It is crucial having the right medical negligence solicitor to present you. As it could be the difference from having a successful outcome or not and also how much in terms of damages you may receive. If you’ve been searching for medical negligence solicitors in Maidstone, then you should find the information in this guide very useful. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Maidstone area, so could help you to begin your claim.
If you believe you’ve got a good case for claiming compensation and would like to discuss it with us today, please call one of our advisors on 0800 652 3087.
If you would prefer to know more first, please carry on reading this guide about choosing a personal injury solicitor to make a medical neglect claim.
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- How To Find A Solicitor To Claim Compensation For Medical Negligence
- Do I Need To Claim Through A Solicitor In My Local Area?
- Find Reviews Of Medical Claims Solicitors Covering This Area
- Different Types Of Medical Negligence
- Have A Medical Examination And Assessment With Our Nationwide Panel Of Doctors
- Surgery Medical Negligence Advice
- Negligent GP Healthcare
- Birth, Pregnancy And Gynaecology Errors
- Hospital Negligence
- Medical Neglect In A Care Home
- Misdiagnosis Of Cancer
- Dental Injury And Negligence
- Reported Cases Of NHS Medical Negligence In The Maidstone Area
- No Win No Fee Medical Neglect Claims
- Maidstone Hospitals And Healthcare Facilities
- How To Get Medical Negligence Legal Advice
- Further Advice And Information
How To Find A Solicitor To Claim Compensation For Medical Negligence
One of the hardest parts of making a personal injury claim is finding the right medical negligence solicitor to support you. The other hard part of the claim is proving that a negligent act ever happened.
To be eligible to make a claim, you’ll need to be able to show that a medical professional has provided substandard care which led to you being injured, becoming ill or your original illness became worse.
Claims could be made against GP’s, surgeons, nurses, dentists, cosmetic practitioners, care workers, midwives and any other medical practitioner who owed you a duty of care. This guide will provide examples of medical negligence which could lead to a claim. We’ll also cover the process on how to claim for medical negligence.
We’ll provide information on what you can do to choose the right solicitor for your case and how our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could be the right choice for you.
It’s vital that you know that personal injury claims time limits mean you only have 3 years from the date of the negligent act to begin your claim or from the day you became aware of the negligence. There are exceptions to this. Try to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so that they have time to gather the relevant evidence to back up your claim.
Do I Need To Claim Through A Solicitor In My Local Area?
Your first thought when looking for a personal injury lawyer might be, “I need to use medical negligence solicitors near me”, but that’s not necessarily the case. With modern technology and communication methods claims are generally processed via email, postal service and over the telephone.
That’s why the location of the solicitor is not as important as it used to be and why our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Maidstone area.
Having said that, there is a part of your claim that does need to happen face to face. This is the medical assessment. To save you from travelling too far, we use medical specialists and doctors all over the UK, including the Maidstone area. We’ll provide details of these specialists later in the guide.
Find Reviews Of Medical Claims Solicitors Covering This Area
If you’re trying to pick which solicitor to use, reading medical negligence solicitors reviews can really help to narrow down your search. You can find out a lot of useful information from them such as how good the solicitor is at providing updates, how much compensation they achieved and how satisfied previous clients were.
We’d recommend you also speak with the solicitor to discuss how they will work with you. The best way to get a feel for how well you’ll get along with them is to have an initial conversation with them. Once you’ve finished your claim, you could always leave your own review to help other people searching for medical negligence solicitors in Maidstone.
Different Types Of Medical Negligence
Have A Medical Examination And Assessment With Our Nationwide Panel Of Doctors
For your reference, here are some of Maidstone medical specialists and doctors we use:
7 Boughton Parade,
Maidstone, ME15 9QD.
Maidstone, ME19 4AE.
Surgery Medical Negligence Advice
A surgical error could have massive effects on a patient. A surgical error could happen as a result of a negligent procedure carried out or a surgeon or one of his team making a negligence mistake during surgery. Whether it’s NHS negligence or a private healthcare professional that has caused you to become harmed if it can be proven that the medical practitioner has acted in a negligent way which has caused you harm you may have the basis for a medical negligence claim.
Some examples include:
- Items being left inside the body following surgery. This might include surgical instruments, clips, clamps or sponges.
- Pain and suffering caused by an incorrect level of anaesthetic.
- Amputation of the wrong limb.
- When you are injured but were not warned of the risks prior to the operation.
- Wrong sight surgery.
Negligent GP Healthcare
Your local GP is usually the first point of call for any medical ailment query. They very often diagnose the problem within the first appointment and prescribe the correct treatment within the first appointment.
