Medical negligence solicitors
Suffering personal harm due to medical negligence should never happen, but sometimes it does. Our friendly medical negligence solicitors have expertise in all areas of medical law, and we are here to support you.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence (also called ‘clinical negligence’) is when a medical professional delivers a poor standard of care to a patient. This negligence could be through misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or mistakes made during surgery.
The consequences of medical malpractice can impact a person’s entire life. It can cause long-term physical and emotional pain and have a detrimental effect on their standard of living and, in some cases, death. Medical negligence can lead to a person being unable to work or the loss of a family member or partner, which can mean financial hardship for themselves and/or their family.
Why claim compensation?
Compensation is there to help a person enjoy a standard of living as near to the one they had before medical negligence occurred as possible.
Very rarely, medical malpractice can sadly lead to death, and there is nothing more traumatic than knowing a loved one’s death could have been avoided. Our medical negligence lawyers understand that seeking justice by making a clinical negligence claim is deeply distressing, and we provide guidance and support throughout.
Claims for compensation can be brought against anybody who has a duty of care, including hospitals, doctors, dentists, and mental health professionals.
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If you believe you or a family member has suffered pain, distress or discomfort or there are concerns as regards the death of a loved one due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, and you would like to explore making a claim, we can help to clarify the options available to you.
Medical Negligence FAQs
The compensation awarded reflects the severity of the injury caused by the negligence and the long-term prognosis.
The amount of compensation takes into account financial losses which have occurred now and will occur in future, the cost of making home adaptations, travel costs for attending medical appointments, and the impact on daily activities both now and in the future.
In relation to claims due to the death of a loved one, the claim pursued would be on behalf of the estate and the dependants of the patient who has passed away.
No. Medical professionals do not have the right to refuse to treat you because you are bringing a medical negligence claim against them.
You will likely feel more comfortable seeking treatment elsewhere, however, rather than continuing to trust a professional, medical practice or hospital that has let you down.
Legal aid, which is provided through the government’s Legal Aid Agency, is only available for certain medical negligence claims:
• Where a child has suffered severe brain injury during pregnancy or birth or soon afterwards.
• When the Director of Legal Aid Casework deems the case ‘exceptional’, this could be where failure to make legal services available to someone risks breaching their rights under The Human Rights Act.
Some other law firms may be able to help you determine whether you can claim legal aid and work with you to complete the Legal Aid Agency’s application for funding.
If you cannot claim Legal Aid, you could fund your compensation claim with a No Win No Fee agreement or through Legal Expenses Insurance (also called ‘Family Legal Protection’). Sometimes people find it is included under the ordinary home insurance policy or other similar policy.
We offer a free consultation to assess whether we can act for you on a no win, no fee basis.
It is often the case when we act for a client on a No Win No Fee basis, an application for After the Event Insurance is made to protect you in relation to any expenses in pursuing the action, such as the costs of medical expert reports.