Medical Negligence Solicitors in Cambridge
We are one of the leading teams of medical negligence solicitors in Cambridge because we get results. Our clients reach out to us when they are feeling hurt and vulnerable, having had their trust broken but a medical professional who failed to uphold their duty of care. We step in and offer legal advice and representation, supporting and guiding you as you seek retribution for your injury and the compensation you deserve.
A compensation claim is not something people undertake lightly. It is a long and, at times, complicated process that can be in your life for 18 months or more. At The Medical Negligence Experts, our goal is to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve in the least possible time and with as minimal disruption to your recovery and rehabilitation as possible. We recognise that you have already been through a traumatic time so we do all we can to ease the process of claiming payment for the damage you have sustained.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today if you or your loved one has been hurt by a medical professional’s negligent care.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Cambridge
Some people would have you believe that claiming compensation is a simple matter of filling in a form or sending a letter and waiting for the money to come rolling in. It is not. Claimant’s need to prove that it was the other party’s negligence that directly harmed them, and that their injury or illness was not the result of an existing condition or simply bad luck. This is where it pays to have an experienced medical negligence lawyer in Cambridge on your side.
As our name implies, The Medical Negligence Experts are specialists in this branch of personal injury law. Our clients work with lawyers who have experience of successfully handling their particular type of claim. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances around your injury and use the best evidence that builds a strong claim for compensation. We don’t cut corners that may end up costing you money in lost compensation later down the line.
Our clients reach for our support to gain retribution for unfair treatment. Compensation is a practical and legal way of recognising your pain and suffering. The money gives you access to the best resources to help with your recovery and rehabilitation, allowing you to move forward from your injury and live a happy and rewarding life without having to wait on lengthy NHS queues or take excessive time off work.
The Most Important Question to Ask
The first question we almost always receive from potential clients is whether they can make a claim. Our medical negligence lawyers in Cambridge will investigate the circumstances around your injury to see whether you have grounds to apply for compensation. Not every injury or unfortunate outcome is due to negligence, just as not all negligent care will cause harm. Both damage and blame need to be present for you to have legal grounds to claim compensation.
We work with prominent medical experts who can provide evidence to support your claim, helping to build a strong case that gives the responsible party no choice but to accept liability and pay you accordingly. Our aim is not just to get you a payment, but to obtain every penny you are entitled to receive. Anything less than you deserve is, in our eyes, unacceptable.
Make today the day you ask the most important question, by calling The Medical Negligence Experts. We are happy to give you a free, no obligation consultation with a legal advisor who will be able to talk about the claims process and how it may apply to you.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Our clinical negligence lawyers in Cambridge handle all types of medical negligence claims. It does not matter if you have seen a private doctor or been treated on the NHS, or if you had necessary or elective surgery. We can help if you have been hurt by your dentist, GP, midwife, care home worker, or any other medical professional you trust to help improve your health rather than harm it.
Some of the most common types of medical negligence claims include:
- GP negligence
- Surgical errors
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Care home negligence
- Doctor negligence
- Nurse negligence
Every compensation claim we handle is unique because each has a separate individual at its centre. The way we work is as much about finding the right support for our clients as it is about obtaining compensation for them.
Compensation gives you the means to help you get your life back on track. We do whatever is in our power to help you achieve this, providing the support that addresses both your short and long term needs.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Cambridge
Hiring a lawyer privately can cost thousands of pounds upfront, and there is no guarantee you will receive any compensation at the end of it. In fact, if your claim is unsuccessful, you are likely to find yourself paying not only your legal costs but those of your opponent. The expense can put legal support out of reach of those who need it most, and that’s just not fair.
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we believe that everyone who needs it should have access to quality legal representation, which is why our medical negligence solicitors in Cambridge offer to work under a No Win No Fee Agreement.
No Win No Fee* agreements, also called Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) remove the need to pay any legal fees in advance of receiving compensation.
Your solicitor will not recommend that you proceed with a claim unless they are sure there is a good (usually above 60%) chance it will be successful. This is particularly the case of No Win No Fee claims, where your lawyer is taking the financial risk on themselves.
