Medical Negligence Solicitors in Liverpool
Have you, or someone you love, experienced negligent treatment at the hands of a health care professional? Our team of specialist lawyers includes leading medical negligence solicitors in Liverpool who have the knowledge and expertise to help you claim the compensation to which you are entitled.
Choosing the right medical negligence lawyer is crucial to the outcome of your application. Engaging the service of a generic lawyer is almost like taking your horse to a mechanic because it isn’t going fast enough! At The Medical Negligence Experts we take time to understand you and your circumstances. We pair you with a solicitor who not possess only the right knowledge and experience to obtain maximum compensation for your injury, but who is also aware of the impact your injury has had on your life and that of your family.
Behind every claim is a person who has had their life altered – sometimes drastically – through no fault of their own, and it is that person on whom we focus.
What is a Medical Negligence Claim?
Fault and avoidable harm define medical negligence. As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove that the fault lies with the other party. Your lawyer will build a case to show that your care fell below an acceptable standard and that as a result, you suffered physical harm. Your lawyer will seek to show that you would not reasonably expect to receive similar treatment from a comparable medical professional.
It is not enough to have experienced negligent care; you need to have received an injury as a result. For some clients, their injury is facial scarring from poor cosmetic surgery. Some may have had an unnecessary operation, while others may have been left with sensory impairment or brain damage. In the case of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, your claim will need to demonstrate the delay led to you having a worse prognosis and more aggressive treatment that would otherwise have been necessary.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts if you have been affected by any of the following types of medical negligence in the last three years. Our advisors will be able to discuss your situation and let you know if and how you can apply for compensation. There is no cost to this consultation, or obligation to proceed with a claim, but it will help by giving you the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.
To further ease the claims process, The Medical Negligence Experts offers clients a No Win No Fee* contract to make quality legal advice and support affordable for everyone who needs it.
Hospital negligence claims can relate to substandard care in A&E, for example, if staff send you home without correct assessment. It can also be unnecessary amputation; not explaining alternative treatment so you can make an informed decision; surgery errors and mistakes with administering anaesthesia; and lack of monitoring or incorrect medication which leads to a blood clot or stroke. Hospital-acquired infections like MRSA, which could have been avoided if the correct hygiene process was followed, are also represented.
Cosmetic Surgery Negligence
One of the most frequent queries The Medical Negligence Experts receive about cosmetic surgery relates to a lack of informed consent, where patients are not adequately made aware of the risks associated with surgery or treatment. Every surgery comes with a risk of failure or infection, or of less than perfect results. Surgeons also need to be aware of their patient’s previous medical history and factors such as whether they smoke, all of which can affect the outcome of a surgery.
Industry regulation around cosmetic treatments like hair removal and breast augmentation was previously lax. Rules have tightened over the last year. Not only are practitioners responsible for ensuring their patients can provide informed consent, but they are also unable to advertise aggressively or irresponsibly in case they are investigated by the General Medical Council.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts if you believe you have suffered negligent care before, during, or after your cosmetic surgery, including gastric band and liposuction.
Have you been given the wrong medication? Prescription errors made by GPs and doctors, or mistakes storing and dispensing medicine can have potentially fatal consequences either through poisoning a patient or failing to treat the illness for which they are prescribed. Prescription error negligence can include being given medication to which you have a known allergy, receiving medicine that has incorrect dosage amounts or frequency listed on it, or the prescribing and dispensing practitioner neglecting to ensure a patient is aware of how to use the medicine.
Doctor Negligence Claims
Any doctor can be negligent in their treatment of patients. Doctor’s can unintentionally harm their patients’ health by failing to refer them for appropriate scans or tests, misinterpreting test results, and neglective to record relevant details about a patient such as family history, previous symptoms and allergies.
Surgery Negligence Claims
All types of surgery pose certain risks. Patients need to understand what these are and be told about possible alternatives to surgery, to be able to give informed consent. The surgeon and medical team have a duty of care to manage these risks and protect the health of their patient to the best of their ability. Some surgery failures cannot be foreseen, but if you believe your injury was avoidable then get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts for legal advice.
Dental Negligence Claims
Regular visits to the dentist are necessary for good oral hygiene. Substandard dental treatment can lead cause both physical and emotional trauma and can include unnecessary tooth extraction, botched root canal treatment, anaesthetic failure, inadequate fillings or crowns, and neglecting to manage gum disease. Tooth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can also fall under dental negligence claims.
Care Home Negligence Claims
Compensation claims for care home negligence can be some of the most emotionally involved. Choosing to move to a care home, or arranging for a loved one to relocate there, is not always easy. Those who are elderly and physically infirm are some of society’s most vulnerable people and that can make care home negligence feel like an enormous betrayal of trust.
