Medical Negligence Solicitors in Southampton
Our medical negligence solicitors in Southampton are an established team of legal experts who specialise in helping victims of medical negligence. If you have been injured by someone you entrusted with your medical care, you can rely on us to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The Medical Negligence Experts have a strong track record in not only successfully claiming compensation but also in providing a consistently high standard of customer care. First and foremost, we recognise that our clients are not merely “cases” or “claims” but real people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves hurt and vulnerable.
With our expert knowledge and extensive experience of obtaining positive results, you know you are in good hands. Our medical negligence solicitors in Southampton will advise, support and represent you to the best of their ability to give you the compensation you need to make the best possible recovery.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today if you, or someone you love, has been injured as the result of medical negligence, and find out why we are one of the leading solicitors specialising in this area of law.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Southampton
You don’t have to be bad at your job to make a mistake. Fortunately, not all negligent care causes an injury but where it does, the victim may be entitled to claim compensation in recognition of their pain and suffering, and to make sure they do not lose out financially as a result.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Southampton specialise in this area of the law and know medical negligence claims inside out and back to front. There is no type of claim for negligence they can’t handle and, given their extensive experience, very few they have not seen. You can talk to them in confidence about your injury, safe with the knowledge they will respect your privacy and give you the best advice about your legal options.
Whether you have been hurt due to poor dental care or had a cancer misdiagnosis, The Medical Negligence Experts are here to ensure you get every penny of compensation you need to make the best possible recovery.
Start your claim today by calling our freephone number or using our online contact form to request a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our legal advisors. They will ask you all the right questions and actually listen to your story, so they know how your life has changed because the medical professional entrusted with your care let you down. We will let you know whether you are eligible to claim compensation from the other party by identifying whether it is likely your injury was avoidable and that it would not have occurred if someone else had been responsible for your care.
We are not intimidated by large organisations with equally sizable law firms, and we will not compromise on the right amount of compensation. Negotiating a fair settlement is not about greed or revenge, it is about making sure you can access the right treatment and that you are not left struggling financially because of your injury.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Southampton
Our No Win No Fee* agreements in Southampton have helped people just like you to receive the compensation they deserve without having to spend thousands in legal expenses to do it. A No Win No Fee* agreement protects you from spending your life savings with no guarantee that you will receive any compensation, or making a claim which costs you more in legal expenses than the compensation to which you are entitled.
Before you start your claim, we will go through your funding options. For most people, these including hiring a lawyer privately and paying them an hourly rate plus expenses, or using the legal cover you may have as part of an existing insurance policy to cover the cost. A significant drawback of both of these is that you have to pay in advance and, although we will only recommend you proceed with a claim if we believe it has a good chance of success, there is no promise you will receive any compensation.
The most popular choice for our clients is to claim via our No Win No Fee* agreement. This method removes the need for you to pay up front and protects you from the risk that you will spend thousands of pounds only to receive nothing in return.
If your claim is not successful, then we will waive our fees and a specialist insurance policy will cover any expenses. If you are awarded compensation, we will request the other party cover all your legal costs and you will pay your solicitor a “success fee”, which is a percentage of your total award that is agreed at the start of the process.
Because our fee is linked to your compensation, you can trust that your solicitor will be as committed to obtaining maximum compensation as you are.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
Our medical negligence solicitors are happy to help whether you are the victim or acting on their behalf. If a person is under the age of 18 or lacks the mental ability to make legal or financial decisions themselves (known as a protected party), they will need a litigation friend to raise a compensation claim on their behalf. This role is often filled by a parent, guardian, spouse or adult child, but it can also be someone independent of the family, such as a solicitor.
For us, there is no difference in the way we handle claims brought by a litigation friend to those bought directly by the claimant. Our aim is always to obtain maximum compensation in the shortest possible time, helping the victim access the right resources and care so that they can make the best possible recovery.
Whether a claim brought by a litigation friend settles out of court or requires a judge’s input, the settlement amount and plans to manage these funds for the victim must always be approved by the Court.
