The importance of choosing the right personal injury lawyer can’t be understated. It could make the difference between winning or losing your claim. It can also affect the amount of compensation you are awarded. When you’re dealing with medical errors, hospital negligence claims or any other negligence cases, it could be vitally important to have the right support.
If you’ve been looking for medical negligence solicitors in Norwich, this guide will help you understand that the location of your solicitor is not always important what is crucial is the knowledge and expertise the solicitor has. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Norwich area, and they certainly have acquired over their many years in the industry the learnedness and edification to succeed in medical negligence cases. If you’re ready to discuss your claim today, please call on 0800 652 3087 and speak with an advisor right away.
If you would like to know more about medical negligence, then please carry on reading this handy guide.
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- How Could I Find The Right Solicitor To Conduct My Medical Negligence Claim?
- Does My Medical Claim Solicitor Need To Be Local?
- Should I Look At Client Testimonials?
- Types Of Clinical Errors And Medical Negligence
- Our Panel Of Experts Covering Norwich Could Carry Out Your Medical Exam
- Negligence In GP Care
- Surgical Negligence Or Error
- Negligent Injuries During Child Birth
- Negligent Hospital Treatment
- Care Home Injuries Or Illness Compensation Claims
- Cancer Negligence
- Dental Injury Claims
- Norwich Area NHS Medical Negligence Statistics
- Hospitals Providing Services In Norwich
- No Win No Fee Claims For Medical Errors
- How To Make A Claim
- Additional Information
How Could I Find The Right Solicitor To Conduct My Medical Negligence Claim?
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors deal with all types of medical compensation claims, but do you know what medical negligence is?
In short, you need to have suffered an injury, an illness or your existing condition became worse because of substandard care made by a medical professional. That could be a doctor, nurse, surgeon, cosmetic surgeon, dentist, care worker and many others. If they have made a mistake, didn’t follow the correct procedures or were negligent in any other way, and you suffered ill health because of this, you could be eligible to make a claim.
In this guide, we’re going to help you choose the right solicitor to help you with your case. It might be that you have been recommended a solicitor by a friend or family member, or you might have read a positive review, but we’ll provide more advice about what else you can do to choose.
You should remember that there is a personal injury claims time limit for any claims in the UK. In adult cases, you’ll have 3 years to claim from the date of the negligence (or from the date you found out about it). Parents can claim at any time while the child is under 18, or they will have 3 years to claim themselves from their 18th birthday.
Does My Medical Claim Solicitor Need To Be Local?
Your first thought when beginning a personal injury claim might be, “I need to find medical negligence solicitors near me”, but, in this modern world, that does not need to be the case.
Most of the time you’ll deal with your solicitor over email and the phone. Sometimes you’ll receive correspondence in the post. Therefore, the location of the solicitor’s office is no longer a main priority. Our panel of solicitors can cover the Norwich area and so could help you to make a claim.
We also have a panel of medical experts and doctors based up and down the UK, including within Norwich, to ensure that you don’t have to travel far for any medical assessment that is required as part of your claim. We’ll provide information later in the guide about the Norwich doctors that we could use.
Should I Look At Client Testimonials?
When researching any type of service or purchase, it’s always handy to take a look at reviews. Medical negligence solicitors’ reviews can be a great way of narrowing down your choice.
Have a look at whether previous clients felt they received good communication, if they were happy with the amount of compensation they received and if they name any particular solicitor that’s dealt with similar cases to your own.
Ultimately though, when you’ve read the reviews, give the solicitor a call. It’s the best way to find out whether you can work with the solicitor in question. After all, you’ll probably be working with them for at least a few months, so it’s important that you can get on well.
Types Of Clinical Errors And Medical Negligence
In the next few sections we’re going to provide you with details of the local medical specialists we may use for any assessments that are required. As well as this we’ll cover some example types of negligence that a medical negligence solicitor might deal with.
Don’t worry if you don’t see an example that is similar to yours, this is just a sample. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help you to claim if you have a valid case. Simply give our advisors a call to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Our Panel Of Experts Covering Norwich Could Carry Out Your Medical Exam
Here are the details for a few of the medical specialists we can use in the Norwich area should you need a medical assessment.
Thorpe End Clinic,
73 Plumstead Road,
Norwich, NR13 5AJ.
Mahmoud Khalifeh Shostari
121-131 Boundary Road,
Norwich, NR3 3BA.
Rajeev T Jahagirdar
Norfolk Physiotherapy Clinic,
38 Magdalen Road,
Norwich, NR3 4AG.
Negligence In GP Care
A visit to the GP’s practice is usually the first step in receiving a diagnosis and treatment for any condition. Some examples of where a visit to the doctor could lead to negligence:
- If the doctor misdiagnoses a condition leading to the patient suffering more.
- When a late diagnosis means treatment is delayed causing the condition to become worse.
