When you begin to make a personal injury claim, one of the main tasks is selecting the right personal injury lawyer to help you. In cases involving NHS negligence (or negligence by a private hospital or doctor), this task can be even more important. Negligence cases often require very complex evidence and involve technical legal procedures. If you’ve been searching for medical negligence solicitors in Stockport, then this guide could help you.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Stockport area so, if you’d like to discuss your claim today, please call us on 0800 652 3087 and speak with one of our specialist advisors.
If you’d like to know more first, then carry on reading.
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- How To Choose The Right Medical Malpractice Claim Solicitor
- Do I Need To Use Medical Solicitors In My Area?
- Reviews Of Medical Solicitors Could Be Helpful
- Our Nationwide Panel Of Doctors Covering Stockport Could Assess Your Injuries
- Medical Malpractice Instances Which Could Be Claimed For
- GP Errors Or Malpractice
- Dental Clinical Errors
- Errors Or Negligence By A Surgeon
- Negligence In A Hospital Serving Stockport
- Stockport Area Hospitals And Medical Facilities
- Birth Trauma And Injury Claims
- Neglect Or Malpractice At A Care Home
- Malpractice In The Treatment Of Cancer
- Stockport Area NHS Trusts – Reported Cases Of Negligence
- No Win No Fee Stockport Area Medical Negligence Claims
- Contact Our Team Today
- Advice And Further Information
How To Choose The Right Medical Malpractice Claim Solicitor
When thinking about which personal solicitor to use there are a number of simple places to start including asking friends and family for recommendations and reading online reviews of medical solicitors. In this guide we’ll provide more tips on how to make choosing easier.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can help with any type of medical negligence claim so you could speak with us for advice about how they could help.
The question of whether you’re eligible to make a claim often comes up. In short, to be able to claim for medical negligence, you need to have to have received substandard care, from a medical professional, which caused you to suffer an injury, illness or for your existing condition to become worse.
As well as helping you choose, this guide will provide information on common negligence claims such as cosmetic surgery negligence, dental and teeth damage injury claims and negligence in pregnancy or childbirth.
You should choose your medical negligence lawyer fairly quickly because, in the UK, there is a personal injury claims time limit. This is 3 years from the date the negligence happened, or 3 years from the date you became aware of the injuries caused by negligence.
Do I Need To Use Medical Solicitors In My Area?
We’re often asked, “Do I need to use solicitors in my area?”, and quite simply, the answer is, “No”.
When you hire a medical negligence solicitor, you won’t actually need to visit their office at any point. Therefore, where they’re based doesn’t really matter. All communication is completed via email, telephone and using the postal service.
That said, you will probably need a medical assessment at some point during your claim and probably won’t want to travel too far. That’s why, we have a panel of doctors and medical experts up and down the country, including in the Stockport area. We’ll provide details of these specialists later in the guide.
Reviews Of Medical Solicitors Could Be Helpful
When you’re looking to make a clinical negligence claim, a good way of narrowing down your search for a solicitor is to read reviews. They can be a great starting point and provide information about customer satisfaction, how good the communication with the client was and whether they’ve won any recent cases.
Our Nationwide Panel Of Doctors Covering Stockport Could Assess Your Injuries
Here are a sample of the doctors and medical specialists we use in the Stockport area:
Peter Bennett Physiotherapy,
3 Offerton Lane,
Stockport, SK2 5AA.
Cenacle Treatment Centre,
224 Dialstone Lane,
Stockport, SK2 7LE.
Stockport, SK6 5AA.
Medical Malpractice Instances Which Could Be Claimed For
In the following sections, we’re going to cover how to claim for medical negligence and when you can do so for different scenarios. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors can help with any type of claim, even those not listed here, so long as you were injured following a negligent act by a medical professional. Please get in touch to discuss your case.
GP Errors Or Malpractice
Doctors, or General Practitioners are the frontline of the NHS and see many patients every day. They often need to decide on a diagnosis and treatment plan within a 10-minute appointment. If a GP makes a mistake though, it could cause the patient to suffer or for further problems to occur. Some examples of GP mistakes that could lead to medical malpractice claims include:
- If the doctor fails to diagnose an illness or condition.
- When a GP diagnoses the wrong condition meaning the actual problem isn’t treated and the patient suffers more than they would’ve done.
- If the doctor prescribes the wrong medicine or the incorrect dosage.
Dental Clinical Errors
As medical professionals, dentists, hygienists and dental nurses could all be subject to medical neglect claims if they cause you to become injured while undergoing a procedure.
