What is medical negligence? Medical negligence, which is sometimes called clinical negligence (also known as malpractice) is when a medical practitioner such as a doctor or a nurse, delivers substandard care to a patient, making them ill, injured or making their existing medical condition worse. What could cause medical negligence? Examples could include: a doctor negligently misdiagnosing a patient’s injuries, a dentist removing the wrong tooth, or a surgeon leaving a foreign body inside a patient during surgery.
Have you experienced medical negligence in Washington, Tyne and Wear, medical negligence in Sunderland, or medical negligence in Newcastle? Are you searching for a medical negligence solicitor covering Washington, Tyne and Wear? If so this guide may help you.
Claimants often ask us, “how much compensation do you get for medical negligence?” this is a difficult question to answer as each and every claim that we see and which are handled by our panel of solicitors are unique. Even two people with the same injury or illness may be awarded different amounts of compensation. To see how much your injury or illness may be worth in terms of compensation, you could view our medical negligence claims calculator.
If you make a successful medical negligence claim, you will be compensated for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that your injuries caused and you may also be reimbursed for any expenses relating to your injuries such as medical or home care expenses.
To begin your claim for clinical negligence, contact Medical Negligence Assist today on 0800 652 3087 for your free consultation. If you have legitimate grounds to claim one of our panel of solicitors covering clinical negligence claims in this area could help you.
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We have already looked at what medical negligence is and some examples of it, but let’s explain it in more detail. When we receive medical treatment, we expect to receive the minimum standards of care. This expectation is codified in the law, as all medical practitioners and institutions have a legal “duty of care” towards their patients, meaning that they are supposed to do everything they can to the best of their abilities, to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible. If they fail to do so through negligence and a patient is harmed as a result then the medical organisation that the practitioner works for could be held liable for the patient’s injuries and have to pay medical negligence compensation to the injured party.
Medical negligence could be NHS negligence or private healthcare negligence. Examples of medical negligence could include a doctor failing to spot the signs of a serious illness and refer a patient to a specialist for further tests, a doctor prescribing a patient the wrong dosage of medicine or a surgeon leaving a foreign body inside a patient during surgery. In examples of extreme medical negligence, the medical practitioner could have their license revoked. Remember, if you have had your medical condition made worse, injured or ill because of medical negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call Medical Negligence Assist today and if you are rightfully owed compensation, one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors will start working on your claim right away.
We will now explain how to choose the right medical negligence solicitor to handle your medical negligence claim, below.
When making an important decision, such as what solicitors firm should handle your claim, you may wish to seek the opinion of others who have already been through the process. Speak to a friend or family member who has already made a successful medical negligence claim for compensation, to see if they were happy with the service they received from their solicitor. If you do not know anyone who has made a compensation claim before, you could always look at online medical negligence solicitors reviews, to gain some insight into whether or not the solicitor would be right for you.
To find medical negligence solicitor reviews online, go to an online search engine such as Google or Bing and type in relevant search terms such as “medical negligence solicitors in my area” and “solicitors near me” into the search bar. Reviews of local firms should come up. By reading these online solicitors reviews, you should be able to gain an impression of the quality of service that is offered by the firm, and whether or not they have experience handling claims that are similar to yours.
Many claimants ask us “do I need to use medical negligence solicitors in my area, to make my claim?” The answer is no. At Medical Negligence Assist, we offer a nationwide service. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Washington, Tyne and Wear area. At Medical Negligence Assist, we prioritise solicitors having relevant skills and experience. Although some claimants worry that if they do not work with “solicitors near me”, they may experience communication difficulties, this really is not the case. In today’s world, it is normal for solicitors to communicate with their clients remotely, via phone or email, so your location will not affect the handling of your claim.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors work with a panel of doctors across the country. This means you could see a physician in your area. They will produce a medical report, which will be used to value your claim.
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We have established what medical negligence is. Examples of medical negligence could include:
- Private healthcare provider negligence and NHS negligence
- Dental negligence
- Negligence during childbirth, leading to birth injuries
- Surgical negligence
- GP medical negligence
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Hospital medical negligence
- Care home medical negligence
We will explain what these examples of medical negligence are in more detail below. If you have been injured or made ill because of a type of medical negligence that we have not included in this list, then you could still be entitled to compensation.
Remember, Medical Negligence Assist have a panel of solicitors covering claims in areas such as Washington, Tyne and Wear. Call us today for your free consultation and see if you are entitled to compensation.
One type of medical negligence is general practice doctor negligence. General practitioners (GPs) are commonly seen for either minor medical issues, or as the first port of call to patients who need to be referred to a specialist for more complex treatment. Some examples of general practice doctor negligence include; a doctor prescribing the wrong medication or a doctor failing to spot signs of a serious medical condition such as cancer and not referring the patient to a specialist for the necessary diagnosis or treatment.
