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If you have a medical emergency, you may depend on paramedics and ambulance services for help. Their timely and effective care can prevent serious, long-term injury. Sometimes, it can even mean the difference between life and death.
If you or a loved one experienced delay or substandard medical care, you could make an ambulance and paramedic negligence claim for compensation.
With the largest team of medical negligence lawyers in the country, we’ve got the knowledge and experience to fight your claim and win. We’ve secured over £1.5 billion in compensation for our clients.
Aside from our legal expertise, you’ll also have the help of our Support and Rehabilitation team. As trained clinical specialists, they’ll assess the help you need most and then make sure you get it. We’ve developed strong relationships with charities and support groups throughout the country, meaning we can get you help that’s close by.
Once your claim’s settled, our Asset Management team of financial experts will be there to help. They can advise you on how to make sure your compensation lasts for the rest of your life.
We’ll advise you on whether you could make a claim for ambulance and paramedic negligence. For a free consultation, call us today. You can also contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Ambulance & Paramedic Negligence Claims - More Information
Ambulance or paramedic negligence can happen in a wide range of medical emergencies. It may involve delayed care due to long response times. It could also be from negligence when the paramedics reach you.
Over the years we have supported clients and their families in relation to a wide range of ambulance negligence including:
Delay in ambulance arrival and/or long response times to a medical emergency
Delay in diagnosis of a medical condition
Delay in treatment or transport to hospital
Failure to recognise symptoms or consider a potential diagnosis
Misdiagnosis of a medical condition, leading to more serious consequences, e.g. birth injuries, meningitis, cauda equina, strokes, brain injuries
Mishandling or excessive force during treatment, resulting in additional care requirements.
You usually have three years from the date of the incident to start a claim for compensation. But the rules can be complex, so it's important to take legal advice on what time limits are applicable to you.
In some circumstances, you may have longer to make a start on your claim. If you’re claiming on behalf of a child, for instance, the time limit runs to three years after their 18th birthday.
If you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who’s died, the time limit is usually three years from the date of death.
It’s always best to start your ambulance medical negligence claim as soon as possible after the incident. This is because the facts are still clear in your mind and it’s easier for us to gather evidence and information. This means we can normally settle your claim faster.
We’re here to get you the compensation you’re due. Once we’ve spoken to you about the incident, we’ll gather all the information and evidence available to support your claim.
We’ll then work to get an early admission of responsibility from the healthcare provider. This could be the NHS or a private healthcare provider. If they admit fault straight away, we’ll also work to get you interim payments. These are payments made before your claim’s settled and can pay for ongoing treatment and make up for loss of earnings.
In claims of ambulance and paramedic negligence, inquests are often held. These are to decide whether inadequate care or a delay led to avoidable injury. If you wish, we’ll be there to represent you at the inquest and fight your case.
The clinical specialists who make up our Support and Rehabilitation team will help you to access the help you need the most. This could be financial help, emotional support, or ongoing treatment.
We have the largest team of medical negligence lawyers in the country. That means we’ve the knowledge and experience to get you the compensation you’re entitled to. We’ve secured over £1.5 billion in compensation for our clients.
Our lawyers are passionate about improving patient safety. We frequently give training to NHS trusts and medical students about patient safety. We work with and support many organisations that help people who’ve suffered medical negligence, including:
Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
Brain & Spine Foundation
Cauda Equina Champions Charity
UK Sepsis Trust.
We make sure your needs are being cared for every step of the way. Our in-house team of Support and Rehabilitation specialists are here to get you any help you need. They'll use our relationships with charities, care providers, and support groups across the country to get you help that’s local to you.
Once your claim’s settled, you’ll also have the choice to speak to our Asset Management team. If you’re unsure of how to make your compensation last, this team of experts can give you tailored financial advice. They can also advise you on how you could invest your money to help ensure it lasts.
Our expertise is also respected by independent legal guides like Chambers and Partners. Their feedback on our services state: "They are experts in the medical field and were highly informative." They also state that our client service is “… consistently and reliably excellent."
Our genuine care and concern for our clients has also been noted by The Legal 500. They call us: “The best in the business for looking after clients, on both a human and a legal level.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do ambulance and paramedic medical negligence claims take to settle?
Because each case is unique, there’s no specific time frame your claim will be settled in.
One delay can be if the healthcare provider responsible doesn’t admit fault. If we need to prove the negligence was their fault, this means your claim will take longer. However, if they admit responsibility early, we’ll be able to settle the claim much faster.
If they do admit responsibility, we’ll work to get you interim payments. These are payments made to you while your claim’s ongoing and can help to pay for treatment or make up for any lost earnings.
We’ll also need to understand your long-term medical needs, which may not be clear straight away. If you’re going to need ongoing treatment or care, we’ll need to know this before settling your claim. This’ll ensure we get you the highest amount of compensation you’re entitled to.
How much compensation will I get?
The amount of compensation awarded in ambulance and paramedic negligence claims differs from case to case. Various factors are considered when calculating your compensation amount.
The severity of your injuries.
The type of negligence you experienced
The long-term outlook of your health
Whether you’ll need ongoing care or treatment
If you’ve lost any income through having to pay for treatment or being unable to work.
Once we know how much your injuries are likely to impact the rest of your life, we’ll be able to properly value your claim. Knowing this is vital to make sure we get you enough compensation to cover all your needs.
Can I make a no win no fee claim?
The majority of claims we handle are made using a no win no fee agreement. This means you won’t need to pay anything if your claim’s unsuccessful.
You’ll need to enter into an agreement that’s linked to a suitable insurance policy to make a no win no fee claim. We’ll talk to you about the funding options available before we start work on your claim.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
*To make a No Win No Fee claim, you need to enter into an agreement that's linked to a suitable insurance policy. We'll explain this in more detail before we start your claim.
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