Settling a Compensation Claim out of Court
The NHS Litigation Authority, which handles all compensation claims brought against the NHS, state that around 98% of claims settle out of court. Half of the remaining claims are dropped due to insufficient evidence, which leaves less than a 1% opportunity that your claim will go before a judge.
Litigating your request is the last resort. If we recommend it, you know it will be because we have exhausted every other avenue of negotiation but the other party still refuses to accept responsibility for your injury or to pay you an appropriate amount of compensation. We will continue to push for settlement out of court while waiting for your court date – sometimes the prospect of having the claim assessed by a judge is enough to get the other party to agree to our terms. If not, and your court date arrives, you can trust that we will continue to support and represent your best interests to obtain the most positive outcome for you.
Although there is is only a slight possibility your claim will go to court, it is vital you are always confident of the accuracy of the information you provide as you may need to testify in court.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
We know you probably have questions for which you need answers, so here are a few of the ones people ask us to the most when they are considering their options. If you want to know more about any of these or you have any other questions just give us a call and we can arrange for you to speak in more detail with one of our medical negligence specialists.
Am I allowed to claim compensation?
You may have grounds to request compensation if you have been hurt because the care you received was negligent. For your claim to be successful, you need to be able to show your care provider failed in their duty of care and that another professional of a similar standing would not have acted in the same negligent manner.
If you have received an inadequate standard of care but have not been injured then you are unlikely to be able to claim compensation, although you can raise a formal complaint and request that the cause of the negligence is investigated.
How long do I have to make a claim?
You need to submit your claim within three years of the date of negligence or the date of knowledge – whichever is the most recent. There can be some ambiguity around the date of knowledge, which is the date you became aware negligence caused your injury, so it is always safer to assume your three-year countdown starts from the earlier time.
The only exception to this rule is if the claimant was under the age of 18 at the time of their injury. Their parents or guardians can submit a claim on their behalf at any time up until their 18th birthday when the claimant has until their 21st birthday to do so themselves.
If a person lacks the mental capacity to handle their affairs at the time of their injury, then they have three years from the date they regain this ability to make a claim. If they never regain this capacity, there is an open time scale for a litigation friend to start a claim on their behalf.
How much compensation will I receive?
There are industry guidelines to help solicitors determine what an appropriate amount of compensation to expect based on your injury is, and your lawyer can talk to you about these during your initial consultation. It is not only your pain and suffering but the impact an injury has had on your life which is considered when calculating compensation for general damages. For example, a young man left sterile due to delayed cancer diagnosis may receive a higher amount than a man in his 60s with grandchildren.
Your solicitor will also seek to recover any money you would not have spent had you not been injured. These special damages can include expenses relating to prescriptions, reasonable private medical treatment or nursing care, but can also include lost earnings if you have had to reduce your working hours or give up your job because your injury has left you unable to work in the same capacity.
I had my treatment done through a private practice. Can I still claim for negligence?
Going private for your medical care does not protect you from the risk of injury through negligence, and you can still claim compensation if you were hurt through another person’s mistake.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Southampton are experts at getting results whether you paid for your treatment directly or were seen under the NHS. The process is the same with the exception that the NHS has a dedicated legal group (the NHS Litigation Authority) who handle all claims made against the NHS rather than trusts working with different law firms.
Do I need to wait until I have recovered before I can claim?
You do not need to wait until you have recovered from your injury before you start your compensation claim. In fact, contacting us early could help you get access to the rehabilitative support you need to make a good recovery. Even if your care is ongoing and you are not sure what the long-term effect on your health will be, we can request an interim compensation payment that can help address your short-term needs and make sure you are not financially penalised.
What happens next?
The next step is to get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts and arrange a free consultation with one of our legal specialists. We can look at the details of your case and let you know whether you are entitled to request payment of damages.
Call using our freephone number or fill in our online form and we will get back to 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 Southampton working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Southampton 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.