Errors Or Negligence By A Surgeon
It can be quite scary to be told that you need surgery. That can be made worse when the surgeon explains the risks involved. You need to have complete faith that those operating on you won’t make a mistake and can treat your problem safely.
If a surgeon, or cosmetic surgeon, makes a mistake, it could lead to a medical compensation claim. Examples include:
- If the surgeon leaves items inside you such as swabs, clips, surgical tools or clamps.
- When your internal organs are damaged during surgery.
- If a clip or clamp fails because it is faulty or the incorrect part.
- You suffer pain because of an anaesthetic mistake.
Negligence In A Hospital Serving Stockport
When you attend a hospital, either for planned treatment or in an emergency, you would normally expect to receive the correct treatment and to recover from your injury or illness. If you receive a new illness, injury or your existing condition becomes worse, because of some form of negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
This could be the case if:
- You contract a virus such as MRSA because of poor hygiene standards.
- A late diagnosis causes your illness to become worse.
- A doctor misdiagnoses your condition meaning you receive the wrong treatment.
- You’re prescribe the wrong medicine or the incorrect medicine is dispensed.
Stockport Area Hospitals And Medical Facilities
For further information, here is a list of some of main hospitals in the Stockport area:
- Stepping Hill Hospital.
- Stockport Dialysis Centre.
- Kingsgate Hospital.
- The BMI Alexandra Hospital.
- Spire Hospital.
Birth Trauma And Injury Claims
A birth should be a happy time for parents but in the event that either mother or baby is injured during pregnancy, labour or post-birth, it can have a devastating effect. Midwives, doctors, nurses and paediatricians have a duty of care to follow strict guidelines during a birth. This means that, if either the baby or mother is injured because the guidelines weren’t adhered to, then a compensation claim may be possible.
Neglect Or Malpractice At A Care Home
Care homes offer treatment for some of society’s most vulnerable patients. They owe the patient a duty of care to ensure they are safe, well cared for and looked after properly.
If a patient suffers because of negligence, a claim could be made. Examples of negligent acts in a care home include:
- The patient not receiving their medication at the correct times, leading to them becoming ill.
- Bedsores, pressure sores or pressure ulcers which are caused a lack of movement in beds or wheelchairs.
- Care home abuse.
- Bruises, fractures or broken bones following falls due to incorrect handling of the patient.
Malpractice In The Treatment Of Cancer
While cancer has become more treatable due to modern medicine methods, any problems with diagnosing a cancer can cause serious problems.
If cancer is misdiagnosed, or the diagnosis is delayed, it can mean that the patient suffers pain, the cancer spreads or it becomes inoperable. In these cases, a claim for medical negligence may be possible.
Stockport Area NHS Trusts – Reported Cases Of Negligence
The following table shows the number of complaints and amount of compensation for the NHS trust covering the Stockport area.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||Damages Payments|
|Stockport NHS Foundation Trust||38||*||£10,671,227|
This information excludes data from private healthcare providers as they’re not obliged to provide the same information. The full table of results can be found here
No Win No Fee Stockport Area Medical Negligence Claims
One big worry about making medical negligence claims is the cost of legal services.Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors all offer a no win no fee service for any case they take on, but how does no win no fee actually work?
Firstly, the solicitor will speak with the client in a free initial consultation. This is where they’ll find out the details of your injuries or illness and discuss the negligence which you claim caused them.
If the solicitor agrees that you have a strong case, they’ll prepare a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is the legal name for no win no fee agreements.
The CFA will explicitly state:
- That you don’t have to pay the solicitor any fees up front.
- Also, you don’t need to pay them if they fail to win you any compensation.
- Finally, if the solicitor wins your case, and compensation is awarded, the CFA will explain what success fee you’ll pay.
The success fee is a fixed percentage (maximum 25%) of your compensation which is paid to the solicitor to cover their fees. The good thing about this is, when the compensation is paid, it’s sent to your solicitor who takes their success fee and then sends the compensation straight to you. This means you don’t need to pay the solicitor from your own funds.
Contact Our Team Today
Even though you were searching for medical negligence solicitors in Stockport, we hope that you now understand that our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Stockport area so could help you to make a claim.
Advice And Further Information
For your information, we’ve provided links, below, to a number of useful resources.
How Long to Claim Compensation for Medical Negligence? – Information on how long a claim will take and what could make it faster (or slower).
MRSA Compensation Claims – A more detailed look at how MRSA is contracted and when you could claim for compensation.
Personal Injury Claims Calculator – This useful article explains how much compensation can be awarded for certain injuries.
NHS England – Information on how NHS England operates, the services it provides and their plans for the future of the service.
Find A Hospital – A website by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that allows you to find hospitals and read reviews of their inspections.