Medical negligence is a term used when a medical professional deviates from the standards that are expected of them and this results in a patient being harmed in the process. Medical negligence in Leigh can occur in many different ways in a variety of circumstances when the care given is below the expected standard of care. It may happen during a hospital visit, GP appointment, dental appointment, childbirth and on many other possible occasions. Medical staff have a duty of care to provide an environment where the patient is looked after and their health and safety is a priority, if they do not provide the level of care expected, they may be deemed negligent in their duty of care and therefore possibly found liable if a claims case was brought against them.
If you have been treated negligently and suffered as a result, but are unsure as to where you stand legally, call us at Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087 and we can connect you with one of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors who are not based in Leigh or the Greater Manchester area but can cover the area an will be able to advise you on your eligibility and steps you will need to take in order to make a claim for personal injury.
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- Tips To Help You Choose Between Different Clinical Negligence Solicitors Services
- A Local Solicitor Is Not Always The Best For Your Claim
- Injuries Could Be Assessed In Your Area
- Online Reviews May Be Helpful
- Examples Of Different Medical Negligence Claims You Can Make
- Surgical Negligence And Unexpected Complications
- Birthing Negligence
- Negligence Claims Against A Hospital
- Harmful Malpractice In Nursing Homes
- Breast Or Other Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Negligence By Dentists
- Harm Caused By GP Negligence
- Numbers Of Claims Made Against Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
- Could I Make A No Win No Fee Medical Claim?
- Hospitals In Leigh
- Start Your Claim
- Helpful links
When deciding to hire solicitor services to conduct your personal injury claim, you don’t want to just pick the first solicitor you come across, it might benefit you to do some research first to make sure you use a solicitor suitable that is well experienced in cases similar to yours. Start by asking for recommendations from family and friends as they will only recommend a solicitor that they know to be good. Also, it’s good to look at medical negligence solicitor reviews to get an honest opinion from previous customer’s viewpoints. Consider and compare the level of success and the amount of experience the solicitors have had, it goes without saying that a highly experienced medical negligence solicitor, and one with a high success rate, is ideally who you want to hire. Another important factor to take into account is the way in which the solicitors expect payment.
You may not realise that you do not have to choose a medical negligence lawyer local to you thanks to the many forms of communication methods now available such as email, fax, mobile telephones and of course the traditional postage methods too. When making a claim you don’t need to see your solicitor face to face and so location isn’t a problem. It is far better to look for a medical negligence lawyer best suited to your case who can offer you fantastic client care and who has a good level of experience with a high success rate, than settle for any solicitor located close to where you live. At Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Leigh area and help you make a personal injury claim.
Having your injuries thoroughly medically assessed is really important when making a claim for compensation as it will help to establish the level of compensation you could be entitled. When your injuries are assessed by a medical professional, a medical report is produced which is then used as crucial evidence for your case. In order to help with this, Medical Negligence Assist work with a panel of medical experts who are based locally to Leigh, some of which are listed below;
- Akalanka Weerasekara, 1st Floor Leigh Health Centre, The Avenue, Leigh, WN7 1HR
- Kanel Rathod, Orchard Street, Wigan, WN1 3SS
- Mark Innes Burgin, DW Sports Fitness, Stadium way, Wigan, WN5 0UN
- Simon Briggs, Peter Harvey Physiotherapy Centre, 28 High Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HL
As mentioned earlier, reading the medical negligence solicitors reviews when choosing a solicitor can be very helpful. It allows you to compare the different solicitors and their level of customer service, if they have a good work ethic, if they are reliable and efficient and if there are any bad points you need to be aware of. For the same reason it is also helpful for others for you to also leave a review once you have used a solicitor’s services.
There are many forms of medical negligence, with some occurrences resulting in more severe injuries or illnesses than others, and they can occur in numerous healthcare settings from hospitals, GP surgeries or Clinics to Dental Surgeries for example. Some examples of the most common types of medical negligence cases our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors in Leigh and across the country have dealt with include:
- NHS Negligence or Private healthcare negligence
- Breast cancer diagnosis mistakes or other cancer misdiagnosis cases
- Negligence against doctor cases
- Midwife and birthing negligence cases
- Surgical negligence
- Care home negligence
- Dental surgery negligence
Regardless of the type of medical negligence you have experienced, if you have suffered an injury or illness as a result, you may be eligible to make a claim, contact Medical Negligence Assist for free, no obligation, legal advice.
