If you are looking for advice and help to make a compensation claim against a medical practice, we may be able to help. You may have suffered from medical negligence in Wiltshire and be looking for local medical negligence solicitors. However, as we will explain later in this guide, you should not be limited to personal injury lawyers in Wiltshire. Your claim could be handled by any legal firm in the country.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors strive to help medical negligence victims such as yourself get the maximum compensation you deserve.
What does ‘medical negligence’ mean? The term medical negligence, which is also known as ‘clinical negligence’ or ‘medical malpractice’, is not as complicated as it may seem. It is defined as the negligent actions of a medical professional, which has caused harm to a patient in the form of an injury or illness, or the worsening of an existing injury or illness. This otherwise avoidable harm could be the result of the neglect of a doctor, negligence in birth or negligence during surgery. However, medical malpractice is not limited to these examples as we will discuss further in this guide.
When forms of negligence occur you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim with a medical negligence lawyer. If at any point in this guide you feel that your circumstances have been described, or you are unsure about whether your experiences are classified as medical negligence, contact our team today. Although we’re not based in Wiltshire, our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Wiltshire area to provide you with free, impartial advice to help you begin a claim. Our contact details are below.
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Once you have determined that you have suffered from medical negligence and that you could claim compensation, the next step is to choose a suitable personal injury solicitor to handle your case. This could be someone with experience in a range of areas or someone who specialises in one specific area. They could be based in Wiltshire or somewhere else in the country, but one point to take into consideration is that their location should not be of priority to you. The right medical negligence lawyer could be based on the opposite side of the country but they could still handle your claim.
Furthermore, you may also need to consider what types of funding are available to you to help you make a claim for personal injury. You could find that a no win no fee agreement may be the more suitable option. You can find out more about no win no fee agreements here.
When you begin the process of claiming damages for your injury/illness, it is imperative to choose the right legal representative to handle your case. A common process of elimination some clients may use to select a medical negligence lawyer is comparing online reviews against each other. This allows you to look at the experience the solicitor holds, whether they specialise in a particular area similar to your own case and how satisfied previous claimants were with the outcome of their cases. You may also want to speak to family and friends for additional advice.
However, while medical negligence solicitor reviews are helpful in this respect some accounts may not be authentic or real. We therefore recommend that you seek professional advice from our specially trained legal advisors on top of reading online reviews to help you make an informed decision. If you would like to talk with one of our advisors you can find our contact details at the bottom of this guide.
A common question our legal advisor could be asked is ‘Should I just look for medical negligence solicitors in my area?’ The simple answer is no. You shouldn’t feel restricted to solicitors in your area when a better alternative could be based elsewhere in the country. In many instances, you may not need to meet with your personal injury lawyer in person or visit their office during your claim.
Here at Medical Negligence Assist we recommend that you prioritise other factors, such as their experience or funding options, over their location rather then feeling limited to medical negligence solicitors in Wiltshire. This could help you find the right legal representative which could be the difference between a successful claim and missed opportunity for compensation.
The next step in conducting a personal injury claim is undergoing a medical assessment by one of our panel of doctors covering the Wiltshire area. Although it may feel strange to put trust back into a doctor after suffering from medical negligence, there’s no need to worry. The role of this doctor is to simply produce an impartial assessment of your injuries to be used as evidence in support of your claim.
Your medical exam could be carried out by one of these doctors:
34 Rollerstone Street,
Motorway Services Area M4 (West Bound J17/18),
Malborough Medical Practice,
Please note that your medical assessment may be carried out by a different doctor at a different location depending on the area of expertise needed. Contact our team for more information.
There are several circumstances where medical negligence could occur. It has to be proven that you have received substandard care from a health care professional because they have breached their duty of care and this has resulted in you suffering avoidable injury or illness.
Some examples of these types of harm may include:
- GP Errors including incorrect referrals and errors in prescription medication.
- Ophthalmic injuries caused by errors/mistakes.
- Cosmetic surgery injuries and errors.
Below we will go into more detail about the areas of medical negligence that our panel of medical negligence solicitors covering the Wiltshire area are more than capable of handling.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could make a claim against a hospital in Wiltshire on your behalf. This could include circumstances which have occurred at a private healthcare facility or harm caused by NHS negligence.
If you were a victim of medical negligence as a patient in hospital because of substandard care delivered to you by a nurse, doctor, surgeon or another type of medical professional, you may have grounds to claim compensation if you suffered unnecessarily.
