Having to make a personal injury claim against a medical professional can be tricky and it’s advisable to have a medical negligence lawyer on your side to give you a better chance of winning the compensation you could be entitled to. If you’ve been looking for medical negligence solicitors in Worksop, then this guide could help you by providing advice on what you need to look for.
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors are not based in Worksop but can cover the Worksop area so you could remove the hassle of searching for a solicitor by contacting us today. To discuss your claim, give us a call on 0800 652 3087 and speak with one of our impartial legal advisors.
If you’d like to know more before beginning your claim, please carry on reading this useful guide.
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- Tips To Make Sure You Get The Right Solicitor For Your Medical Negligence Claim
- The Best Legal Advice May Not Be From A Local Solicitor
- Our Panel Of Doctors Could Carry Out Your Injury Examination
- Online And Offline Reviews Could Help You Choose
- Can I Sue A Doctor? Medical Negligence Claims You Could Make
- General Surgery Malpractice
- General Birth Injury Claims
- Hospital Negligence Claims
- Care Home Negligence Claims
- Cancer Negligence And Misdiagnosis
- Dental Malpractice Negligence
- Claiming Against Your GP
- Claims Made Against The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- How To Fund Your Claim With A No Win No Fee Agreement
- Worksop / Bassetlaw Hospitals
- Talk To Our Team
- Helpful Links
Tips To Make Sure You Get The Right Solicitor For Your Medical Negligence Claim
Before looking for a personal injury solicitor for your claim, you could assess if you have a potential claim by answering yes to all the following questions:
- Were you treated negligently by a medical professional?
- Did that treatment cause you to become ill, injure you or made your existing condition was made worse?
- And did the treatment occur within the medical negligence claims time limit of 3 years? (Please contact us to discuss further as there are exceptions to this rule.)
If all of the above are true, you could start looking at which solicitor you’d like to use to help make your claim – but which one should you use?
Some people choose by asking friends for a recommendation, reading medical negligence solicitor reviews or asking family members for advice. These things can all work in some instances, but this guide will give you information about what to look for rather than relying on advice from others.
You could, of course, give us a call and let us provide advice on how to make your claim and, if we think you’ve got a good case, introduce you to one of our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors.
The Best Legal Advice May Not Be From A Local Solicitor
In this day and age, there’s absolutely no need to use a solicitor that’s based locally. It’s far better to choose a solicitor based on their experience in making medical negligence claims similar to yours.
You don’t need to meet the solicitor face to face as communication between you will be carried out over the phone or email, therefore the location of the solicitor’s office really doesn’t need to be considered.
Our Panel Of Doctors Could Carry Out Your Injury Examination
To ensure you don’t need to travel far during your claim, we have a panel of doctors based across the UK, to undertake any medical assessment that is required as part of your claim.
One of the doctors based locally to Worksop can be seen below:
Online And Offline Reviews Could Help You Choose
When buying any product or service, reviews could be a useful starting point. This also rings true with medical negligence solicitors and the reviews could provide you with an insight into how happy clients were with the solicitor’s professionalism, the number of updates they received and how much compensation they were awarded.
Once you’ve read reviews though, we’d suggest you speak directly with the solicitor. This will allow them to explain their experience, any recent cases they’ve handled, how they’ll manage your claim and, sometimes, how much compensation might be achieved.
Can I Sue A Doctor? Medical Negligence Claims You Could Make
To help you understand the types of negligence that could lead to compensation claims, the following sections of this guide will include specific scenarios and negligent acts.
General Surgery Malpractice
It is certainly true that claims for surgical medical negligence can be hard to establish, however our panel of expert solicitors could be able to help you make a claim if you can prove that the surgeon or any other medical staff performing your procedure has failed to provide reasonable care and caused you to suffer unnecessary harm as a result of their actions or omissions. It must also be proven that the care you received was below the minimum expected standard and as an adverse result you have suffered unnecessary and undue harm that could have otherwise been avoided. Examples of which can be found below;
- Wrong-site surgery, such as amputating the wrong limb.
- Damage to organs during surgery; and Improperly executed surgeries.
This is not an exhaustive list, so if you believe that you have been a victim of surgical medical negligence, then please contact one of our impartial advisors to discuss your circumstances further.
General Birth Injury Claims
There are many injuries caused during childbirth with no specific caused. These injuries wouldn’t lead to a compensation claim but, if the mother or baby is injured because of a negligent act by a midwife, doctor, nurse or other medical professional involved in the baby’s delivery, then a compensation claim might be possible.
- If either patient is injured because the staff failed to follow the correct procedures or hospital policies.
