Medical Negligence Solicitors in Lichfield
If you have received an injury through negligent medical care, our medical negligence solicitors in Lichfield can help. You have already been let down once so why should you have to suffer further, waiting in a lengthy NHS queue or struggling to pay your day-to-day expenses because you’re not able to work simply because someone else made a mistake.
Medical negligence compensation can help you obtain the support necessary for you to make the best possible recovery, and The Medical Negligence Experts can assist you in achieving this.
Medical negligence claims a different to simple personal injury compensation claims. It is vital to the success of your application that you work with a specialist lawyer. Our medical negligence solicitors in Lichfield are experts at obtaining maximum compensation to enable our clients to get back on their feet emotionally as well as physically.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Lichfield
Get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out more about how you may be entitled to claim compensation. The first step of the process is to verify you have legal grounds to apply for payment of damages. Our legal advisors can discuss the particulars around your injury or ill health, assessing whether the other party may be held accountable.
For a compensation claim to be valid, the claimant, or their lawyer, needs to be able to show that not only did they suffer an actual injury, but that it could have been avoided – and should have been avoided – if the medical professional had not failed in their duty of care. In other words, both damage and causation need to be present for your claim to have legal grounds.
Once we have verified you are entitled to make a claim and you have decided that you want to proceed, we will notify the other party of your intention in writing before beginning to prepare your application.
Our goal is always to secure maximum compensation in the shortest possible time. One of the ways we do this is by thoroughly researching the circumstances around your injury so we can compile an accurate application for payment. The more robust your initial request, the less likely the other party is to argue against the evidence.
Solicitors acting for the other party have four months from the date they receive your claim to reply, either accepting responsibility or denying they caused your injury. Your medical negligence solicitor in Lichfield will fight on your behalf, acting in your best interests and negotiating with the solicitors for the other side to settle this matter out of court.
If negotiations are unsuccessful and the other party continues to deny liability when we know they are responsible, or will not agree to pay a fair amount of compensation, we may recommend you submit your claim to a court where a judge will assess the case and decide the outcome.
Accepting payment is final. It is not possible to reopen a claim or submit a new request if, in the future, it transpires your injuries are worse than initially expected or you find out you were entitled to receive more money. It therefore important that we get this right first time and not rush into accepting anything until we are confident the settlement amount is adequate.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts handle all types of medical negligence claims whether a pharmacist has given you the wrong tablets, you have had unnecessary surgery, or experienced delayed diagnosis which caused your condition to worsen significantly.
It does not matter whether your treatment was elective or essential, or it was carried by an NHS or private practitioner – if you were hurt because a medical professional failed in their duty of care then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Examples of medical negligence claims we handle include:
- Accident and Emergency Negligence Claims
- Birth Injury Claims
- Care Home Negligence Claims
- Dental Negligence Claims
- Eye Injury Claims
- Misdiagnosis Claims
- NHS Negligence Claims
- Pregnancy Negligence Claims
- Surgery Negligence Claims
Our medical negligence solicitors in Lichfield are seeing a rise in the number of claims relating to cosmetic surgery negligence. The increase in affordability of treatments has, unfortunately, led to an increase in the quantity of queries we receive about requesting payment for damages relating to cosmetic surgery. These requests include victims who where hurt as the result of substandard surgery as well as where a patient did not receive appropriate post-operative information and care.
Whatever the nature of your treatment, your doctor has a duty to ensure you are aware of the risks associated with your care, alternatives ways of treating you and their hazards, and things you should or should not do to help your treatment succeed.
Depending on the country where you received the treatment, it may be possible for you to claim compensation for medical negligence if you went abroad for cosmetic surgery. Talk to us today to find out more.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Lichfield
There is no question that starting process of litigation can be expensive. We do not believe that anyone should be denied the right to expect legal support and advice if they need it which is why we offer our clients the option of working on a No Win, No Fee* basis.
No Win No Fee* claims remove the financial risk from your shoulders and place them with your solicitor. If your application is unsuccessful, they will waive their right to any legal fees so that you do not face the situation where you need to pay a lawyer even though you have not received compensation.
If you are awarded compensation then your solicitor will claim your expenses back from the other party. You will pay your lawyer a success fee which is agreed at the start of the claim process and will be no more than 25% of your final compensation award.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
We are sure you have many questions about the process of claiming compensation. We are happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation with a legal expert who will be able to give you details about your particular circumstances.
