Medical Negligence Solicitors in Preston
Our medical negligence solicitors in Preston are experts at not only obtaining maximum compensation for victims of medical negligence but also at providing exceptional standards of customer service. We appreciate that, for many of our clients, this is already a stressful and emotional time, so we do all we can to avoid adding to that, handling claims with sensitivity and care.
The purpose of compensation is to make sure you are not left hurting financially as well as physically, and that you have the resources you need to make the best possible recovery. It is also a formal recognition of the fact that you have not just been injured but that you have been let down in the worst possible way by someone you entrusted with your care.
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we have helped countless victims of medical negligence get the compensation they deserve. Our solicitors specialise in this area of law, and we will introduce you to a medical negligence solicitor in Preston who has experience of successfully handling claims like yours.
Get in touch today to find out how we can help.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Preston
Claiming compensation for medical negligence is not a quick or simple process, but with the right lawyers on your side, it doesn’t have to be painful. We know that someone else’s mistake can have a catastrophic effect not only on the life of the victim but which ripples across the lives of their loved ones.
The success of your claim rests with the ability of your legal team to prove the person you believe was responsible was negligent and that the care they provided fell below what is acceptable. Medical negligence claims are more complicated and typically take longer than standard personal injury claims because the burden of proving negligence falls to you, the claimant.
Your successful claim for medical negligence compensation begins with a consultation with a legal advisor who will go through the specifics of your injury. They will then look further into the matter to determine whether you have legal grounds to claim compensation. Medical negligence claims can take up to 18 months to settle, and we won’t waste your time unless our experts believe your claim has a good chance of success.
Once you have agreed to proceed, then we will begin collating the evidence to show that your injury was not caused by your existing condition or an unavoidable situation but that it resulted from negligence. This evidence is presented to the other party, and we will negotiate fiercely on your behalf to obtain every penny of compensation to which you are entitled.
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we never lose sight of the fact that we are representing real people with genuine issues. Whether you are claiming retrospectively for an injury from which you have recovered, or need every penny of compensation to access rehabilitative care and support to help you get over your injury, our aims are to make sure your rights are legally protected and you receive full compensation.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Our medical negligence solicitors in Preston are experts in successfully claiming compensation on behalf of victims of medical negligence. Our comprehensive understanding of the workings of the NHS Litigation Authority, which handles all claims brought against the NHS, as well as our extensive experience of representing clients hurt by private practitioners, makes us a leader in our field.
No aspect of medical care is without risk of negligence. No matter how skilled the surgeon or professional the nurse, it is possible for anyone to make a mistake. Thankfully for the millions of patients who have some form of medical treatment every day in the UK, only a small minority will experience negligence, but that is cold comfort to a person whose life has changed irrevocably.
Types of medical negligence claims we handle include:
- Eye Injury Claims, including Laser Eye Surgery Claims
- Nursing Home Claims and Care Home Negligence
- Hospital Negligence, including Hospital-Acquired Infection Claims and Accident and Emergency Claims
- Dental Negligence Claims
- Physiotherapist Claims
- See all our claim areas here
Even if you are unsure whether your injury was the result of negligence, call The Medical Negligence Experts today. We can arrange for you to have a free, no obligation consultation with a legal advisor who can answer your questions and help you understand your options.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Preston
We will talk to you about your funding options before you decide to proceed with your application. There are three main types, but the majority of our medical negligence claims are done on a No Win No Fee* basis.
No Win No Fee* agreements remove the necessity for you to pay your lawyer in advance of receiving compensation and minimise your exposure to financial risk. Hiring a lawyer privately is expensive and, given that there is no guarantee that any claim will be successful, you may find yourself spending thousands of pounds only to lose your case.
With our No Win No Fee* medical negligence claims in Preston you can start the process with the confidence that if your claim is not successful, then you won’t suffer financially as a result.
The process is straightforward:
- Your solicitor assesses the strength and merit of your claim and, if they believe it has a high likelihood of success, will offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee* basis.
- We will help you determine if you have existing cover for legal expenses in your current policies and, if not, will help you arrange a specialist After the Event policy to cover costs in the event your claim does not have a positive outcome.
- If you win your case, then your lawyer will claim their fees back from the other party, and you will pay your solicitor a success fee. This amount is a percentage of your total compensation award and is agreed at the start of the claims process.
