Choosing a solicitor can be quite difficult, so if you are looking for a medical negligence solicitor we may have a solution for you. Having the right solicitor on your side can be vital because it could be the difference between a successful claim with the right amount of compensation or an unsuccessful claim.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Sale area and might be able to help you to claim today. If you’d like to discuss your case of medical negligence, then please call on 0800 652 3807. If you want to know more about choosing a medical negligence lawyer, then please carry on reading.
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- How Do I Choose A Solicitor To Handle My Medical Negligence Claim?
- Do I Need To Claim Through Medical Negligence Solicitors In My Area?
- Injuries Can Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors Covering Greater Manchester
- Testimonials And Reviews Of Medical Negligence Solicitors Could Be Helpful
- Types Of Negligent Medical Care
- Hospital Negligence Claims
- Could You Sue A Nursing Home?
- Types Of Surgery Negligence
- Pregnancy And Birth Injury Claims
- Suing A Doctor For Malpractice
- Cancer Negligence Claims
- Dentist Malpractice
- NHS Data For Rates Of Medical Negligence Incidents In Sale
- No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Clinical Negligence In Sale
- Hospitals In Sale, Greater Manchester
- How To Contact Us
- Find Out More
How Do I Choose A Solicitor To Handle My Medical Negligence Claim?
You might want to ask friends, colleagues or family for a recommendation, or you could read reviews. These are all good starting points, but we’ll provide advice on what else to look for. You could even use one of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors to support you in your claim.
Importantly, don’t leave claiming too late. There is a claims time limit of 3 years in the UK. This is either from the date the negligence occurred or from the date you became aware that negligence had caused you to suffer.
In this guide, we’re going to provide information on the types of negligent act which could make a claim possible such as medical mistakes, NHS negligence, dentist malpractice, cancer negligence claims and pregnancy and birth claims.
Do I Need To Claim Through Medical Negligence Solicitors In My Area?
You might be thinking that, “I need to use medical negligence solicitors in my area”, but, in this modern world, there’s really no need to. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Sale area because the location of a solicitor doesn’t really matter. It’s far better to choose a competent negligence specialist with experience in claims like yours.
You’ll deal with the solicitor over email and the phone. Occasionally you might be sent documents in the post. Therefore, you won’t need to visit the solicitor in person. One part of the claim that will be done locally though, is the medical assessment. These are carried out to assess the severity of your injuries and the impact they had on you. You could even use one of our panel of medical experts in the Sale area which we’ll provide details of in the next section.
Injuries Can Be Assessed By Our Panel Of Doctors Covering Greater Manchester
As mentioned in the previous section, if you need a medical assessment, we can arrange for it to be done by one of these local specialists or another in the area.
Cenric Consulting Rooms,
21 Marsland Road,
Sale, M33 3HP.
Manchester M90 5DL.
Testimonials And Reviews Of Medical Negligence Solicitors Could Be Helpful
Earlier in this guide, we mentioned reading reviews of medical negligence solicitors. While nothing beats speaking with a solicitor directly, reviews can be a great starting point. Use them to ascertain how happy previous clients have been overall as well as with the level of updates provided by the solicitor and, of course, whether they were happy with the level of compensation achieved.
Once you’ve narrowed your search down, you should contact the solicitor, ask them some questions and get a feel for their overall manner and professionalism. After all, you may need to work with them for a while, so it’s important to know that you’ll get along.
Types Of Negligent Medical Care
Over the coming sections, we’re going to provide different examples and scenarios which could lead to medical negligence payouts. Don’t worry if your type of injury isn’t listed, we could still help so please get in touch to discuss your specific case.
Hospital Negligence Claims
Although many patients are treated for their injury or illness in hospitals up and down the country, there are, unfortunately, cases where things could’ve been done better. If a hospital patient is injured, becomes ill or is made worse by a negligent act, whether intentional or accidentally, they could seek compensation through an injury lawyer.
Here are some examples of hospital negligence which might lead to a claim:
- Infections or superbugs caused by poor hygiene on a ward.
- Surgical errors.
- Incorrect prescriptions or dispensing errors.
- Late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a condition.
Could You Sue A Nursing Home?
A nursing or care home has a duty of care to provide, at least, a minimum level of safety and comfort to its residents. If they breach that duty of care, because of a mistake, error or another form of negligence, then the patient or a loved one could claim compensation for any suffering.
Here are some examples of the types of negligence that might lead to a claim:
- Injuries caused by falling when a patient is moved or lifted, and the correct techniques weren’t used.
- Illnesses caused by the late or irregular dispensing of prescribed medicines.
- Any form of abuse in a care home.
