Medical Negligence Solicitors in Hereford
Talk to our medical negligence solicitors in Hereford today if you or your loved one has been injured as the result of inadequate medical care. The Medical Negligence Experts specialise in helping people just like you to get the compensation they deserve.
It is bad enough that a medical professional had let you down and caused you an injury when you trusted them with your health and well-being. There is no reason to suffer in silence, stretching yourself financially because you have to pay for rehabilitative treatment or struggling physically because you cannot afford to do so.
To find out whether or not you are entitled to claim compensation contact The Medical Negligence Experts today to arrange a legal consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about claiming compensation for medical negligence. This consultation is free – we won’t charge you for advice or pressure you to start your application.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Hereford
The easiest way to find out if you have the right to seek compensation for medical negligence is to talk to The Medical Negligence Experts.
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional such as a doctor nurse or dentist, fails to uphold acceptable standards of care. However, this in itself is not sufficient to claim compensation.
To have grounds to apply for payment of compensation, you have to demonstrate that not only was your care negligent but that it led directly to you receiving an injury
Proving negligence is complicated, which is why it is vital to the success of your claim that you work with a solicitor who specialises in handling medical negligence claims and who has a comprehensive understanding of the law and the process around requesting compensation.
As the claimant, it is your responsibility, or that of your lawyers, to show your care was negligent. This is proven by comparing the way your practitioner acted towards you, with what is considered acceptable practice. Every treatment carries with it some degree of risk. Negligence occurs when that risk is not identified or adequately managed, and you receive an injury as a result.
Types of Medical Negligence Compensation Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts can help with any medical negligence claim. We work with solicitors who have experience in all aspects of medical negligence. Some typical applications we handle on a daily basis can include GP negligence claims, hospital negligence claims, pharmaceutical and prescription errors, and care home negligence claims.
Injuries caused by hospital negligence is one of the main reasons clients contact The Medical Negligence Experts. It is reasonable to expect when you go to a hospital that your health will improve rather than deteriorate. In most instances, this is the case. Patients receive expert medical care and attention, their health recovers, and they can return home and proceed with their lives.
Unfortunately for a small number of patients, the care they receive is inadequate. Failings by staff to maintain good standards of hygiene could lead to the victim developing a hospital-acquired infection, such as MRSA. Another example of medical negligence is when a patient suffers a fracture due lack of care when moving time, or inadequate safety measures that allow them to fall out of bed.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Hereford can assist with your application for compensation if you develop a post-surgical infection that should have been avoided with adequate monitoring and attention; if you fell ill after being given the incorrect medication or failed to receive necessary medicine; if you are inactive, nursing staff allow a blood clot to form undetected; or if a surgeon causes damage to you during an operation.
We are fortunate to take exceptional levels of healthcare for granted in the UK. When the standard slip and patients are injured as a result, the medical negligence experts can help obtain maximum compensation.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence claims in Hereford
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we do not think it is fair that someone who has already received an injury through no fault of their own is unable to afford expert legal representation and advice. It is for this reason that our medical negligence solicitors in Hereford offer No Win No Fee* agreements to approved clients.
During your initial consultation, we will look at the different funding options available for your claim. These can include funding your application privately, which is financially risky as it involves paying your legal fees in advance with no guarantee of a positive outcome. Some clients have existing insurance policies which provide cover for legal expenses, possibly through a motor vehicle or home and contents insurance policies.
The majority of the medical negligence claims we handle are done on a No Win No Fee* basis. No Win No Fee* agreements minimise the financial risk associated with starting a medical negligence claim by taking away the need for you to pay anything upfront. They work together with a particular type of insurance called After the Event insurance. If you lose your claim, the After the Event insurance will cover any legal costs outstanding after your lawyer has waived their fee. If you win, your solicitor will recover the cost of the premium from your opponent, together with the rest of your legal expenses.
Your lawyer will look at the circumstances around your injury and your belief that this was due to negligence rather than being an unavoidable side effect of your treatment. If they believe your claim has a good chance of success they will offer to take the financial risk on themselves and represent you on a No Win No Fee* basis.
