This guide has been written to help those who are searching for medical negligence solicitors in Widnes. You could have been harmed due to the negligent actions of a GP, dentist, surgeon, midwife, consultant or other specialist doctor. The role of the practitioner matters much less than the fact that it can be shown that they acted in a negligent way and that such negligence caused you harm.
What is classed as medical negligence? A simple way to look at what could be considered medical negligence are circumstances where a medical professional made a negligent mistake and that the care they dispensed fell below standards which could be reasonably expected of them. A crucial factor in determining whether or not you could claim compensation is that you must have been harmed (through illness or injury) as a result of this negligence.
Medical negligence may take the form of a delay to a diagnosis, a condition being misdiagnosed, being given the wrong course of treatment, or errors during surgery. If this describes a circumstance which you have experienced which caused you to suffer unnecessarily, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Widnes area and could help you to claim compensation.
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If you are harmed due to negligent medical care perhaps the most important step you could take is to choose the right person to conduct your claim. Whether you require a personal injury solicitor or medical negligence lawyer to assist you in your claim, you probably want to make sure that you have the best possible legal representation for your case. In some instances, your choice of legal team could be the difference between making a successful claim, securing the best possible settlement and not doing so.
There are many things which you could consider when choosing who should conduct your claim, but we recommend that all potential claimants look at the following.
- Look at what experience they have in conducting medical negligence claims. Do they specialise in claims of a similar nature to your own?
- Do they offer different ways to fund your claim? Could you make a no win no fee claim?
- Don’t limit yourself to medical negligence solicitors in your area. The right person to handle your claim could be based elsewhere.
Talking to our advisors could help you choose someone to conduct your claim.
This is a question which our team may often be asked. In fact, you may have found this article whilst searching either for ‘medical negligence solicitors in Widnes’ or a ‘medical negligence solicitor in my area’. It might seem quite reasonable to only look for a solicitor based close to you. You may expect that you should or will need to visit your solicitors’ offices for a face-to-face meeting.
This may have been the case even in the recent past. However, if making a claim for clinical negligence through our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors you will not need to meet with your solicitor in person. Today, claims are conducted by solicitors across the country using a variety of different ways to keep in contact with clients. Your solicitor may be able to keep you updated with calls over the phone, or by secure email messaging.
What we do recommend that you do consider when looking at who should handle your personal injury claim is their experience in the field of medical negligence claims.
When pursuing any form of personal injury claim you could be asked to undergo an assessment of your injuries. The job of the doctor (or another medical expert) is to provide an impartial assessment of the injury or illness which has been caused to you. They will then prepare a medical report. This could be cited by your solicitor as evidence of the harm an incident of negligence or malpractice has caused to you. The assessment could even find injuries or illnesses which were not already discovered or could recommend different treatment options to you.
Claimants injuries may be assessed by doctors in this area.
The Heath Business & Technical Centre,
The Chiropractic Clinic,
137 Hough Green,
Please be aware that your medical assessment may be conducted by a different doctor or at a different location.
No matter what type of personal injury or medical negligence claim you need to make, you need to ensure that you are working with a solicitor who is experienced in the relevant area of personal injury law. You may also wish to use medical negligence solicitors reviews to check and see whether the solicitors you are considering using have experience in cases similar to your own, have the cases been a success, how satisfied were the clients overall with the performance of the solicitor.
Looking at online reviews of solicitors could help you to compare and contrast the services they offer and claimants level of satisfaction.
Medical negligence could be caused in different ways and may result in different forms of harm being caused if standards in the healthcare system are allowed to fall below that minimum standard that is required. In this guide, we shall look in a little more detail at some forms of medical negligence.
However, there are other forms than those which will be discussed in this guide. We have listed some further forms of clinical negligence below,
- Errors in prescribing medication or dispensing the wrong medications (those not on the prescription) to a patient.
- Never events – those incidents which should never happen, such as surgeries being carried out on the wrong body part.
- Ophthalmic injuries caused by errors or mistakes.
- Cosmetic surgery injuries and errors.
If you have been harmed by medical negligence you may have a case for damages please call our team for more advice.
If undergoing any surgical procedure there will be risks as well as the benefits of your procedure. Before you undergo surgery you should be fully informed of these risks, whether the risks of general surgery or the specific risks of your surgical procedure. Whilst patients could suffer surgical complications even if the procedure has been carried out correctly, if negligence during surgery has caused the patient harm a reason to claim for suffering may exist.
An example of surgical negligence which could harm you and for which you could claim for pain and suffering damages may include situations where surgical equipment has been left inside the surgical site, causing harm to the patient.
In the most severe instances, a surgeon may operate on or even amputate the wrong limb. Such instances are called ‘never events’. Between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, there were 496 never events reported to NHS England.
Maternal birth injuries could have a serious effect on the mother. Equally, negligence leading to harm during a delivery could leave the child with lifelong medical complications. Whilst not all problems experienced by mothers or babies are the result of negligence, if an expectant mother or child are avoidably injured during delivery due to medical staff deviating from normal procedures it may be deemed negligence. If a doctor or nurse failed to recognise certain symptoms or did not realise how serious a symptom was, harm may be caused. There may be a delay to getting the right diagnosis or treatment and such delays could lead to the worsening of a condition or to an injury.
This guide to birth injury claims goes into greater detail on who could be eligible to make a birth injury claim.
