in treatment which is caused because a medical professional failed to diagnose the cancer when they had the chance to do so, could mean that the patient or a loved one seeks compensation for the additional suffering caused by any delay in treatment.
Negligence In Pregnancy Or Birth Care
There is a large amount of training required before any midwife is allowed to supervise the birth of a baby alone. This is because they need to know what to do in the event of a normal birth as well as dealing with more complicated deliveries. They are trained and mentored for a good number of years to ensure they’re aware of what to do in as many scenarios as possible.
Therefore, if something goes wrong during childbirth, due to a procedural error, because a problem wasn’t spotted or because it was dealt with incorrectly, then seeking compensation might be the next step if either mother or baby were caused harm because of the negligent act.
Kirkby Hospital Negligence
All hospital staff, from porters through to surgeons have a duty of care to patients and visitors in the hospital to ensure that they are kept as safe as possible. This means that hospital health and safety procedures should be complied with, medical and surgical equipment should be fit for purpose and hygiene standards maintained throughout the hospital.
If there’s any breach in procedures or regulations that cause a patient to suffer, then an NHS negligence claim might be required.
Examples of hospital negligence which might lead to a claim include:
- Any suffering caused by surgical negligence.
- Illnesses caused by an outbreak of MRSA or other super bugs.
- Suffering caused by a delay in treatment because of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis.
Nursing Home Neglect Or Negligence
Care home managers have to provide a level of care for all residents to ensure their safety, well being and to make sure that they are comfortable as possible. This can be tricky as many residents need a bespoke care plan, depending on their requirements and physical capabilities.
Therefore, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided health and safety rules for care homes to ensure managers and all staff within a care or nursing home environment understand what’s required of them. If they fail to follow these rules and that leads to the patient suffering, then it is possible that a claim for personal injury may be made.
- If a patient is made ill because they weren’t given their prescription medicine.
- When a patient suffers from bedsore injuries because they’ve not been moved regularly.
- Or if the patient suffers an injury following a fall because lifting techniques weren’t adhered to.
Negligence By A GP/ Doctor
Amazingly, GPs up and down the country manage to make a diagnosis, prescribe treatment or refer a patient for tests with a specialist all within a 10-minute appointment. The broad range of knowledge that a GP has allows them to provide this level of service in many cases.
However, there are times when a GP gets it wrong which means a patient may seek compensation if a mistake by the GP causes them to suffer at all.
If your GP has caused you a delay in treatment because of a late or misdiagnosis, or they caused your condition to get worse because they prescribed the wrong medicine, you could be able to make a claim against them for your suffering. Please get in touch to discuss how we could help you make a claim.
Negligence By A Dentist
When you visit a dentist for a check-up, to visit the hygienist or to undergo a dental procedure, you expect to be kept safe and for the dentist to follow the correct procedures, maintain hygiene standards and use the correct equipment to complete any necessary work.
If they fail to do so, and you end up suffering an injury because of their mistake, you could seek compensation.
- If you suffer pain during treatment because an anaesthetic was administered incorrectly.
- You undergo a procedure which wasn’t required because the dentist made a misdiagnosis.
- Or if there was any damage to healthy gums, teeth or nerves during treatment.
Statistics For Claims Brought Against NHS Trusts In Merseyside
To demonstrate the levels of medical negligence in Merseyside, the table below details the number of complaints made and the compensation payments made in 2017.
|Claims in 2017/2018
|Number of Incidents 2017/2018
|Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
|Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
The full set of data can be found here.
Making Your Claim With A No Win No Fee Agreement
If you’re worried about the cost of hiring a medical negligence lawyer to take on your case, then you don’t need to. This is because our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee agreement for all cases they take on.
Making a personal injury claim using a no win no fee agreement means:
- You won’t need to pay anything upfront.
- There’s nothing at all to pay to your solicitor if the personal injury solicitor loses the case.
- If the solicitor wins the case, their success fee comes straight out of your compensation (maximum 25%), which means you don’t need to find funds to pay them for their service.
Hospitals And Clinics Serving Kirkby
We’ve mentioned previously that our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Kirkby area so we thought it would be a good idea to provide you with a list of the hospitals and larger clinics serving the region.
- Aintree University Hospital.
- Broadgreen Hospital.
- Ormskirk and District Hospital.
- Broadgreen Hospital.
- Whiston Hospital.
- Fairfield Independent Hospital.
- Spire Liverpool Hospital.
- Kirkby Community Primary Care Centre.
- Kirkby Community Hospital.
Start Your Claim
Now that you’ve read the whole of this guide, if you’d like to discuss how our panel of medical negligence solicitors could help you make a claim, please call us on 0800 652 3087. If you would like us to give you a call when it’s convenient, you can also fill in this online form.
Want To Learn More?
Now that you’ve reached the end of this guide about finding medical negligence solicitors in Kirkby, we’ve added some additional resources below which we hope you’ll find useful.
Aintree University Hospital
Liverpool, L9 7AL.
Inspection Report – In the latest review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the hospital was rated as “Requires Improvement” overall.
NHS Cancer Guide – Information of symptoms and treatment options for different types of cancer.
GP Claims – A detailed guide providing information on when you might have grounds for medical negligence claims against a doctor.
NHS Negligence – Information on the basis on which you could make medical negligence claims against the NHS.
Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims – A guide to making a claim for compensation if you have been the victim of cancer negligence.
Written by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.