Medical Negligence Solicitors in Cardiff
The Medical Negligence Solicitors is one of the country’s leading firms for clients injured through medical negligence. Working with experienced medical negligence solicitors in Cardiff, Leeds, London, Manchester and other parts of the UK, we help people get the compensation they deserve. There is no reason you should suffer financially as well as physically. With The Medical Negligence Experts you can access the compensation you need to move on from your injury.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
When you choose the Medical Negligence Experts, you are not choosing just one lawyer but a team of skilled professionals. We will match you with the solicitor who has the knowledge and experience of successfully claiming compensation for your specific type of negligence whether it is related to private or NHS treatment, and even cosmetic and elective surgery.
Types of medical negligence claims we handle include:
Pregnancy and Birth Injury Claims
Birth injuries can have devastating effects at what should be a joyful and exciting time for the family. Failing to monitor expecting mothers and those in labour can threaten both the mother’s and baby’s health. Conditions like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes require frequent assessment to manage the additional risk. If you believe your care during pregnancy or birth was negligent, and that this was the cause of an injury to yourself or your child, talk to The Medical Negligence Experts to find out about claiming compensation.
Hospital Negligence Claims
You are entitled to the same standard of care whether you are treated in a private hospital or one run by an NHS trust. There is no doubt that there are times when staff are under enormous pressure, and even the most experienced can make a mistake, but there is no reason you should be injured or fall ill as the result of substandard care. Claims for hospital negligence can include anything from failing to read a patient’s notes correctly before administering medication to lack of regular maintenance of equipment that can lead to a misdiagnosis.
There is a variety of reasons medical misdiagnosis occurs. Sometimes a GP is lax in assessing a patient or making a referral, while other successful claims have been due to a mistake made when testing samples, administration errors which meant a patient was not seen when they should have been, and misreading test results. The law accepts that it is possible for health professionals to take all reasonable steps and a patient still be misdiagnosed, however in cases where it is clear there has been a failing towards a patient, The Medical Negligence Experts can assist in obtaining appropriate compensation.
Cosmetic Surgery Claims
Until relatively recently, the cosmetic surgery industry was under-regulated, and it was possible for practitioners to deliver treatments with little more than informal qualifications. Tighter rules introduced in 2016 have now made it a legal requirement for the surgeon to ensure the patient is fully aware of the risks associated with their treatment and can provide informed consent, and that they have not been aggressively sold a product or deceived in any advertising.
Cosmetic surgery negligence claims can cover surgical treatments like breast augmentation and liposuction, and treatments like tattoo removal, facial fillers, and dermabrasion. If you believe your injury was caused as the result of negligence, then talk to the team at The Medical Negligence Experts. We may also be able to assist if you went abroad for treatment.
GP Negligence Claims
GPs are typically your first port of call when you feel unwell. Their role is to diagnose and treat when they can, and refer patients to a specialist when they are unable to diagnose a cause or their prescribed treatment does not work. GPs are also responsible for making sure they do not allow a patient to remain on a particular type of treatment or medication for an excessively long period without regular assessment.
While the vast majority of GPs in the UK support their patients to a high standard, there are unfortunate occasions where this level of care falls below what is acceptable. If you feel you or a loved one has suffered illness or injury as the result of a negligent GP care, get in touch with us.
Hospital Acquired Infection Claims
C.Diff and MRSA are two of the most common types of hospital-acquired infections which affect patients in the UK. The bacteria for these illnesses can exist harmlessly on the skin, only causing problems when a patient’s immune system is vulnerable, such as when they are ill or recovering from an operation. Hospitals and care homes are required to maintain strict standards of hygiene to prevent avoidable outbreaks of infection. While some patients recover fully from their ordeal, others are left with debilitating side-effects that can be permanent.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
The first step in a successful compensation application is determining whether you have grounds to claim. Your lawyer will seek to prove the cause for the claim – that is, that you were injured, contracted an illness, or that your condition deteriorated faster than it would otherwise have done.
The second criteria is liability. Someone needs to have breached their duty of care towards you, resulting in your injury or illness. This could be at a personal level, like a nurse giving an incorrect dosage of medication, or at an institutional level, such as cost cutting measures in a hospital which meant scanning equipment was not maintained and working correctly and your diagnosis was subsequently delayed.
