Have you suffered medical negligence, has the treatment you received been of a poor standard and this has caused further ill health. We have put this guide together to provide information for those in Northampton who may have suffered due to clinical negligence to show that using a Northampton medical negligence solicitors is not always necessary. The guide also provides information on how to choose the right solicitor to take on your case, what potentially a medical negligence case could be, who may be eligible and why breaching duty of care could result in liability.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Northampton area so could help you with your claim. If you’d like to contact us to discuss your claim, please call today on 0800 652 3087, but if you want to know more prior to contacting us, please carry on reading.
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- How Do I Find The Right Solicitor For My Medical Negligence Claim?
- Should I Instruct A Local Solicitor To Handle My Claim?
- Our Panel Of Doctors Could Assess Your Injury In Northampton
- Look At Medical Negligence Solicitor Reviews
- Cases Which Our Panel Of Medical Negligence Solicitors Could Handle
- Care Or Nursing Home Negligence
- Surgical Clinical Negligence
- Birth Negligence
- Negligent Cancer Diagnosis
- Negligent Medical Care By A Dentist
- Hospital Negligence Claims
- Negligent Medical Care By A GP
- Statistics For Cases Of NHS Medical Negligence In Northampton
- No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Northampton
- Hospitals And Clinics In Northampton
- How To Start A Medical Negligence Claim
- Further Information
How Do I Find The Right Solicitor For My Medical Negligence Claim?
Before looking for medical negligence solicitors in Northampton, it’s a good idea to assess if you have a valid case. Firstly, there needs to have been some form of negligence by a medical professional. This could be a mistake, an error or negligent misdiagnosis. But a negligent act isn’t enough to begin a compensation claim. You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate that because of the negligence, you were injured, sustained a new illness or your existing condition worsened.
Here at Medical Negligence Assist we are able to provide expert medical negligence solicitors that can cover the the Northampton area or anywhere with the UK so that you can have your case assessed by an expert in the field.
So how do you go about choosing a solicitor to take on your claim? This guide will explain in some detail the options available to you and also examples if medical negligence.
Any personal injury claim can be difficult, but clinical negligence solicitors often deal with some of the most complex claims around. It is therefore essential to have an expert on your side. This could be the difference between winning or losing or receiving the correct level of compensation for your injuries.
Remember to contact a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible following any negligence if you want to pursue a claim. This is because there is a 3 year person injury claims time limit for making claims (may vary). The solicitor will need time to compile the supporting evidence, including medical evidence, to support your claim, so don’t leave claiming until the last minute.
Should I Instruct A Local Solicitor To Handle My Claim?
We often hear comments like, “I need to use medical negligence solicitors near me”, or, “Don’t I have to use medical negligence solicitors from Northamptonshire?” but the truth is that a personal injury solicitor could be based just about anywhere. This is why our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Northampton area.
In this modern world, most claims are dealt with over email, telephone and using the postal service. There is no legal requirement to use a solicitor in your local area.
That said, we do like to ensure that anyone who needs a medical assessment doesn’t travel too far to do so. Therefore, we have a panel of doctors and medical professionals up and down the UK, including in Northampton. We’ll provide more details in the next section.
Our Panel Of Doctors Could Assess Your Injury In Northampton
Here is a list of doctors and medical professionals that we use in the Northampton area. If you contact us regarding your claim, you may need to visit one of these or another local specialist. We’ll always try to minimise any travelling for you.
75 The Avenue,
Northampton, NN1 5BT.
Mamtha Balendra Kumar
Northampton Chiropractic Clinic,
Northampton, NN1 3RF.
Look At Medical Negligence Solicitor Reviews
As with any other service or product, medical negligence solicitor’s reviews can be a really useful tool to help choose the right solicitor to take on your case. They can contain nuggets of useful information such as:
- The overall customer satisfaction levels.
- Whether clients were kept up to date throughout their case.
- If the clients were happy with how much compensation was awarded.
- Also, they can show whether the client felt that the personal injury solicitor resolved their claim in a timely manner.
That said, calling a solicitor and talking with them can allow you to establish many things. It’s a great way to find out whether you’ll get on with them or not. Remember that some claims can take many months, or even years, so you need to feel comfortable working with the solicitor and their claims handlers.
Cases Which Our Panel Of Medical Negligence Solicitors Could Handle
Over the coming sections, we’ll explain the different types of clinical negligence cases that our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could handle. This list isn’t comprehensive, so if you can’t see an example like your case, don’t worry. Call us to discuss whether you could claim or not.
Care Or Nursing Home Negligence
Care workers, doctors and nurses working in care homes all have a duty of care to maintain minimum levels of care for their patients. When we admit our loved ones in nursing homes, it is because they cannot care for themselves and rely on the medical professionals to ensure they remain safe. If there is any form of negligence and the patient is injured, they or a loved ones may consider making a nursing home negligence claim.
