Medical Negligence Solicitors in Warrington
Get in touch with us if you or your loved one has experienced pain and suffering after poor medical care. As one of the leading firms of medical negligence solicitors in Warrington, the team at The Medical Negligence Experts can help you successfully claim compensation for damages.
You have already been injured physically through no fault of your own, why should you be hurt financially as well, just because you now want to get your life back on track? Not only can our team of legal experts assist in obtaining the compensation that will cover expenses your injury has left you with, but we also make it affordable by giving our clients the option of a No Win No Fee* agreement.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts have represented clients who have experienced an enormous variety of negligence. For some, their experience began with a mistake made by their GP, while others received injury thanks to faulty diagnostic tools which had been inadequately maintained. Whether you have been hurt yourself through a surgical procedure, or you are claiming on behalf of your child who was injured at birth or shortly after, our team of medical negligence lawyers in Warrington will provide the quality legal advice and support you need to obtain maximum compensation.
When you choose us, we will pair you with a solicitor who has knowledge and experience of your specific type of negligence. Medical negligence law is broadly the same no matter what kind of negligence you suffered, but having a lawyer who knows what evidence to look for in the case of Accident and Emergency negligence or dental negligence can make a huge difference in both the outcome and the time your claim takes to process.
The number of compensation claims for cosmetic surgery negligence is rising as treatments become more affordable and accessible both in the UK and abroad. The Medical Negligence Experts can successfully help you claim compensation if you have received a standard of care that is less than acceptable. Cosmetic negligence claims can be related to a surgical procedure such as that for a gastric band, breast augmentation, or rhinoplasty, or it could result from a treatment like injectible fillers or a chemical skin peel which carried out incorrectly or which has caused a painful reaction.
Any practitioner has a responsibility to obtain informed consent from their patient before carrying out treatment. It is their duty to ensure a patient is aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with their treatment, as well as any appropriate alternative treatments and their side effects. Patients can’t make an informed decision if they have not received relevant information. Even if surgery or treatment goes precisely to plan if the outcome is not one the client expected then they may have grounds to claim compensation for negligence.
Prescription negligence is another area where victims may not be aware if they are entitled to compensation for damages. If your prescribing physician, be they your GP, dentist, or a specialist, makes a mistake when specifying a type of medication, or the pharmacist makes a when dispensing it, the results could be incredibly harmful. Your doctor should check that what they are prescribing does not react adversely with any medication you are already taking, that you have no known allergies to any of the ingredients, and that there is nothing in your medical history which may cause problems.
Pharmacists have a duty to make sure the medicine they dispense is the genuine article and not a counterfeit. It needs to be stored at the correct temperature, and they should double check with patients that they are aware of the correct dose and how it should be taken, and that they do not take any other medication which may react badly with it or prevent it from working. Patients can help to protect themselves by checking the medicine the pharmacist provides matches what was written on the prescription, and that they understand how and when they need to take it.
We appreciate that you have already undergone a stressful experience, and are potentially still struggling with the physical and psychological trauma it has caused. We will always do our best to get the most positive outcome for you, to minimise the interruption the claims process can have on your life and to resolve your claim as swiftly as possible, so you have the resources you need to move on from your injury.
Claiming Compensation For Medical Negligence
Start your claim today by calling The Medical Negligence Experts. We are happy to offer you a free, no obligation legal consultation to answer any question you may have about medical negligence claims and to determine whether your experience gives you legal grounds to apply for compensation.
For a claim to be valid, you must be able to show that you were genuinely injured or made ill and that another party’s negligence caused the harm. It is not enough that your caregiver was sloppy in their duties if you were not hurt as a result, nor is it sufficient that you experienced an injury if all reasonable steps were taken to avoid it. For your claim to be successful you, together with your medical negligence lawyer, need to show that your injury would have been avoided if the other party had not failed in their duty of care.
If you choose to make a claim, we will look at the finance options available to you. Some clients cover their expenses with cover they already have as part of their home, health, or trade union insurance policy, while others choose our No Win No Fee* agreement.
Also called a conditional agreement, No Win No Fee* contracts work with an After the Event insurance policy, and we can guide you through the process of choosing the right type for your circumstances. No Win No Fee* is an effective way of reducing financial risk while still getting top quality legal representation when making your claim.