- If the doctor prescribes the wrong medicine or incorrect dosage causing an illness.
Surgical Negligence Or Error
A personal injury solicitor might be able to help if you’ve suffered due to negligence during surgery. This could be for medical treatment or a cosmetic surgery procedure. The types of problems that could arise due to a surgical mistake could include:
- Items being left inside the patient such as surgical equipment, clamps or swabs.
- The surgeon not following the normal procedures, causing the patient to suffer.
- Perforation or damage to internal organs.
- Anaesthetic errors causing the patient to become ill.
Negligent Injuries During Child Birth
If a mother or baby is injured during pregnancy, labour or post-childbirth, due to negligence of a medical practitioner the consequences can be severe depending on the circumstances. It is crucial that any symptoms that an expectant mother is suffering are taken serious especially if they are connected to pregnancy diabetes or pre-eclampsia as failure to act on these conditions could mean that both the mother and baby could suffer severe effects. Also monitoring both mother and unborn baby during the delivery process is also very important as any distress that is not picked up could lead to possible oxygen problems and traumatic delivery. All medical staff have a duty of care to all patients breach of this duty of care could lead to negligent treatment and injuries.
Negligent Hospital Treatment
To be able to make any sort of clinical or medical negligence claim including hospital negligence it must be proven that the treatment, care, medication or service you received which caused you harm was negligent. A medical negligence solicitor will want to prove that another medical practitioner of the same ability would have not have caused the harm under the same conditions.
Examples of possible hospital negligence may include;
- Late or misdiagnosis of a condition resulting in further suffering because of delayed treatment.
- Contracting a super bug such as MRSA due to unhygienic practices.
- Wrong prescriptions or incorrect dispensing of medicines causing an adverse effect.
- Surgical errors such as wrong limb amputation or wrong sight surgery.
Care Home Injuries Or Illness Claims
Putting a loved one or family member into a care home can be an agonising decision, allowing strangers to look after people we love because we can no longer achieve it or they need specialist treatment and care can be devastating. But to learn that the people we have trusted with our most precious people have abused, neglected and caused harm to them can be the ultimate betrayal. It is no secret that care homes have been involved in huge scandals of neglect and abuse. If a loved one you have had to put into care has suffered harm, neglect, deterioration, or even abuse at such carers hands or medical staff call Medical Negligence Assist to begin a care home negligence claim.
For many cancers the earliest the diagnosis the better the prognosis. Any delay in the diagnosing and testing stages can mean a delay in crucial treatment. If cancer is left untreated it may grow and spread and patients may need more extensive treatment that would have not been needed at it been caught at an earlier stage.
If you have any questions regarding a delay in a cancer diagnosis or cancer being misdiagnosed call our advisors if you need specific medical negligence questions answering we will transfer you to a medical negligence solicitor.
Dental Injury Claims
Dentists and their medical staff could also be claimed against if they perform in a substandard way that causes a patient harm. Possible dental negligence claims could consist of;
Norwich Area NHS Medical Negligence Statistics
The following table provides information on compensation claims and amounts against the NHS trust in the Norwich area. It is sourced from this NHS document which contains information from the 2017-2018 period.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||Damages Payments|
|Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||58||*||£7,035,939|
Hospitals Providing Services In Norwich
Here is a list of hospitals, both private and NHS, which cover the Norwich area:
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
- Cromer Hospital.
- Jenny Lind Children’s Department.
- Norwich Community Hospital.
- Spire Healthcare Norwich (private).
- Norwich Old Watton Road Health Centre (Private).
No Win No Fee Claims For Medical Errors
Many people worry about paying for a solicitor during medical negligence claims. This is why many offer no win no fee agreements.
These agreements mean you don’t pay the solicitor anything up front for their services. They also mean that you don’t have to pay them at all if they fail to win the claim.
The only time you do have to pay the solicitor is if they win the case and you receive compensation. In these cases, compensation is paid directly to the solicitor who retains an agreed success fee (a maximum of 25% of your compensation which could be less) before sending the rest directly to you.
How To Make A Claim
We’ll assess your claim with you for free and you can ask as many questions as possible. If we believe you’ve got a good case, we’ll introduce you to one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Norwich area. When you’re happy to proceed they’ll prepare a no win no fee agreement and your claim will commence.
For further information, we’ve linked to some more useful resources below:
Colney Ln, Norwich NR4 7UY.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust Inspection Report – from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Health and Safety in Care Homes – This useful guide provides information on what health and safety procedures should be followed in care homes.
NHS Improvement – The strategic part of the NHS which is putting together and implementing its long-term plan.
MRSA Compensation Claims – A useful article about what causes MRSA, its symptoms and when it might be possible to make a compensation claim.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – This page explains what compensation amounts could be paid for different injuries and illnesses sustained by medical negligence.
Claiming Against Your GP – More information about when it might be possible to claim against your GP for medical negligence.
Edited by Melis.