Meanwhile, to help make the claims process easier for you, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients below.
Am I entitled to claim compensation?
If you have received a genuine injury or your health has worsened, and you believe this was due to an avoidable error or negligent care, you may be entitled to claim compensation for damages.
It is important to note that in most instances there is a statutory limit of three years in which you have to bring about your claim. Our medical negligence solicitors in Lichfield know that claims are typically processed faster when clients seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity, so get in touch today.
How long will my compensation claim take to process?
You should expect your compensation claim to take between 12 and 18 months. Medical negligence claims typically take longer than simple personal injury claims because proving negligence can be complex.
Although most applications settle within 18 months, your claim may take longer if your injuries are extensive or have life altering implications. Claims involving lasting neurological damage, such as cerebral palsy caused by birth injury, may take several years to resolve, as the extent of the damage and the claimant’s ongoing medical needs are not easy to determine.
Providing the other party accepts responsibility for your injury, we can request an interim payment of compensation to ensure you do not struggle financially in the short term. This amount will be deducted from any final compensation amount you are awarded.
What will happen to the person responsible for my injury?
Unless your injury is severe, it is unlikely any action will be taken against the doctor, Hospital, dentist, or medical professional who caused your injury. Even if there are an investigation and disciplinary action is taken, you will not be involved in this as it is not a part of the compensation process.
Will making a claim affect my treatment, or prevent me from having treatment in that facility?
Whether your application is successful or not, bringing about a compensation claim will not prevent you from accessing medical care now or in the future. However, you may choose to seek further treatment and a different facility.
Will I receive an apology?
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we are aware that for our clients, compensation is more than simply money. Although compensation payment is a formal acknowledgement of the wrongdoing you have suffered, there is no obligation for the other party to provide you with an apology, publicly or otherwise.
What compensation does do, is make sure you do not suffer financial difficulties because of your physical injury. It gives you the means to access the medical resource you require to make the best possible recovery.
Will I have to go to court?
Nearly every claim we handle at The Medical Negligence Experts is settled satisfactorily out of Court. It is, therefore, doubtful you will need to go to court and speak to a judge or the lawyers of the other party.
The only times we would recommend you submit your claim to a court for a judge to assess is if the other party denies any responsibility or partial liability for your injury, or if they refused to make what we know to be a fair and appropriate amount of payment. You will also have to go to court if you are raising a claim on behalf of someone else.
Who will see my medical records?
We always respect our clients’ privacy and your medical records will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent. They will be submitted to the other party as part of evidence proving your right to compensation, and they will be assessed by a judge if your claim is litigated, but they will never be public information or shared without your knowledge and agreement.
Do I have to tell my doctor that I am raising a claim?
Your solicitor in Lichfield will act as an intermediary between you and the medical professional who caused your injury. Once you have decided to proceed with your request for compensation, we will write and inform the relevant party. For example, if you are making a claim against a hospital, we will send a letter to the board of the hospital notifying them of your intent. If you are claiming negligence against GP, we will write to the surgery.
How much is claimed each year from Medical Negligence Claims?
Click here to see an article posted by the BBC, which shows the raising number of medical negligence claims in the UK.
When should I talk to a lawyer?
Even if you are unsure whether your injury was the result of negligence we always recommend clients seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. Doing so, even if you were still in the hospital, can help you obtain the treatment and support you need to make the best possible recovery.
The sooner you speak to a medical negligence solicitor in Lichfield, the sooner you will have the information you need to understand your legal rights and know what options are available to you so you can make an informed choice about how to proceed.
Can I raise a claim on behalf of someone else?
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we regularly support people representing victims of medical negligence who are unable to raise a claim themselves. People acting in this capacity I referred to as litigation friends. The process is broadly the same as if the claimant was raising the request directly. We are happy to help support and advise if you need to know anything more about making a claim for medical negligence compensation on behalf of a friend or loved one.
The easiest way to discover everything you need to know is to get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today. Either call using our free phone number or fill in our online contact form. Our solicitors in Lichfield have the experience and knowledge to help you achieve the most positive result so that you can put your experience behind you and move forward.
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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.
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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.