Processing a Claim for Medical Negligence Compensation
We will send an early letter to the other party requesting they acknowledge their responsibility in causing your injury. They have four months to respond to this request. While they are conducting their investigation, we will be busy gathering the evidence necessary to prove that their negligent medical care caused your injury and the impact it has had on your life.
Evidence comes from a variety of sources and it is easier to obtain when claims are made shortly after the event. We will look at your medical records as well as seek advice from independent medical professionals. You will be asked about the experience leading up to and after your injury, with every effort being made to create a clear and concise summary of how you were failed by those you entrusted with your health.
If the other party accepts liability, we will request an appropriate amount of compensation be paid. There may be some negotiating at this point. While we will do everything we can to resolve your claim without having to go court, we won’t do this at the expense of you receiving a fair payment. We can tell you what a reasonable amount of compensation is for your injury and the impact on your life both now and in the future, but we will not accept any offer without your authorisation.
If the other party denies responsibility or refuses to recognise the extent your injury has had on your life by agreeing to a fair payment, we may recommend you submit your claim to the court for a judge to make a decision. We appreciate that litigating a claim can be a concern for some clients so we will always do what we can to resolve your claim out of court. Even once a court date has been set, we will continue to negotiate with the other party to attempt to finalise your claim before your hearing.
Compensation claim processing times will vary depending on:
- The extent of your injury and your prognosis
- How easy evidence is to obtain
- Whether the other party admits liability
Some claims, particularly those for brain or spinal damage where the extent of long term damage may not be clear for some time, can take years to resolve. Where the other party admits responsibility for your injury, we can request an interim payment to help cover expenses until final payment is made.
You have three years from the date of your injury to make a claim, or three years from the date your injury was linked to your negligent care – whichever is more recent. The exception to this three-year rule is if you were a child at the time of your injury, in which case you have three years from the date of your 18th birthday to raise a claim.
Calculating Compensation for Medical Negligence
Medical negligence compensation is broken into two parts. The first is general damages and looks at the nature and extent of your injury. The second part of your payment is for special damages. These are any expenses you have incurred as the result of your injury that you would not otherwise have had. Examples include lost wages if you have been unable to work while you recover, paying for private medical treatment like physiotherapy or home nursing, or covering the expense of prescriptions and travel to see your doctor or specialist.
The Judicial College sets out guidelines for calculating compensation based on the type of injury you have sustained and payments in recent claims similar to yours. Your prognosis or the impact your injury will have on your future is also taken into account to ensure you have the money you need to access treatment and support you may require.
The more severe your injury and the longer lasting its effects, the more compensation you can expect to receive. A person who has lost partial use of their sight or use of their limbs is likely to be paid more than a victim who regains full use of their body. A victim left with facial scarring who works as a model or in a public-facing role may be paid more than someone who has a similar scar, or who is left with a scar on a less visible part of their body.
Compensation Claims and Litigation Friends
It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person if they are unable to do so for themselves. This may be because they are under the age of 18, or if they are an adult but the court has ruled them mentally incapable of acting for themselves in a legal way. For example, it is common for parents to claim compensation on behalf of their child. People who do so are called the client’s “litigation friend”.
The legal rules for making a claim on behalf of another person are the same, except that any compensation paid goes into a trust rather than directly to the victim or to their litigation friend. The trustees manage the money until the client comes of age or is legally declared able to manage their finances. The trustees can authorise payments for medical care or any other requirements the victim needs to live a comfortable life.
Fatal Negligence Claims in Warrington
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we have a team who specialise in supporting claimants who have lost a loved one to medical negligence. Not only do these clients have the enormous burden of their grief to manage, but they now have the expenses associated with death, and may also be facing an uncertain financial future if the person who died was one of the main contributors to the household.
Compensation can relieve the worry of financial hardship and hopefully make your life a little bit easier. It can be paid if a client died as the result of a negligent treatment, such as a mistake made during surgery, or if it resulted from a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Fatal medical negligence claims can also be handled on a No Win No Fee* basis.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out more about starting your claim.
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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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.