Medical Negligence Solicitors in Doncaster
When you see a professional about a health concern, you trust that they will do their job to the best of their ability. Most provide a good standard of care and your treatment goes as expected. Unfortunately, through genuine error, careless mistakes, or institutional failings, you may have have been injured through clinical malpractice.
If you have suffered as the result of medical negligence, talk to The Compensation Experts. We are one of the leading firms of medical negligence solicitors in Doncaster and can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve. Our experience and knowledge mean we understand the effect an injury has had so we can support and guide our clients smoothly through the claims process.
Ask for a free consultation with one of our trained legal advisors today. We know you would rather not be in a position where you are entitled to claim compensation, but having it will help you access the rehabilitative treatment and care you need. With the right medical negligence solicitors, you can turn what is one of the worst times of your life into the start of a positive future.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Medical professionals commit to a duty of care towards their patients when they agree to treat them. When they fail to uphold this responsibility, and a patient is hurt as a result, it may be possible to claim compensation.
Our experienced medical negligence lawyers in Doncaster have successfully handled a wide variety of medical negligence cases including those for birth injuries, cosmetic surgery negligence, medical misdiagnosis, fatal negligence, care home negligence, GP mistakes, and claims against the NHS.
GP negligence is typical of the type of medical negligence claim we handle at The Medical Negligence Experts. It can take various forms: including failing to refer a patient for appropriate tests or specialist assessment, prescribing medication which is inappropriate for a patient’s condition or has contains ingredients to which they are allergic to, and misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment. It may also involve not keeping accurate medical notes that lead to a future failing in the patient’s care.
Claims against NHS practitioners are handled by a central body called the NHS Litigation Authority. We are extremely familiar with their processes, having represented many clients in successful NHS negligence claims for compensation. Our wealth of experience will work to your benefit as it means your claim is likely to go more smoothly and be less stressful than if it was handled by a lawyer with no practical knowledge of NHS claims.
There is no substitute for experience when it comes to obtaining maximum compensation. We will carefully match you with the solicitor who has the relevant expertise in handling your particular type of medical negligence claim. We promise to work hard to secure you the best possible outcome, taking into account all your needs – not only your financial ones. Some people find making a claim very stressful, while others feel it is a cathartic way to put their experience behind them. Our service is tailored to meet the needs of individual clients so you never feel uncomfortable or in the dark about what is happening.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
Once you have contacted The Medical Negligence Experts and had an initial chat, we will arrange a suitable time for a more detailed initial consultation. This is a free, no obligation opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about making a claim, and where we can advise you about whether you have legal grounds to request compensation. We can also look at funding options, including our No Win No Fee* agreement.
If it appears there is cause for you to be paid damages and you want to go ahead and request them, we will contact the other party to find out whether they acknowledge responsibility at this early stage. They may acknowledge their failings, or they may want more information before responding. If they admit liability and you still need ongoing treatment, we can request an interim payment to cover expenses like private medical care, so the wait for payment does not hinder your recovery.
We will go through your case in detail, collecting all the necessary information to show the extent of pain and suffering you have endured and the effect your injury has had on your life. This information will come in part from your medical notes, but we will also speak to independent medical professionals and arrange for them to examine and evaluate your experience and the failings in your care. They will use their expertise to provide a prognosis of the significance your injury will have on your life in future.
Medical Negligence Claim FAQ
We know you probably have a lot of questions going through your mind. Here are answers to the most common questions clients ask when they are considering claiming compensation for medical negligence.
Can I Make a Compensation Claim?
- You may be entitled to claim compensation if:
- You have been injured by a healthcare professional
- It was avoidable – that is, it was caused by the actions of a person or institutional failings
- Your injury happened within the last three years
Not every incidence of negligence represents legal grounds to claim compensation. Likewise, not all injuries sustained during treatment are due to negligence. For your claim to be valid, you will need to show that you were physically injured and that someone was at fault.
Will I have to Go to Court?
We do our best to resolve claims out of court. The vast majority of claims settle out of court, and it’s likely yours will too. The NHS Litigation Authority resolves more than 98% of all claims made against the NHS out of court, and claim resolutions made against private practitioners are similar. We will always do our best to resolve your claim in the shortest possible time which typically means coming to an out of court agreement.
