Have you been a victim of medical negligence in the last three years? Did you suffer because of negligent actions of a medical professional? Are you looking for medical negligence solicitors based in Surrey? If so, this guide may be able to help.
The term medical negligence, also known as ‘medical malpractice’ or ‘clinical negligence’, refers to substandard care delivered to a patient by a medical professional which has caused harm in the form of a new injury/illness or an existing condition getting worse.
If your experience of medical negligence occurred within the last three years then you could be eligible for compensation as it fits into the medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years. However there are exceptions to this rule which you can discuss with one of our advisors.
You may be looking for a personal injury claims calculator to find out the amount of damages you could be awarded. At Medical Negligence Assist, we believe that a compensation calculator cannot provide a specific amount as every case is unique. We would prefer to discuss your claim with you to estimate a more centralised figure.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Surrey area and could help you make a claim for medical malpractice. Call us today to discuss your options with a specially trained advisor.
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To make a personal injury claim, the first thing you need to do is choose a medical negligence solicitor. You might want to take the time to consider every option available to you as your choice in legal representative could have a huge impact on your case. The wrong choice in personal injury lawyer could steer your case towards a missed opportunity for compensation.
Below are some factors that you could take into consideration when choosing a solicitor:
- Location: Don’t be limited to solicitors in your area
- Experience: Look at how successful they have been with previous cases
- Finances: Consider the funding options available to you
When you contact our team of advisors they will be able to provide you with impartial advice on how to choose a medical negligence solicitor that is a right fit for you.
You may find reading medical negligence solicitor reviews are helpful in giving you an idea of which solicitors are suitable for your personal injury claim. Some people find this to be a useful way to compare the experience and success rate of personal injury solicitors in cases of medical negligence.
While reviews are useful, some comments may not be 100% authentic which is something to look out for when reading online reviews. However, you may find it useful to seek professional advice from a legal expert. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Surrey area to give you impartial advice to help you make a choice, feel free to call us today to discuss your options.
There is no legal requirement for you to limit yourself to medical negligence solicitors in Surrey. You can find the right solicitor with the expertise and knowledge to succeed in your medical negligence case anywhere in the country. Instead of searching for ‘medical negligence solicitors in my area’ you could broaden your search to look for personal injury lawyers who specialise in particular areas of medical negligence. By looking outside of the Surrey area for a legal representative, you could broaden your chances of a successful claim.
At Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of medical negligence solicitors are not based in Surrey but are more than capable of handling claims across the country, including the Surrey area. It doesn’t matter if your injury/illness occurred in Woking, Dorking, Fareham or Godalming, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Surrey area to assist with a range of personal injury claims.
An important part of the process of making a medical negligence claim is having your injuries assessed by an impartial medical expert. If you choose to go with our panel of medical negligence solicitors, then your medical assessment can be carried out by a panel of doctors who cover the Surrey area.
Doctors who cover the Surrey area can be found below:
Mark Gordon Britton
Nuffield Hospital Woking,
Fareham Enterprise Centre,
Premier Inn Godalming,
With so many different healthcare facilities available, medical malpractice could present itself in diverse forms. As our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors have worked in the industry for quite some time, they may have the knowledge base to assist your claim. Some examples of what types of negligence our panel of solicitors could handle include:
- Dental medical negligence cases: These may include injuries from negligent treatment, such as nerve damage or incorrect diagnosis of oral diseases.
- Medical negligence in cancer diagnosis: This could be a delayed diagnosis or the use of improper treatment which worsens the patient’s condition.
- Clinical negligence causing childbirth injuries: This could include both the mother and child.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could cover a case outside of these examples too.
Unfortunately, a patient can fall prey to negligence during their stay at a hospital, whether that be in a private facility or under the care of the NHS. In order for you to have a successful claim for medical negligence as a result of hospital staff, you must be able to prove that you suffered illness or injury because the hospital failed in their duty of care to provide you with the correct treatment and this caused you to suffer adverse health consequences as a result. Examples of medical malpractice in hospital can include, errors in providing the correct prescription which has resulted in the patient overdosing, or the misinterpretation of test results which has led to the wrong type of treatment of a condition, leading to the patient suffering for longer then necessary. You can find more about the different types of claims against hospitals with regards to medical negligence here, but if you wish to discuss your circumstances with one of our expert legal advisers then please contact us using the information at the bottom of this guide.
Compensation claims could be taken up against a medical practitioner if a mother, child or both have been harmed by the negligent actions of healthcare professional. These cases may involve a lot of complex terminology which could seem confusing but this guide is here to help you understand further. For example, a mother or child may be harmed by:
- Cerebral Palsy caused by failure to notice that baby was struggling to breath during birthing process
- Brain damage caused by improper use of forceps.
- Avoidable scarring
- Retained placenta
If you have suffered with medical negligence during birth in Surrey and are looking to make a claim for personal injury, then our expert panel of medical negligence solicitors who cover the Surrey area can help.