Typical care home claims The Medical Negligence Experts handle are related to pressure sores (bedsores), mistakes in giving medication, and fractures and other injuries from incorrect handling. Lack of adequate supervision and poor hygiene conditions can also cause damage for which compensation can be claimed.
Pregnancy Negligence Claims
Pregnancy is a time of excitement, but it can also be cause for worry and anxiety. The UK’s prenatal and antenatal care is envied around the world, however, unfortunate mistakes still occur. The Medical Negligence Experts can help you claim compensation for negligent care that affects your health or that of your baby. Examples include insufficient monitoring for conditions like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, ignoring the symptoms of placental abruption, and missed diagnosis of birth defects.
Optician Negligence Claims
Sight is relied on more than any other sense. Eye treatment negligence claims can relate to misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, or the correct treatment being done badly. The Medical Negligence experts can represent clients who lose part or all of their sight due to optician negligence like delayed diagnosis or incorrect treatment.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
Your successful compensation claim starts with a simple phone call to The Medical Negligence Experts or, if you prefer, filling in our online form so we can contact you directly. There is no cost for our expert advice, nor will you be pressured to commit to starting a claim.
During your initial consultation one of our trained legal advisors will talk to you specifically about your situation, finding out what injury you have suffered, how it came about and the effect it has had on your life. Our medical compensation solicitors will review all this information carefully to let you know whether you have legitimate grounds (fault and avoidable harm) to claim damages and, if so, how you can proceed.
Some clients have legal protection as part of their home or health insurance. Others choose to take a policy out as part of our No Win, No Fee* agreement where you do not have you pay your legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful. This approach both minimises the financial risk associated with claiming with no guarantee of success and gives you the reassurance that your lawyer will do everything in their power to obtain maximum compensation – if you don’t get paid, then we don’t get paid either.
The Medical Negligence Experts provide exceptional legal advice and practical support. Our goal is to obtain the funding you need to make the best possible recovery whether this means covering your lost salary while you are recuperating, or getting you the money to access private medical treatment or buy equipment that will enable you to be independent despite your injury. We understand that no one wants to be in a situation where they can claim compensation, but there is no reason you should suffer financial hardship because another person failed in their duty of care.
Medical Compensation Claims and Processing Times
While there is a statutory time limit of three years to lodge a compensation claim for medical negligence, there is no due processing time. The more complicated your injury and the worse its effects, the longer your application is likely to take. For example, cases resulting in brain damage can take several years to process, while a cosmetic treatment claim that results in minor scarring can take less than a year.
The vast majority of compensation claims – more than 98% of all NHS negligence claims – are agreed out of court. If the other party refuses to admit liability, or you cannot agree a fair and reasonable amount of compensation, your lawyer may recommend you submit your claim to the courts for a judge to make a ruling. If this happens to you, trust that The Medical Negligence Experts will be with you for the duration of your court cause, supporting and advising you and making sure you are aware of what is happening.
Your lawyer will use your medical records to help substantiate your claim. They may also ask for an independent medical assessment to add to the evidence and strengthen your case. This process typically takes around an hour and involves a discussion with the medical professional followed by an appropriate examination. Your solicitor will help you arrange this and you will be able to take a friend or relative with you if you like.
Claiming Compensation on Behalf of Another Person
It is possible to raise a compensation claim on behalf of another person if they do not have the mental capacity to do so themselves or if they are under 18 years of age. Claiming for a third party is standard practice for parents of a baby who was injured at birth, as compensation will help them pay for the support the child will need growing up. In this instance, you will be known as their litigation friend, and any money compensation will go into a trust for the victim of medical negligence It is also possible to submit a claim when someone has died.
Unfortunately, a compensation claim will not give you an apology, nor will it force a facility or health trust to examine their procedures to ensure what happened to you does not happen to anyone else in the future. Compensation will, however, ensure you are not financially penalised through someone else’s negligence or error, and provide recognition of pain and suffering you have endured.
Compensation for medical negligence is calculated by looking at the financial changes in the victim’s life since the negligence. It can include lost wages (including seasonal overtime and bonuses you would reasonably expect to receive), the cost of medication and travel to medical appointments, any additional treatment or support you need as the result of your injury, and even necessary alterations to your home or car if you have lost mobility.
Compensation for fatal medical negligence incidents can help a family who has not only suffered the loss of a loved one, but the loss of one of the primary earners in the household. It can also cover some funeral expenses, though these need to be claimed retrospectively.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today and let us help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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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