Medical negligence can occur in a variety of different ways but ultimately, can result in the patient coming to harm either physically, and /or psychologically. When we seek medical care and treatment, regardless of whether it is through the NHS or a private clinic, we do not expect to become injured or have our illness made progressively worse, we expect to be helped and cared for, and in the majority of cases, we are looked after very well and treated appropriately to make our health better. However, if there are instances when this doesn’t happen due to someone’s mistake or negligence resulting in the victim being injured or made ill on top of their original health or cosmetic complaint, you may have a legitimate cause to claim compensation from those responsible for your suffering.
Making a medical negligence claim can be a complex process and liability will need to be proven. Having expert legal help can be a great advantage and will give your case a better chance of success. Medical Negligence Assist can help you to find the right medical negligence solicitor for you. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Margate area. Just call our advisers on 0800 652 3087 and they will happily help you to connect to a suitable medical negligence lawyer.
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Choosing the right medical negligence solicitor is really important and could have a big impact on the overall result of your claim. There are a number of ways which can help you to choose the solicitor that’s right for you. Firstly, ask around for recommendations from family or friends as they may have used a good solicitor themselves and can tell you if there were any issues etc or if they worked smoothly to get the job in hand done as best they could, or they may be able to warn of which solicitors to avoid if they had a bad experience. Also, look at previous customer reviews for any solicitor you may be considering as these can be really useful in highlighting their strengths and any weaknesses. An important factor to also take into consideration is how they get paid, do they get paid by the hour, or do they offer a no win no fee policy for example.
Many people believe that if you use a personal injury solicitor, they have to be located near to where you live. However, this isn’t actually true. Modern communication methods now allow us to communicate easily with people living anywhere in the UK and so your choice of solicitor is now not limited to local areas but they can be located anywhere in the country. It is more important to find a solicitor best suited to the needs of your case who you can build a professional relationship with. At Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors cover not only the Margate area but areas all over the country and so we can help you to find the right solicitor for you.
Our panel of solicitors connects with doctors in Kent and across the whole of the UK. Our panel of solicitors deal with negligence cases from many different hospitals and medical practices across the country and also communicate with healthcare professionals to seek professional opinions and also arrange local medicals for their clients to gain evidence and facts in support of their claims. Some of the medical experts local to Margate include:
- Amnish Agarwal, 39 York Street, Broadstairs, CT10 1PB.
Medical negligence solicitor reviews are a very useful tool when looking at and comparing different clinical negligence solicitors as they give an honest viewpoint on both the positive and the negative aspects of the service the solicitors provide by previous customers which will help to make your decision on which solicitor may be better suited to the needs of your case. For future potential customers, it is also helpful that you leave a review yourself after working with a solicitor so that they too can make the right choice for them.
There are lots of different ways in which medical negligence could occur. It makes no difference whether you are being treated under the NHS or a private clinic if you become injured or your health suffers due to an act of negligence by the medical team treating you, you may have a valid reason to make a claim for compensation. Some of the most common reasons to launch a claim for negligence include:
- Surgical Errors
- Misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose
- Wrongful treatment
- Malpractice during childbirth
- Dental negligence
We discuss the more common reasons further on in the guide.
Thousands of surgical procedures are performed throughout the UK every single day, some being for medical reasons and other cosmetic. All surgical operations come with an element of risk, some being riskier than others, with the possibilities of short and long term side effects. However, the medical team performing the procedure have years of training, qualifications and often specialise in the area they are working in and therefore should conduct the surgery to high standards and the best of their ability, following certain protocols such as hygiene methods and pre-surgery checks and aftercare, to reduce the likelihood of complications arising during or after the surgery.
Unfortunately, if sometimes things go wrong leaving the patient injured this can be due to unforeseen circumstances but could also be due to the negligence of the surgical team.
Specialised medical care is needed in pregnancy and childbirth with most mothers having regular health checks throughout pregnancy and during childbirth itself to ensure as smooth and healthy a pregnancy and birth as possible. However, if the mother or the child becomes harmed in any way due to negligent actions, they could potentially sue for negligence. Negligence claims in childbirth include taking into account both physical and psychological damage.
