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Medical Negligence Claims

If you’ve suffered as a result of medical malpractice, we’re here for you. As the leading clinical and medical negligence law firm in the UK, we know how to make a positive difference to your life. Our experienced medical negligence solicitors will take the time to understand what you’re going through, helping you get the answers and compensation you deserve.

What Is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is substandard care that’s been provided by a medical professional to a patient, which has directly caused injury or caused an existing condition to get worse. There are a number of ways that medical negligence can happen such as misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical mistakes.

How Do You Make A Medical Negligence Claim?

The first step to making a medical negligence claim is to contact us as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation where we’ll be able to tell you whether we think you have a case, and how much compensation you might be able to claim.

Contacting us early allows us to start work on your case sooner, while the details are still fresh in your mind. If the NHS or private healthcare provider in question admits responsibility early, we may be able to secure you interim compensation payments to assist your rehabilitation. Interim payments are made in advance of your final compensation settlement and can help with some of the immediate financial pressures or medical costs you may be facing.

What Are The Time Limits For Making A Medical Negligence Claim?

The usual time limit for starting a medical negligence claim is three years from the date you became aware that the treatment you received was negligent (not necessarily from the date that the negligence occurred).

However, there are a couple of exceptions to this rule:

  • Children – medical negligence claims involving a child can be made at any point before your child turns 18. On your child’s 18th birthday the three year rule comes into effect, so a claim needs to be started before they turn 21.
  • Mental Capacity – if a person lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, there is no time limit for making a claim.

How Long Do Medical Negligence Claims Take?

The length of time it takes for a medical negligence case to settle will depend on a number of factors – mainly the severity of your injury, and whether the NHS or private healthcare provider in question accepts responsibility. While we aim to settle medical negligence claims within a few months, some more complicated cases can take a few years to settle.

No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims

Most of the medical negligence claims we handle are on a no win no fee basis. That means that there’s nothing to pay upfront, and nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful*.

If you win your case, your opponent will pay the most of your legal fees, with the remainder coming out of your compensation award. We’ll keep you fully updated throughout your claim, so you know how much compensation you are likely to receive.

Why Choose Us?

We have decades of experience handling medical negligence cases and specialise in areas including birth injuries, orthopaedic injuries and cancer misdiagnosis claims. We’ll gather expert advice on your care needs, ensuring that your compensation allows you to access the support you need to enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Our medical negligence solicitors understand what you’re going through and can help you access specialist rehabilitation and support services to assist with your recovery. We know that beyond compensation you’ll want to know why things went wrong, and we’ll help you get the apology and answers you deserve.

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For a free initial consultation about your clinical negligence claim, please call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Medical Negligence Claims - How Our Solicitors Can Help You
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Medical Negligence 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 to pay for your claim, 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 injuries or 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.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • 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.

      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.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet Our Medical Negligence Specialists
    • Our medical negligence experts are based in our offices across the country so will never be too far away from you. The team is made up of experts in all areas of medical law, who have a proven track record of success in their specialist areas.

      We see your health as a priority, so will always focus on getting a compensation sum which can help you access care and support to aid your recovery where possible. Rehabilitation can be vital when it comes to helping you get your life back on track, so our experts will work hard to deliver early access to the best support services and treatments.

      We have won the Claimant Solicitor of the Year prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards seven times. This award highlights how compensation can really change lives, allowing seriously injured individuals to live more independently.

      View our Medical Negligence team

The compensation will give my son the financial security he needs to provide care for the rest of his life."

Rachel, client's mother
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is a breach of the duty of care that a medical professional or organisation has towards its patients. Sadly medical negligence can often cause injuries and illness, or make existing conditions worse.

There are a number of ways in which medical negligence can take place, including:

  • Not warning you of the risks involved in your treatment
  • Failing to get your consent to perform an operation
  • Delaying your referral to a specialist
  • Failing to diagnose your medical condition
  • Diagnosing your condition late (despite symptoms at an earlier stage)
  • Prescribing you the wrong medication
  • Not performing your surgery with sufficient care

If you’ve suffered from medical negligence, our experienced lawyers could help you make a claim. To find out more about how we can help, contact us on 0800 121 6567.

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Who Can Make A Clinical Negligence Claim?

Our medical negligence solicitors could help you make a claim if you’ve suffered because of errors by NHS Trusts, private hospitals, specific doctors, cosmetic surgeons, dentists, mental health professionals, nurses and other medical staff.

You can also make a claim on behalf of a child, someone who doesn’t have mental capacity, and for a loved one who has sadly died because of medical negligence.

Claims on behalf of children

You can be appointed as a ‘litigation friend’ to make a claim on behalf of a child who has experienced medical negligence under the age of 18. A litigation friend is normally one of the child’s parents or guardians and must be able to show that they can fairly act in the child’s best interests.

Normally, any compensation awarded to your child will be paid to the court and put in an investment account. Your child can apply to get access to their award when they turn 18. Sometimes when small sums are involved, the court can pay the amount to you but it would be expected that you’d put the money into a bank account for your child.

Claims for people without mental capacity

You can help someone make a claim who can’t manage their own affairs. Usually a person is thought not to have capacity if they can’t make sensible decisions about their money, if they can’t weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of their choices or if they can’t clearly communicate to make their decisions clear.

Fatal negligence claims

If you’ve lost a loved one who unfortunately died because of mistakes made in their medical treatment, you can make a claim on their behalf.

We can help you with:

  • Getting compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by the death and to cover funeral expenses
  • Representing you at inquest
  • Dependency claims – helping you secure inheritance that wasn’t left in your loved one’s Will
  • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve

Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a payment of £12,980 which is paid when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

If you’d like to make a claim, contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

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What Can Medical Negligence Compensation Pay For?

The role of compensation is to make your life a little easier, making sure you get the support you need to enjoy the best quality of life possible. Our main priority is your health, so we’ll make sure that you can access care and support for your unique needs.

When we work out how much compensation you’re entitled to, we’ll take into account factors such as:

  • Expenses – including travel expenses to medical appointments, medical equipment and things that help with daily living.
  • Loss of earnings – to cover time you’ve had off work and time off you may need in the future. This figure can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not being able to return to work.
  • Further treatments – to pay for any further surgery or medical procedures you may need after experiencing negligent treatment.
  • Adaptations to your home and vehicle which can help with living independently.
  • Care costs – to fund home care visits and past and future rehabilitative treatments.

Your compensation will also take into account any unnecessary pain and suffering you’ve experienced. The nature and severity of your injury or illness will also be considered, acknowledging your chances of making a full recovery.

The amount of compensation secured in medical negligence claims varies from one case to another, as two clients with the same injuries may have completely different circumstances.

If you’d like to make a compensation claim, contact us to set up a free initial consultation on 0800 121 6567.

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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.

UK Chambers & Partners Leading Firm 2018 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Award Winner 2016 Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017

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We campaign for patient safety and justice.

As well as securing compensation and rehabilitation for our clients, we also campaign for improvements in patient safety by supporting Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). This UK charity provides advice and support to people who have suffered because of lapses in patient safety, working in partnership with health professionals, the government and the NHS to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

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