Personal injury claims can occur if a third party owing a duty of care caused harm to another through negligence, this is also true for medical negligence, if a medical practitioner causes harm due to substandard behaviour then the patient may have the basis for a medical negligence case. Having a good medical negligence solicitor on your side can be the difference between winning the claim or losing (or receiving the correct level of compensation). We have provided this guide for those who are seeking Wolverhampton medical negligence solicitors to show that you can use medical negligence solicitors based in other parts of the country.
Medical negligence might be claimed against a GP, doctor, nurse, care worker, surgeon, paediatrician, dentist or cosmetic surgeon. It could be against the NHS or a private healthcare provider. This guide will provide information on each type of claim.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Wolverhampton area so if you’d like to discuss this, please call on 0800 652 3087 today. If you’d like to know more first, please carry on reading this helpful guide.
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- How To Choose A Solicitor To Claim For Medical Negligence In Wolverhampton
- Do I Need To Use A Wolverhampton Medical Negligence Solicitor?
- Look At Reviews Of Medical Negligence Solicitors
- We Have A Panel Of Doctors Who Are Able To Assess Your Injuries
- Claims For Medical Negligence We Could Help You Make
- GP Negligence Claims
- Negligence During Surgery
- Birth Trauma Claims
- Hospital Negligence Advice
- Negligence Cancer Diagnosis
- Negligence In Care Homes And Nursing Homes
- Dentist Medical Negligence
- Official Statistics For Medical Negligence In Wolverhampton
- No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors That Cover Wolverhampton
- Hospitals And Clinics In Wolverhampton
- How To Start Your Medical Negligence Claim
- References And Resources
How To Choose A Solicitor To Claim For Medical Negligence In Wolverhampton
A big part of making a medical negligence claim, is choosing the correct personal injury lawyer. This is important because of the nature of such claims. They can be difficult to prove and require complex medical evidence to prove the claim. Having the right solicitor on your side is essential. Here’s some advice to help choose the right personal injury solicitor for you:
- Ask about previous cases they’ve taken on that are similar in nature to your own.
- Enquire about how and when they’ll provide you with updates.
- Ask friends and family for recommendations but remember to do other research as well.
- Don’t worry about where a medical negligence lawyer is based, so long as it’s in the UK (we’ll explain more in the next section).
- Ask the solicitor to point you in the direction of some of their online reviews.
Our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors are able to call upon medical specialists, legal experts and expert witnesses who could help prove the severity of your injuries and to prove liability for your injuries.
You should make a note of the personal injury claims time limit in the UK which is 3 years. This means you need to submit your claim within 3 years of the injuries being sustained or being diagnosed. Medical negligence law can be tricky to traverse which means a solicitor will require time to prepare your case. Therefore, contact a solicitor as soon as possible to ensure they have time to gather all of the supporting evidence required to make your claim.
The main exception to this is claims for medical negligence for children. Their parents or guardians could claim before they’re 18 years old or the child has 3 years to make their own claim from their 18th birthday.
Do I Need To Use A Wolverhampton Medical Negligence Solicitor?
When we are asked, “Don’t I have to use medical negligence solicitors near me?” we can simply tell the client, “No!”. There is no law or reason which states a medical negligence solicitor has to be local.
If you think about this logically, when you communicate with a solicitor, it is via email, telephone or possibly using the postal service. The location of the solicitor’s office is not relevant as you won’t need to visit it.
The only part of a claim that will need to happen locally, to save you travelling, is any medical assessment. We can provide assessment centres across the UK, including in Wolverhampton. We’ll provide details of your local medical specialist later in this guide.
Look At Reviews Of Medical Negligence Solicitors
You’ll probably know that reviews are everywhere online. They exist for just about every product or service, including medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton! Medical negligence solicitors’ reviews are a useful aid to helping you choose but remember, not all clients write reviews, so you may not get a full picture.
We Have A Panel Of Doctors Who Are Able To Assess Your Injuries
As mentioned earlier in this article, we have a panel of medical experts in the Wolverhampton area. This means that you won’t need to travel far for a medical assessment if you use our panel of medical expert medical negligence solicitors. Here are some of the medical specialists we use in your area:
Richard John Whitehouse
Health Kinect Physiotherapy Services,
Barbourne Health Centre,
Wolverhampton, WR3 7LH.
Summerfield Consulting Rooms,
8 Summerfield Road,
Wolverhampton, WV1 4PR.
City Osteopaths Limited,
197 Tettenhall Road,
Wolverhampton, WV6 0BZ.
Claims For Medical Negligence We Could Help You Make
When we talk about medical negligence, it’s important to understand what that actually means. Generally, it means that a patient is injured, or a pre-existing condition is made worse, because a medical professional provides substandard care. The hard part to prove is that the care provided was substandard and that another physician of the same caliber would not have committed the same negligence.
Over the coming sections we’ll provide information on examples of medical negligence. This could be NHS negligence, negligence by a private healthcare provider, negligence in a care home or GP negligence.
GP Negligence Claims
A GP is often the first point of contact for patients within the NHS. They often have to assess the patient’s symptoms and provide a treatment plan within a 10-minute appointment. Even in this short period of time, the doctor needs to ask the right questions, perform the correct tests, prescribe the correct medicine or refer the patient to the correct service within the NHS.
The types of medical mistake that could potentially lead to a GP negligence claim include:
- Late diagnosis of a condition. This could mean the condition worsens as treatment is delayed.
- Misdiagnosis of a condition. This could lead to the condition becoming worse, again due to delayed treatment.
- Incorrect treatment or prescription. In cases of incorrect prescriptions, new complications could be caused by the wrong medicine being administered. Also, the initial problem will remain untreated.
