Medical Negligence Solicitors in Bristol
If you have received an injury because someone a healthcare professional couldn’t do their job properly, get in touch with our team of medical negligence solicitors in Bristol. It doesn’t matter whether the negligence resulted from genuine error, institutional failings or simple ineptitude, there is no reason you should be penalised financially on top of suffering physically.
The Medical Negligence Experts handle all types of medical negligence claims, including those made against both NHS and private practices. We work hard to ensure you obtain the maximum compensation for negligence that you deserve, giving you the financial means you need to make the best possible recovery and move on from your injury.
The claims process can be time-consuming and complicated. Our medical negligence lawyers in Bristol have the knowledge and experience to minimise the risk of frustrating delays and dead ends, and shield you from your opponent’s lawyers who will do their best to protect their client’s interest and your expense.
If you believe your injury could have been avoided, contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.
Every day, millions of people around the UK will put their faith in a medical professional to improve their health in some way. They might see their GP about concerning symptoms, collect a prescription, have a dental check up, or be taken by ambulance to Accident and Emergency with a life-threatening condition. Most of these patients will receive excellent care.
Victims of medical negligence are not so fortunate. They will put their trust in a professional who fails in their duty of care and delivers a standard of care that is not only disappointing but which causes harm.
For your medical negligence claim to be valid you need to prove two points:
- That you have suffered a genuine injury; and
- Your injury was the direct result of negligence.
Proving an injury is usually straightforward. Your medical records will show damage like infected pressure ulcers caused by poor nursing care, or a fracture that has resulted from a lack of care while moving you between your bed and a wheelchair. It can be more difficult if you have an underlying illness, such as proving your cancer is worse than it would have been had your doctor not been negligent with their delayed diagnosis.
The Medical Negligence Experts specialise in these type of claims. Our job is to firstly identify that you have legal grounds to make a claim and that someone was responsible, at least in part, for the physical damage you have sustained.
Once we have verified that your injury is genuine and there is documented evidence to support this, your medical negligence solicitor in Bristol will find the proof that shows it was the direct cause of negligent care. Obtaining such proof can take some time and involve not only getting your medical records, but speaking to witnesses, having an independent medical expert assess you, and comparing the care you received with the standard of care provided by similar professionals.
Just as there may be occasions where a patient is injured despite all care being taken, there are also times when they endure negligent care but are not harmed. Neither of these situations gives legal grounds to apply for compensation – both injury and blame need to be present for any claim to be valid.
Every type of treatment comes with a risk – some higher than others. If your care provider does not inform you of that risk and take all reasonable steps to avoid it, and this leads to your health being adversely affected, you may have grounds to claim compensation, and we can help you do that.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts has successfully claimed compensation for negligent care provided by an array of medical professionals including GPs, surgeons, nurses and midwives, dentists, pharmacists and opticians.
Medical negligence claims our medical negligence lawyers in Bristol handle include:
- GP negligence
- Surgical negligence
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis claims
- Birth injury claims
- Lack of consent claims
- NHS negligence
- Prescription errors
- Hospital negligence, including Accident and Emergency negligence
Negligence and injury can happen in any healthcare setting. We may even be able to assist if you were hurt through negligent medical care received abroad.
You can find out more by calling The Medical Negligence Experts today on our free phone number or filling in our online contact form to arrange a call from and advisor.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Bristol
One of the primary concerns clients have when they decide to proceed with a claim is how they will pay for it. Quality legal advice and representation are expensive, but we don’t believe anyone should be denied support when they need it which is why our medical negligence solicitors in Bristol work on a No Win No Fee basis.
No Win No Fee* claims, sometimes referred to as Conditional Fee Agreements, are where your lawyer agrees to should the financial risk associated with making a claim so that you don’t have to.
Before they do this, they will investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury in detail to make sure your claim has a good chance of being successful.
We offer prospective clients a free, no obligation consultation so you can find out more about whether you may be able to make a No Win No Fee* claim, and the process for doing so.
Conditional Fee Agreements work together with an insurance policy. You may already have cover through an existing health or home insurance policy but, if not, we can advise on the best types of After the Event insurance policies to protect you financially.
