Assessing if you can claim compensation
Below are some of the common questions we ask to determine whether you have a valid claim:
- Did you first find out you have suffered as a result of medical negligence in the past 3 years?
- Are you now suffering due to this negligence?
- Do you believe the medical professional could have acted in a way that would have prevented your injury or pain?
No matter how insignificant you think your experience might have been, any form of medical negligence is unacceptable.
We understand the ordeal you’ve been through, and want to help you get back on your feet and back to normal, as much as we can.
We can help you to receive the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Common examples of medical negligence
Commonly, medical negligence claims are made for illness or injury caused or worsened due to mistakes during treatment, misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or incorrect treatment.
Regardless of the type of negligence you’ve suffered, if it has resulted in a further impact on your health, you can likely make a medical negligence claim.
The term misdiagnosis covers the following:
- Your condition is not diagnosed at all, so the problem continues to go unrecognised and untreated
- Your diagnosis is incorrect, for example if you have a lump which is first diagnosed as a cyst but later found to be cancerous
If a misdiagnosis has caused you to suffer further, may that have been as a result of being given an unnecessary treatment, or because your actual condition has worsened, we can help you to claim compensation.
Delayed medical treatment
A delay in treatment could occur if you have been misdiagnosed, as you will likely either receive no treatment, or treatment for a different condition. You may also suffer a delay in receiving the needed treatment in other scenarios, for example when your medical professional has failed to refer you to a specialist when they should have.
In many cases, the time in which you are treated will have a serious impact on how long it will take for you to recover. A delay in treatment can therefore have serious consequences to your health. In worse cases, a delay in treatment can cause a disease to worsen, and even lead to permanent health conditions, disability or even death.
If you have suffered as a result of a delay in treatment, we can help you with your negligence compensation claim.
Failure to consider patient history
Your medical history should be considered when you are treated and diagnosed by your medical professional. If you suffer from a medical treatment for example as a result of your doctor mistakingly providing you with medication you’re allergic to, or missing a diagnosis because they have failed to read about how you have suffered from similar symptoms in the past, we can help you with your medical negligence compensation claim.
Our solicitors are experts in handling cases where medical professionals have failed to consider patient history, which resulted in physical harm.
Incorrect medical treatment
Incorrect treatment covers incidents such as medication or prescription errors as well as surgical mistakes.
For example, you may be prescribed a higher dosage of medication than you need which leads to you falling ill. You could also have been provided with the wrong medication, or medication you’re known to be allergic to.
Or, your surgeon might fail to effectively stitch a wound after your operation which leads to infection, causing further medical issues.
We want to help you to get compensated for your suffering so that you can focus on the road to recovery.
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Time limits on making a medical negligence claim
You have three years to pursue a medical negligence claim from the date of the incident or date of knowledge of the negligence, if the negligence was discovered at a later date.
We will be able to start your claim promptly, gathering evidence, speaking to specialists and putting together medical records in order to present a strong case on your behalf.
You can rely on us. We will always do our best to get you compensation for any past suffering, providing you with financial support for the future.
No win, no fee medical negligence solicitors
Our solicitors handle every case on a no win, no fee basis, with compassion and sensitivity, working hard to get to know everything about what happened to you so as to present the best case possible on your behalf.
Before we get started with your claim we will provide you with a free assessment of your case, so you know exactly what making a claim will entail for you. Your wellbeing and recovery is our number one priority, and we want to help in the best way possible.
- What is classed as medical negligence?
Any situation in which you have been made more ill or have been injured due to a medical professional's error is classed as medical negligence. It can be accidental or done on purpose, and can have a minor or major impact on your life.
- Compensation amounts for medical negligence, how much?
The compensation amounts for medical negligence compensation claims can vary from a few thousand pounds to well into the multi-millions. How much a claim is awarded all depends on how severe your injuries are and what level of injury can be put down to the defendant's negligence.
- How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?
Under English law you have three years from the date of the negligent incident to claim compensation. However, if you weren't aware of the negligence until a later date, then the three years will not start until the date that you became aware.
- How long does a medical negligence claim take to be settled?
How long it takes to settle a medical negligence claim varies depending on what negligence was suffered. However, the time taken to conclude a case that doesn't go to court is approximately 18 to 24 months. If the case has to go to court, it can take 24 to 36 months to conclude.
- How to claim compensation for medical negligence?
To claim compensation for medical negligence you will need a specialised medical negligence solicitor to act on your behalf. This is due to the complex steps that are involved in pursuing a claim.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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