The Medical Negligence Experts are the Right Injury Lawyers for You
If you have been hurt by someone you trusted to take care of you, then you may be entitled to compensation. The Medical Negligence Experts help people just like you – ordinary patients who have been harmed by medical professionals who have made a mistake, been lazy, or simply failed to carry out their duty of care to an acceptable level.
Our expert medical negligence injury lawyers work on a No Win No Fee* basis so you can afford to have the best quality legal advice and representation when and where you need it. We work with skilled injury lawyers around the country who have the knowledge and experience you need to get maximum compensation for your injury.
We pride ourselves on the standard of care we give our customers. We do our best to tailor our service to meet your needs and make sure you are updated regularly on the progress of your claim. We don’t believe in tricking our clients with hidden fees or charges, nor do we try to confuse them with excessive legal jargon. We understand that at the heart of every claim is a real person who has already been let down once by a professional they trusted, which is why we do our utmost to ensure it does not happen to them again.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
One of the earliest questions we receive from victims of medical negligence is whether or not they can make a claim. To verify this, we look at three things:
- Did they receive a genuine injury or was their pre-existing condition worsened in some way?
- Was this directly linked to the mistake, error or oversight of a medical professional?
- Did it happen within the last three years?
To have grounds to claim compensation, you need to have suffered avoidable harm. Healthcare professionals have a duty of care to recognise potential risks to the health of their patients and take all reasonable steps to avoid these risks. If they do this and their patient suffers, perhaps if an operation does not have the successful outcome they had hoped for, then, while the decline in a patient’s health may be unfortunate, it does not constitute negligence.
Likewise, a professional may make a mistake and clearly be negligent in their care, but if this does not lead to an injury then there are no grounds for payment of damages.
Negligence, damage and causation need to be present for a compensation claim to be legally viable.
Payment of Compensation for Medical Negligence
Compensation payments are split into two parts. The first is general damages, which take into account the nature and extent of your injury, looking at the pain and suffering this has caused you.
The second part of your compensation is made up of special damages. This amount factors in any expense you have had as the result of your injury. Your medical negligence lawyer will look at whether you have lost money because you have had to take time off work and only received statutory sick pay, or if additional treatment or medical care is required to help your recovery. This treatment can include private care such as physiotherapy, the cost of prescriptions and travel to and from medical appointments.
Contact our injury lawyers for you today to find out what items you may be able to claim for. There is no reason you should be financially penalised because someone else made a mistake, and it is our job to make sure this does not happen.
Without looking at your particular injury and the impact this has had on you physically, emotionally and financially, it is not possible to give you an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you can claim. However, your solicitor will be able to provide a guideline once they have found out more information.
You should never accept an offer of compensation without first seeking proper legal advice, especially if it is unsolicited. This amount is likely to be far less than you could expect to receive if you go through the proper claims process. Part of the condition of accepting compensation is that the matter is finalised and you cannot ask for more compensation at a later date.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts can help with any medical negligence claim. When you contact us – either by calling or filling in our online contact form – we will look at your request and pair you with a clinical negligence solicitor who has the relevant knowledge and experience in successfully handling claims for your type of injury. They will understand the impact this has had on your life and know the information and steps required to manage your application as efficiently as possible.
Some of the types of medical negligence claims we handle include:
- Surgical error claims
- Pregnancy and birth negligence, including midwife negligence claims.
- Nursing home and care home negligence claims
- Cerebral palsy negligence claims
- Hospital negligence claims, including hospital acquired infection claims
- Incorrect diagnosis claims
- Prescription error claims
- How a Medical Negligence Solicitor can Help
Legally, you don’t need to go through a specialist solicitor to request compensation, however doing so greatly increases the likelihood you will receive a fair payment. Medical negligence law is vast and complicated. We work with dedicated medical negligence solicitors who have been specifically trained to manage this type of claim as opposed to criminal or family lawyers, who have their own area of expertise. They know the correct process to follow to make sure your rights are protected.
Your medical negligence solicitor acts as intermediary and buffer. They protect you from the other party’s lawyers who will be doing all they can to make sure you receive as little compensation as possible, if you get any payment any at all. Using a solicitor for your claim will shield you from any potential intimidation or other unpleasant behaviour. Your lawyer will represent your best interests and fight to obtain every penny to which you are entitled.
