Medical Negligence Solicitors in Manchester
Putting your trust in a medical expert is no insignificant matter. In some instances you will literally be placing your life in their hands. Thankfully, most professionals undertake their duty of care to a high standard but there are occasions when mistakes happen and cause unnecessary suffering for the victim.
If you believe your injury or illness was caused or exacerbated by medical negligence, talk to The Medical Negligence Experts. We work with skilled medical health solicitors in Manchester who will be able to support and guide you through the process and help you claim the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
The Medical Negligence Experts have specialist lawyers who can assist with all types of medical negligence claims including GP negligence, birth injury claims, dental negligence, misdiagnosis claims, care home negligence, and cosmetic surgery claims.
Medical Negligence Claims in Manchester
When a medical procedure goes wrong, and the cause was avoidable because it was due to a mistake, misjudgement, or incompetence, The Medical Negligence Experts are on hand to help. Our team of medical negligence lawyers in Manchester have the knowledge and experience that means our clients obtain maximum compensation in the shortest possible time and, in virtually every instance, without having to go to court.
We understand the anguish facing clients who have suffered injury or illness at the hands of a person or facility they trusted. Our role is to help you rebuild your future. Compensation will enable to you access the expert medical support you need to recover and move forward with your life. Medical negligence injuries may be temporary or last a lifetime. We support clients who have been left scarred both emotionally and physically from their experience.
Thankfully, most medical professionals are precisely that: professional. However, when their lack of professionalism leads to illness or injury, The Medical Negligence Experts work with some of the best medical negligence lawyers in Manchester to get damages paid for our clients.
Compensation Claims for Medical Negligence in Manchester
Medical negligence claims need to meet specific criteria to be valid. You may have experienced negligent care or treatment but if it has not harmed you, then there is no just cause for claiming for damages. Likewise, you may have been injured in the course of your treatment but compensation will only be considered if it can be proven your injury was avoidable and that you would not have experienced it under the care of another professional. These two criteria are often referred to as “cause” and “liability”.
The Medical Negligence Experts are skilled in handling all types of clinical negligence claims thanks to specialist solicitors who are experts in particular claim types such as:
Accident and Emergency Claims in Manchester
The A&E department is consistently the busiest area in any hospital. Staff need to respond quickly to assess patients, provide emergency treatment, and refer them to other departments for diagnosis and care. The speed in which they act can literally make the difference between life and death, but the fast-paced, high-pressure environment can unfortunately lead to mistakes.
The Medical Negligence Experts have assisted in A&E claims caused by staff not asking about a patient’s previous medical history, taking inadequate or incorrect patient notes, not sufficiently examining a patient, failing to refer them for relevant scans and tests. They may also misread scans and test results or misdiagnose patients, and send patients home when they should be admitted for treatment.
An example of a successful A&E negligence claim was made by a patient who was sent home from A&E with severe headaches and sickness twice before it was diagnosed that bleeding on his brain was causing his symptoms. This was after he had been misdiagnosed by his GP on several occasions. The delay in diagnosis left the client with permanent partial sight and mild brain damage.
Brain Injury Claims in Manchester
Together with spinal damage claims, brain injury compensation claims normally take the longest to process, which is why it is always beneficial to seek legal advice as early as possible – even if you are unsure what your final prognosis is. The average adult brain is only around 15cm long yet it contains an estimated 86 billion neurons, making it fantastically complicated. Virtually every bodily function relies on the brain to be working correctly so when it is damaged the repercussions can be enormous for both the patient and their loved ones.
Brain injuries can be caused through mistakes in surgery, including anaesthetic mistakes, as well as failing to correctly diagnose a brain hemorrhage or stroke. Brain injury compensation claims have also been raised by parents on behalf of children injured before or during birth, including those who developed cerebral palsy after receiving insufficient oxygen.
Despite these types of clinical negligence claims taking up to three years to finalise, we may be able to obtain an interim compensation payment if the other party acknowledges liability. This amount will be deducted from any final settlement and will give you the financial means to access any specific treatment that will help in your rehabilitation, as well as to pay for necessary modifications you may need to make to your home, or cover lost wages if your injury leaves you unable to work.
Cancer Claims in Manchester
Macmillan Cancer Support estimates there are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, and that this number will rise to four million by 2030. Advances in research and treatment means that cancer is not once the automatic death sentence that it was, however early diagnosis is still the key to successfully treating this disease.
Delayed or misdiagnosis of cancer can lead to a patient having a tougher fight on their hands than if their GP had recognised early symptoms and referred them for further tests, or if test results had not been misunderstood or misinterpreted. As specialist cancer claim solicitors, The Medical Negligence Experts can help show where delayed diagnosis led to your treatment being more aggressive or your prognosis being less favourable than it would otherwise have been without the delay.
