Choosing a medical negligence solicitor to help you make a claim for clinical negligence can be a tricky task – and that is before you have to gather the amount of evidence together. Medical Negligence Assist can take the hassle out of this for you as our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Newham area and help gather all the evidence that you may need for a successful personal injury claim.
If you’d like to discuss how we could help you begin a claim today, then call 0800 652 3087 to speak with a medical negligence specialist right away. However, if you want to find out more about choosing a medical negligence lawyer, please carry on reading this helpful guide.
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- How To Choose A Solicitor For A Private Or NHS Medical Claim
- Are Medical Examinations Part Of The Claims Process?
- Does It Matter If My Solicitor Is Based Elsewhere?
- Compare Different Legal Services With Reviews Or Testimonials
- Medical Negligence Cases
- GP Negligence Compensation
- Delays And Mistreatment At A Hospital
- Mother Or Baby Injuries In Childbirth
- Types Of Surgical Negligence
- Nursing Home And Residential Care Negligence
- Cancer Care Negligence
- Dental Clinical Negligence
- Instances Of Negligence In NHS Care In The Newham Area
- Claims Made Through A No Win No Fee Agreement
- Newham Area Hospitals
- Contact Our Team
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How To Choose A Solicitor For A Private Or NHS Medical Claim
You might want to check your chances of making a claim before choosing a solicitor to work with. Why not see if you can answer yes to the 3 questions highlighted below. These are questions that any clinical negligence solicitors covering Newham are likely to ask before agreeing to take on a case:
- Did you receive some form of negligent or substandard treatment from a medical professional?
- Were you left with an injury, made ill or was your pre-existing condition made worse because of the negligent treatment?
- Finally, and quite importantly, did the treatment happen within the last 3 years as this is the medical negligence claims time limit in the UK?
If you’ve answered yes to those questions, then you should move on to choosing a solicitor. There are exceptions to the time limit call our team for more advice. While your first instincts might be to ask friends for a recommendation, find medical negligence solicitors reviews or to ask family for advice, this guide will give you further advice about what to look for and what sort of questions to ask a potential solicitor.
Are Medical Examinations Part Of The Claims Process?
If you do ask us to help you, we’ll try to ensure you don’t need to travel far to undergo a medical assessment. These are used to ascertain the extent of your injuries and suffering. There are medical experts across the UK who can carry out your assessment. Those that could be use to help in the Newham area include:
London, E13 9AZ.
Does It Matter If My Solicitor Is Based Elsewhere?
You might think you need to use medical negligence solicitors in your local area but that’s not always the case. You might be able to use solicitors based anywhere in the UK as some modern solicitors work in a way where face to face meetings are not always necessary. They carry out communication by email, telephone and other methods so that at no time are you faced with inconvenience.
Compare Different Legal Services With Reviews Or Testimonials
While you could use reviews of medical negligence solicitors to help you choose, we’d recommend you also speak with the solicitor directly to allow you to find out how they’ll manage your case, how often they’ll keep you updated and if they’re able to provide an estimated amount of compensation they hope to receive if they win your claim.
Medical Negligence Cases
If you’ve ever asked, “What is clinical negligence?”, then we should be able to help you answer that by providing some specific examples over the coming sections of this guide. Remember though, a valid medical negligence claim will have two main attributes, firstly a medical practitioner provided substandard, poor, inaccurate, negligent care and secondly as a consequence you suffered avoidable harm.
GP Negligence Compensation
As the primary carer and first point of call it is the GP’s responsibility to diagnose an issue if there is one, provide the correct medication or treatment or if the GP is unsure or the patient needs specialist testing the GP may refer to a specialist. If a GP fails to perform in their role when they would have otherwise been expected to do so, for example diagnose an issue that any reasonable GP of the same standard could have diagnosed which caused the patient to suffer more than they need to due to no treatment this maybe classed as negligence.
In these cases, it’s possible that a compensation claim may be made if their mistake causes the patient to suffer unnecessarily. If you think you have a valid claim and would like help to begin your claim, then please get in touch to discuss your case with us.
Delays And Mistreatment At A Hospital
Many hospitals function 24 hours a day 7 days a week never closing their doors on those that are in need of medical help. They offer many different areas of medicine and play a vital role for everyone in society. A hospitals main function is to provide sufficient medical care whenever possible to those that need it. Through advanced medicine and technologies and people looking after themselves more the human lifespan is increasing putting added weight onto many healthcare services.
If negligence is present in hospital care it could affect patients on a number of different levels. If medical practitioners breach their duty of care it could lead to patients suffering unnecessarily. Examples of hospital negligence could include; preventable surgical injuries, the contracting of infections through poor hygiene, medication errors which cause patients to become unnecessarily ill.