If your claim is successful, your legal fees will be reclaimed from your opponent, and you will pay your lawyer a success fee which is an agreed percentage of your total compensation award. Your lawyer will talk to you about the structures and funding options before you decide whether or not to proceed with your claim, so you are aware of any associated costs.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claims FAQ
We don’t believe in complicating things at The Medical Negligence Experts. To help you decide whether or not claiming compensation is the right choice for you and your family, we have provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we received from clients.
You can always call us directly if you want more information about your particular circumstances, or if we have not answered your questions below full stop
Can I claim compensation?
You may have legal grounds to request payment of compensation if you have been injured in the course of your medical treatment in a way you believe was avoidable. Negligent actions do not have to be malicious. It may be that the healthcare professional who hurt you did so through genuine error, possibly because they had not had the training or resources to carry out their job correctly. Identifying the person responsible for your injury is not about punishing them, rather, it is about giving you the financial resources to recover from your injury stop
In addition to being able to prove damages and responsibility, your injury needs to have occurred within the last three years for your claim to be legally recognised. This statutory time limit applies to nearly all medical negligence claims. One exception to this is if you were a minor at the time of your injury, in which case you have until your 21st birthday to start a claim. The other scenario is if you were left without the mental capacity to manage your legal affairs, when you have three years from the date you regain this ability.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your solicitor will be able to give you a good indication of what is a reasonable amount of compensation to expect once they have looked in detail at your case. There are industry guidelines, which are regularly updated by the Judicial College, to help determine what a fair and reasonable amount of compensation is. This amount varies depending on the severity of the injury or illness, as well as the effect it has had on the life of the victim. As a general rule, the more permanent the damage, the higher the amount of compensation.
Your final payment will also recognise any additional expenses you have incurred directly as the result of your injury. This portion of your compensation is there to make sure that you are not left out-of-pocket thanks to your health care provider’s mistake. You can request payment for additional items such as private medical treatment, mobility aids or adaptations you have had to make to your home, lost wages if you have been unable to work while recovering from your injury, and even payment for your partner’s time if they have had to act as your carer.
It is best to speak to your solicitor about these expenses so they can let you know what may or may not be covered.
How long will my medical negligence claim take?
A typical medical negligence compensation claim takes around 12 to 18 months to settle. This duration may seem lengthy, but when you consider the amount of time needed to thoroughly research and prepare a case, as well as for negotiation, it is not actually that long at all.
While we will always do our best to resolve your claim in the shortest possible time, we will not cut corners to do so. The more robust your initial request for payment of damages is, the less likely it is the other party will argue against it, and the more likely you are to receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
The settlement may be delayed if the other party does not agree that you have a right to receive payment or does not agree on what an appropriate amount to pay you is. In these instances, we may recommend you litigate and submit your claim to court with the request that a judge assesses and make a decision. Litigation can take an extra 12 months depending on how busy the courts are in your area.
Can I claim compensation for my child or spouse?
The Medical Negligence Experts regularly represent people acting on behalf of their partner or child. It is possible to raise a request in the name of someone if they are unable to do so themselves. People acting in this way and referred to as litigation friends. You need approval from the court to serve as a litigation friend, but this process is quite straightforward, and we can assist if necessary. It is also possible to request your lawyer act as a litigation friend if you do not want this responsibility yourself.
There is little difference in the way claims raised by a litigation friend and those brought directly by a claimant are handled. The key difference is that claims brought by litigation friends will always need to be settled in court as a judge has to agree to the amount of compensation paid and the way this money will be managed to benefit the claimant
Although you have three years in which to bring about a medical negligence claim, it is always recommended you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Not only will this enable you to gather the relevant evidence to prove your case and show you were injured through medical negligence, but it will also give you the means to access appropriate medical care that will assist in your recovery.
Talk to the team at The Medical Negligence Experts today. Our legal advisors are happy to answer any initial question you may have about whether you entitled to make a claim or how this should be done.
The easiest way to get in touch is to fill in our online contact form and let us know when you want us to call you. Alternatively, use the free phone number to ring and arrange your free consultation.
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 Hereford working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Hereford 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.