As with any health solicitor claim, you will need to demonstrate the delayed or misdiagnosis caused you harm or injury. This usually only occurs if diagnosis was delayed by at least several months, but talk to The Medical Negligence Experts for free advice if you think you may be entitled to compensation.
GP Negligence Claims in Manchester
Unlike a specialist who knows a lot about a specific type of illness or part of the body, GPs have a broad knowledge of the whole body at a high level. Their role is to diagnose and treat less severe illnesses and to refer to a specialist for further assessment when appropriate. Most GPs carry out their duty of care with consideration and competence, however it is possible for them to make mistakes. The Medical Negligence Experts have skilled clinical negligence lawyers who can help if you have been a victim of GP negligence. Examples of this can include failing to diagnose a stroke, failing to refer a patient for further investigation for cancer, not maintaining correct or adequate patient notes, and prescription errors.
There are occasions where a GP intends to do something, such as refer a patient for a blood test, but due to procedural failures at the surgery the referral is never made. Such a delay may also be cause for GP negligence compensation if it causes a patient avoidable harm.
Prescription Error Claims in Manchester
It is easy to see medicine as safe drugs. After all, why would a person be prescribed something which could hurt them? The Medical Negligence Experts have assisted clients who have been injured from being given the wrong type or dose of medicine. Medication errors can also include a patient being given medicine that has been stored incorrectly either rendering it useless and therefore leaving a patient untreated, or dangerous.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts if you believe your illness was caused from a medication error. Mistakes can include being given someone else’s medication, receiving incorrectly labelled drugs, being prescribed medicine that is inappropriate for your condition or which interferes with medicine you are already taking, or being told the wrong dose or method.
An example of a successful medication error claim involved a woman who fell ill after being given a drug containing penicillin as part of her postnatal care. This was despite having told medical staff she was allergic to penicillin and wearing a wristband which advised hospital staff of her allergy. Her sensitivity to penicillin was also clearly documented in her notes, so although it was standard process to issue patients with that particular drug in her circumstances, the error in injecting the victim was an entirely avoidable.
Thankfully, the effects were reversible however the patient suffered a headache, illness, confusion, and swelling of her hands and feet which led to her being unwell and unable to care for her newborn for the first few weeks of its life.
Surgery Error Claims in Manchester
The Medical Negligence Experts can assist you to claim maximum compensation if you have been injured as the result of a surgical error regardless of whether you were treated privately or were under NHS care. It does not matter if you were an inpatient or day patient, or if you are undergoing cosmetic or elective surgery, your surgeon and the medical staff have a duty of care to protect your health and wellbeing as much as possible in the course of your treatment.
Surgery negligence claims can relate to errors a surgeon has made, as well as subjecting a patient to unnecessary surgery, and failures in post-operative care. Our medical negligence lawyers in Manchester also have experience supporting clients who have had surgery without being made aware of associated risks and alternatives and therefore not being able to provide the necessary informed consent.
How to Claim Compensation for Medical Negligence in Manchester
The Medical Negligence Experts offer a free, no obligation consultation to help ascertain whether you have grounds to claim damages for medical negligence. If you do, they can also advise you on how to proceed and what your options are for payment.
Many of our clients opt for our No Win No Fee* agreement. Providing you are honest with the information you provide and take the legal advice of your lawyer, you will not have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. If you are claiming on behalf of a child who was injured during childbirth you may be entitled to financial support in the form of legal aid, so ask our legal team before you make any decisions about funding.
Once you’ve decided to proceed with your compensation claim your medical negligence lawyer will go through your case carefully, obtaining the evidence that is required to prove causation and breach of duty. This may involve an assessment and report from an independent medical expert, but your lawyer will help arrange this.
More than 90% of claims, and over 98% of claims made against the NHS are resolved out of court. We have an impressive success rate of obtaining maximum compensation without going to court, however, where the other party denies liability or refuses to offer a fair and reasonable amount of compensation, we may recommend submitting your claim to court as a final option.
We appreciate going to court is an unfamiliar and potentially stressful experience for many people, but there is no reason to worry. A judge will review your claim, decide whether the other party was solely or partially responsible for your injury, and state the amount of compensation to be paid. Your team at The Medical Negligence Experts will continue to support and represent you until your claim is concluded.
There is a three year statutory timescale for submitting a medical negligence claim to court. This date starts either when you were injured, or when your injury was linked to medical negligence. Simple claims like a dentist removing teeth unnecessarily are typically finalised within six to nine months, but other claims can take two or more years to resolve.
Start your claim today by phoning The Medical Negligence Experts and finding out how we can help you. If you prefer, fill in our online contact form for us to get in touch with 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 Manchester working for you
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.