Medical Negligence Claims

What is medical negligence?

A claim for medical negligence (also called clinical negligence) can be made against any person or organisation which has caused harm to you through their negligent treatment of you as a patient. The law defines negligence in relation to medical and healthcare professionals as:

  • The failure of a professional to provide appropriate care;
  • Failure to act with reasonable skill and diligence whilst administering medical treatment or administering the incorrect treatment;
  • A breach of duty owed to the claimant.

If you were harmed because a healthcare professional failed to meet these standards, you might have grounds for claiming fair compensation

Also, you can seek compensation if a family member has died due to negligent treatment or poor care.

Types of medical negligence claims we routinely deal with.

Our team of clinical negligence expert lawyers is there to give any medical/clinical negligence-related advice and support when things go wrong.

How do I know that my injury was caused by medical negligence?

Some signs that may indicate your injury could have been caused by medical negligence are:

You were not given enough information about what would happen during medical treatment.

You did not receive adequate pain relief after the procedure.

Your condition deteriorated following the procedure.

You had complications that were not explained to you.

You were not told about alternative treatments.

You were not informed of the risks associated with the procedure.

An independent expert will review your medical records and provide a medical report stating if there has been a breach of duty or not. 

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

It depends on many factors, including the complexity of the case, the seriousness of the injury sustained, the impact on the claimant’s life, how quickly supporting medical evidence can be gathered and whether the opponent admits liability. Therefore, a relatively straightforward case could be settled within a few months, whereas it could be years before a complex case is settled

How long do I have to bring a compensation claim?

Under UK law, there are strict time limits for making a medical negligence claim or a personal injury claim. The time limit is three years, and the date starts from the date of injury or negligence or when you became aware that your injury was a result of substandard care. This is why you must seek expert legal advice about the claims process as soon as possible. 

Our expert medical negligence team are ready to take your call. 

How much is my medical negligence claim worth?

This varies depending on the circumstances of each case. Our experienced team will always give you a realistic assessment of what your claim may be worth. 

Medical negligence compensation consists of two components: pain and suffering and financial loss. 

The pain and suffering element will reflect the severity of your or the claimant’s pain and suffering. 

Can I claim under a no win, no fee arrangement?

A conditional fee agreement is often called a no win, no fee agreement. This means that should your claim for compensation succeed, you won’t incur any legal costs.

Our medical and clinical negligence experts

Linda Levison heads up this department with Jane Radcliffe, acknowledged for her excellent reputation in clinical negligence by the Legal 500, so she understands what is required for a successful claim.

How our expert medical negligence experts can help you. 

If you are looking to make a claim for clinical negligence compensation, allow our expert team to help you get the fair compensation you deserve. What remains constant is our commitment to you and your loved ones.

Since 1985, our specialist medical negligence solicitors have supported medical and clinical negligence claims up and down the country. We will fight to ensure you get the financial compensation and support you require for the best quality of life. 

Our specialist team are members of expert panels run by the Law Society, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), meaning they understand what you are going through and will assist you in receiving maximum compensation and the specialist help and support to aid your recovery. 

Our medical negligence team can:

  • Use mediation or settlement meetings where appropriate
  • Arrange for interim payments to help you when a case is not ready to settle
  • Provide case managers, therapy and medical treatment where and when needed.
  • Get an apology and the answers you deserve from the healthcare provider concerned.

Next Steps

If you are looking for advice on a potential medical or clinical negligence claim, get in touch with our clinical negligence lawyers on 0800 069 9060 We will help you without using legal jargon.

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