Are you looking for medical negligence solicitors in Lancaster? On this page, you will be provided with information on how to choose a medical negligence solicitor. This guide has two functions. Firstly, to educate you about what medical negligence is and what makes a person eligible to claim, and also to offer advice on how to choose a legal firm to process your claim. Additionally, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Lancaster area, and can provide you with a simple yet effective way to have your claim processed, without having to spend time finding a solicitor on your own.
It should be noted that this guide is not intended as a substitute for good legal advice. You could speak to one of our advisors, on 0800 652 3087, for additional help. They may be able to give you a rough idea of how much you could claim (a personal injury claims calculator might be able to do the same) and also let you know which personal injury claims time limit applies in your case.
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- How To Find Solicitors Specialising In Clinical Negligence Claims
- Do I Have To Claim For Medical Negligence Through A Local Solicitor?
- How Helpful Are Client Testimonials?
- Types Of Medical Malpractice Claims
- Our Panel Of Doctors In Lancaster Could Assess Your Injuries
- Surgical Errors And Accidents
- Birth Injuries Including Cerebral Palsy
- Hospital Illness, Infection Or Injury Claims
- Illness Or Injury Caused By A GP
- Late Diagnosed Or Misdiagnosed Cancer
- Illness Or Injury Caused By A Dentist
- Care Home Injury Or Illness Claims
- Lancaster Area NHS Trust Clinical Negligence Statistics
- No Win No Fee Solicitors Conducting Medical Negligence Cases
- Contact Us Today
- Lancaster Hospitals
- Helpful Links
How To Find Solicitors Specialising In Clinical Negligence Claims
An important aspect in being successful when making a claim for medical negligence compensation, is choosing the correct legal representation. Some solicitors cover general law, such as property conveyancing. Other specialise in certain aspects of the law, such as criminal law or personal injury. Choosing a specialist could mean you have a better chance of your claim being successful. Good ways to start looking for a negligence solicitor include:
- Contact your friends and family and ask if they can recommend one.
- Ask your work colleagues and co-workers if they can recommend one.
- Post to Facebook or Twitter and ask your social connections if they can recommend one.
- Use an online review site to intelligently evaluate a range of solicitors (more on this in a later section).
We can offer you a short cut, though. Through a claims service. This is a very simple to use service that can help you to get the compensation you are eligible for without having to spend time trying to find a good legal firm.
Do I Have To Claim For Medical Negligence Through A Local Solicitor?
The answer to the question, I have been a victim of NHS negligence, do I need to use medical negligence solicitors near me to make a claim? The answer is no; there is no compelling reason to use a firm of Lancaster solicitors unless you want to. A much more important part of the decision-making process is how suitable the solicitor would be. A specialist negligence solicitor would generally be the best bet. You can always use email, the phone or web chat to keep in touch with them, regardless of where they are located.
How Helpful Are Client Testimonials?
One way to start narrowing down the choice of solicitor to help you claim for personal injury compensation, is to find a website that has some medical negligence solicitors reviews. You can use the information presented in the reviews to create a shortlist. You should take note of information such as:
- How long ago was the review published?
- What kind of claim did the reviewer have to make?
- Was the claim successful?
- What kind of fee structure did the solicitor offer?
- What was the fee that was charged by the solicitor?
- Was the review good or bad?
Facts like these will help you to compare different reviews, and hopefully, sort the good legal firms from the not so good. Yet we can provide you with an even simpler way to get good legal representation. You can speak to one of our team using the contact number at the bottom of this page; they will explain how we can help you.
Types Of Medical Malpractice Claims
When it comes to claiming for medical negligence, UK citizens first need to understand why they may be eligible to claim. A malpractice definition could be that:
- A medical professional owed the injured patient a clear duty of care.
- This duty of care was breached in some way, and this was the direct or indirect cause of harm to the patient.
- The medical professional could have avoided failing in their duty of care some way.
This would be the basic acid test, to decide whether you may have a valid claim. Typical examples of negligence include:
- Mistakes made by a GP.
- Wrongly prescribed or administered pharmaceuticals.
- Accidents during surgery.
- Accidents during a dental procedure.
- Care home or nursing home negligence.
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of an illness.
What is crucial when determining whether you are eligible to make a claim is whether the negligence caused an injury, illness or a current condition to worsen. Negligence alone will not be enough for a person to pursue a claim there must be some form of harm caused.
We Have A Panel Of Doctors In Lancaster Who Could Assess Your Injuries
We recommend that victims of negligence get themselves examined by an impartial medical professional. The report the medical professional produces can then be submitted to support your claim for compensation. It be can arranged for you to have a free medical examination in the Lancaster area, from the following doctors:
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Surgical Errors And Accidents
Fortunately, surgical errors are quite rare. Surgeons are highly trained professionals, and are supported by a whole team of doctors and technicians in the operating theatre. However, if surgical negligence does occur from time to time, it may be due to reasons such as:
- Accidents, mistakes and errors during surgery.