If your claim is successful, then your opponent will pay your legal costs, including any additional costs you have incurred such as paying for an independent medical expert’s report or court costs. You will pay your solicitor a “success fee” which is a percentage of your total compensation amount that you agree at the start of your claim. There are no hidden costs or nasty surprises.
It is normal that the losing party pays the court costs and any legal expenses of their opponent. This means that, even though your lawyer will waive their fees if you lose, you may have to pay the other party’s legal costs. To protect you from financial risk in this eventuality, most clients either use insurance. You may already have cover as part of an existing house or motoring policy but, if not, After the Event insurance cover is simple to organise, and we can help you do so.
Claiming Compensation on Behalf of Someone Else
Our medical negligence lawyers in Cambridge frequently act for clients who are requesting compensation in the name of a family member or close friend. These people are called “litigation friends” and can submit a request for damages if the victim is a minor or does not have the legal capacity to manage their affairs themselves.
There is only one real difference between claims raised by the affected party and those brought by a litigation friend, and that is the way compensation is paid. Instead of going to directly to the claimant, it is made into a legal trust which is administered on the claimant’s behalf until they are able to do so themselves. A judge needs to approve the final payment and the trust details.
Litigation friends are typically parents claiming for their child, and adult children applying on behalf of their parent.
Get in touch with us today if you want to find out more about acting as a litigation friend for someone you care about.
Out of Court Compensation Claims
The possibility of going to court is a concern for many clients at the start of the claims process. For most law abiding citizens, a court is an unfamiliar and potentially intimidating place. You do not need to worry when it comes to making medical negligence claims because we do everything in our power to ensure you receive a fair settlement without having to go to court.
We know that claims which are referred to court can take up to 18 months longer than a similar application which does not, and that the process can cause extra financial and emotional pressure for our clients. We will only recommend you lodge your claim with a court if the other party refuses to pay what we know to be a fair and reasonable amount of compensation, or if they deny liability when we are aware we have the evidence necessary to prove negligence.
Your hearing date may be a year or more after you submit your claim to the courts and clients are expected to continue to try to resolve their differences during this time. It is not unheard of for disputes to be resolved out of court of on the morning of the hearing.
Although we want to avoid a situation where you are in court, we will not do so at the expense of your rights. Claim disputes are resolved in a civil courtroom. There is no jury, and the judge wears standard business attire – they do not preside imposingly from a platform while wearing a wig and cloak as you see in films!
A claim hearing is usually over in a matter of hours. The judge’s decision is final, which is why we make sure your application is watertight before we reach that point and, since it is so strong, the other party frequently agrees to pay appropriate compensation to avoid the financial penalty a judge may impose if they go to court and lose.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claims in Cambridge FAQ
You may have a dozen questions for which you want answers. We have listed replies to some of the more common questions we hear, but please call if you want to find out more about how a claim could work for you.
Can I make a claim?
If you have been genuinely injured and it can be proven someone else was to blame, you may be entitled to apply for payment of compensation. Your medical negligence solicitor in Cambridge will also check when your injury happened, or when you became aware that it was caused by negligence, as there is a three-year time limit to raise a compensation claim.
How long will it take?
The average time it takes for a claim to be resolved is around 18 months to two years. It can be longer if there is a disagreement over who was responsible or how much compensation you deserve, or if the long-term effects of your injury are unclear and you are likely to need lifetime support and care. In the latter instance, as long as the other party admits liability, we can apply for an interim compensation payment to prevent you from struggling financially while you are recovering.
How much compensation will I get?
There is no definitive early answer to this question, but your lawyer in Cambridge will be able to give you a good indication of what they believe you deserve once they have investigated the details of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Your compensation calculation will include payment in recognition of physical pain and suffering as well as recovery of any money you have had to spend as the result of your accident, including medical treatment and lost earnings.
The best way to get all your questions answered is to phone and arrange for a consultation with a legal professional. There is no charge, and you are under no obligation to start a claim. A call to The Medical Negligence Experts will give you the information you need to decide whether claiming compensation is the right move for you, so call or fill in our online contact form today.
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 Cambridge 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.