Medical Negligence Solicitors in Oxford
If you’re looking for the best medical negligence solicitors in Oxford, then talk to The Medical Negligence Experts. Our team are leaders in their field with a strong track record of successfully claiming maximum compensation for victims of medical negligence.
We know that, in the majority of instances, medical negligence is accidental rather than a malicious attempt to harm a patient. Regardless of the cause, there is absolutely no reason that you should have to suffer because someone you trusted with your health and, in some instances with your life, failed you.
For some clients, compensation claims for medical negligence are as much about obtaining formal recognition of their pain and suffering as about being paid for the damage they have endured. A successful claim is not just a monetary payment but the means to access the care and support you need to make the best possible recovery.
We are happy to offer you a free consultation with a legal advisor without any pressure or obligation on your part to proceed with a claim if you choose not to. If you want to know more about your options and the claims process, then contact us today.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Oxford
Your successful compensation claim for medical negligence begins with a call to The Medical Negligence Experts where one of our experienced legal advisors will talk to you in detail about the circumstances around your injury.
To have legal grounds to make a claim, you, or rather, your lawyer, will need to prove that the other party was negligent and acted in a way that others in their position would not. Your solicitor will also need not only to show that your care was below an acceptable standard but that it directly caused your injury or ill health. It is because of this complexity that medical negligence claims can often take longer than personal injury claims, and why it is so important that you work with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence cases.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Whatever the nature of your injury, if it was caused by medical negligence, or if you think it was, we can help. No area of medicine is exempt from negligence which is why it is vital that you work with a specialist lawyer who has knowledge and experience of successfully handling your type of claim.
Examples of some of the kinds of medical negligence claims we handle include:
- Eye injury claims, including laser eye surgery claims and optician negligence
- Cosmetic surgery claims, and cosmetic treatment negligence. Depending on where you went, we may also be able to assist if you have received an injury from cosmetic treatment you received abroad
- Orthopaedic negligence claims, such as surgical errors and faulty replacement joints
- Claims against a care home, and nursing home negligence
- Hospital negligence claims including diagnostic errors, Accident and Emergency claims, and surgical mistakes
- GP and doctor negligence
Our medical negligence solicitors have a strong track record of obtaining maximum compensation for their clients. They are thorough and professional without forgetting that they are representing a real person who may have genuine worries and concerns about their future and that of their family. You will never be just a number or a case to The Medical Negligence Experts, and it’s this type of personal service that sets us apart from our contemporaries.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Oxford
The most affordable way to fund your request is with a No Win No Fee* agreement. If we believe you have solid legal grounds to obtain compensation then we will give you the option of claiming on a No Win No Fee* basis. This agreement works in tangent with legal cover which you may already have as part of an existing insurance policy for your home or car. If not, we can help you arrange After the Event insurance that will protect you from having to pay your opponent’s legal costs if you lose your claim.
Our No Win No Fee* medical negligence claims in Oxford are transparently simple. If you receive compensation, then we claim our expenses back from the other party, and you pay us a success fee. This amount is agreed at the start of the claim and can be no more than 25% of the total sum you are awarded.
If your compensation claim is not successful, we waive our legal fees so you don’t have to pay us a penny. It is likely that the other party will reclaim their costs from you, but you won’t have to pay this yourself as we will make sure you have insurance to cover it.
No Win No Fee* claims make it affordable for everyone to have access to top quality legal advice and representation without putting themselves at risk of financial hardship or having to pay thousands of pounds of legal costs from their personal savings.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
If a victim of medical negligence is unable to do so themselves, possibly because they are underage or have suffered a brain injury that has impaired their mental ability, it is possible for a relative or close friend to claim compensation on their behalf. These people are called litigation friends and need to be vetted by a Court to make sure they are suitable. The vetting process is typically quick and easy, and we can help you arrange this.
There is no difference in the way we support a claimant to how we support a litigation friend. We always act in the best interest of the victim with the target of obtaining every penny of compensation to which they are entitled. They may not be able to act for themselves, but they are far from alone.