Here are some examples if GP negligence;
- Incorrect diagnosis leading to a delay in treatment or the wrong treatment which causes new problems.
- Late diagnosis meaning that the patient’s condition worsened.
- Or the wrong medicine is prescribed which could cause further complications.
Birth, Pregnancy And Gynaecology Errors
If a mother or baby is injured during pregnancy, labour or post-birth, a claim for medical negligence might be possible if the injuries were caused by an error, mistake or because a medical professional failed to follow the correct procedures.
Some examples of injuries which could occur during childbirth include:
- Bruising to the baby caused by forceps.
- Cerebral Palsy (baby).
- Vaginal tears to the mother.
- Fissures (mother).
- Stillbirth or neonatal death.
- Broken bones (baby).
Hospitals are normally places where patients are treated for health problems and, hopefully, made better. Hospital negligence could occur if a medical practitioner, whether a doctor, nurse or even carer causes negligent harm to a patient. Often when trying to prove liability in such cases a practitioner of the same standard
Examples where negligence in a hospital could result in medical negligence may include:
- Infections which lead to super bugs such as MRSA caused by poor hygiene.
- Incorrect dosage or medicines being prescribed causing complications.
- Late or misdiagnosis of a condition meaning treatment is delayed and the condition worsens.
Medical Neglect In A Care Home
Examples of negligence within a care home environment could include:
- Medicines not being dispensed regularly meaning the patient becomes ill.
- Accidents which cause fractures due to negligence while moving the patient.
- Pressure sores (bed sores) caused by lack of movement in a bed or wheelchair.
- Abuse in a care home environment.
Claims could be made against care workers, doctors or nurses if it can be proven they were negligent in any way which resulted in direct harm. Gathering the necessary evidence can be tricky in these cases. Please speak with an advisor to discuss what you’ll need to provide. We offer free legal advice so don’t worry if you’re not sure whether you’re ready to claim or not.
Misdiagnosis Of Cancer
A lot of cancers have a better survival rate the sooner they are treated. Therefore, an early diagnosis can really improve the chances for a patient. If a condition is misdiagnosed or diagnosed later than it could’ve been it could mean that the cancer could spread and cause the illness to worsen. In the worse-case scenarios, the cancer may become inoperable or incurable and ultimately could shorten the life of the patient.
Dental Injury And Negligence
The final type of negligence we’ll cover in this guide is dental injury caused by negligence. Examples if dental negligence could include;
Reported Cases Of NHS Medical Negligence In The Maidstone Area
In the table below, we’ve outlined the number of compensation claims made against the NHS trust which operates in the Maidstone area.
|Claims in 2017/2018
|Number of Incidents 2017/2018
|CNST Damages Paid
|Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
No Win No Fee Medical Neglect Claims
Many people worry about the cost of making a clinical negligence claim which is why many solicitors, including our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors, offer a no win no fee service.
No win no fee agreements (or conditional fee agreements) state that the client doesn’t have to pay the solicitor anything up front for their service. It will also state explicitly that, if the case is lost, then the solicitor isn’t paid at all.
The other part of the agreement provides details of a success fee. This is a percentage of the compensation paid to the solicitor for their service if the case is a success. Success fees are limited by law to 25% of the compensation but may be less.
Maidstone Hospitals And Healthcare Facilities
For your information, we’ve provided a list of hospitals that serve the Maidstone area below.
- Maidstone Hospital (NHS).
- Tunbridge Wells Hospital (NHS).
- KIMS Hospital (private).
- One Ashford Hospital (private).
How To Get Medical Negligence Legal Advice
If you’d like to discuss your medical negligence claim today, there are number of ways to get in touch. These are:
Telephone: Call us free on 0800 652 3087 and speak with one of our specialist advisors.
Online: If you prefer, fill in this simple form and a member of our team will call you back when it’s convenient.
Whichever method you choose, we’ll begin by assessing your claim with you. If we feel you have a valid case for compensation, we’ll introduce you to a member of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors to begin your claim.
Further Advice And Information
Finally, for your information, we’ve linked to some relevant and useful guides which you could find helpful.
NHS Clinical Review – a standards review which sets out to investigate the core set of NHS access standards from their long-term plan.
NHS Services – A NHS website which provides details of all the services which are offered to patients.
Claim Times – information about how long it takes to complete a medical negligence claim.
GP Medical Negligence Claims – a more detailed look at when a mistake by a doctor could lead to a medical negligence claim.
Medical Misdiagnosis Explained – This guide explains what misdiagnosis is and when it can lead to a compensation claim.