Care home claims could be made for harm caused in a variety of different circumstances. Negligent treatment or neglect in care homes may cause a physical injury (such as bed sores), illness or could cause psychological injuries. To be able to make a claim, your solicitor will need to show that the level of care you (or a loved one) received did not meet expected standards and that this failure was the cause of your injury or illness.
Further examples of negligence may include failing to prevent injuries, not properly feeding patients or not providing the right medication.
Whether dealing with NHS negligence or mistakes made in the private healthcare sector, medical negligence could have serious consequences for cancer patients. Examples of negligent cancer care could include the misdiagnosis of cancer, a delayed cancer diagnosis, or delays in getting the right course of treatment.
In these cases patients may need to undergo more aggressive forms of treatment or may find that their cancer has progressed too far for treatments to be effective. If you have been harmed by negligent cancer treatment contact our team for further information.
Dental negligence definition could be unnecessary harmed caused by a dentist to a patient they are treating due to substandard care and negligence. Dental treatment could be considered negligent if a dentist has failed to pay due care and attention or has otherwise acted poorly and caused avoidable harm to a patient. Instances in which a dentist has acted negligently and in which harm has been caused to you could lead to you making a claim for compensation.
GP’s tend to work as part of a practice team made up of healthcare assistants, nurses, and doctors. They will also closely work with other medical professionals in healthcare centers and hospitals. They may work at a GP practice, at a primary care center or in a hospital emergency department. GP’s have to be able to provide treatment or referrals in a very wide range of different circumstances. Whilst they may not be expected to know how to treat every medical problem, they are expected to spot symptoms of conditions which require further investigation or treatment by a specialist.
Negligence by a GP could include your doctor not referring you for specialist assessment, testing or treatment, or not acting diligently upon the results of a test. It may even include a doctor failing to keep accurate records. Learn more about making a claim against a GP here.
Hospitals are commonly expected to provide treatment to patients in many different circumstances and for numerous conditions. They may provide general medical services, emergency departments, or specialise in certain areas of medicine and care. When visiting a hospital you can expect a certain minimum standard of care to be met. You should also expect that your care will not cause you avoidable harm.
If your treatment falls below expected standards and harm that otherwise could have been avoided is caused to you, you could be able to claim compensation. Talk to us today to see if you could do so.
Historically, Widnes has been situated in Lancashire, but today the town is located in the administrative borough of Halton in Cheshire. In the most recent census (2011) there was a population of 61,464. Whilst there is a large population in the town, medical services (such as hospitals) are shared with Halton and surrounding areas.
NHS and private healthcare facilities in the area include;
NHS medical facilities
- Highfield Hospital.
- Halton General Hospital.
- Whiston Hospital.
- Warrington Hospital.
- St Helens Hospital.
Private healthcare services
- Spire Cheshire Hospital.
- BMI Private Hospital Cheshire.
- BMI The South Cheshire Private Hospital.
Remember, if you have been harmed due to negligent care at any medical facilities you could possibly claim compensation. Contact our team today to see if you are eligible to do so.
If you have been affected by medical negligence in Cheshire, it may be helpful to see how prevalent medical negligence is (or is not) at facilities run or administered by NHS trusts in this area. The NHS in England publishes information on medical negligence claims made against each trust on an annual basis. You can find the data release for 2017/ 2018 here. To help make this information easier to digest, we have put it into a simple table.
|NHS Trust Or Relevant Healthcare Authority||No. of claims recieved||No. of reported incidents||CNST Damages Paid|
|Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust||19||*||78,599|
|5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust||*||*||288,105|
Data is collated and published by NHS Resolution on an annual basis.
Today most personal injury claims are made through a no win, no fee agreement. As a claimant, this means that you could work with a member of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors without having to worry about how you will pay for their services.
You will not have to pay your solicitor for their time and service if your case is not a success i.e. if you are not awarded compensation. If they are successful, then claimants will need to pay what is called a ‘success fee’ to their personal injury solicitor or medical negligence lawyer.
Before you agree for a solicitor to conduct your claim, they will discuss how much these fees will be and advise you what limits apply to these fees.
If you or a loved one were harmed because of malpractice or negligence on the part of a healthcare provider, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Widnes area and we could help you. To check your eligibility to claim, discuss ways to fund your case or to inquire about medical negligence claims time limits, talk to our team.
- You can contact us by phone on 0800 652 3087. Our offices are open from 8am to 9pm seven days a week
- Click here to start your claim online.
- Fill in our simple contact form.
If you were let down by a medical professional and harmed due to the negligent way in which your treatment was carried out, we are here to help. We could provide you with impartial advice as to how a solicitor may be able to help you.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Widnes area and could help you. Indeed, we have shown that the location of a solicitor does not matter at all to your claim.
Below, we have included further resources and references which could provide you with information if making a personal injury claim.
Halton General Hospital
Tel: 01928 714567
Halton Council Adult Social Care Policy
On this page, you can learn about Halton Council adult social policies as well as finding out about the provision of social care for adults in Widnes.
How Long Does The Claims Process Take
In this article, we look at how long it could take to claim compensation with a medical negligence solicitor
Care Home Claims
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the negligent way in which care was provided in a nursing home or a care home, a medical negligence solicitor could help you claim compensation.
Edited by LisM.