Medical Negligence Solicitors in Carlisle
Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors in Carlisle give expert advice and guidance to victims of medical negligence. We are not run-of-the-mill lawyers, but experts in our field who never lose sight of the person at the heart of each claim. Our goal is not only to obtain every penny of compensation to which you are entitled but to do so in a way that causes as little stress as possible.
The Medical Negligence Experts do everything within our power to make it easy for you to claim compensation for medical negligence, starting with a free consultation with a legal expert who will be happy to answer any questions you have about starting an application, questions like:
- Can I make a claim?
- Will claiming compensation affect my treatment?
- How do I claim against a private practitioner?
- Can I still seek compensation for negligence if it was elective surgery?
- How can I prove that my injury was avoidable?
We can also help if you want to make a formal complaint against the person or practice where you received your care. While a compensation claim will give you payment for damages, you will not necessarily receive an apology or any reassurance that steps will be taken to prevent your experience happening to other unfortunate patients. You may want to consider a making a complaint if answers and an apology are important to you.
Your successful compensation claim starts when you get in contact with The Medical Negligence Experts. We will investigate your case to see if you have legal grounds to apply for payment of damages and talk to you about ways you can finance your claim, including through a No Win No Fee* agreement.
If you decide to proceed, then we will request your medical records and gather other medical evidence to support your claim and show that your injury was avoidable and should not have happened. The application for payment is submitted to the responsible party with the request that they pay for the damage they caused. They then have up to four months to conduct their own investigation and respond.
It is normal for some form of negotiation to take place at this point. The other party may dispute liability and state that a pre-existing illness caused your injury or that it was simply bad luck. They may refuse to offer an acceptable amount of compensation, denying what we know to be a fair and reasonable amount based on the physical and financial harm you have suffered. Although these negotiations may continue for some time, nearly every compensation claim settles without having to go to court.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Carlisle will fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. If the other party refuses to admit responsibility or pay an acceptable amount, we may recommend you submit your claim to a court for a judge to make a legally binding decision. Either way, you can trust that we will continue to advise and represent you until your claim is resolved.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts can help with any type of medical negligence claim. We can successfully obtain maximum compensation whether you were treated by a private practitioner or through the NHS and whether you had life-saving or elective surgery. If you were hurt because someone let you down, your claim-specialist will give the assistance you need to get the compensation you deserve.
Types of claims we handle include:
- Accident and Emergency Negligence
- Birth Injuries
- Care Home Negligence
- Dental Negligence
- Eye Injuries
- GP Negligence
- Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
- Surgical Negligence
- Prescription Errors
This list is not exhaustive so if your type of claim does not appear here just get in touch and we will match you to a lawyer who has the knowledge and experience you need to make a successful claim for damages.
Medical misdiagnosis is one of the most common types of claims we handle. While misdiagnosis may not have caused your condition, such as cancer, incorrectly identifying it can lead to delays in treatment that can have devastating results. Medical misdiagnosis typically occurs when a GP neglects to refer you for specialist assessment, or when a specialist dismisses your symptoms as something else or misinterprets test results that lead them to make a wrong diagnosis.
Surgical errors are more common that you may think, but they do not only occur in the operating theatre. A doctor has a legal obligation to ensure their patient is aware of all potential risks and outcomes associated with surgery, as well as alternative treatments and their risks. While this applies to all operations, it is particularly noticeable in cases of cosmetic surgery negligence claims. Surgeons also have a duty to ensure a patient is a good candidate for surgery.
Surgical negligence in Carlisle can occur in any step of the process from failing to obtain informed consent, to operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving a foreign object inside a body, and infection caused by poor post-surgical care.
Prescription errors can happen when the script is written or when it is filled. A prescribing physician has a responsibility to inform themselves of a patient’s medical history, allergies, and any other medicine they are taking before they prescribe anything. Pharmacies have strict protocols regarding the way medicine is obtained, stored and dispensed. They should also ensure the patient knows how to take and store the medicine at home. Being given the wrong type of medicine can, at best, delay a patient’s recovery. At worst, it can be fatal, and there have been several cases of death linked to prescription errors in the press in recent years.
The easiest way to fund your application for compensation is with a No Win No Fee* medical negligence claim. Why should you be crippled by an enormous loan or have to deplete your savings to get the justice you deserve?
