If you have suffered from medical negligence, you may feel left in the dark with where you stand legally. You may be confused about legal terms such as ‘no win no fee’ and ‘medical negligence claims time limit’. It can all seem very daunting at first, which is why we have created this guide to provide you with information about what medical negligence means and how you might be entitled to claim compensation.
Medical negligence (or clinical negligence) is a term used to describe the harm brought to a patient due to a medical professional’s failure to uphold reasonable standards of care. This could refer to an injury or illness which has worsened because of this or, an entirely new injury or illness that has formed as a result of malpractice.
You may think that you need to make your claim for personal injury through a medical negligence solicitor in Tyne and Wear because that is where you suffered harm, but there is no legal requirement for you to do so. Here at Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors have handled a wide range of personal injury claims due to being in the industry for many years; which means we have the knowledge base to help your case succeed. A high standard service can be provided regardless of your location which means that our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Tyne and Wear area.
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- Picking A Solicitor When Claiming For Medical Negligence In Tyne And Wear
- Compare Medical Negligence Solicitors With Reviews
- A Doctor Covering Tyne And Wear From Our Panel Could Conduct Your Medical Exam
- Will I Need To Claim With A Solicitor Based In The Region?
- Tyne And Wear Medical Negligence Claims Solicitors From Our Panel Could Make
- Residential Care Home Negligence
- General Surgery Negligence
- GP Negligence
- Birth Injuries
- Cancer Medical Negligence
- Dental Negligence By The NHS Or Private Practice
- Tyne And Wear Hospital Negligence
- Statistics For Claims Made Against Tyne And Wear NHS Trusts
- Hospitals In The Tyne And Wear Region
- Could You Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
- How To Start Your Claim
- Helpful Information
When you decide to begin your personal injury claim, it may seem daunting to pick a medical negligence solicitor when there are so many to choose from. Although this is an important step in making a successful compensation claim, you shouldn’t feel pressured into choosing the first personal injury lawyer you come across.
Therefore, there are three vital factors to consider when choosing a medical negligence lawyer:
- Location: You are not limited to your local area, therefore you can expand your search in order to find a personal injury lawyer that is best suited to you.
- Funding: Look at the different funding options that are available to you.
- Experience: Consider how experienced your personal injury lawyer is whether those with more specific experience would be more suitable.
However, these are only a fraction of the factors you may need to consider when selecting a medical negligence solicitor. For more information, contact a member of our team on the number below.
When searching for a medical negligence solicitor you might find comparing personal injury solicitors by reading their reviews. This will allow you to assess who holds what experience, how satisfied previous claimants have been and what services certain legal firms provide. Where the medical negligence lawyer is based, however, should not be your main concern. It is now easier than ever to stay connected with your legal representative regardless of where they are based. This means that you can stop searching for ‘medical negligence solicitors in my area’ and start broadening your pursuit for the right personal injury lawyer.
But it is just as important to be able to spot medical negligence solicitor reviews that are not authentic. Failure to do so may taint your perception of an otherwise suitable representative. If you contact our panel of expert legal advisors today they will be able to provide you with impartial advice regarding what reviews are authentic.
In order to make a claim for personal injury the onus is on you, as the claimant, to prove that you have suffered undue harm to your health, which could have been avoided if a medical profession had not provided you with substandard care. In order to do so, you must undergo an impartial medical assessment with a doctor, who will comment on the injury or illness you sustained. We work if a panel of doctors who are in the Tyne and Wear area, so if you choose to go through our panel of solicitors then they will arrange for an appointment close to you.
Please see below some of the panel doctors that we work with based in Tyne and Wear;
North East Clinic,
52 Heaton Road,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
4 Towers Avenue,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
While you may feel that you must choose a medical negligence lawyer in your area to make visiting their office more convenient, this is no longer the case in the modern world. With the expansion of current technology, it is not essential to meet with your legal representative or visit their firm. This means you can finally forget scrolling the web for ‘medical negligence solicitors in my area’.
At Medical Negligence Assist, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Tyne and Wear area even though we are not based there. We believe that the right services can be provided regardless of where they are based and that you should not be limited in your choices.
As we are about to explain, medical negligence in Tyne and Wear may present itself in a variety of forms.
A medical professional may be liable if:
- Negligent care was administered at various stages of pregnancy, labour or in immediate postnatal care. This may include birth injuries or failure to accurately examine test results.
- Errors made by surgical staff that have resulted in permanent disfigurement or, in worst cases, ‘Never Events’.
- Poor medical advice was provided by a medical practitioner. A care provider who has poorly advised a patient may be deemed an example of general surgery negligence.
A person may be eligible for a nursing home claim if they have suffered from residential care home negligence within the past three years; although in some circumstances this medical negligence claims time limit period may be extended, please contact our legal advisors to discuss this further. There are a number of injuries and illnesses which may arise when the standard of care given by residential care home staff drops below what is reasonably expected of them. This may include:
- Failing to turn a bed bound patient which has caused bed sores.
- Fractures as a result of incorrect lifting techniques.
- Incorrect or omission to administer prescription causing wrongful death.
