When making an important decision like which medical lawyer to hire, where do you turn for advice? Do you ask a friend or colleague? Maybe you read reviews? Or you could read this guide to help you choose who to use if you’ve been searching for medical negligence solicitors in Newcastle-under-Lyme. You might be surprised to hear that you don’t have to stay local either, meaning you have a far greater choice than you may have imagined.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can cover Newcastle-under-Lyme and help you if you’re ready to begin a claim. If you’d like to discuss this today, then please call 0800 652 3087 to speak with a specialist advisor.
If you’d prefer to learn more first, then please continue reading this helpful guide.
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- How To Find A Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitor For Your Claim
- Research Reviews Of Solicitors Who Conduct Medical Claims
- You Do Not Need To Claim With A Local Solicitor
- Medical Exams Could Be Conducted By Our Panel Of Doctors In Your Area
- Types Of Clinical And Medical Negligence Claims Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Handle
- Medical Negligence At A Hospital
- Hospitals In Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Medical Negligence Caused By A GP
- Medical Negligence During Surgery
- Medical Negligence Leading To Birth Injuries
- Medical Negligence At A Nursing Home
- Medical Negligence In Cancer Treatment
- Medical Negligence In Dentistry
- NHS Data Highlighting Medical Negligence In North Midlands NHS Trust.
- No Win No Fee Claims For Negligent Medical Treatment
- Contact Our Team
How To Find A Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitor For Your Claim
Choosing a medical negligence solicitor might seem like a daunting task. After all, if you choose the wrong one, you may not win the compensation you deserve or, if you do, it might not be the correct amount of compensation. In this guide, we’ll explain what you need to look for when choosing a personal injury solicitor.
Before commencing your search, you might want to answer the question of, “How do you prove medical negligence?”.
Well, the definition is that you’ll have suffered an injury, become ill or your existing condition is made worse following negligent medical treatment by a medical professional.
Proving the care was negligent is the tricky part and why you should hire a specialist to work with you. Medical negligence claims can be complex due to the type of supporting evidence that’s required. There is a time limit associated with claims which is 3 years from the date of the negligence. This time limit has exceptions for more information please call our advisors the number at the bottom of the guide.
If you’re considering making a claim, contact us as soon as possible because, although 3 years seems like a long time, it can disappear quickly while the evidence to support the claim is prepared. Leaving a claim to the last minute may mean you’ll miss out on compensation.
Research Reviews Of Solicitors Who Conduct Medical Claims
Medical negligence solicitor reviews can contain nuggets of information which tell you whether previous clients have been happy with the number of updates they received, or the amount of compensation awarded. They are a great place to start when looking a personal injury lawyer, but you should go further to ensure you pick the best medical negligence solicitor to help with your case.
We recommend you pick up the phone and discuss your claim with the solicitor because you’ll be able to ask questions about how they’ll conduct your claim and also it may help find out how well you get along with the solicitor and their staff. It may be that your claim takes some time, so it’s important that you can work constructively with the company you choose.
You Do Not Need To Claim With A Local Solicitor
When you begin a claim, you don’t need to limit your choices by sticking with local medical negligence solicitors. Choosing a solicitor who specialises in negligence cases and has years of experience doing so seems far more sensible than choosing based on the location of their office.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors have been working in the field for a good number of years and can provide examples of cases that they’ve taken on and won recently. If you’d like to discuss making a claim, please contact our team of advisors to discuss how we could help you.
Medical Exams Could Be Conducted By Our Panel Of Doctors In Your Area
To ensure you don’t need to travel very far to complete your medical negligence claim, our panel of expert solicitors have a panel of specialist medical advisors who can complete any medical assessment that’s required during your claim. Here’s a sample:
2 Gower Street,
Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 1JQ.
Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic,
Newcastle-Under-Lyme, ST5 2ED.
Types Of Clinical And Medical Negligence Claims Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Handle
To help you decide whether you could claim, we’re going to provide some examples of negligence which could lead to a personal injury claim. If you don’t see your specific case listed here, don’t worry, we’re still able to help if you were avoidably injured after receiving substandard care from a medical professional. Please call to discuss your options.
Medical Negligence At A Hospital
If you attend a hospital, whether it’s a private provider or an NHS hospital, you are owed a duty of care by any medical professional that treats you. This means they should follow the normal procedures when treating you to ensure your safety wherever possible.
If they breach their duty of care, and you become negligently ill or injured, you could possibly make a claim against the hospital. Here are a few examples:
- If you are injured due to a preventable surgical error.
- You become ill because you are prescribed the wrong medicine.
- If you suffer an illness, or your current one becomes worse, because of a delay in receiving treatment due to a misdiagnosis.
- Or if you suffer because you contract an illness due to MRSA or a similar superbug because of poor hygiene.
Hospitals In Newcastle-under-Lyme
As our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Newcastle-under-Lyme area, we’ve listed the local hospitals, both NHS and private.
- Royal Stoke University Hospital.
- St Jude Hospital.
- Harplands Hopsital.
- Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital.