All surgery whether it’s medical or cosmetic, minor or major, will carry an element of risk of complications or side effects. As long as the patient is made fully aware of these before the surgery takes place, and they receive the expected level of care if something does go wrong or they suffer from side effects, it is unlikely they would be able to make a claim. However, if they are not made aware of the risks involved or are treated negligently and suffer as a result, they will have grounds on which to make a claim for medical negligence. Examples of negligence in surgery may include making an incision on the wrong site, causing unnecessary extensive scarring, leaving surgical dressings inside the wound, amputating the wrong body part, performing a different surgery to what the patient was expecting, using unsterilized equipment causing infections such as MRSA or Septicemia. If you have been a victim of surgical negligence, please contact us to discuss your circumstances further.
Negligence during childbirth can result in devastating consequences such as life-long health conditions like Cerebral Palsy, and sadly even loss of life. Medical staff have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the mother and baby at all times throughout pregnancy, childbirth and immediately after birth. If they fail to spot signs of possible problems or fail to act quickly enough or make a wrong decision resulting in harm coming to the mother or baby, they may be sued for negligence. Compensation claims involving birthing negligence aren’t always for physical injuries but can be for psychological injuries also.
Due to the vast number of health services provided in a hospital in any one day, medical negligence could occur in a variety of different ways. Regardless of whether you have been treated negligently in either an NHS or private hospital facility, if you can prove that you have suffered an injury or become ill as a result of the negligent actions or omissions of a medical professional working in that hospital, you may be able to make a claim. Making a claim is important as although it cannot alter what has occurred, it could provide you with some level of financial stability to allow you the time to recover properly. You can find examples of hospital medical negligence here.
Nursing and care homes give people who are physically or mentally unable to look after themselves a place to live where there is always someone on hand to help them with their everyday needs such as personal care. If the staff at the home fail to provide adequate care and this results in an unavoidable injury being caused to a patient, then the nursing home could be sued for medical malpractice. Examples of such negligence within a care home could be, failure to correctly turn a bed-bound patient which has resulted in pressure sores and a subsequent infection, or staff physically or mentally abusing residents. If you or someone you love has suffered due to negligence in a care or nursing home, call Medical Negligence Assist for help and advice on how to start your compensation claim.
Being diagnosed correctly with cancer can actually be a matter of life or death for the patient. Receiving the correct treatment as soon as possible is paramount in fighting against the disease. If treatment is delayed due to a misdiagnosis it can result in the patient having to undergo more invasive and extensive treatment compared to if it was started sooner. In some circumstances, it could even mean that the cancer has now become untreatable and therefore terminal, which obviously is devastating for the patient and their loved ones. If you or someone you love has suffered because of medical negligence with the cancer care, you may be eligible to sue for compensation.
Medical negligence can also occur in dental surgeries too, examples of such could be the dentist failing to correctly diagnose a condition, filling a healthy tooth instead of the intended tooth, extracting the wrong tooth, causing damage to healthy teeth or gums unnecessarily, or using equipment that hasn’t been sufficiently sterilised which could cause cross-contamination or infections. If you have been injured by your dentist acting negligently, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for medical negligence in Leigh.
GP negligence may involve a number of different scenarios. Examples of such could be that your GP has failed to correctly diagnose a health complaint, they’ve prescribed the wrong type or dosage of medication, or they have failed to refer you to a specialist for further investigation when needed which has led to a delay in diagnosis. Whatever the reason, if you have been treated negligently by your GP, and you have suffered further illness or injury due to this negligence, you may be able to make a claim.
We show in the table below the number of incidents and claims that have been made against the NHS trust in the Leigh area along with the total amount of compensation paid out over a yearly period.
|NHS Trust Or Relevant Healthcare Authority||No. of claims recieved||No. of reported incidents|
(* is less then 5)
|Damages Paid (£)|
|Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh NHS Foundation Trust||56||8||£13,103,334|
Using this link you can see and compare the number of incidents and claims and total compensation paid by all NHS trusts within the UK.
If you choose to make a claim with our panel of medical negligence solicitors, they will be able to provide you with a No Win No Fee agreement as part of the claims process. This means that if make a claim and it is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of your solicitors fees. If, however, your claim is successful then a fee of up to 25% will be deducted from your damages. The percentage will be agreed between you and your solicitor by way of a CFA at the beginning of the claim process. If you have more questions regarding the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement, then please do contact one of our legal advisors today for free, no-obligation advice.
Some hospitals located in Leigh;
- Leigh Infirmary
- Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
- Ashwood Court Independent Hospital
- Woodlands Hospital
If you have been injured or have become further ill due to medical negligence and would like to find out more, or launch a claim for compensation, call us at Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087 or fill in this online contact form and we will connect you to one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors who are not based in Leigh or Great Manchester but can cover the for your case so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Frequently asked questions with regards to clinical and medical negligence claims are answered on this page.
There is only a certain amount of time to make a claim for medical negligence compensation which is explained on our page here.
This link leads you to the NHS site where it goes through the process of how to make a formal complaint against the NHS.
Written by Kelly.
Edited by Charlotte.