Have you suffered due to negligent or unacceptable standards of care whilst being treated by your doctor, or in hospital? Millions of people seek help for health-related issues every year in the UK without problems or complications. Sadly, despite the best efforts and expertise of medical staff, things can sometimes go wrong, leading to preventable injury and harm to patients. If you are one of the many thousands who have been affected by the negligence or incompetence of medical staff, and suffered some kind of injury or complications as a result, our medical negligence claims experts can assist you in recovering medical negligence compensation for trauma suffered on a no win no fee basis. We understand that every claim is unique, and will take the time to understand your requirements, so we can tailor our service to suit the needs of you and your family. Contact us for a no obligation chat today, and we’ll also carry out an assessment of your case free of charge.
When you entrust your health to medical professionals, you naturally have faith that they’ll provide only the very best possible treatment and care. For most people, the standard of care received usually exceeds expectation, however, some are rather less fortunate. From medical misdiagnoses to ineffective protocols for infection control, the smallest errors and oversights can have a very real impact upon the lives and safety of patients.
Our solicitors specialise in no win no fee clinical negligence claims for all kinds of injuries and complications arising from medical negligence, including:
• Cerebral Palsy
• Acquired brain injury
• Perineal tears or episiotomy complications
• Wound and surgical site infections
• Orthopaedic and spinal injuries
• Damage to organs (surgical negligence)
• Adverse reaction to anaesthesia or medication
• Laser and cautery burns (associated with cosmetic and ophthalmic procedures)
• Metastases of a condition, such as cancer
• Scarring and disfigurement
• Unwanted pregnancy (due to failed sterilisation)
• Health deterioration due to delayed referral/ treatment
• Unnecessary pain or suffering due to wrong site surgery
• Partial or complete loss of sight
• Damage to nerves, muscles or ligaments
• Spinal cord and brachial plexus injuries
• Cancer which has been wrongly diagnosed
• Maternal or gynaecological injury
• Seroma or haematoma
• Wrongful death
We are trusted medical negligence solicitors who pride ourselves on an understanding and sympathetic approach to medical negligence claims. We firmly believe in establishing a relationship with our clients based on trust; getting to know you, and understanding your requirements to help us tailor the support offered.
If you believe you have been a victim of negligence and would like advice on how to proceed with a claim, contact our no win no fee medical negligence claims experts, either by filling out the online form, or by calling us on the free-phone number above. Our medical negligence solicitors will be happy to discuss all aspects of the claim process with you, and answer any questions you have about the litigation process.
What is Meant By “Medical Negligence?”
Medical negligence is defined as any medical professional’s failure to provide an acceptable standard of care or treatment which results in harm to a patient. All healthcare workers have a legal obligation to provide treatment and care in accordance with standards outlined by the General Medical Council and Care Quality Commission. A breach of this duty, whether by act, omission or because of error, that leads to the suffering of a patient is classed as negligence, for which medical negligence compensation may be sought.
Why Does Medical Negligence Occur?
Clinical negligence claims are commonly brought for delayed referrals and diagnostic errors. While such mistakes seem relatively minor, their impact can be wide ranging – particularly in circumstances where patients are suffering from progressive conditions, such as cancer, which call for swift diagnosis and treatment. Delayed referrals are most often attributed to communication problems between GPs and hospitals, however might also arise due to administrative errors, delays in obtaining patient test results and misdiagnosis.
Most experts agree that the relatively short time frames allowed for patient appointments, long hours, and the sheer expense of diagnostic tests are some of the primary factors for diagnostic errors, however they too can be caused by administrative errors and problems with patient records. Similar factors are cited for the growing number of medical negligence claims brought for mishandled labours and surgical errors. With budget cuts and staff shortages affecting services across the NHS, there simply isn’t the volume of staff available to cope effectively with the number of people now requiring treatment in UK hospitals.
How We Can Help
The NHS has a complaints procedure in place which has been designed to provide assistance to patients seeking explanations for substandard care and malpractice. In our experience, a significant number of people feel let down by this service, with many stating they don’t feel as though their concerns have been addressed, or that the explanation provided wasn’t sufficient given the extent of their suffering. Our medical negligence solicitors can help you navigate the difficult challenges faced if you want to make a formal complaint about the treatment you have received. In many cases, our intervention on behalf of clients has prompted a full and thorough investigation by the Primary Care Trust concerned, often helping them to identify issues and revise existing policies and protocols. We also know that, although sincere, an apology in these circumstances cannot make up for the devastation caused to you and your family, nor the financial consequences if you’ve had to give up work. If you are interested in claiming medical negligence compensation, our no win no fee clinical negligence claims solicitors will be here to provide support, guidance and counsel whenever you need it.
Your Entitlement to Medical Negligence Compensation
If you have suffered due to medical malpractice or error, the law permits you to seek financial redress for your suffering, along with any other damages (both present and predicted) for financial and personal loss. However, to be eligible for medical negligence compensation, your medical negligence solicitor is obliged to prove that:
• the person treating you was in breach their duty of care to you as a patient.
• you suffered some form of physical or psychological trauma.
• the trauma suffered was a direct result of a medical professional’s neglect or error.
Duty of care refers to a medical professional’s legal obligation to adhere to a standard of care considered acceptable by regulatory bodies such as the General Medical Council and Care Quality Commission. Failure to conform to these standards, which results in harm to a patient, is classed as a “breach of duty of care”, for which medical negligence compensation may be payable.
Maximum Compensation Medical Negligence Claims Experts
The value of medical negligence compensation settlements differs considerably from case to case, even if the injuries suffered are quite similar. This is because clinical negligence can affect people in very different ways; their recovery may be longer, they may require a longer period of absence from work, and the income loss may be significantly greater if that person is the sole breadwinner in a family. No win no fee clinical negligence claims are calculated by taking into account the extent of the pain and discomfort caused to an individual, the prognosis for full recovery, and financial losses suffered. These damages, often known as ‘special damages’ might include:
• Loss of income
• Predicted future loss of income
• Medical expenses
• Private care costs
• Costs of travel to/ from hospital appointments
Here at Medical Negligence Care, we know all too well the devastating financial consequences medical negligence can have for individuals and their families. Our no win no fee medical negligence claims solicitors are committed to helping you through the claims process with support and access to urgent medical care, whilst we fight to secure the best possible result for your family’s future.
No Win No Fee Clinical Negligence Claims Lawyers
Our no win no fee clinical negligence claims solicitors understand this is likely to be an anxious time for you and your family, and that you may be worried about taking legal action because of the perceived costs involved. With us, you won’t have to worry about finding the money for any upfront payment, or to cover the costs of legal expenses during the litigation process. This is because our medical negligence claims are offered under a no win no fee agreement, which protects you from any responsibility for legal fees for the duration of your claim. Successful or not, you won’t be charged a penny for our time, and in the event we don’t win, you’ll still be covered by our After the Event insurance policy.
If you think you, or someone you know, may have been affected by the negligence of a medical professional, and would like free, expert advice regarding your entitlement to medical negligence compensation, contact our no win no fee clinical negligence claims specialists on the free-phone number above, or by registering a call-back request using the secure online form provided.