On this page, you will read a guide on how to choose the best medical negligence solicitors for you whether this is medical negligence solicitors in Lowestoft or our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Lowestoft area. In the up and coming sections we are going to provide techniques on how to narrow down your search for the best medical negligence solicitor for your case. We have also included examples of medical negligence scenarios to help you get a better understanding of why you maybe eligible to pursue a claim.
If the contents of this guide doesn’t answer all of your questions, or you just generally need some further specific advice, then our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you. Just give us a call on 0800 652 3087 to get started.
Choose A Section:
- How Do I Choose A Medical Negligence Solicitor
- Are Reviews Helpful?
- Is My Solicitors Location Important?
- Examinations Of Your Injuries Could Be Carried Out In Lowestoft
- Types Of Medical Negligence Claims You Could Make
- Hospitals In Lowestoft
- Hospital Medical Negligence Claims
- Surgical Medical Negligence
- Birth Injury Compensation Claims
- Dental Malpractice Claims
- Cancer Misdiagnosis And Negligence
- Sue A Nursing Home For Negligence
- Negligence By A GP/ Doctor
- Data On Reported Instances Of NHS Negligence In Lowestoft
- No Win No Fee Clinical And Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Lowestoft
- Contact Our Team Today
How Do I Choose A Medical Negligence Solicitor
Finding a good solicitor can be quite a task. There are some ways to approach the task though, such as:
- Ask your family or friends if they know a good solicitor?
- Use sites such as Facebook to ask for recommendations.
- Speak to co-workers and ask if they have used a good solicitor in the past?
These are all good ways to begin searching for a legal firm.
If we were to define malpractice, we could say that: Medical malpractice could be deemed to have taken place, if a medical professional fails in their duty of care in a way that could have been avoided, and this failure results in a patient being preventable harmed in some way. For example:
- A surgeon misinterprets a patients records and amputates the wrong limb.
- A GP fails to refer a patient for treatment when they are clearly showing symptoms of a serious condition, causing the patient’s health to deteriorate.
- A foetus’ distress is not noticed due to not being monitored correctly causing hypoxia which leads to brain damage.
All of these are examples of how a negligent act caused avoidable harm to a patient, as if the negligence had not taken place the harm would not have been caused. If you need some general advice about negligent claims, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Lowestoft area. They can provide you with the help you need, and give you important information such as which medical negligence claims time limit will apply in your own case. They can also give you an estimate of how much you might be able to claim. Even if you have already used an online personal injury claims calculator to get a rough idea, they will be able to give you an estimate based on the unique factors of your own case.
Are Reviews Helpful?
Reading medical negligence solicitor reviews is a valid way to begin vetting legal firms. If you decide to do this, you will need to track information such as:
- The kind of claim covered.
- Whether the claim was a success.
- If the review was positive.
- How much the solicitor charged.
- How new the review is.
Facts like these can be correlated, and help you to create a shortlist of potential legal teams to help you. If you would rather take a short cut, speak to one of our team, who will explain to you how our claims service works.
Is My Solicitors Location Important?
To answer the questions, do I need to use medical negligence solicitors in my area? The answer is no, there is no legal rule saying that you must. You can use any solicitor you choose. Email, the phone, web chat, etc. are all effective ways to stay in touch with your legal team, no matter where they are based. It is more important to choose the solicitor that will have the best chance of processing your claims successfully, rather than pick one that is close by.
Examinations Of Your Injuries Could Be Carried Out In Lowestoft
One of the ways that you can prepare for making a medical claim, is to get examined by an impartial doctor, who will then produce a report proving the extent of the harm you have suffered. Our panel of solicitors can arrange for you to have a medical examination as close to Lowestoft as possible, from the following doctor:
|44 Felaw Street, Ipswich
Types Of Medical Negligence Claims You Could Make
There are different ways in which medical negligence could happen if medical professionals allow their duty of care to be breached which could lead to negligent behaviour and consequently cause avoidable harm to those who are already suffering.
Examples of negligence could include;
- Negligent surgical mistakes causing a patient to suffer unnecessarily.
- GP oversight, causing a patient’s medical condition to go untreated.
- Misinterpretation of test results delaying a patients treatment allowing their condition to worsen.
- Failure to spot signs of foetal distress causing birth injuries.
- Wrongful diagnosis, or late diagnosis, when the symptoms signs were clear leading to a patient’s health becoming worse.
- Dentist extracting the incorrect tooth.
Hospitals In Lowestoft
James Paget University Hospitals
Hospital Medical Negligence Claims
Hospital medical negligence, NHS or private, could happen if staff deviate from correct procedures and cause unnecessary suffering. For example:
- A surgeon deviates from proven surgical procedures and perforates a healthy organ.
