Were you, or someone you know, harmed due to the negligence of a healthcare professional within the past three years? Our no win no fee medical negligence solicitors are experts in all aspects of clinical negligence claims. From birth injuries and Cerebral palsy to cases of misdiagnosis and failed referrals, our medical negligence solicitors have recovered millions in medical negligence compensation on behalf of clients. We’re proud to be recognised for our client-centric approach, and commit ourselves to providing honest, straightforward advice to anyone thinking about making a no win no fee medical negligence claim. Contact us in confidence today, and find out whether we can help you.
Such is the experience and skill of healthcare professionals in the UK that few of us think twice about trusting them with all aspects of our healthcare and treatment. For the most part, healthcare professionals cannot be faulted in their consistent commitment to excellent standards of care, however, sometimes mistakes are made which have dire repercussions for patients in their care.
Our medical negligence solicitors specialise in both NHS medical negligence claims, and those brought against private doctors and surgeons for cosmetic injuries. We can help you to recover medical negligence compensation if you have been personally affected by any of the below examples of negligence and error:
• Failure to alert you to risks of surgery, or the side-effects of medication
• Prescribing the wrong type or dosage of medication
• Improper handling of medical equipment, such as a laser
• Faulty, broken, or malfunctioning medical equipment
• Failure to refer you for treatment or scans within an acceptable time-frame
• Misdiagnosing a condition which later worsens or metastasises
• Diagnosing a condition which doesn’t exist, such as cancer
• Failure to act when signs of foetal distress or labour complications are discovered
• Failure to quarantine/ treat patients suffering from ‘superbugs’, such as MRSA
• Mishandling of a complicated labour
• Unacceptable standards of hygiene and cleanliness leading to contamination
• Failure to obtain your consent for a surgical or medical procedure
• Care home abuse or neglect
If you, or someone you know, has been harmed due to medical negligence or error, you can seek free advice from our sympathetic clinical negligence claims specialists about your entitlement to medical negligence compensation. Our NHS medical negligence claims experts primarily deal with cases in the public sector, however can also help you if you have suffered due to the negligence of a private healthcare professional. For an informal chat regarding your case, call us directly on our free helpline number, or submit a call-back request using our secure online form.
Clinical Negligence and Duty of Care
Clinical negligence defines any act, or omission to act, on the part of a healthcare professional which subsequently causes adverse complications or harm to the patient. All healthcare professionals owe what is known as a “duty of care” to their patients; a legal obligation to provide care and treatment in accordance with guidelines set out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and General Medical Council (GMC). Duty of care may be breached if the standard of treatment falls below that considered acceptable by a group of medical professionals employed in the same field of medicine.
Do You Have Grounds For a Clinical Negligence Claim?
Medical negligence compensation claims are often complex, and for any case to be successful, there are two aspects of the claim which must be proven:
• Negligence: the level of care you received fell below that deemed acceptable by medical standards
• Causation: the breach of duty of care of the healthcare professional in question directly resulted in some kind of physical or psychological harm to you as the patient.
For your claim to be successful, your solicitor must succeed in proving that both negligence and causation exist, and that there is a link between the two. Legally, it is not sufficient enough that you are successful in proving a medical professional made mistakes during the course of your treatment. To seek medical negligence compensation, you must be able to prove that the negligent act caused you some form of injury as a result.
Investigating Your Negligence Claim
The success of clinical negligence claims rests on the body of evidence provided by medical negligence solicitors. If evidence is found lacking in any way, the entire litigation process is stalled, meaning further delays in negotiations and the recovery of compensation. Our NHS medical negligence solicitors work diligently to gather as much evidence as possible in support of your case. Firstly, they will look to your medical records and notes for indications of problems with your treatment, and injuries suffered. This information is used to corroborate the details of your personal statement. Both this, and your medical records will then be sent to an independent medical expert for evaluation, at which time a report will be generated based on the findings. If the report concludes that negligence has occurred, our medical negligence solicitors will then seek an admission of liability from the opposition in the form of a letter, accompanied by the body of evidence compiled against them.
Experts in Securing Maximum Medical Negligence Compensation
Our clinical negligence claims solicitors know that, for many people, medical negligence compensation isn’t their primary motivation for taking legal action. It’s understandable you want answers, particularly if you made a formal complaint to your local hospital, and didn’t feel as though you were taken seriously. Our NHS medical negligence solicitors strive to get justice for every client, because we know that compensation can make a real difference to your life further down the line. In some cases, we’re also able to recover other specific damages for:
• Loss of earnings
• Medical costs
• Costs for necessary services, such as nursing care
• Costs for mobility equipment and house renovation
• Loss of your pension if you give up work
• Transport costs (to and from hospital)
Our medical negligence solicitors work on a clear, no win no fee basis, meaning there are no costs to pay on your part now, or at any stage during the litigation process. Win or lose, you won’t be liable for any costs incurred by us, and we pledge to recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
To find out more about filing a claim, or just simple, straightforward advice regarding your options, please contact us on the free-phone number above, or by submitting an enquiry via the secure form online. Our medical negligence solicitors will be in touch to arrange a convenient time to call you back.