Medical Negligence Claims

No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims

A No Win No Fee agreement, otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA), is designed to ease any worries you may have about paying legal fees when choosing to make a claim for medical negligence.

These agreements mean that if your claim is successful, most of the fees are covered by your opponent. If your case is unsuccessful, you pay nothing.*

This form of funding can be used to help you make a medical negligence claim against a private practitioner or the NHS.

No Win No Fee is only one of the funding options available however. We’ll talk you through the alternative options - including legal expenses insurance and legal aid (which is available in some instances) and consider whether you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement.

As one of the UK’s leading law firms, we have offices located in major cities nationwide. We have specialist medical negligence lawyers based in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton, as well as a consulting office in Middlesbrough.

For a free consultation about making a No Win No Fee medical negligence claim, contact us on 0800 121 6567 or complete our enquiry form and we will call you back.

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No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • Is There A Time Limit For Claiming Compensation?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim, either from the date of your negligent care or from the point where it was discovered that negligent treatment was responsible for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • If you suffered negligent care before you turned 18, you can make a claim up until your 21st birthday. Claims for children under 18 must be handled by an adult. These cases are subject to different time limits as growth can impact on your child’s injuries which means working out how much compensation you need can take time.
      • If you need to claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have mental capacity, the three year time limit doesn’t apply. This changes if the person who experienced negligence regains mental capacity, where they will then have three years from this date to make a claim.
      • In fatal cases, the three year time limit begins on the day your loved one passed away.
      • Time limits abroad vary widely, so if you suffered from medical negligence in a foreign country it’s important to get in touch with us quickly.

      We urge you to contact us as soon as possible so that we can start looking at the evidence and building your case without delay. If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • How Else Can I Fund My Claim?
    • There are a number of ways of funding medical negligence cases, including:

      • A No Win No Fee agreement
      • Legal expenses insurance – you may be covered as part of your home or car insurance policy
      • Trade union – you could receive support for legal issues as a member of a trade union
      • Public funding – also known as legal aid, this is now only available for children with brain injuries which have resulted from problems during pregnancy, childbirth or up to eight weeks postnatal

      When you come to us with a claim, we’ll discuss with you all the different funding options that are available. If you’d like to find out how to make a claim, contact our Medical Negligence team who can explain the process to you.

    • How Our Other Teams Can Help
    • Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, Wills and asset management.

      We see rehabilitation as key and will make sure that you can access the care and support services you need to lead the best life possible. Our client liaison managers can provide support and information to you and your family, helping you with many of the “non-legal” problems you may face such as benefit eligibility and healthcare.

      We have specialist Wills solicitors who can help with any issues surrounding Wills and who can also assist if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away.

      Our Asset Management team can provide advice on how your compensation could be best invested. We also have Court of Protection lawyers who can set up personal injury trusts and make sure you have access to the benefits you’re entitled to.

    • Meet The Team
    • As the largest medical negligence department in the country, our solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who’ve suffered as a consequence of medical errors. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we make sure that we understand the care and support you need.

      Getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened can be just as important as the compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to make complaints and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does No Win No Fee Work?

After entering a No Win No Fee agreement, you can rest assured that there’s no financial risk to you if your case is unsuccessful.

If your No Win No Fee medical negligence claim is successful:

  • Your opponent will pay the majority of your basic legal costs and other expenses (e.g. court fees, medical reports)
  • Any of the legal costs not paid by your opponent will be deducted from the compensation you’re awarded
  • Any expenses (other than court fees and legal costs) that we can’t recover from your opponent will be covered by an insurance policy
  • You won’t pay anything until your claim has successfully come to an end

In the event that your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay anything.

If you have any questions about how No Win No Fee claims work, call one of our advisers on 0800 121 6567 for a free initial consultation.

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How Much Compensation Will I Get?

The amount of compensation you’ll receive varies widely from claim to claim. It depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The seriousness of your injury/illness
  • The impact that your injury/illness has had on your life
  • How much money you’ve lost/will lose as a consequence of your negligent treatment
  • Whether you’ll need extra support in the future

We handle thousands of No Win No Fee medical negligence claims each year, so you can trust us to make sure that your compensation reflects the effect that the injury has had on your life.

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Is My Case Eligible For Legal Aid?

We’re one of the only UK law firms that have specialist lawyers who can take on birth injury cases supported by legal aid. We’re able to apply for legal aid funding for serious neurological birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy...

…that happen during pregnancy or within eight weeks of a child’s birth. If you receive legal aid, you won’t have to pay anything at all for legal representation.

To qualify for legal aid, there is a means test (based on any savings the baby has) and a merit test that simply requires that there’s enough reason for us to investigate the case.

If you meet both criteria, the legal aid will cover our initial investigation into your claim and then full representation throughout the claim.

If you’d like to find out whether you have a claim that could be funded by legal aid, feel free to contact our experts who can advise you on the funding options for your claim.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

Our medical negligence solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need. We’re proud to have won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.


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