Having to choose a medical negligence lawyer can be tricky. It might be important though because it could affect how much compensation you receive or whether you win the case or not. If you’re looking for medical negligence solicitors in Stockton-on-Tees, then this guide will try to advise you on what sort of things to look for and the questions you could ask.
We’ll also explain how you don’t have to stick with local solicitors to make your claim. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Stockton-on-Tees area and could help you with a no win no fee claim. To discuss how we could help, you can call 0800 652 3087 and speak with a specialist advisor.
Alternatively, to find out more before contacting us, please carry on reading.
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- What Is The Best Way To Find A Solicitor Specialising In Medical Claims?
- Does My Claim Need To Be Made Through A Solicitor In My Area?
- Our Panel Of Doctors Could Carry Out Your Medical Exam
- Do I Need To Look At Reviews Of A Solicitor?
- Medical Malpractice Claims Which Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Handle
- Negligence During The Birth Of A Child
- Surgical Errors And Mistakes
- Hospital Negligence
- Nursing Home Staff Negligence
- Doctors Negligence
- Cancer Medical Malpractice
- Negligence In Dentistry
- North Tees And Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Claims Statistics
- No Win No Fee Claims For Medical Negligence In Stockton on Tees
- Stockton-On-Tees Hospitals And Clinics
- Start Your Claim
- Helpful Reference
What Is The Best Way To Find A Solicitor Specialising In Medical Claims?
Before looking at which personal injury solicitor maybe right for your medical negligence claim, you might want to check if you’re likely to be able to make a claim. See if you can answer yes to the following 3 questions which a solicitor is likely to ask before taking on your claim:
- Did you receive negligent, poor or substandard treatment from a medical professional like a surgeon, doctor, nurse, care worker or dentist?
- Were you injured, made ill or your existing condition made worse by that negligent treatment?
- Did the treatment occur within the 3-year medical negligence claims time limit? (May vary).
The next thing to do is start to find the right personal injury lawyer to help with your case. But where do you begin? Many people simply ask a member of their family for a recommendation. Others simply choose based on medical negligence solicitor reviews or advice from friends and colleagues. Any of these may actually work but as all cases are different a friends solicitor may not always be experienced for your particular case. Reading medical negligence solicitor reviews and asking for recommendation are all good ways to evaluate solicitors but to have specific questions asked you may be better calling prospective solicitors.
Does My Claim Need To Be Made Through A Solicitor In My Area?
Because of modern communication methods, many solicitors may not require face to face meetings to conduct your claim. They usually carry out most communications over the phone or via email to save waiting for an appointment to see them.
Our Panel Of Doctors Could Carry Out Your Medical Exam
If you decide to let our panel of medical experts represent you in your claim, they will try to ensure you don’t have to travel too far for any medical assessments required. They can do this because they can call upon doctors and medical experts from around the UK, including the Stockton-on-Tees region, to undertake any assessment that’s needed. Here are some of the local specialists that could be used:
Marta Vinaras Molinero
636 Yarm Road,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 0DH.
Do I Need To Look At Reviews Of A Solicitor?
If you like to read reviews before buying any new service or product then you’ll find that solicitors reviews can help you too, to a point. They often offer an insight into:
- How professional the solicitor was according to previous clients;
- How often the solicitors updated the client throughout their claim; and
- Whether the client was happy with the amount of compensation they received.
However, reviews don’t tell you everything and you could find out more by asking the solicitor directly. We recommend you call them and try to find out how they’ll handle your case, how often they’ll provide updates and how much compensation they hope to achieve for you.
Medical Malpractice Claims Which Our Panel Of Solicitors Could Handle
To help you decide whether a medical negligence lawyer could help you with a claim, we’re going to provide some examples of negligence over the next few sections of this guide that could lead to a compensation claim.
Remember, any claim must be made within the 3-year claims time limit (may vary) but you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible to allow them the time to prepare your case and gather any supporting evidence that is required.
Negligence During The Birth Of A Child
There are proven procedures and processes that are referred to during the birth of a child so that the health and safety of the both the mother and unborn child is protected. They are designed to ensure that, even in complex and difficult deliveries, the best possible outcomes occur wherever possible.
If a midwife, doctor or paediatrician fail to follow those procedures, fail to spot a problem or deal with a problem incorrectly, and the baby or mother suffer because of this, then it maybe possible to seek compensation if it can be proven that the patient suffered unnecessarily due to negligence.
Surgical Errors And Mistakes
Surgery can be worrying for many people and the surgeon will try to allay any fears by explaining the procedure beforehand. They will also tell the patient about any risks involved with the procedure.
Even though there are risks involved, if the surgery team cause the patient to suffer because of a negligent act, then they could be entitled to seek damages for the unnecessary suffering caused.
Here are some scenarios which could be deemed negligent and might lead to a personal injury claim:
- If the patient wakes during surgery and suffers pain because of an anaesthetic mistake.
- Perforation of healthy organs, tissue, damage to nerves.
- Further treatment required because items of surgical equipment being left inside the patient.