Medical Negligence Caused By A GP
GPs often have very little time with each patient that they see but manage to confirm a diagnosis, prescribe a treatment or refer them to a specialist when required all within the first appointment.
However, in some cases, if a doctor may make a mistake which causes the patient to suffer it may happen in different ways including;
- If the patient suffers more unnecessarily because they don’t receive treatment due to misdiagnosis of a condition.
- If a patient is given the wrong medicine, which causes them to suffer side-effects.
- Or if the doctor fails to spot an illness despite the patient visiting them on numerous occasions with the same symptoms. If this leads to the patient suffering more because of delayed treatment, then making a claim against a doctor might be possible.
Medical Negligence During Surgery
While surgery cures many problems, it comes with inherent risks in many cases. It is important that patients understand that there is a clear difference between a predicted risk and an avoidable injury caused due to surgical error or mistake.
Some examples of surgical negligence could possibly include:
- If a patient suffers any form of pain because surgical equipment is left inside them.
- If suturing or surgical clips or clamps fail, causing complications and further surgery.
- If the patient wakes up or suffers any pain during surgery following an anaesthetic mistake.
Medical Negligence Leading To Birth Injuries
While, for many parents, a birth is an exciting and happy time, for some if things go wrong and there are complications it can be devastating if either the mother or baby are injured during pregnancy, labour or post-birth.
If the injury was caused by a negligent act by a midwife, doctor or nurse, then it might be possible to make a birth injury claim.
While medical professionals in a maternity department are trained in how to deal with problematic births as well as normal, straightforward deliveries, if they fail to spot a problem such as the unborn child suffering hypoxia, it could lead to injuries or life-changing conditions.
Medical Negligence At A Nursing Home
Nursing homes have a duty of care to their residents to protect them, treat them well and care for them following medical guidelines and within safety procedures. If they fail to meet that duty of care, which leads to the patient suffering in any way, then there maybe grounds to pursue a care home negligence claim.
Here are a few examples of nursing home neglect that could lead to a claim:
- If a patient suffers pain because of bed sores which are caused by pressure being placed on the same place for a long period due to lack of movement.
- When a patient suffers, either psychologically or physically, following any type of nursing home abuse.
- Any fractures caused by falling due to incorrect lifting or moving procedures being attempted by untrained unqualified staff.
Medical Negligence In Cancer Treatment
Some forms of cancer have become more and more treatable over recent years so long as the cancer is diagnosed early.
Receiving an early diagnosis improves the patient’s prognosis and could mean a less painful treatment option is available. If, however, the diagnosis is made later then the patient might not be treatable or will have to undergo much more intensive treatment such as surgery and long bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
If this happens because the patient wasn’t aware of their symptoms until it was too late, then a claim wouldn’t be possible. If the diagnosis was late because of a mistake by a doctor who failed to spot the symptoms, diagnosed it as something else or failed to refer the case to a specialist, then claiming might be a possibility if the delay caused the patient to suffer in any way.
Medical Negligence In Dentistry
Dentists and other dental professionals have a duty of care towards their patients to ensure they’re treated following correct methods and procedures wherever possible. They also have to follow the correct health and safety procedures at all times to reduce any risks to patients as much as possible.
If a dentist is negligent and the negligence causes a patient to suffer an injury, become ill or make their existing problem worse, then a claim might be possible.
Some types of dental negligence claims could include:
- If a dentist makes a mistake, which leads to damage or the loss of teeth.
- If pain is caused by a mistake with the anaesthetic dosage.
- If the patient suffers due to a delayed or misdiagnosis of a dental problem or oral cancer.
NHS Data Highlighting Medical Negligence In North Midlands NHS Trust.
In the table below, we’ve listed the complaints made and the compensation paid by the NHS trust that covers the Newcastle-under-Lyme area.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||Damages Payments|
|University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust||116||8||£19,214,926|
The data in the table comes from this NHS resource.
No Win No Fee Claims For Negligent Medical Treatment
A big worry for many, is the cost of making a medical negligence claim. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee service for all claims they take on to alleviate that worry. No win no fee agreements mean that:
- There’s nothing to pay up front for the solicitor to begin the case.
- If they fail to win you compensation, then you don’t pay them at all.
- And, if they do win the case, you don’t need to find the funds to pay them as their success fee is taken straight from the compensation awarded.
Contact Our Team
If you are now ready to begin your own medical negligence claim, then contact our team to discuss your options today. You can call us free on 0800 652 3087 or, if you’d rather, fill in an easy online form and we’ll get back to you when its convenient.
To help you further, here are some useful resources that you may find useful when deciding whether you’ll begin a claim or not.
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6QG.
Inspection Report – The most recent inspection of the Royal Stoke Hospital which rated it as good overall.
Find NHS Services – A useful NHS tool to locate medical services near you.
Health and Safety in Care Homes – Information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about care home safety procedures.
MRSA Claims – A guide about when you can make NHS claims after contracting MRSA.
Medical Negligence Claims Time Limit – A detailed look at the time limit associated with medical negligence claims.
Edited by LisM.