Examples of potential negligence in a care or nursing home;
- Bedsores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers caused by lack of movement.
- Infections caused by poor hygiene.
- Illness because prescribed medicines weren’t dispensed at the right time.
- Bruising, soft tissue damage and fractures sustained during manual handling.
Surgical Clinical Negligence
Although you’ll probably be told about any risks associated with your surgery negligence that happens during surgery will not be a pre-informed risk. Negligence during surgery could possibly come in the form of;
- Injuries caused to body parts or internal organs during an operation.
- Clips, clamps, sponges, swabs or surgical tools being left inside the body.
- Pain caused by the incorrect dosage of anaesthetic.
- Amputation of the wrong limb.
- Infections caused due to poor hygiene in the operating theatre.
Birth negligence could happen if the unborn baby is not being monitored correctly during the labour process, if the expectant mother is not correctly monitored and a complication arises that is not dealt with in a timely manner it could cause harm, injury or illness. If any issues surface when the delivery or birth is happening everything necessary must be done to ensure the safe delivery of the baby and to ensure the mother is receiving the right treatment. Birth injury cases involving injuries to a newborn baby could in some circumstances be life-changing and the compensation that could be awarded if liability is proven maybe necessary.
Negligent Cancer Diagnosis
Cancer is perhaps one of the most daunting conditions that could be diagnosed. Cancer, in many cases, is more treatable the earlier it is spotted. Therefore, any late or misdiagnosis can lead to the patient suffering more than they would’ve done had treatment begun at the earliest possible point. In worst case scenarios, a late diagnosis could lead to the death of a patient as treatment might have become impossible. If you believe you’ve suffered because of a negligent cancer diagnosis, please contact our team of advisors for further advice.
Negligent Medical Care By A Dentist
Dentists, hygienists, dental nurses all have a duty of care to provide safe procedures and safe working practices, if negligence takes the form of extracting the wrong tooth, damage to healthy teeth, injuring the mouth during a procedure, not diagnosing gum disease the reason for a dental negligence claim may exist.
Cases where patients suffered too much pain because of anaesthetic problems, underwent unnecessary treatment or suffered an injury during surgery, could potentially all lead to medical negligence claims call Medical Negligence Assist to discuss any issues you may have.
Hospital Negligence Claims
Hospitals are supposed to be places where people who are sick or have an injury go to be treated and made better. No one intends to come out of a hospital worse off. Hospital negligence could happen if the standard of care that is being provided falls below the level it should be at which results in harm, injury or the worsening of a condition. Hospital negligence may occur if a patient is prescribed the wrong medication making them ill, a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis preventing the right treatment being administrated causing the initial condition to worsen, surgical error, bed sores, MRSA, receiving incorrect treatment and so on.
Negligent Medical Care By A GP
Our GPs offer a first point of call for patients who are worried about their health. In a lot of cases, a GP will diagnose the problem and prescribe a treatment in the first appointment and the patient will recover.
However problems could arise in the following scenarios;
- Late or misdiagnosis.
- Incorrect medicines being prescribed.
- The wrong treatment being offered.
Statistics For Cases Of NHS Medical Negligence In Northampton
The table below outlines the amounts of compensation paid for NHS negligence in the Northampton area in the latest figures released by the NHS.
|Claims in 2017/2018
|Number of Incidents 2017/2018
|CNST Damages Paid
|Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
|Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Northampton
If you’re looking to make a medical negligence claim, the least risky way to do so could be by using a no win no fee agreement.
This means that you don’t have to pay the solicitor up front, you don’t pay them if they lose the case and if they do win, you pay them a success fee from your compensation.
Hospitals And Clinics In Northampton
Here is a list of hospitals, both private and NHS, in the Northampton area.
- Northampton General Hospital.
- Berrywood Hospital.
- Danetre Hospital.
- Isebrook Hospital.
- BMI Three Shires Hospital
- The Private Clinic Northampton
- Woodland Hospital.
How To Start A Medical Negligence Claim
To begin your claim for medical negligence, you can contact us in any of the following ways:
- Telephone: Call today on 0800 652 3087 and speak with a specialist advisor.
- Online: Fill in a quick and easy online form and we’ll get back to you at a convenient time.
When you get in touch, feel free to ask any questions that you might have. We’ll assess your claim and let you know if we think you’ve got a good case or not. If we do, we’ll introduce you to our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors to begin your claim.
We’ve linked to some useful articles below which you may find useful.
Health and Safety In Care Homes – Information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about safety guidelines for care home operators.
NHS Complaints – Important information from the NHS about who to complain to in different circumstances.
NHS Compensation Claims – A guide explaining why and when you can make a claim for medical negligence specifically against the NHS.
Claims for Misdiagnosis – We’ve covered misdiagnosis briefly in this guide but this one covers it in more detail explaining when you can claim and when you can’t.
Stillborn Birth Claims – Further information about stillbirths and when they could’ve been caused by medical negligence.