Medical or clinical negligence is a term used for when a medical professional acts in an unethical, illegal or immoral way which results in the patient they are treating, suffering an injury of some kind. When we visit our GP, go to the hospital or visit the dentist, we trust that the medical professional we are seeing will be able to tell us what is wrong and prescribe the appropriate treatment, medication or refer us for further investigation in order to make us better. The last thing we expect is to be injured or made ill by them through them acting negligently.
Any medical team in Woking, be it doctors, nurses, dentists, and healthcare assistants for example, have a duty of care to their patients to act professionally and responsibly and to ensure their safety as best they can at all times, their health is what matters. If the medical team fail in their duty of care to the patient and the patient becomes injured or ill, they may be held accountable. Making a compensation claim however can be a complex process and so it’s a really good idea to get legal help. Medical Negligence Assist has years of experience in personal injury claims and can advise you with yours just call 0800 652 3087.
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- Surgery Related Injuries
- Birth Injuries And Midwife Negligence
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- Nursing Home Negligence Claims
- Medical Negligence GP Practice
- Negligence Claims For Cancer Treatment Errors
- Dental Medical Malpractice Cases
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With so many personal injury solicitors to choose from, it can feel a little daunting trying to find one that is suitable for you. Before choosing, there are a number of things you can do to shortlist the more favourable medical negligence lawyers, these include:
- Talking to family and friends – First-hand recommendations by people you trust is by far one of the best ways to find a solicitor that you know will do their best for you. They may have used a solicitor themselves, or know of one that they would confidently recommend.
- Reading medical negligence solicitor reviews – These can be really useful in getting an honest opinion of solicitors from a customer’s point of view.
- Experience and success – Very important is to consider the length of experience in the personal injury claims industry and the level of success they have had.
- Payment schedule – Something that you should also take into account when choosing a solicitor is the way in which they want to be paid. A solicitor who offers a no win no fee service is a good idea. We discuss no win no fee in more detail further in the guide.
You could of course first consider medical negligence solicitors in Woking as that would be the obvious choice, however, thanks to there being many forms of communication, location isn’t that important. What’s more important is the solicitor’s ability to win your injury claims case for you and be able to offer good customer service. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Woking area as well as the rest of the UK and so if you contact us, we can help you to find an experienced and successful solicitor that’s fitting to your requirements.
Medical Negligence Assist work closely with not only medical negligence solicitors but also with a team of medical experts that can help us with medical assessments of the injuries people have sustained through medical negligence. Having the injury documented in this way allows the solicitors to correctly portray the extent of your injury and the suffering you have endured to the courts. Some of the medical experts we work with in the Woking area include:
- Mark Gordon Britton, Nuffield Hospital, Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY.
- Mark Gordon Britton, 175 Send Road, Woking, GU23 7ET.
A good way to get an honest, unbiased opinion of the solicitor you are considering hiring, is to read their customer reviews. When people leave a review they almost always point out any bad points first which is helpful to you when deciding which solicitor to use, or avoid. Reviews also point out the parts of the service that excel in their expectations which is also useful in gaining an overall opinion about the solicitor in question. Once you have used the services of a solicitor, it is always a good idea to also leave a review yourself in order to help future claimants in making their decision.
There are lots of different types of medical negligence cases that we have dealt with at Medical Negligence Assist, some being more serious than others. Some of the more common types of cases include:
- Wrongful diagnosis, or misdiagnosis
- Medical malpractice in hospitals and GP surgeries
- Surgical mistakes
- Pregnancy and birth negligence
- Dental negligence
These are just a few examples, if your circumstance of medical negligence is not listed, it doesn’t mean that you could not make a claim, just call Medical Negligence Assist and we will be able to help you.
All surgical procedures come with an element of risk, some being riskier than others, and if something does go wrong, it may be just that the patient was injured due to the risks involved and so no-one would be to blame. However, in most cases where a patient has suffered an injury, it is due to the negligence of the medical team performing the surgical procedure. Examples of surgical error injuries include heavy, unnecessary scarring, incorrect anaesthesia used, causing damage to otherwise healthy body parts and so on.