Working in a care or nursing home is undoubtedly a high intensity role that means all staff should be trained and fully knowledgeable on the complexities that may arise and if members of staff are not trained it is easy for mistakes to be made and residents to become harmed as a result. According to NHS nursing home injury statistics around a quarter of patients admitted to hospital with hip fractures are from care homes. In order for a successful claim to be made for negligence in a nursing home, it must be proven that the standard of care has fell beyond what is reasonably expected of staff and this has resulted in a resident suffering an avoidable injury that has caused them harm. Unfortunately, there are several examples of medical negligence in nursing or care home, some of which can be found below;
- Incorrect use of hoist or improper lifting techniques causing injury to resident.
- Failure to administer the correct medication resulting in overdosing or side effects which the resident would not have suffered with if they were provided with the correct care.
- Failure to turn a bed bound resident who is suffering with bed sores, leading to infection.
All surgeries whether they are emergency, elective or cosmetic come with risks and any medical professional performing the surgery should obtain consent from the patient in most cases, as well as informing them of all possible risks involved in the specific surgery. We, as the patient are then able to make an informed decision on whether we would like to go ahead with the procedure.
What happens if the patient assesses the risks, the surgery goes ahead and the surgeons negligence causes an unrelated injury or illness, or further suffering to occur? Then a claim for medical negligence can be made, providing that the patient can prove they have endured unnecessary pain and suffering as a result of the surgeon breaching their duty of care. Some of the common surgical errors have been listed below;
- The amputation of the wrong limb,
- Infections transmitted through unsterilised equipment or even a wrongful death which was otherwise avoidable if the procedure was carried out correctly.
- Damage caused to healthy muscles and nerves.
In the most severe cases, wrongful deaths fall under the category of ‘Never-events’. These are events which according to the NHS and Government should not occur under proper safety procedures. There were 496 ‘Never-events’ reported to NHS England between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019.
To discuss a claim for operative care negligence or a ‘Never-event’ contact our advisors today.
Cancer is a complex illness that requires fast acting diagnosis and treatment in order to provide the best possible care for a patient. This means that a late cancer diagnosis can have devastating consequences for the patient and their family. If a medical professional has failed to follow their code of conduct and misdiagnosed your symptoms causing incorrect or delayed treatment and this has caused avoidable suffering then a patient could be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence. To find out more about claims of Cancer medical negligence then contact our expert legal advisors.
As of 1st April 2019, a new state indemnity scheme called ‘the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice’ (CNSGP) will be operated by NHS resolution for HP practices in England. This GP clinical negligence scheme will cover negligent liabilities which may arise in general practices and provide a fully comprehensive indemnity for all claims in relation to incidents that occur on or after 1 April 2019.
There are different forms which GP Negligence can take including cases where you haven’t been referred to the correct specialist when your injury/illness needed specialist treatment meaning that your condition has worsened because of this and you have suffered unnecessarily. If your local GP is based in Woking, Dorking, Fareham, Godalming or anywhere else in the Surrey county, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Surrey area for GP clinical negligence claims.
The negligent actions of a dentist or dental nurse or any member of staff working at dentist surgery could lead to unnecessary harm to patient in various forms which has caused the patient , such as nerve injuries, cosmetic problems, periodontal disease misdiagnosis, or mistakes in treatment which has led to loss of multiple healthy teeth.
While medical negligence solicitors in Surrey may be suitable for your claim, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Surrey area for dental negligence and personal injury claims. You may need to contact our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors to see if you have a valid dental negligence claim.
The statistics taken from the NHS Resolution, which can be found here, shows successful instances of medical negligence compensation claims.
|NHS TRUST OR RELEVANT HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY
|NO. OF CLAIMS RECEIVED
|NO. OF REPORTED IN INCIDENTS
|CNST DAMAGES PAID
|Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (The)
|Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
|Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
When you take up a personal injury claim with a medical negligence lawyer from our panel, they will advise you of the ‘no win no fee agreements’ which all of our cases are handled under. Such agreements allow claimants to feel safe in the knowledge that if their claim is unsuccessful, they are not liable for the costs of their solicitor.
You can discuss no win no fee agreements for free by contacting the number at the bottom of this guide. Our team will provide you with impartial advice about the terms and conditions of a no win no fee agreement. They could also assess your NHS negligence claim and use a NHS negligence calculator to estimate how much you could claim in compensation.
Surrey is a large county in the South East of England which boarders on to Kent, West Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and Greater London. As a large county with a population of around 1.185 million people, there are several public and private medical facilities covering the area. We have listed some of those primary facilities below:
- East Surrey Hospital
- Royal Surrey County Hospital
- The Royal Marsden Hospital (Surrey)
- New Victoria Hospital & Private GP Clinic
- North Downs Hospital
- BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital
We hope that this guide has provided you with useful information about the different forms of medical negligence and how easy it is to make a compensation claim. While we are not based in Surrey, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Surrey area to help you make a personal injury claim against a medical practice. To find out whether you have grounds for a claim use one of the contact methods below to speak to a specially trained advisor.
• We’re just a phone call away on 0800 652 3087
• Begin an online claim here
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Article by Hollie edited by Charlotte.