- GP failing to notice clear signs of a serious condition and therefore for does not refer patient for specialist treatment and the patient suffers more than they need to.
- Pharmaceutical errors, such as prescribing the wrong medication, or the wrong dose, causing the patient to have an adverse reaction.
- Negligent care in a nursing or care home, resulting in an avoidable injury to a resident.
All of these are examples of the ways that negligence could harm a person, which may lead to the possibility of the patient seeking damages. We will cover some examples in more depth in the sections below.
Surgical Medical Negligence
If negligent mistakes are made during or after a surgical procedure, that result in the patient being harmed in a way that could have been prevented, grounds for surgery compensation may exist. For example:
- The surgeon amputates the wrong limb.
- An anaesthetist makes a mistake administering anaesthetic, and this harms the patient.
- Post poor hygiene practices causes a patient to suffer an infection.
If you are unsure whether the injury you suffered during a surgical procedure was due to negligence or a predefined surgical risk why not give our advisors a call and they could shed some light on the situation.
Birth Injury Compensation Claims
When a child is welcomed into this world it is a joyful time for parents and immediate family but it is also a critical time to ensure the health and safety of both the mother and child. There are injuries that can happen during child birth that no medical professional could have prevented but if injuries are caused due to medical negligence it can be a little more harder to digest.
Possible injuries that could take place include;
- The mother:
- Fractured pelvis or torn pelvic floor muscles.
- Perineal tears.
- Internal injuries.
- The baby:
- Cuts and bruises.
- Fractured bones.
- Brain damage due to hypoxia.
- Permanent scarring.
- Medical conditions such as cerebral palsy.
Dental Malpractice Claims
It could be possible for a medical negligence lawyer to process dental malpractice claims for a patient that has been avoidably harmed due to negligent actions of his/her dentist or dental staff. For example, negligent acts that cause injuries such as:
- Preventable injuries to the mouth and face.
- Damage to healthy teeth.
- Infections to gums due to poor hygiene.
- Extraction of healthy teeth.
- Unnecessary surgical procedure due to medical negligence.
Cancer Misdiagnosis And Negligence
Cancer is a disease that requires prompt treatment, so that the victim has the greatest chance of making a full recovery. If a misdiagnosis or a late diagnosis causes a delay in providing treatment, this could have very serious consequences for the patient, even resulting in death in extreme cases. When the wrongful diagnosis was caused by negligence, it could be possible to make a claim if the patient has suffered more than they needed to. You could speak to a medical negligence solicitor to find out how much you may be awarded in damages if you have a valid case, or you could try using an online cancer misdiagnosis calculator often these can only give rough estimates as each and every case is different no two people are exactly the same.
Sue A Nursing Home For Negligence
To answer the question, can I sue a nursing home for negligence? Then yes, you may be able to make a claim if it can be proven that the staff at the care home breached their duty of care which lead to negligence being present which caused an avoidable injury or preventable illness.
Examples of care home negligence could include;
- Care home abuse causing the resident to suffer mentally and physically.
- A resident was given the wrong medication, or not given their medication at all, causing an adverse reaction or side effects.
- A resident contracts a new medical condition, that goes unnoticed by the care staff and is allowed to worsen due to lack of treatment.
Negligence By A GP/ Doctor
A GP is the primary care contact for most people. This means that the GP is expected to diagnose a medical condition, and then treat it if it is a minor one, or refer the patient to the correct specialist if the GP cannot treat the ailment themselves. If a GP fails to recognise symptoms of a condition that otherwise another doctor of the same ability would have, and does not prescribe the right course of treatment or did not send the patient for specialist treatment and allowed the condition to worsen due to no treatment then this maybe classed as GP negligence.
Data On Reported Instances Of NHS Negligence In Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
The table below, shows data related to NHS negligence in the Lowestoft area:
|Claims Received (2017/18)
|Number of Incidents (2017/18)
|Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Data for this table was taken from:
No Win No Fee Clinical And Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Lowestoft
By using a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor, you can gain access to a personal injury solicitor, and not have to pay fees out your own pocket. You won’t pay a fee to have your claims started, or during the time it is being processed. You also don’t pay your solicitor if you don’t win any compensation. When you do win a settlement, the solicitor will deduct their fee from the money they have received from your settlement, and then give you the rest.
Contact Our Team Today
Have you been harmed due to some form of clinical negligence? Do you need to find a medical negligence solicitor to process a claim for you? If so, our team is available 24/7 on 0800 652 3087, and they will be able to explain how our claims service can be of help.
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Edited by LisM.