- Mistakes made when administering anaesthetic.
- Poorly administered post-op care.
- Errors made when administering medication.
Birth Injuries Including Cerebral Palsy
Some injuries to the mother during childbirth are entirely natural and unavoidable, such as minor cuts and bruising. However, other, more serious injuries or illnesses such as failure to notice pre-eclampsia or incorrect episiotomy could cause the expectant mother to suffer unnecessarily. Also it is vital to monitor the unborn baby during the delivery process as if it starts to shows signs of distress or hypoxia it is crucial that procedures are put in place, failure to do so could mean the unborn baby is starved of oxygen which could lead to life long illnesses such as Cerebral Palsy. If you or your child was caused an avoidable injury by medical staff due to negligence or error please call us for further advice the number is at the bottom of the screen.
Hospital Illness, Infection Or Injury Claims
Hospitals offer multiple services and are on hand throughout the year to help those that need the help of a medical practitioner. Medical staff work around the clock so that people are not left in pain and suffering. Hospital negligence could occur if standards are allowed to fall below the expected level and although no medical staff means to cause unnecessary harm if negligence occurs it could have consequences for patients.
Possible hospital medical negligence could include;
- A hospital illness claim for MRSA contracted due to poor hygiene methods.
- Misdiagnosis causing the patient to suffer worsening of the condition and adverse health effects from medication for the wrong illness.
- Surgical error resulting in wrong site surgery.
- Mistakes made during diagnostic procedures such as an X-ray or MRI scan, delaying required treatment causing the injury to worsen due to no treatment.
Illness Or Injury Caused By A GP
Your GP provides primary healthcare, fulfilling two distinct roles. Firstly, to treat minor injuries and ailments, and to prescribe medication. Secondly, to diagnose medical conditions that need advanced treatment, and then forward the patient to the correct healthcare unit. If the condition needs further testing before it can be correctly diagnosed then the GP should either send the patient for diagnostic testing or straight on to a specialist. If a GP fails to diagnose a condition correctly or does not take symptoms seriously and send for further testing or to see a specialist and the condition is allowed to worsen then the patient may be eligible to pursue damages.
Late Diagnosed Or Misdiagnosed Cancer
Cancer is an illness that requires quick intervention and to be treated at the earliest possible opportunity to stop is progressing. If a misdiagnosis is made, or the diagnosis is made late, then this can lead to a delay in providing the patient with crucial treatment. This can, in extreme cases, mean the difference between life and death. If a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis was due to negligence and caused the condition to worsen as a result, then either the patient themselves, or their dependents in cases where the patient died, might be able to use a medical negligence solicitor to process a claim for them.
Illness Or Injury Caused By A Dentist
A dentist and dental nurses working at a dental surgery, are all medical professionals, and expected to fulfill their duty of care towards patients. If they don’t, and negligence occurs, this could possibly lead to injuries such as:
- Injury to the mouth or gums.
- Gum infections.
- Extraction of the wrong tooth.
- Damaged or lost healthy teeth.
- Nerve damage.
If you have suffered due to negligent treatment while visiting your dentist, maybe the wrong tooth was extracted or the dentist damaged healthy teeth during a surgical procedure you might have the right to claim medical dental negligence. Please call our team for any further advice you may need.
Care Home Injury Or Illness Claims
A care or nursing home, has certain regulatory obligations related to the level of care that residents receive. Unfortunately, if these often understaffed and overworked establishments allow this care level to slip, and residents are injured or made ill due to negligence or substandard care then they may be eligible to pursue a claim for care home negligence. If your loved one who has been harmed due to negligence at a care home cannot pursue their own claim a family member maybe able to do it on their behalf and our panel of medical negligence solicitors could help with that.
Lancaster Area NHS Trust Clinical Negligence Statistics
The table below shows key statistics related to NHS professional negligence claims and hospital compensation claims in Lancashire:
|Healthcare Provider||Claims Received (2017/18)||Number of Incidents (2017/18)||Payments Made|
|Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||86||13||£11, 683, 866|
No Win No Fee Solicitors Conducting Medical Negligence Cases
When you use a No Win No Fee claims service to have your claim processed, there is a reduced financial risk as you don’t pay them if you don’t win. There is no fee for a solicitor to start on your claim, and no fee while they process it. If the solicitor is unsuccessful in getting you compensation, there is still no fee. The only time you pay a fee is when the solicitor receives a compensation payment on your behalf. The solicitor will then take their fee out of this money, and pass you the rest.
Contact Us Today
Have you been injured due to negligence on the part of a healthcare professional? Do you believe you have a valid reason to make a personal injury claim? Do you need a good medical negligence lawyer to process your claim for you? If so, speak to one of our team on 0800 652 3087 today.
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Edited by LisM.