Another question that’s been heard before is, “Can you sue a nursing home for bed sores?”, and the answer could be yes if the patient suffered them because the care home staff failed to move them regularly. If you’re not sure, please call and discuss the situation with a specialist advisor.
Types Of Surgery Negligence
For most types of surgery, there is an associated risk. This includes for cosmetic surgery procedures. The surgeon will usually discuss the risks and ask for your consent prior to operating. This doesn’t mean though that you can’t claim for any injuries during surgery if they were caused by negligence.
Surgical negligence that could lead to a claim include:
- Pain and suffering caused by items left inside you.
- Injuries to your internal organs caused by surgery.
- Pain caused by an anaesthetic mistake.
- Complications which cause you to suffer because a clip or other device is faulty or damaged.
Pregnancy And Birth Injury Claims
There are some very serious injuries which can occur to a mother, or baby, during pregnancy, labour or even post-birth. In some extreme cases, they can lead to a fatality.
Births are monitored by midwives, doctors and paediatricians but if they fail to spot a problem, which causes either mother or baby to suffer, then it might be that a claim for compensation is made.
Claims could be possible for any injury or illness caused by negligence for either short term injuries such as bruising, tears and fissures through to life-changing injuries and illness such as post-natal depression or cerebral palsy. Please contact us to discuss your claim if you’d like advice on what steps to take next.
Suing A Doctor For Malpractice
GPs are often the front line of the NHS. They offer quick diagnosis and treatment for many everyday ailments and can refer patients to specialists for more concerning problems.
If a GP makes a mistake, which causes the patient to suffer, then their negligence could be seen as breach of their duty of care. This could lead to a compensation claim against them.
- If the doctor misses a condition on the first or second appointment but spots it later. This could mean the patient’s condition worsens and they may have suffered because of the delayed diagnosis.
- When a doctor prescribes the wrong medicine or incorrect dosage meaning the patient suffers side effects or their condition worsens because, in effect, it hasn’t been treated.
- If a doctor diagnoses the wrong problem, the patient could suffer more than needed because, again, they’ve not actually been treated for the real problem.
Cancer Negligence Claims
An improved prognosis for cancer patients is often possible if the cancer is detected early. In cases where a doctor or specialist fails to spot the cancer or diagnoses it as something else, the patient could go on to suffer.
It could mean that instead of a stage one cancer, it might develop to stage two or three because of the lack of treatment. In some cases, the cancer could spread and become inoperable before it is properly diagnosed.
In cases where a patient has presented with symptoms, but the diagnosis hasn’t been made correctly, it may be possible to claim compensation. Please speak with an advisor for free legal advice on beginning a claim if you’ve been affected by a diagnostic mistake.
If a dentist causes you to suffer because of negligence, they could also be liable for a medical negligence claim. In the same way that doctors and surgeons are expected to, dentists should follow the industry standard procedures for any treatment.
If you’re injured, become ill or your original problem is made worse because of an error during surgery, you underwent a procedure that wasn’t required or the dentist failed to follow standard procedures, you could be entitled to make a claim.
NHS Data For Rates Of Medical Negligence Incidents In Sale
The table below shows details of compensation payments made by the NHS trusts in the Greater Manchester area, which covers Sale.
|Claims in 2017/2018
|Number of Incidents 2017/2018
|Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
|Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
|Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Clinical Negligence In Sale
When you make a no win no fee claim, you’ll sign what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). It will state that:
- You don’t need to pay the solicitor up front.
- There’s nothing to pay if they lose the case.
- You only pay a success fee if they win the case.
Success fees are taken directly from your compensation, so you don’t need to find the funds to pay the solicitor and are limited to a maximum of 25% of the compensation. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee service for all claims they take on.
Hospitals In Sale, Greater Manchester
For your information, here are some of the hospitals that serve the Sale area:
- Wythenshaw Hospital.
- Trafford General Hospital.
- Manchester Royal Infirmary.
- Withington Community Hospital.
- Spire Manchester (private hospital).
- Pall Mall Medical & Cosmetics (private hospital).
How To Contact Us
Now that you’ve finished reading this guide, we hope you’d like to discuss beginning a claim today. If so, you can call us on 0800 652 3087 or, if you prefer, you can fill in this online form for a call back.
Find Out More
For more information, please refer to the guides below:
GP Monitoring – Information from the Care Quality Commission about how they monitor GP practices.
NHS Commissioning Board – Information, strategies and the latest NHS plans from this government department.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – A useful resource which explains the compensation amounts that could be paid for certain injuries and illnesses.
Claiming Against A GP – This article explains how to make a claim against a GP and when it might not be possible to do so.
Written by Brett
Edited by Lis.