Cause and liability must exist together for a claim to be valid. You may experience negligent care, but if it doesn’t cause damage, then you are not entitled to compensation. Likewise, you may suffer an avoidable incident, such as a hospital-acquired infection, but if the care provider took all reasonable steps to prevent this from happening and the care provided was of a similar standard that that given in comparable venues, then there is no liability and therefore no claim.
Once your lawyer has verified you have cause and liability, you will know you have grounds to claim compensation and can choose whether to proceed. We offer our clients a No Win No Fee* agreement to make legal support affordable.
Compensation Amounts for Medical Negligence
Clients naturally want to know how much compensation they will receive. We promise that we will strive for the maximum compensation for your injury. Compensation is more than a number – it is a resource that will help you access the support you need to move on from your injury and live your life as it would have been before your injury, or as close to it as possible. It is about making sure that, while you have been injured physically (or emotionally, if you have lost a loved one through negligence) that you do not suffer financially as well.
Compensation is paid for pain and suffering – general damage that affects your quality of life. Has it left you with a permanent disability or condition? Are you able to return to your normal job or are your employment prospects now limited? Do you need additional care with daily tasks like driving or getting dressed? Every claim is assessed individually in detail to make sure the amount of compensation is sufficient to meet the claimant’s future needs.
Proof of pain and suffering comes from your medical records together with a report from an independent medical expert. The latter is important as it will help show that another professional in a similar role would not have committed the same act of negligence.
In addition to general damages, special damages are paid for financial loss or expense you have endured as the result of your injury. This can include loss of earnings – including expected overtime or bonuses, the cost of additional treatment or at-home nursing care, prescription costs and travel expenses. If you have been left with a disability and need to make changes to your home, this can be reflected in the amount of special damages requested.
Claims involving brain damage and spinal injury, where a patient’s long-term prognosis may not be clear, can take years to process. Where the other party admits liability, your solicitor can request an interim compensation payment so you do not suffer financial hardship. This amount will be deducted from the final agreed payment.
Compensation Claim Processing Times
Claiming compensation for medical negligence can take anywhere from around nine months to over three. It is not possible to be specific at the initial stage of your claim though, as a general rule, the more obvious the negligence is and the less serious your injury, the faster it will be to resolve. Average processing times are between 12 and 18 months.
Your lawyer will begin by getting the evidence to prove cause and liability, which can take weeks to months, depending on the nature of your negligent treatment and how long ago it occurred. This information is then sent to the other party with the request they acknowledge liability and pay an appropriate amount of compensation. They then have four months to investigate and respond to the Letter of Claim.
If the defendant denies liability or you can’t agree on what is a fair compensation payment, your lawyer may recommend you start court proceedings. Litigation needs to begin within three years of the date of the negligent incident, or by the claimant’s 21st birthday if they were a minor at the time.
Nearly all compensation claims settle without the need to go to court. The NHS Litigation Authority, who handles all claims against the NHS, resolve more than 98% of their claims out of court, and it is likely that your claim will be too. We will only recommend starting litigation if we know and can prove that you are being treated unfairly, and will continue to advise and support you through the process.
Claiming Compensation on Behalf of Another Person
The Medical Negligence Experts also work with clients claiming on behalf of another person. Parents or guardians can claim on behalf of a child at any point up until the child’s 18th birthday when the victim can begin the claim themselves.
It is also possible to claim for a victim of medical negligence if the victim is considered by the court to be unable to act for themselves, such as in the case of a patient who have serious learning difficulties.
Claims made on behalf of someone else do not need to go to court. However, the settlement needs to be approved by the court in an informal hearing. Any compensation paid will go into trust to be held for them until they are legally able to manage their finances themselves, or be allocated by the trustees for the claimant’s benefit.
Find Out More Today
The easiest way to start your successful compensation claim is to get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today. We can give you a free consultation to answer any questions you have about if and how you can make a claim. You can also start your claim today but filling in our online form, and one of our team will call you.
Compensation won’t erase the fact that you have been injured through no fault of your own but it will give you the means to move forward. Our team is made up of skilled and experienced professionals who understand the impact medical negligence can have, and who will treat you with respect and sensitivity in acknowledgement of the pain you may still be suffering. No claim is the same, but every client will receive the same exceptional standard legal support and advice.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Cardiff have secured compensation for clients affected by many types of negligent acts by GPs, surgeons, and other care professionals. We have the specialist expertise to do the same for you, so get in touch today to find out more.
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.
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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.