Hospital negligence could happen if medical staff allow their standards to fall below the expected minimum level. The level is set so that patients receives adequate medical care and treatment and so that they are kept as safe as possible wherever possible. All healthcare staff have a duty of care to the patient they are treating, the NHS specifically have a code of conduct so that all medical professionals are aware of what is expected of them, at no time should staff breach ethical codes which may cause patients unnecessary harm.
Some examples of hospital negligence may include:
- Surgery medical malpractice.
- Suffering caused by a delay in treatment due to a negligent misdiagnosis.
- Accident and Emergency medical negligence.
Nursing Home Staff Negligence
Having to make the decision to place a loved one in a care home can be distressing and worrying. You will have to place a lot of faith and trust in the staff and management of any nursing home you decide to use.
Hopefully the staff will be trained so that they can adequately care for all the residents of the nursing home accordingly. If the staff do no receive the correct training or they do not follow all the procedure and processes in place to ensure residents are cared for correctly and a resident is harmed due to a breach in protocol they they may have the right to pursue for care home negligence compensation.
Examples of care home negligence may include:
- Residents not receiving their prescription medicines which cause the resident to become ill.
- Any injuries, such as fractures or bruises, caused by falls because staff did not lift or move the patient correctly.
- Any form of nursing home abuse.
- Or patients who suffer from bed sores because they were not moved regularly enough.
Your GP will very often manage to work out what’s wrong with you if anything, offer you a treatment plan, prescribe you medication or send you to a specialist for extra tests having only seen you for a 10-minute appointment. So much trust it put in GP’s to get it right that very often they are not second guessed or questioned.
If a GP fails to determine what the cause of your symptoms are, or they misdiagnose them for something else meaning you do not get the treatment you need or are not referred to the specialist department for specialist treatment and you suffer more than you need to, if it can be proven that they acted negligently it may be deemed as GP negligence.
Cancer Medical Malpractice
When cancer is diagnosed early, in many cases, it can increase the chances of patient survival. Therefore, any delay in diagnosis and treatment can cause the patient’s symptoms to worsen or they may need to undergo more painful treatment than they would’ve done had the cancer been spotted at the earliest possible point.
If any delay in treatment is caused by a doctor or medical professional due to negligence, then the patient may be able to claim compensation for the additional suffering caused.
If you’ve suffered because of any form of negligent delay caused by a doctor or medical professional, then you could make a cancer medical negligence claim so please get in touch to discuss your options.
Negligence In Dentistry
Your dentist has a duty of care to ensure your safety while you’re undergoing any form of treatment, whether it’s a check-up, cosmetic procedure or medical treatment. They could do this by ensuring they stick to the correct procedures, have high hygiene standards and by making sure that the equipment they use is well maintained.
Examples of dental negligence could include;
- Extraction of healthy teeth.
- Damage to healthy teeth, gums and nerves during a dental procedure.
- Injuries to the face and mouth due to negligent treatment.
If you have been harmed due to dental negligence please call our advisors to see if you are eligible to make a dental negligence compensate claim.
North Tees And Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Claims Statistics
The following table shows the number of claims made for NHS negligence in the Stockton-on-Tees area.
|Number of claims
|Number of Incidents
|North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
The information came from this medical malpractice claims data and includes the amount of compensation awarded.
No Win No Fee Claims For Medical Negligence In Stockton on Tees
Some previous clients have told us they’re worried about the cost of hiring a medical negligence lawyer. That’s the reason that our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors offer a no win no fee service whenever they take on a personal injury claim for medical negligence.
Using a no win no fee service means you’ll know that:
- You don’t need to pay anything up front;
- There’s nothing to pay your solicitor if the solicitor loses the case; and
- You don’t need to worry about funding the solicitor’s fees yourself as they take their success fee directly from the compensation.
Stockton-On-Tees Hospitals And Clinics
Because our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Stockton-on-Tees area, we thought it’d be a good idea to provide you with a list of hospitals in the area.
- University Hospital of North Tees.
- The James Cook University Hospital.
- Darlington Memorial Hospital.
- University Hospital of Hartlepool.
- Nuffield Health Tees Hospital.
- Tees Valley Hospital.
Start Your Claim
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide about choosing a no win no fee solicitor in Stockton-on-Tees or elsewhere. If you’d like to discuss making a claim today, then you can contact us by calling 0800 652 3087. Another way is to let us call you back at a convenient time by filling in this claims form.
We hope this guide has helped you realise that you don’t have to stick with medical negligence solicitors in Stockton-on-Tees to make your claim. To help you further, we’ve included some more useful guide below:
University Hospital of North Tees
Stockton on Tees, TS19 8PE
Care Homes – information on care homes and other services provided by Stockton-on-Tees borough council.
NHS England Cancer – Information on how NHS England plan to continue improving cancer treatment options.
Hospital Negligence – A useful guide which could help with Stockton-on-Tees hospital negligence claims against University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.
GP Negligence Claims – This guide provides more information about making a GP medical negligence claim.
Edited by LisM.