Our No Win No Fee claims take the financial risk out of starting a claim. Whether you win or lose, you won’t have to pay any legal costs. If your claim is successful, then we will recover as much of your legal expenses as possible from the other party. If your claim is unsuccessful then your legal fees, and those of your opponent, will be covered by an insurance policy – either one you already have or an After the Event specialist policy we can help you set up.
We believe that top quality legal advice and representation should be affordable for everyone who needs it, and most of the claims our medical negligence solicitors in Carlisle handle are done on a No Win No Fee* basis.
Call The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out about making a No Win No Fee* claim for compensation in Carlisle. We can talk to you about all your possible funding options, including insurance policies and Legal Aid (if you are claiming for a birth injury caused by negligence and are eligible).
Claiming Compensation for Another Person
It is possible to make a claim on behalf of a relative or friend if they are unable to so themselves either because they are under age, or because they are legally unable to manage their financial affairs. People who act in this capacity are called “litigation friends”. These people are typically either:
- Parents or legal guardians
- Adult children
- Family members or friends
- An individual who holds Power of Attorney
- A nominated solicitor
- A professional independent advocate
A court will check that you are a suitable person to act as a litigation friend, that there are no conflicting interests and that you will work in a way that is fair and competent and which puts the needs of the victims first.
Compensation claims made by litigation friends are handled in much the same way as those made by the victim. The only difference is that the settlement needs to be approved by the court, and the money paid into a legal trust to be administered on behalf of the claimant until they can legally do so themselves.
Out of Court Compensation Claims
The prospect of having to go to court to obtain compensation is understandably a concern for many potential claimants. The majority of the population goes through life without ever having to deal with courts and lawyers formally, so the idea of being questioned by the defendant’s barrister and having to prove your claim – however strongly justified it is – can be daunting.
You don’t need to worry because it is very unusual for a claim not to be resolved out of court. The NHS Litigation Authority, who handles all claims made against the NHS, reports that 98% of their cases are resolved without having to go to court. If the remaining claims, just over 1% are dropped by the claimant due to insufficient evidence, leaving a tiny number which are heard by a judge.
We do everything in our power to save you the time and stress of having your claim heard in court. In fact, we typically only recommend clients take court action is if the other party denies being responsible for your injury or if they refuse to pay what we know to be a fair and reasonable amount of compensation. Even in these cases, we will continue to negotiate with the goal of obtaining compensation before your court date.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claim FAQ
It’s likely that you have questions you want answers to before you decide whether or not making a claim is right for you. We have listed the answers some of the ones we hear most often from new clients but if your question isn’t answered below, or you want more information about your particular situation, just use our free phone number or fill in our online form to arrange a consultation with one of our legal experts.
Can I claim compensation?
There are three key questions to ask when determining whether you are eligible to seek compensation:
- Have you been injured, and do you have medical evidence that shows you were injured or physically harmed?
- Was this injury caused by negligence? For your claim to be valid, you will need to show that you were hurt because your care provider made an avoidable error which would not be expected from someone in their role.
- Did it happen in the last three years, or have you become aware that negligence caused your injury in the previous three years? Most compensation claims have a legal statute on them and, even if you have all the evidence to prove your injury was the result of negligient care, you will still be ineligible to receive payment for damages.
How much compensation will I receive?
Although it’s not possible to be accurate at this early stage, your medical negligence lawyer in Carlisle will be able to give you a good indication of how much compensation you can expect to receive once they have investigated your claim in detail. They will not only look at the type of injury you have sustained and the long term implications this has on your health, but will also request compensation for any expenses you have incurred as a direct result of your injury. These additional damages can include the cost of other medical or nursing care, as well as costs like transport fees and even income lost because you have been unable to work.
How long will my claim take?
A typical claim for medical negligence compensation lasts between 12 and 18 months. It can take longer if the other party refuses to admit responsibility or agree to an appropriate payment, or if your long term prognosis is unclear and the extent of ongoing care you will need is not yet known.
The only way to know how long your application will take and how much compensation you are entitled to receive is to ask. The right compensation payment will help you get the rehabilitative support and care you need to make the best possible recovery from your injury and move forward with your life.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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 Carlisle working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Carlisle 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.