You do not have to pay your lawyer up front. If you win your claim, your opponent will pay your lawyer’s fees as well as any incidental expenses the claim has cost you, such as medical reports or court fees. They will also pay you compensation for your physical damage in addition to the financial loss you have incurred like lost income or having to pay for private medical treatment to repair the damage they caused. All you will have to pay is your lawyer’s “success fee”, which you will agree as a percentage of your total compensation payment at the start of the claim.
If you lose, your lawyer will waive their fees. The court is likely to instruct you to pay your opponent’s legal costs which will be covered by your insurance policy. Therefore, apart from the odd incidental expense incurred, you will not have to pay anything if you lose.
You may be a little sceptical of No Win No Fee agreements, thinking that just because something costs you nothing means it is worthless. We can assure you that the standard of legal support you will receive will be exceptional. One of the benefits of No Win No Fee claims is that your lawyer’s payment depends on them obtaining a positive result for you. If you don’t get paid, then they don’t get paid either.
Acting as a Litigation Friend
There are occasions when it is not possible for a victim of medical negligence to start a claim themselves, either because they are under the age of 18 or because they do not have the mental ability to manage their legal and financial affairs. In these instances, a close friend or family member can act on their behalf, becoming what is called a “litigation friend”.
The claims process and the support you receive from your medical negligence lawyer in Bristol is the same as if you were applying for compensation for yourself. The only difference is that the money is not paid directly to you or the victim, but is instead held in a trust and managed on the victim’s behalf. Where most agreements conclude out of court, claims made for a third party need to be finalised by a judge who approves the payment and the trust arrangements. Trustees are appointed to oversee the management of the money and either invest it until the victim can manage their funds themselves, or use it to pay for treatment and equipment that will help make the victim’s life easier.
Settling a Compensation Claim Out of Court
Many people we meet, indeed for much of the general public, have very little to do with “the law”. You might encounter it if you legally separate from a partner or get divorced, or briefly if you receive a fine for speeding. For most people, however, the prospect of courts and judges is unfamiliar and intimidating.
You do not need to worry about going to court when you work with The Medical Negligence Experts. The NHS Litigation Authority, who handles all claims made against the NHS, state that less than 1% of all requests they handle need to go to court. The vast majority of around 98% settle out of court, while just over 1% are dropped by the client through lack of evidence.
We will do our best to avoid your claim going to court by creating a strong legal foundation with research and evidence. We take no chances that any aspect of your claim may be unpicked by rigorously fact-checking and working with independent experts who will help provide irrefutable evidence to support your application.
Our aim is to obtain every penny of compensation you deserve in the least possible time, but we will not rush at the expense of ensuring every facet of your claim is exactly as it should be. If the other party denies liability and we can prove that they were responsible, or if they refuse to offer what we know to be a fair and appropriate amount of compensation, we may advise you submit your claim to court for a judge to assess and decide the outcome. Their ruling is final, so litigation is not a step anyone wants to take unless they are 100% confident of the strength of their claim.
Even once a court date has been assigned, which could be 12 to 18 months after your submission, we will continue to negotiate with the other party with the goal of achieving your payment without having to go to court.
We are happy to give you a free, no obligation consultation where you can ask a legal expert any question you have about the claims process. We have listed a few of the most common questions here to help you get started.
Can I make a claim?
If a medical professional made a mistake and you were harmed as a direct result, you may be able to claim compensation for damages. In most instances, you need to start your claim within three years of the date of your injury or three years of the date you became aware your injury was caused by negligence.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your lawyer will be able to answer this question in more detail once they have investigated your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Each claim is unique because no one is affected by an injury in the same way. The Judicial College publishes guidelines for payment in recognition of physical injury, but even these can vary. For example, a person who worked as a taxi driver and lost partial use of their eyesight may receive a higher payment than someone who was already retired and didn’t drive anyway.
In addition to general damages for your physical injury, special damages may be awarded in recognition of financial loss you have incurred. These amounts can cover things like prescription costs or corrective surgery done privately, travel expenses, lost income, and even if your partner has had to take time off work to care for you.
How long will my claim take?
As with any personal injury claim, the easier it is to prove blame and the more straightforward your injury, the faster it will take. The average processing time for a medical negligence claim is around 18 months, but it can take longer if the long-term implications of your injury are still unclear, or if the other party refuses to accept liability.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. The sooner you get expert legal advice, the stronger your position will be should you decide to pursue a claim.
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 Bristol 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.