We also represent families of those who have lost their lives due to negligence, sensitively supporting their loved ones with through what is a very difficult time. Compensation claimed in a wrongful death case can include a sum for grief and emotional suffering, as well as funeral costs and recognition of the financial contribution the victim made supporting dependents.
Settling a Compensation Claim out of Court
To us, a day in court is part of the job, but to the average person, the prospect can understandably be daunting. Our aim is to settle every claim out of court. We are almost always successful, but there are occasions where this is not possible without jeopardising the outcome for which we are fighting, which is maximum compensation for you.
When we know the other party was at least partially responsible for your injury or they refuse to compensate you adequately, we may advise you submit your claim to court and begin litigation. Even when a court date has been assigned and you are waiting for your hearing, we will continue to negotiate with the other party to try to settle out of court.
Medical Negligence Claims in Oxford FAQ
We know you probably have a lot of questions you want immediate answers to so we have listed a few of the frequently asked questions we receive about the claims process.
Am I entitled to claim compensation?
You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have suffered from negligent medical care and this directly caused you an injury or resulted in your health deteriorating. In most instances, this needs to have happened within the last three years.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your medical negligence solicitor in Oxford can give you a good indication of an appropriate amount of compensation once they have researched your claim in detail. This amount will depend on the type of injury you have and how it has affected your life, as well as any ongoing medical needs you may have. It will also include recovery of any expenses incurred as the result of your injury such as the cost of private medical care you have received to aid recovery, and lost wages if you have been unable to work, or if your partner or spouse has stopped work to care for you
How long does a compensation claim take?
A typical claim for compensation for medical negligence takes between 12 and 18 months. It may take longer than average if the circumstances around your injury are particularly complex, or if there is any dispute over who is responsible or how much compensation should be paid.
If we are unable to reach an agreement with the other party, we may advise you submit your claim to a court. This process can add another 12 months to the time between starting a claim and receiving payment,
Will my doctor get in trouble?
We understand some clients are reluctant to bring about the compensation claim as they are worried about the effects this will have on the medical practitioner who caused the injury.
In our experience, it is unusual for action to be taken against the practitioner by their employees if your injury is relatively straightforward and you can make a full recovery. In serious cases where your injury is particularly severe, it is possible that an internal investigation is launched to identify not only the cause of the negligence but also ways it can be avoided for future patients.
If I need it, can I receive treatment privately rather than wait for it on the NHS?
If the other party admits liability and acknowledges that they were responsible for your injury, then we can request the defendant funds the cost of private treatment. The cost of this will be deducted from your final compensation amount, but as long as they accept responsibility, we can request it be paid in advance so that you can access their medical care you need to recover without having to wait.
How much will making a claim cost?
If you make a medical negligence claim under a No Win No Fee* agreement, it is likely to cost you very little. We will seek to have any expenses you have incurred recovered from the defendant if your claim is successful.
If your claim is not successful, then we will waive our legal fees. An insurance policy, either one you have or a specialist after the event policy we can help you with, will cover the majority of any incidental expenses such as medical expert reports or court fees, as well as the defendant’s legal costs if they seek to claim these back from you.
We will go through all charges related to your claim before you begin, including the agreement of a success fee which you will pay in the event of your request being awarded.
When should I talk to a solicitor?
Experts recommend that you seek legal advice as early as possible, and certainly as soon as you suspect your injury may have been caused by medical negligence. Not only will this enable us to help you get the assistance you need to make the best possible recovery but it also makes the evidence necessary to prove negligence easier to obtain, and can shorten the processing time of your claim.
Can I claim compensation for someone else?
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we regularly represent family members or close friends of victims of medical negligence who are unable to begin a claim themselves. This may be because they are under the age of 18, or because they lack the mental Capacity to act for themselves.
People acting in this capacity are called litigation friends. We support them in the same way as we support a claimant, always working to obtain maximum compensation for the victim.
If your question is not answered here, or you want any more information about the process of claiming compensation, contact The Medical Negligence Experts today. We are happy to provide you with a free, no obligation legal consultation with a specialist in medical negligence claims who can help you understand your options so that you can make the best choice for you and your family.
Use our freephone number or fill in the online form and we will reply at a time that suits you.
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 Oxford working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Oxford 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.