Negligence During Surgery
You might think, that because you sign a consent form prior to surgery, you wouldn’t be able to claim compensation for any negligent injuries. That’s not always the case though. While the surgeon will explain the risks, if they make a surgical mistake or fail to follow approved procedures and you become injured, or your condition is allowed to worsen the basis for a surgical medical negligence claim may exist.
If you believe you’ve suffered negligence during surgery our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors could help you by assessing your case, please get in touch to discuss the specifics of your case.
Birth Trauma Claims
Midwives, paediatricians and doctors help with the delivery of thousands of babies every year. They have procedures in place to deliver the baby safely and to ensure the mother is safe too. However, a birth trauma claim might be possible if a medical professional has acted negligently during labour, the birth or post-birth and their negligence caused an injury to either mother or baby.
Hospital Negligence Advice
Hospitals are where we go for our injuries or illnesses to be treated. You might end up in hospital following a GP referral or it may have happened because of an emergency such as a road traffic accident.
Whatever the reason, you don’t expect to become more injured or ill while staying in a hospital. You expect to become better. Our advisors can provide free hospital negligence advice when you call but some examples of hospital negligence could potentially include:
- Contracting a super bug such as MRSA.
- Surgical mistakes causing harm.
- Anaesthetic errors causing harm.
- Incorrect prescriptions or the chemist dispensing the wrong medicine or dosage causing harm.
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of a condition, causing the condition to worsen.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors can cover the Wolverhampton area so if you’ve suffered an illness or injury in an NHS or private hospital which was caused by negligence, we may be able to help. Please get in touch with one of our panel of experts to discuss your case in detail.
Negligence Cancer Diagnosis
Cancer can be a terrifying diagnosis but what could be even worse is knowing that this diagnosis could have happened a lot sooner had it been diagnosed right from the start when you presented your symptoms. If cancer is not diagnosed as early as possible, when the patient first visits the doctor regarding their symptoms and is not sent for the correct diagnostic testing then vital and very important treatment can be delayed which could have dire consequences.
In these cases, the delay could mean the condition worsens or that treatment is no longer possible. If you, or a loved one, has suffered because of a late or misdiagnosis of cancer, please let us know. We’ll asses your case and help you decide if you could make a claim or not.
Negligence In Care Homes And Nursing Homes
When you place a loved one in a care or nursing home, you’re putting complete faith in the staff to provide the correct level of care. One of the hard parts of proving care home negligence is gathering evidence. The injured party might be vulnerable or elderly and unable to provide as much detail as required.
If you think a loved one has suffered an injury because of a negligent act in a care home, speak with one of our specialist advisors. We’ll provide advice on what you can do to support your claim and advise if you have a valid case for damages.
Dentist Medical Negligence
As well as doctors, nurses, surgeons and care home staff, dentists have a duty of care to their patients to provide a service that is not going to harm their patient. Dentist medical negligence could potentially be caused by:
- A mistake during surgery causing harm.
- Errors with anaesthetic causing the patient harm.
- Performing surgery which is not required.
- Prescription errors, wrong medication could cause the patient to suffer an illness.
Official Statistics For Medical Negligence In Wolverhampton
The table below shows the latest information available regarding compensation paid for medical negligence in Wolverhampton.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||CNST Damages Paid|
|Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (The)||73||6||£9,760,339|
This is for NHS medical negligence claims and doesn’t include any claims against private healthcare providers as they are required to share such figures.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors Covering Wolverhampton
Due to the complexity of medical negligence claims, the cost of hiring a solicitor could be very expensive. Very few of us could afford to pay a solicitor before compensation is paid which is why no win no fee services are offered by many.
When you contact a no win no fee solicitor, they’ll assess your claim in an initial consultation. If they believe you have a good chance of successfully making a claim, they’ll offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA, this is the no win no fee agreement).
The CFA will explicitly state that you do not have to pay the solicitor up front and you don’t pay them if the case is lost. It will also explain the success fee. This is a fixed percentage of your compensation the solicitor will receive if they win the case. It is limited by law to 25% of your compensation.
If the solicitor wins the case, they’ll retain their success fee from your compensation then send the rest straight to you. All of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors work on a no win no fee basis.
We believe no win no fee is the most risk-free way of making a claim. You don’t have to find any funds to pay the solicitor up front, you don’t pay them if they lose and if they win, then they take their fee straight from your compensation.
Hospitals And Clinics In Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton is a fairly large area with many NHS and private hospitals. In the main, these hospitals treat the residents of Wolverhampton but also take in patients from the wider midlands area. For your information, here are the main hospitals in the Wolverhampton region:
- New Cross Hospital.
- West Park Hospital.
- Cannock Chase Hospital.
- Nuffield Health, Wolverhampton.
- Summerfield Healthcare.
How To Start Your Medical Negligence Claim
Now that you’ve read this guide about choosing medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton, we hope you understand that even though we are not based in the area we could help. We have a panel of medical negligence solicitors who can cover the Wolverhampton area and are able to help with all types of medical negligence claims.
We offer a number of services including free advice on medical negligence law, our panel of medical expert medical negligence solicitors, local medical assessments and expert advisors who’ll be available to you throughout your claim.
To contact Medical Negligence Assist you can:
- Speak directly with one of our advisors. Call today on 0800 652 3087 to have your claim assessed for free.
- Claim online by filling in this very simple online form.
References And Resources
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide about choosing medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton. For further information, we’ve provided some more useful guides.
Medical Negligence Time Limits – a guide providing more information about how long you have to make a medical negligence claim.
Misdiagnosis Claims – Details about when and why you might be able to claim for a misdiagnosis.
GP Negligence – Further information around claiming compensation against a GP. This could include misdiagnosis, late diagnosis or incorrect prescriptions.