- When a problem during childbirth isn’t spotted which causes either patient to suffer.
- Or when a problem is spotted but it is dealt with in the wrong way which causes injuries or suffering to mother or baby.
If you, your baby or both have been injured during pregnancy, labour or post-birth because of any form of medical negligence, then you could begin a claim so please get in touch to discuss your options with our specially trained advisors.
Hospital Negligence Claims
Worksop clinical negligence claims could be made for injuries or illnesses caused by negligent treatment in a hospital. The hospital and all of its staff have a duty of care to make sure patients remain safe while being treated, whether in an emergency or for planned treatment.
Care Home Negligence Claims
Having to place a loved one into a care home can be a massive burden and cause a lot of worry. You need to place a lot of trust in the care home management in staff and hope that they will follow health and safety guidelines to ensure your loved one receives the best possible care and is made comfortable throughout their stay. If the staff fail to follow guidelines and it results in a patient suffering, then compensation could be sought.
Examples of care home negligence include:
- Residents who suffer because of bedsores due to a lack of regular movement.
- Illnesses caused because medicines are not dispensed at the prescribed times.
- Injuries caused by a fall where incorrect lifting techniques/improper use of a hoist was attempted.
Cancer Negligence And Misdiagnosis
Cancer treatments have advanced massively over recent years but rely on early diagnosis to give the patient the best chance of survival. With many cancers, the sooner a diagnosis is made the better the prognosis.
Therefore, if there’s a delay in diagnosis, which leads to a delay in treatment, then the patient’s symptoms could worsen, they could suffer more, and they might have to undergo a more aggressive and painful treatment plan (if treatment is still an option).
If the delay in treatment is caused because a doctor or specialist failed to diagnose the cancer, even though the signs were there, then the patient or a loved one might be able to seek compensation for their suffering.
Dental Malpractice Negligence
Any dentist, hygienist, dental nurse or other professionals in the dental industry, have a duty of care towards their patient’s safety. This means that they should protect the patient’s safety wherever possible by using the correct and well-maintained equipment, following recommended procedures and maintaining hygiene standards throughout any treatment.
Claiming Against Your GP
We’re often asked, “Can I sue a doctor?”, and the answer could be ‘Yes’, if they’ve acted negligently in some way, which has caused you to suffer an injury or made you suffer any other way.
GPs have a really broad range of knowledge which allows them to diagnose a multitude of medical conditions and prescribe treatment usually within a 10-minute appointment.
On some occasions though, where they fail to spot a problem, patients could seek compensation if the doctor’s mistake caused the patient to suffer at all.
This could include:
- Suffering caused because of a delay in treatment due to a late diagnosis or a misdiagnosis.
- Adverse side affects caused by incorrect medicines being prescribed.
- The illness becoming worse because the wrong medicine was prescribed meaning the treatment was ineffective.
Claims Made Against The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
If you look at the table below, you’ll find the number of claims made for NHS negligence for the trust which operates in the Worksop area.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims in 2017/2018||Number of Incidents 2017/2018||CNST Damages|
|Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||119||5||£12,568,187|
It also details the amount of compensation that was awarded. You will find the full set of data from which this information was derived, here.
How To Fund Your Claim With A No Win No Fee Agreement
You might be worried about the financial risk involved with hiring a medical negligence solicitor and making a claim. This is why many, including our panel of expert medical negligence solicitors, offer a no win no fee service.
With no win no fee the stress of claiming is reduced because:
- There are no upfront fees to pay at all.
- If the personal injury lawyer fails to win compensation, you don’t have to pay them.
Below you will find hospitals located near Worksop and Bassetlaw;
- Bassetlaw District General Hospital.
- Retford Hospital.
- Rampton Hospital.
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
- Rotherham General Hospital.
- Clifton Manor.
Talk To Our Team
If you’re ready to discuss your claim with our team of experts today, you can call us on 0800 652 3087. If you would like us to call you at a convenient time, then you can fill in this online claim form.
If you require any further information, you may find the following resources and guides useful:
Worksop, S81 0BD.
Nottinghamshire Care Services – Information on care services, including care homes, provided in the Worksop area.
NHS England – The NHS England website which provides details of services offered and the long-term plan for the NHS.
Care Home Safety – The procedures for care homes provided by the Health and Safety Executive.
Hospital Negligence Claims – Information on when you might be able to make claims against Bassetlaw hospitals amongst others.
Dental Malpractice – A guide providing dental law advice about when you could seek damages for pain and suffering caused by dental negligence.
Written by Brett.
Edited by Charlotte.