If you think you have suffered due to a surgical error that to your knowledge, was caused by negligence, you may have a legitimate cause to launch a claim.
Due to the complexity of pregnancy and childbirth, there are a number of injuries that could occur to the mother or baby at some point. During the birth, the mother may experience perineal tears or injuries that are more serious such as the pelvic floor muscles being damaged, or even in rare cases, a fracture to the pelvic bone. Injuries to the baby can often be more serious such as brain damage due to a lack of oxygen, bone fractures commonly to the collarbone, and cases of stillbirth. Although complications can arise during pregnancy and birth where no-one is to blame, the wrong decision made by the midwife or doctor, or a lack of taking action when needed, can result in injuries due to the doctor or midwife negligence and they should therefore be held accountable.
Claims for birth injuries involve both the physical aspect of the injury sustained, and also the psychological effect it may have had on the mother and baby. Talk to Medical Negligence Assist for further help and guidance.
There is such a large variety of different areas within hospital healthcare where an act of negligence could occur. Hospital negligence may involve a wrong diagnosis being made, surgical errors, A and E mistakes. Whatever the circumstance, if you have been injured due to hospital negligence and wish to claim compensation, contact Medical Negligence Assist and we can connect you to an experienced solicitor today.
Another common occurrence we see for medical negligence claims are for residents in a nursing or care home. People staying in a home do so as they cannot fully look after themselves on their own. Some residents can do some things for themselves, but need help doing other things, and some need full time care every day. Unfortunately, due to staff in nursing homes often being over worked and not always fully trained, injuries to the residents can occur due to negligent behaviour and failing to deliver on the duty of care towards the residents of the home, resulting in nursing home negligence claims being launched.
Our GP is usually our first port of call when we are feeling unwell or want to discuss a health issue and we generally fully trust their expert medical opinion. When a GP makes an error of judgement, it can have devastating consequences on our health. Making a claim against a GP can be complex as proving liability may be hard to do, therefore, speaking to an experienced medical negligence lawyer is recommended in order to have the best chance of your case succeeding.
Any errors that result in a delay in treatment against cancer can have disastrous consequences and result in the patient having to undergo longer, more intensive and invasive treatment, or in some cases even lose their battle against cancer. Errors may include misdiagnosing the type of cancer, failing to diagnose cancer at all, or prescribing the wrong treatment for the type of cancer the patient is suffering with. If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical negligence involving cancer, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Dental medical malpractice cases are another form of medical negligence cases that our panel of medical negligence solicitors has dealt with over the years. Again, as with your GP, any problems you encounter with your teeth, your dentist is your first port of call for diagnosis of the problem and treatment to make it better. However, occasionally the dentist may cause injury to their patient due to a negligent error such as treating the wrong tooth, misdiagnosing a problem, damaging otherwise healthy teeth. If your dentist or any member of staff in the dental surgery has treated you negligently and you have been injured as a result, you may have a valid reason to claim compensation for your suffering.
The data in the table below shows the number of negligence claims and incidents made in a one year period in Woking:
|Trust||Claims received 17/18||Number of accidents/incidents||Compensation awarded|
|Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||49||*||£6,746,288|
|Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (The)||35||*||£9,104,533|
No win no fee medical negligence claims are a reduced financial risk way of hiring legal representation. This is because no fees are to be paid until after the case has come to an end. In which case, if the case was successful, the legal fees are paid by means of a small percentage of the awarded amount, whereas if unsuccessful, there are no payments for fees to be made at all.
Some of the local hospitals and medical centres in the Woking area include:
Woking Community Hospital
Nuffield Health Woking Hospital
For help and guidance on how to launch your medical negligence claim, contact Medical Negligence Assist on 0800 652 3087 and we will endeavour to help you as much as we can.
This guide explains how to make a claim for compensation if you have suffered negligence while undergoing a surgical procedure.
This is the link for the Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Group.
This is the governments NHS complaints guide.
Written by Kelly.
Edited by Charlotte.