Medical Negligence Solicitors
If you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of medical negligence, we are here to help you. Talk to us today about making a medical negligence claim for the compensation you need.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence or medical malpractice) occurs whenever a medical professional fails in their duty of care to you and you suffer an injury as a result. It can encompass a range of circumstances, including:
- An incorrect or delayed diagnosis
- Failures during surgery
Examples of medical negligence like these are widespread and remain a significant problem across the country. According to NHS Resolution, the organisation responsible for resolving such cases for the NHS in England, there were 12,628 new medical negligence claims and reported incidents recorded in 2020/21, this does not include all of the times where something went wrong but fortunately no injury occurred. This figure is on an upward trajectory, so it is clear there are a significant number of people affected by medical negligence. There may even be many instances where malpractice and clinical negligence goes undetected, but fortunately patients are becoming more aware of their rights and less likely to accept poor treatment.
The pressure on health professionals to deliver quality service is ever-increasing, with a high standard of care expected. Unfortunately, in some cases, the care that is delivered does not meet these levels and bringing medical negligence claims can be pivotal in raising standards across all professional medical services and facilities.
We understand that suffering an act of medical negligence can have a long-term impact on the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of an individual and/or their family and may require ongoing care. As trusted medical negligence solicitors, we can help you bring a successful claim and secure clinical negligence compensation to help you overcome this burden.
Medical negligence claims: FAQs
Here at Been Let Down, we are expert clinical negligence solicitors. We help individuals and families to recover compensation to access support and attempt to put them in the position they would have been in had the medical negligence not occurred. We appreciate that making a medical negligence claim may seem like a daunting prospect, which is why we have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help answer any queries you may have.
With the high volume of patients receiving treatment, diagnoses and procedures, thousands of medical negligence cases unfortunately occur each year. Here are just a few of the circumstances that can result in a claim against medical staff:
- A diagnosis being incorrect or unduly delayed and resulting in a worsening of the condition
- Treatment not being adequate or suitable resulting in an injury
- Symptoms ignored which allow the condition to worsen
- A medical device or item not functioning as it should which results in an injury
- An operation or procedure being carried out incorrectly resulting in additional pain and suffering
Of course, many other mistakes constitute clinical negligence. If your case is not listed above, you may still have grounds to make a medical negligence claim.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered medical negligence, you can make a claim for yourself or on behalf of someone else. In most medical negligence cases, you will need to prove the following:-
- The medical professional treated you in a way that no competent person in the same profession would have made.
- The harm suffered was a direct result of the negligent action(s).
Medical negligence claims are proved utilising independent medical expert evidence.
A medical negligence lawyer will assess your claim diligently and put forward the best possible case so you will have the best chance of receiving the maximum amount of compensation.
Medical negligence is different from personal injury – the cases require a specific set of skills and, as such, any solicitor you engage should have knowledge in this complex area of the law.
When seeking a medical negligence lawyer, you should ask a lot of questions to try to get an understanding of what experience they have in this area of the law.
Make sure the lawyer makes you feel comfortable and can explain everything fully. This person will be your advocate throughout the process so you need to be confident they are working in your best interest to resolve the case easily, without putting you through any more distress.
A medical negligence claim is rarely easy, but going into it with a thorough understanding of the process and a trustworthy, experienced medical negligence lawyer will provide you with the best chance of success.
With the right clinical negligence solicitors fighting your corner, you should come out the other side with the compensation you deserve. Armed with a fair payout, you will be better placed to move on with your life.
The process starts with a no-obligation meeting where we will discuss the details of your medical negligence case. Following this, we will help you collate any evidence and assess the chances of building a successful medical claim. We will be honest from the outset, allowing you to understand exactly where you stand legally.
We are aware that anyone who has suffered from medical negligence will already have gone through more than enough distress, so we will always go above and beyond to minimise any legal confusion or worry you could face. Our job is to take the weight off your shoulders, allowing you to concentrate on your day-to-day needs and those of your family.
Our team of medical negligence lawyers have experience across a range of cases and are all members of the Law Society of England and Wales and are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Some of our lawyers are accredited and recommended by The Law Society, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, The Society for Clinical Injury Lawyers, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as specialists in this complex area of the law.
Whatever form of malpractice you have suffered, finding a trusted clinical negligence solicitor is a vital part of securing the full recognition and compensation you are entitled to.
Every medical negligence case is different, so it is difficult to say exactly how much compensation you can claim for. The amount of clinical negligence compensation you may receive will depend on several factors, including:
- The severity of your injury
- How seriously it has affected your life
- The impact it has had on your finances
We take many medical negligence cases on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, meaning you will have nothing to pay if your claim proves unsuccessful, save for in exceptional circumstances. If we do secure you clinical negligence compensation, we will be paid a success fee as a proportion of that figure. However, this will always be made clear to you at the outset.
Data from NHS Resolution shows that 56 out of the 15,5674 settled claims in 2020/21 went to a full trial – that’s just 0.3% – while almost three-quarters (74.7%) were resolved without formal proceedings, so the chances are that your medical negligence case will not require you to appear in court.
But do not worry our expert medical negligence solicitors will be with you every step of the way and guide you calmly through the process if your case goes to court. You can be confident you are in safe hands with us.
We are here to help with your medical negligence claim
Do you think you have a potential claim for clinical negligence? If so, get in touch with our clinical negligence solicitors as soon as possible. You can make an enquiry online, phone us or request a call back at a convenient time.
One of our friendly and knowledgeable legal team will be able to discuss the specifics of your case and then arrange an initial consultation meeting to assess a possible medical negligence claim. We provide support and guidance throughout the claim process, ensuring your medical claim has the best possible chance of proving successful.
Get in touch today and find out how we can help with your case for clinical negligence compensation.
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