If you have been injured, made ill or had your existing medical condition worsened because of GP negligence in Washington call Medical Negligence Assist today.
People undergo surgery for medical reasons, often for very serious medical conditions. Some people also experience surgery for elective reasons to improve their quality of life or have cosmetic surgery to change their appearance. During surgery, the unconscious patient requires the highest possible standard of care. Examples of surgical negligence could include; a problem regarding anaesthetic, a foreign body entering and becoming stuck inside the patient or a piece of tissue or an organ that was supposed to be removed is left inside the patient.
If you have been injured, made ill or had your existing medical condition worsened because of surgical negligence in Washington, Tyne and Wear, call Medical Negligence Assist today.
Pregnancy and childbirth are critical times where both the mother and child need the highest standard of care. Some birth injuries could have long term or lifelong consequences for the mother or the baby. Examples of pregnancy and childbirth negligence could include; failure to notice high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), uterine rupture caused by errors made by the doctor, or failure to properly manage postpartum haemorrhage, among others.
Have you or your child been injured because of birth negligence in Washington, Tyne and Wear? Call us today, to enquire about finding the right medical negligence solicitor covering Washington, Tyne and Wear to handle your claim.
Nursing homes and care homes often provide shelter and round the clock care to some of the most vulnerable people in our society, such as the elderly and severely disabled, who rely on the homes to provide them with the highest possible standard of care. Unfortunately, there have been cases where staff in care homes have unintentionally acted negligently towards residents, for example giving them the wrong medication or dropping them whilst moving them. Even worse, there have also been incidents when residents of care homes have been intentionally neglected or abused, which has led them coming to physical or psychological harm.
If you have been injured or made ill because of negligence at a care home in Washington, Tyne and Wear, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You could also claim for a vulnerable next of kin relative who suffered negligence at their care home, if they are not capable of claiming for themselves. For example, if they are suffering from dementia. Call Medical Negligence Assist today, to find out more about claiming care home negligence compensation.
Whether you are staying in a hospital or receiving outpatient care, you trust doctors, nurses, anaesthetists and other staff to provide you with the highest possible standard of care, while you are in their care. If you experience clinical negligence in a Washington Tyne and Wear hospital, this could worsen your medical condition or result in you becoming injured or ill. Some common examples of hospital negligence are; surgical errors, anaesthetics errors, a doctor receiving the wrong patient notes so administering the wrong treatment or errors being made during childbirth. Hospital negligence could be NHS negligence or negligence at a private hospital.
If you have been injured because of hospital negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Washington Tyne and Wear area, so call today.
Unfortunately, if you are suffering from cancer and it is initially misdiagnosed by a doctor, this could worsen the condition dramatically. This is because cancer spreads and worsens over time, making it more difficult to treat. The sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner it could be treated. The later it is diagnosed, the more difficult it is to treat and in some cases, means that the patient doesn’t survive.
If you have had your cancer worsened because of a negligent misdiagnosis, you could make a cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation. What’s more, in the very sad circumstances that your close next of kin relative died of cancer because of medical negligence, you could make a cancer misdiagnosis claim on their behalf. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could handle claims for injuries caused by the negligent misdiagnosis of cancer, so call us today to begin your claims process.
There are many different reasons why people may go to the dentist for treatment. This could include orthodontics, medical treatment, cosmetic dental treatment and routine check-ups. As well as doctors, dentists also have a duty of care towards their patients, which means that they could be held liable if they injure a patient because of negligence on their part.
Examples of dental negligence a patient could suffer include; misdiagnosis of periodontal disease, misdiagnosis of oral cancer, nerve damage, or accidentally removing the wrong tooth.
If you have been injured because of negligence on the part of a dentist in Washington, Tyne and Wear, contact us today about making a compensation claim. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Washington, Tyne and Wear area, so call us for your free claims consultation today.
The table below lists the most recently released NHS medical negligence statistics for the Washington, Tyne and Wear area. The table lists the number of incidents that have happened, how many claims were received and the value of the claims processed. This table covers the period 2017 – 2018, which is the latest data available at the time of writing, for the NHS Trusts listed below.
|NHS Trust Or Relevant Healthcare Authority
|No. of claims recieved
|No. of reported incidents
|CNST Damages Paid
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
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To begin your no win no fee claim for medical negligence, call us today to talk to one of our advisors about your options.
- Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
- St Nicholas Hospital
- Monkwearmouth Hospital
- Hopewood Park
- Spire and Washington Hospital
- North Tyneside General Hospital
If you wish to make a claim because of medical negligence or dental negligence that you experienced in Washington, Tyne and Wear, contact Medical Negligence Assist today for your free consultation. If you have legitimate grounds, one of our panel of medical negligence solicitors covering this area could start working on your claim right away.
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Written by Hana
Edited by LisM.