Although claims court is nothing like you see on TV – no judge in a wig, no imposing room, no jury – going to court can still be stressful. We can advise you on whether you should litigate your claim, but the decision will be yours. We may recommend submitting your claim to court if the other party denies responsibility for your injury or if they refuse to pay what we feel is a fair and appropriate amount of compensation. Even when a date for the trial has been set, we will still continue to negotiate for an out of court settlement. If your claim does end up before a judge, we’ll be there advising and guiding you to the most successful outcome.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive?
There are several considerations when calculating the amount of compensation, which makes it difficult to give an accurate estimate of payment at the initial stage of your claim. In addition to using guidelines set out by the Judicial College regarding payment for damages, we will look at the cost your injury has had on you in terms of private medical expenses, paying for prescriptions, lost income, and projected future expenses for medical support.
Compensation payments are calculated by adding general damages for pain and suffering together with special damages specific to your circumstances. As a general rule, the more severe your injuries and longer lasting the effects, the higher your compensation payment will be.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
Compensation claims for medical negligence can take anywhere from nine months to three or more years. Our aim will always be to resolve your claim in the shortest possible time, but we won’t cut corners or put your final payment amount at risk.
As with the amount of compensation you can expect, the nature of your injury will impact the duration your claim takes. A clean fracture which heals completely without leaving any effects will take less time to resolve than a spinal injury where a victim’s long-term prognosis is unclear.
Further influencing factors include whether or not the other party acknowledges responsibility for their actions for your injury or whether they deny liability, and the amount of time that has lapsed between your injury and the start of your claim. The sooner we can begin investigating the circumstances around your injury, the easier it is to obtain evidence to support your claim.
Is There are Time Limit for Making a Claim?
You have three years from the date of your injury to start a compensation claim for medical negligence, or three years from the date it was determined your injury was caused by negligent care. The exceptions to this statutory time limit are:
If you were a minor at the time of your injury. Your parent or guardian can start a claim at any point from the date of your injury up until your 18th birthday. Once you turn 18 and are legally an adult, you have three years to begin a claim yourself.
If you are claiming on behalf of a person without the mental capacity to claim for themselves. Their ability needs to be legally determined, and any compensation received will go into a trust to be managed by the appointed trustees until such time (if ever) the victim is legally able to manage their finances themselves. If they regain their mental capacity, they have three years from the date they are declared legally able to start a claim.
How Do I Make a Fatal Negligence Claim?
The claims process for fatal negligence is slightly different to other claims, in that compensation is not requested for the victim but for those they leave behind. The death of a loved one at the hands of a person or organisation you trusted with their lives can be not only emotionally devastating but financially crippling.
Fatally negligent treatment could result in a patient dying as the result of surgery or treatment, because their illness was not diagnosed, or because their diagnosis was delayed and they did not receive the lifesaving care they required in time, if at all. A post-mortem is carried out when a death is unexpected, followed by an inquest if the results of it are unclear. If you suspect your loved one died from medical negligence then talk to The Medical Negligence Experts.
What Does “No Win No Fee” Mean?
The most common way our clients fund their claims is with a No Win No Fee* agreement. The benefit of this type of conditional agreement is that it reduces the financial risk associated with paying for legal representation with no guarantee of receiving compensation.
We will talk to you about funding options to make sure you are comfortable with any financial implications at the start of your claim. You may already have cover as part of your existing health, home, or trade union insurance policy, or yours could be one of the rare claims which can be covered by Legal Aid.
No Win No Fee policies are sometimes referred to as conditional agreements. They are funded by an After-the-Event insurance policy that will cover any legal fees for which you are responsible. If you win, most of your legal expenses will be covered either by an agreed percentage of your final compensation payment or by the defendant. If you lose, you will not have to pay any of your legal expenses with us, while the insurance policy will cover the cost of the defendant’s expenses. We only recommend a client pursue a claim if we believe there is a very strong chance it will be successful.
You can find out more by filling in our online contact form and stating when it is convenient for us to call you.
*conditions may apply
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 in Doncaster 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.