Residents who go into a care or nursing home to live, do so because they are unable to look after themselves and need help with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and mealtimes amongst other things. Staff within a nursing or care home have a duty of care to the residents to ensure their physical and emotional needs are met so that they feel happy and secure in their surroundings, and any health issues needing medication or physical intervention are dealt with appropriately on a daily basis. When the staff fail in their duty of care and a resident is neglected, or if the staff of the home are negligent in their actions, such as failing to give medication when needed, ignoring any symptoms that need medical attention or misusing manual lifting equipment for example, and the resident suffers an injury, illness or an existing condition is made worse, they could be sued for negligence.
People visit hospitals for all sorts of medical reasons every day, be it an NHS hospital or a private one, throughout the UK. Hospital staff are trained in their speciality whether they are a nurse, doctor, surgeon or support staff, all have a duty of care to look after the patients visiting and ensure they are treated appropriately, whether it is for tests, surgery, therapy, x-rays, maternity care, or whatever reason they are needing to visit the hospital for. However, if acts of medical negligence occur resulting in the patient being harmed in some way they may be able to launch a compensation claim for damages.
If you have suffered due to medical negligence by the NHS or a private hospital, our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help you to get the compensation you deserve.
When suffering a health complaint, we put our trust in our local GP to make us better. However, if our GP acts negligently and fails to diagnose a serious problem, misdiagnoses, or prescribes the wrong medication, for example, it could leave us in a worse state of health and in some circumstances have devastating consequences. If you believe your GP has acted negligently and caused you harm, talk to Medical Negligence Assist today to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation for your suffering.
Delayed treatment or misdiagnosis of cancer can have devastating consequences as one of the biggest defences against this terrible disease is early diagnosis and action. If cancer is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, this can result in the patient possibly having to undergo more extensive and invasive treatments than if it was diagnosed correctly in the first place. The right treatment is also important in fighting particular types of cancer and if the wrong treatment is given, it could prolong the illness and even cause it to spread.
Medical negligence doesn’t just happen in hospitals and medical practices and clinics but can also occur in dental practices, either under the NHS or in private practices. If a dentist makes a misdiagnosis, pulls the wrong tooth or damages teeth and gums that were otherwise healthy, they could be sued for malpractice. If you have suffered due to dentist negligence, you can file a claim for negligence.
When making a compensation claim, there are a number of components that make up the final settlement award and due to every case being different, its’ impossible to accurately estimate how much compensation you could be awarded.
|Healthcare provider||Claims received 17/18||Compensation awarded|
|East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust||83||£8,728,648
|Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust||6||£671,000|
|Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust||11||£58,874|
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Margate area and across the whole of the country.
Some of the hospitals and clinics in the Margate and Kent region include:
- Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, St Peters Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 4AN
- Spencer Private Hospital, Ramsgate Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 4BG
- William Harvey Hospital, Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LZ
- Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NG
- Buckland Hospital, Coombe Valley, Dover, Kent, CT17 0HD
- Royal Victoria Hospital, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5BN
As mentioned earlier, different solicitors expect to be paid in different ways, some being paid by the hour and some via a no win no fee policy. No win no fee is financially the safest way to hire a legal team to conduct your claims on your behalf as you are not required to pay them anything before your claim is launched, or even during the process of making the claim. Their fee is settled by means of taking a maximum of 25% of the final settlement amount, but only if they win your case. If they lose, they do not charge for any of their fees at all.
Medical Negligence Assist work with solicitors that offer the no win no fee service as we feel that everyone who has been wronged by a medical professional has the opportunity for expert legal help to claim the compensation they rightly deserve.
If you would like professional legal help, speak to one of our team and we can put you in contact with a clinical negligence lawyer suited to your case requirements. Contact Medical Negligence Assist today on 0800 652 3087.
If you are thinking of making a claim for medical negligence then you should be aware that you may only have a set time in which to do so, this guide explains more on time limits.
Here you can find help and advice if you yourself, or a loved one has been treated negligently.
This is the Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s helpful advice on what to do if you have been treated negligently by the NHS services.
Written by Kelly
Edited by LisM.