The NHS may be a free national service to patients, but it is also an industry full of medical professionals. The vast majority of support they provide will be of the highest calibre, but at times the medical services you receive may fall short of the standards expected under their duty of care. If you believe you have received substandard care that was avoidable and classifies as negligent, a medical negligence claim may be worth pursuing. Been Let Down are trusted negligence solicitors proficient in NHS claims.

Using a Solicitor

If you wish to explore your claim with Been Let Down, you will be put in contact with one of our experienced negligence solicitors who specialise in the area your claim relates to. There are many NHS negligence solicitors around, but few with our track record for obtaining successful claims.

You should gather as much evidence as you have access to, so that your solicitor can assess your claim accurately and determine whether it was worth pursuing. We will usually offer our services on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This minimises any financial risk to our clients, as we would only take payment in the form of an agreed upon percentage of any compensation awarded, a figure both client and solicitor have signed off as acceptable.

Will My Case Go to Court?

Once it has been determined that your claim is worth pursuing, it is likely that your solicitor will contact the medical professional to see if they will acknowledge culpability and look to reach an agreement. Your solicitor will assist in the process of deciding on a fair amount of compensation and a timeframe in which the matter should be settled. The solicitor will then contact the medical professional defining terms. If the medical professional agrees, it is common for matters to be settled there and then.

This allows recognition of negligence without all parties involved going to court. However, in some situations the medical professional will choose to decline the compensation request and the case would need to go to court to be resolved. This would involve a court hearing and testimony from any potential witnesses, but you would be supported and instructed throughout this time.

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Additional Factors when Claiming for NHS Negligence

When you go to hospital or to visit a medical professional, it may often be because you are already ill or in need of treatment. One of the main hurdles facing NHS negligence solicitors is proving that a patient’s suffering has been made worse due to negligence. It would need to be proved that your condition worsened due to substandard care that was negligently provided by an NHS professional.

Some of the things that could cause you undue suffering include:

  • Surgical errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Unnecessary waiting between tests and results
  • Infections caused by unsanitary hospital or surgery conditions
  • Dental negligence

If you feel that you have suffered from any of these occurrences of negligence and have suffered clear loss or damage as a result, it is important to explore your claim as soon as possible. The court will usually hear a case as long as it falls within three years of becoming aware of the act of negligence.

Due to this timeframe, we would encourage you to make contact today. If you are interested in our services as NHS negligence solicitors, call us on 0151 5561839, or visit our website to request a callback at a more suitable time or to fill out our online claims form.

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