- Infections as a result of failing to maintain suitable hygiene standards.
Surgical errors may be otherwise avoidable if a member of a surgical team upholds acceptable standards of care. However, when a substandard of care is adopted by medical professionals it may cause avoidable harm and suffering to a patient.
General surgery negligence can include amputations of incorrect limbs, wrong-site surgery, foreign objects left behind after surgery or even orthopedic delays. To put this into perspective, from March 2018-March 2019 alone there were 207 incidences of wrong site surgery in the UK. Furthermore, the most serious forms of general surgery negligence are described as ‘Never Events’ by the NHS. These include wrongful deaths which may have been otherwise avoidable if the correct measures were taken during surgery.
If you feel that you may have experienced surgical negligence while receiving treatment at Newcastle Freeman Hospital, St Nicholas Hospital, North Tyneside General Hospital, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, or at another healthcare centre it may be considered NHS negligence. Speak to a member of our expert medical negligence solicitors today as you may be entitled to make an NHS medical negligence claim.
When a patient suffers from GP negligence, the results could be severe. An instance such as this may, for example, result in a patient taking the wrong medication which could cause their injury or illness to become worse over time. A GP may fail to fully examine test results which may lead a patient to suffer unnecessarily. It doesn’t matter where the GP practice is located, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Tyne and Wear area to provide expert legal services to potential personal injury claims.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation for a birth injury which may have occurred at any stage of your pregnancy, labour or immediate post-natal care. You may be able to pursue a personal injury claim with a medical negligence lawyer from our panel if a medical professional failed to spot signs of Cerebral Palsy in your test results. Another example could be failure to spot that the baby was in distress during labour which has resulted in Hypoxia. Please feel free to speak to one of our advisers if you have any questions about what constitutes as birth injuries in NHS medical negligence claims.
You could be searching for medical negligence solicitors in Tyne and Wear to assist you if you feel that you were harmed by a medical practitioner who breached their duty of care when treating your cancer. Some forms of cancer medical negligence, such as a misdiagnosed or late cancer diagnosis could lead to a more aggressive form of treatment being needed or an inability to treat your cancer altogether. If you would like to make a case towards cancer medical negligence, contact our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors today.
Every member of staff working in a dental surgery has a legal and moral obligation to perform acceptable standards of care while conducting dental procedures, whether they are from the NHS, public, or private sector. While these professional guidelines are in place, dental negligence may occur when a dental professional treats a patient with negligence. If you believe that your dentists negligence has left you with pain, unnecessary treatment costs or any other avoidable injuries during your routine check-up, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. You may also be eligible to seek compensation if a substandard dental procedure has caused damage to healthy gums and teeth.
While all patients can expect a reasonable standard of care during their time in hospital, medical staff errors or omissions mean that these measures sometimes slip and this may result in harm through injury or illness. These injuries or illnesses, whether existing or new, may cause the patient on the receiving end to be entitled to damages. Examples of such, could be improper hygiene standards resulting in the contraction and spreading of MRSA. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Tyne and Wear area to assist your NHS medical negligence claim.
Below is a table of NHS Trust hospitals which have paid damages to previous claimants. For more information regarding these statistics, click here.
|NHS TRUST OR RELEVANT HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY||NO. OF CLAIMS RECEIVED||NO. OF REPORTED INCIDENTS||DAMAGES PAID (£)|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust||8||0||239,919|
|Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust||105||10||13,817,612.44|
|South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust||33||0||*|
Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan country in the North East region of England. With five metropolitan boroughs, there are several medical facilities of different sizes covering the borough. Below are some examples of what these may be:
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Foundation
- Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Trust Foundation
- South Tyneside NHS Trust Foundation
- North Tyneside General Hospital
- St Nicholas Hospital
- Newcastle Freeman Hospital
Private medical facilities:
- Newcastle Hospitals Private Healthcare
- Spire Washington Hospital
- Gosforth Private Clinic
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors offer to take on claims via a no win no fee agreement our cases under a no win no fee agreement. This simply means that if a personal injury claim fails to succeed then you won’t have to pay any of your solicitors legal fees. However, because the percentage taken from your compensation under the no win no fee agreement is capped at 25%, you will only use a quarter of your damages to settle the costs at the end of the case. The rest will be entirely yours.
We would love to hear from you, so why not give us a call today to discuss your options.
You should note that we are not based in Tyne and Wear but, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Tyne and Wear as well as a wide range of areas in clinical negligence.
There are a few ways to contact us, so it all depends on what is more suitable for you. Below are ways to find out if you are eligible for compensation by discussing your options with our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors.
- Call us on 0800 652 3087
- Start an online claim here
- Fill out a contact form on the top of this page.
We are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Please find below some useful links designed to help if you have been harmed by medical negligence.
Newcastle Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Adult Social Care In Tyne And Wear
This will inform you of the provision of adult social care in Tyne and Wear.
How Long Is My Claim Eligible For?
Information about the medical negligence claims time limit.
How to spot a claim for cancer misdiagnosis and neglect.
Edited by Charlotte.