As the claimant, the onus is on you to prove you deserve compensation. Obtaining this evidence can take many hours across several months. A solicitor will do this work on your behalf and make sure all relevant information is included with your request for compensation. They will create a strong case to make it as difficult as possible for the responsible party to do anything other than pay you the compensation to which you are entitled.
The vast majority of all medical negligence claims can, with the right solicitor, be resolved without having to go to court. The court process is expensive and stressful for claimants, and can drag out a claim. A good medical negligence solicitor, such as those we work with at The Medical Negligence Experts, can minimise the risk of your claim ending up in court and help you reduce the time your request takes to resolve.
We have the right injury lawyers for you, whether you want to get compensation from the NHS for negligent care or seek redress from a private practitioner. There is no difference in the process between asking for payment for damages from a private or NHS professional, other than the NHS has their own legal department to handle all claims made against it. This department, called the NHS Litigation Authority, reports that more than 98% of all applications it receives are resolved out of court. Of the remainder, 1% are dropped by the claimant through lack of evidence, leaving you with a less than 1% chance of having to go to court to have your claim heard by a judge.
NHS Negligence Compensation Claims
Requesting compensation is not the same as raising a complaint. There are fundamental differences, and it is possible to do both, depending on your needs.
An NHS complaint:
- WILL trigger an investigation into the circumstances that caused your injury.
- WILL identify whether any procedures need to be changed to prevent future occurrence.
- WILL give you an apology, or at least an expression of regret that you have suffered.
- WILL NOT necessarily cause any member of staff to be disciplined or lose their job.
- WILL NOT pay compensation.
- A successful compensation claim:
- WILL ensure you are not penalised financially for your injury.
- WILL give you the funds to access the right rehabilitative treatment.
- WILL NOT lead to an apology from the responsible person or organisation.
- WILL NOT ensure practices are changed to prevent what happened to you happening to another patient.
The NHS complaints process allows 12 months from the date of treatment for a complaint to be raised. It is not necessary to raise a complaint before you start a compensation claim, although the information from a complaint can help to support your case for payment of damages. Some clients, especially those who are not sure whether their injury was caused by negligence, prefer to go through the complaints process before deciding whether or not to start their claim. Talking to one of the legal team at The Medical Negligence Experts can help you decide what will be your best course of action.
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we don’t believe anyone should be prevented from having expert legal advice and representation. We understand that most people don’t have access to the thousands of pounds it can cost to hire a lawyer privately, which is why all our medical negligence solicitors offer to work on a No Win No Fee* basis.
A No Win No Fee* agreement removes the requirement to pay your lawyer any upfront cost for their services. It works together with an insurance policy – either cover you may already have under an existing policy, or through an After the Event (ATE) policy if you do not. If necessary, we can provide you with information on ATE policies when looking at your funding options.
It is standard practice for the losing party to pay the other side’s legal costs. If your claim is not successful your insurance will cover this expense and your lawyer will waive their legal fee. The only expense you may incur is the cost of items like an independent medical expert report if you use one as evidence for your claim, or any charge for accessing your GP records.
If your claim is successful, the other party will pay your legal fees, including extra costs like court costs, and you will pay your lawyer a “success fee”, which is an agreed percentage of your final compensation payment. This amount, which can legally be no more than 25% of the damages you are awarded, is clearly set out at the start of your claim. For example, if you were awarded £2,000 in compensation, you would keep at least £1,500.
No Win No Fee* claims make it affordable to claim compensation for medical negligence without opening yourself up to financial risk. An added benefit of a No Win No Fee* agreement is that you know your solicitor will be doing their utmost to make sure you are paid maximum compensation for your injury as the amount they get depends on how much is awarded to you.
Your lawyer will thoroughly assess the circumstances around your injury before they offer to shoulder this risk themselves, and will typically only do so if they believe there is a good chance your claim will be successful.
You can find out more about funding your claim by talking to The Medical Negligence Experts or reading our No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Compensation Claims Guide.
In the majority of instances, there is a three-year statutory limit for raising a medical negligence claim. This period begins either from the date of your injury or the date you became aware your injury was caused by negligent treatment – whichever is the most recent. The earlier you obtain legal advice, the sooner you will know what options are available to you.
Start now by contacting The Medical Negligence Experts. You can either call us free from your mobile or landline, or use our online contact form and we will call you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
Expert clinical negligence solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.