When a member of the surgical team treating you makes a mistake or allows their standard of care to fall below professional guidelines there is a potential for surgical negligence to occur. For example, if the equipment used to conduct your surgery is improperly sterilised prior to your operation you could suffer an infection. You could have a foreign object left inside you post-operation or a surgeon could have operated on one wrong part of your body. In such instances you maybe able to pursue a claim for surgical negligence.
In these circumstances, as with most medical negligence claims, you have three years under the medical negligence time limit to begin your personal injury claim. There are exceptions to this rule please call our advisors for more information.
You could be entitled to claim compensation for any birth injury that was caused by negligent actions of a medical professional. These may have occurred during your pregnancy, labour or during immediate post-natal care and could have affected you or your child. In some cases, mistakes made at these various stages could lead to:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Broken bones
- Pain and suffering
- Brain damage
Not all injuries sustained during child birth are the fault of a medical professional. However, some could be classified as the result of medical negligence. You can find more information about the birth injuries our panel of medical negligence solicitors covering the Wiltshire area could handle in this birth injuries guide.
It may be difficult to spot the signs of nursing home neglect without knowing where to start. Although we would expect for our elderly relatives to be looked after by nursing home staff, sometimes care can drop to a substandard of what it should be. This could include failure to supervise residents at crucial points or carelessly handling your loved one while transferring them.
A nursing home neglect complaint could be made if the negligent actions of nursing home staff causes physical or psychological injuries. To make a claim, discuss your options with a personal injury lawyer today. Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors are here to help you.
You could have a case for dentistry errors and mistakes if you suffered from an avoidable injury caused by a dental practitioner who did not take proper care when delivering treatment. You may need to consult our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors if you sustained an avoidable injury from negligent care, such as nerve damage, delayed diagnosis of oral diseases or damage to healthy teeth.
Learning that you or a loved one has cancer is life-changing, devastating news. In some instances, an early diagnosis could make a big different to a persons prognosis. However, if your diagnosis was delayed by a medical professional who would have been expected to identify with the symptoms presented to him and this has caused unnecessary suffering it could be classed as clinical negligence of a cancer diagnosis.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Wiltshire area to handle cancer negligence claims even though we are not based in Wiltshire. In cases where you have had to undergo more aggressive routes of treatment because of a delayed diagnosis or a relative has died as a result of medical negligence then we may be able to help you.
A personal injury claim could be made against a GP practice for a number of reasons. You may have not been referred to a specialist when needed or prescribed the wrong medication which led to an existing illness becoming worse over time. You may have had test results interpreted wrong which led to the worsening of an injury or a new injury entirely due to lack of treatment. These are only a few examples of the cases a personal injury solicitor could handle to help you claim damages.
When thinking about whether to make a personal injury claim,information on how successful previous claimants have been may sometimes help. Below, we can see the amount of damages received by claimants who have made claims against the NHS.
|NHS TRUST OR RELEVANT HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY||NO. OF CLAIMS RECEIVED||NO. OF REPORTED INCIDENTS||CNST DAMAGES PAID|
|Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust||40||0||2,317,223|
Under a no win no fee agreement you will only be expected to pay for your solicitor’s time and services if the case is decided in your favour. Also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ (CFA) most personal injury claims are made through these types of agreements. A percentage of what your medical negligence solicitor will take if the case is successful will be discussed and agreed before the case is begun.
However, if you are unsuccessful with your claim you won’t be held financially responsible for paying your solicitors fees. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors covering the Wiltshire area offer no win no fee agreements to all of the cases they take on.
A large county of South West England, Wiltshire has a vast population to deliver healthcare services to at any given time. With so many facilities available, we have provided a handful of examples below of private and public healthcare facilities:
NHS Medical Facilities:
- Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
- Devizes NHS Treatment Centre
- Chippenham Community Hospital
- Warminster Community Hospital
Private Healthcare Facilities:
- New Hall Hospital
- BMI The Ridgeway Hospital
- Medcentres Plus
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical malpractice within the three year medical negligence claims time limit then you may have grounds for a compensation claim. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Wiltshire area and we could help you. To check your eligibility, query about funding or discuss a more centralised estimation of how much you could claim instead of using a personal injury claims calculator, then talk to our team.
- You can speak to us over the phone on 0800 652 3087. Our team are available 24/7.
- Click here to start an online claim
- Fill out our contact form.
Below we have included some further references which could provide you with additional information about areas of a personal injury claim.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury District Hospital,
Wiltshire Adult Social Care
Adult safeguarding to help you through your compensation claim
Birth Injuries Negligence Claims
Additional information regarding birth injury negligence claims
Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
All you need to know about Cauda Equina Syndrome medical negligence claims
Edited by Charlotte.