- If your claim is not successful, then your lawyer will waive their legal fees, and your insurance will cover your outstanding legal expenses.
The alternatives to claiming with a No Win No Fee* agreement are either to pay for your lawyer privately, with their time typically being calculated by the hour, or to use an existing insurance policy which may restrict the solicitors you can work with and the amount of coverage they provide. Apart from a small number of exceptions, Legal Aid is no longer available to help victims of medical negligence.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
Our medical negligence solicitors in Preston often work in the name of family members or partners applying for compensation on behalf of someone else. These are typically parents claiming for children or adults seeking compensation for their parents, but it is possible to act as a litigation friend for anyone who is legally unable to apply for compensation themselves.
The process of becoming a litigation friend is straightforward. You may already have the authority to act in this capacity but, if not, we can assist. Becoming a litigation friend involves completing some paperwork that shows you do not have any conflicting interests and that you can make fair and competent decisions that are in the best interest of the person you are representing. The application is then reviewed and agreed by the court.
They way you request compensation is very similar whether we are representing the claimant or their litigation friend, the main difference being that monies are paid into a trust to be managed on behalf of the victim until they are legally able to do this for themselves.
Settling a Compensation Claim out of Court
Our goal is to resolve every claim without the need to go to court. Litigation adds extra time and stress to the process, and we want your claim to settle as quickly and easily for you as possible. In the majority of instances, we are successful and our claims settle out of court. However, there may be occasions when we recommend clients litigate and we apply to a court for your claim to be heard and assessed by a judge. These instances are usually if the other party denies being responsible for your injury or refuses to pay an appropriate amount of compensation.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
Whatever your situation, it’s likely that you have questions about if and how to claim compensation. We have answered some of those we receive most frequently but if your query is not answered here or you want any more information, just call or fill in our online contact form to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an expert legal advisor.
How is “medical negligence” defined?
Medical negligence is when a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse, fails to uphold their duty of care which causes avoidable harm. The key aspect to prove is that your injury would not have happened if you had been under the care of someone else and that a person or body can be identified as responsible.
Am I entitled to claim compensation?
If you believe your injury was the result of negligence rather than your condition or an unavoidable situation, then you may be eligible to apply for payment for damages. You have three years from the date of injury (or the date of knowledge, which is when you became aware negligence caused your injury) to start your claim. The exception to this is if you were a minor at the time of your injury when you have until your 21st birthday to start your application.
Can I claim compensation if I received treatment at a private hospital or dentist?
Unfortunately, paying a private practitioner for you medical care does not protect you from experiencing negligent care. Whether you were treated in an NHS or private facility does not matter, you are still entitled to claim compensation if you were harmed due to your care provider’s mistake.
How long does a medical negligence compensation claim take?
The average medical negligence claim takes between 12 and 18 months to settle. This time may be extended if:
The complexity of your injury means your long-term medical needs can’t yet be determined.
- The other party denies responsibility or argues they are only partially responsible for your injury.
- It is not possible to agree on an appropriate amount of compensation.
- If you are a litigation friend and the agreement needs to be approved by a judge.
Though will we work hard to settle your claim in the shortest possible time, we will not cut corners or rush and risk jeopardising your right to an acceptable amount of compensation.
My surgery was elective – can I still claim compensation?
It doesn’t matter whether your treatment was lifesaving or elective – if your health was affected because due to an unacceptable level of care, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our medical negligence solicitors in Preston have represented clients who have suffered negligence at the hands of their GP, surgeon, nurse, care home worker, dentist and even cosmetic surgeons.
Will my treatment be affected?
It is illegal for any patient to be discriminated against either now or in the future because they have raised a claim (or a complaint) against a medical professional. Your treatment should not be affected, but you may prefer to change to a different facility if you have lost confidence in your current care provider to look after you properly.
How much compensation will I receive?
Once they have assessed the details of your claim, your solicitor will able to give you an indication of what is a reasonable amount of compensation to expect. The amount will recognise your pain and suffering, and also ensure you are not left out of pocket for any reason including prescription charges, lost wages or home-nursing needs.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today about your circumstances. We are happy to offer a free, no-obligation consultation where you can get answers to your questions and find out more about whether you are entitled to claim compensation and the process for doing so.
Either call on our freephone number of fill in our contact form, and we will arrange a suitable time to call 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 Preston working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Preston 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.