Mother Or Baby Injuries In Childbirth
If a mother or baby are injured during child birth and such harm could have been avoided as it was caused due to substandard negligent care this may possibly qualify for compensation. Negligence could take the form of; deviating from proven practices and procedures, failing to spot signs of distress due to poor foetul monitoring, placenta being retained inside of the mother or a C-section being performed incorrectly causing avoidable injuries. In worst case scenarios if foetul distress is not attended to the unborn baby could suffer hypoxia which could lead to life changing illnesses and injuries such as Cerebral Palsy.
Types Of Surgical Negligence
Any type of surgery usually has some form of risk associated with it whether it’s general surgery to treat a medical condition or cosmetic surgery. Before a patient undergoes surgery they will usually be informed of the procedure and any potential risks. However there is a clear difference between risks and injuries caused through surgical negligence.
Here are some surgical errors which could lead to a medical negligence claim:
- Where complications and suffering are caused by items of surgical equipment being left inside the patient following surgery.
- Pain caused by anaesthetic wearing off too early.
- Injuries caused to healthy internal organs during surgery.
- Surgery being performed on the wrong part of the body.
Nursing Home And Residential Care Negligence
Having to choose a nursing home for a parent or loved one cold be a really tough task. It requires that you put faith in the care home to protect your loved one and for staff to ensure they are as comfortable as possible at all times.
If the nursing home staff fail to meet their duty of care and a patient becomes unnecessarily ill or injured as a result, then a claim may have been possible.
Here are some cases where nursing home negligence might lead to a claim:
- If the patient suffers from pressure sores because they were not moved often enough.
- If they become ill when they don’t receive their prescribed medicines on time.
- Or if they fall while being moved and received bruises or fractured bones because of incorrect lifting or moving techniques.
Cancer Care Negligence
In many cases, it is important that cancer is spotted early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. When treatment begins promptly, the chance of survival can increase due to modern cancer treatment techniques. If there is a delay however, the patient can suffer more due to the cancer advancing, the cancer might become untreatable or any treatment may have to be more aggressive and painful. Not all delays and misdiagnosis will be down to negligence but doctors are expected to be able to spot signs of serious illnesses such as cancer, if they are ever in doubt there are a number of scans, tests and diagnostic instruments that could clarify a diagnosis. If a patient is negligently misdiagnosed or their condition receives a late diagnosis through poor standards in healthcare and they suffer more than they would have it maybe possible to pursue a claim for negligent cancer care.
Dental Clinical Negligence
Your dentist should ensure you are safe wherever possible throughout any check-up or treatment you undergo. This includes cosmetic procedures. They can do this by making sure the equipment they use is suitable, well maintained and fit for purpose. They should also ensure they use the correct dental procedures throughout your treatment and maintain hygiene standards.
Any deviation from proven procedures or lapses in health and safety, which causes you to suffer, could mean your able to make a dental negligence compensation claim for any avoidable unnecessary suffering caused.
You might be able to claim for:
- Injuries or damage caused to healthy nerves, gums or teeth during treatment.
- Pain caused because anaesthetic errors were made.
- Or suffering caused by un-needed treatment due to a diagnosis error.
Instances Of Negligence In NHS Care In The Newham Area
In the table below, you’ll find details of medical negligence claims against the NHS trust in the Newham area. It shows the number of complaints and the amount of compensation awarded in 2017 (source).
|NHS Trust||Number of claims||Number of Incidents||CNST Damages|
|Bart's Health NHS Trust||142||7||£32,840,259|
Claims Made Through A No Win No Fee Agreement
Many people are a worried about hiring a solicitor to claim compensation for medical negligence cases because of the cost involved. That’s why our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee solution for any case they take on.
If you use no win no fee, then:
- There’s no need to pay the solicitor anything up front for the case to begin.
- You won’t have to pay the solicitor if they fail to win you any compensation.
- And if they win the case, their success fee will be a percentage of the compensation that is awarded.
Newham Area Hospitals
As our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Newham area, we’ve listed the local hospitals for your information below.
- Newham University Hospital.
- The Royal London Hospital.
- BMI The London Independent.
- Mile End Hospital.
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
- Whipps Cross University Hospital.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help you with a no win no fee claim. If you’d like to discuss any information contained within this guide, please get in touch by calling 0800 652 3087. We can even call you back at a convenient time if you fill in this form.
We have produced more information below if you need it.
Newham University Hospital
London, E13 8SL.
Inspection Report – The latest inspection report from the Care Quality Commission which rated Newham University Hospital as ‘requires improvement’ overall.
Newham Care Home Provision – Information from Newham Council regarding care homes in the region.
GP Negligence Compensation Claim – A useful guide about making negligence claims for cases of medical negligence.
NHS Claims – This guide covers medical negligence cases involving NHS negligence.
Edited by LisM.