No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors
Most interactions with medical professionals pass without incident. Yet there are occasions where mistakes are made. Whilst getting your regular prescription from the GP or having routine surgery normally goes to plan, errors can happen. When they do, the healthcare professional who was looking after you may have been medically negligent.
If you think you might have grounds for a No Win No Fee medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence) claim, it is worth having a conversation with a trusted solicitor who can give you the expert legal advice you need.
At Been Let Down, we have a team of skilled, trusted and highly accredited solicitors with many years’ experience. Our lawyers have years of No Win No Fee medical negligence claims under their belt, supporting clients across England and Wales.
If you think you have suffered clinical negligence, our No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitors will work with you to find out what happened and why. We’ll help you make a claim that gives you the best chance of compensation because nobody should have to suffer financial hardship as a result of a medical mistake.
What is a No Win No Fee medical negligence claim?
One of the main reasons someone might not want to pursue a claim for compensation after they have experienced medical negligence is because of the costs involved with hiring a solicitor.
At Been Let Down, we understand you might be put off making a claim for this reason, which is why we offer a clinical negligence No Win No Fee arrangement.
No Win No Fee is sometimes referred to by its official name, which is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), but the two terms refer to the same thing. It is worth keeping this in mind if our legal team talks about your CFA with you. However, we’ll always take care to explain this and every part of the claims process so that you fully understand each stage.
When you agree to pursue your case via a No Win No Fee medical negligence agreement with us, we won’t charge you a penny if your compensation claim is unsuccessful. Unless your claim is deemed to be fraudulent or you have failed to comply with our reasonable requests to pursue your claim.
Should we win your claim, we will take our fee from your compensation. This is simply a percentage of the compensation you are awarded and we’ll agree this with you beforehand, so there are never any nasty surprises. We limit these fees to 25%, which means you always recover at least 75% of the compensation you are awarded.
If you win your No Win No Fee medical negligence case, you will never be asked to pay us any fees upfront. The fee is only ever paid after you’ve received compensation, so you’re not left out of pocket.
After the Event (ATE) insurance
If you want to go ahead with us as your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitors, you should be aware of After the Event (ATE) insurance. We take this out to cover the cost of medical evidence/reports if the case is unsuccessful.
Also in a very small number of cases, a claimant may be liable for a defendant’s costs if the claim is not successful. This usually arises where the claimant fails to beat an offer. This could include things like barrister’s fees, court fees or medical reports to name a few.
We therefore recommend ATE insurance. This is just a safety net to give you added peace of mind, though, and you’ll never have to pay for anything if your case doesn’t win. As your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitors, we will arrange this for you. Unlike traditional insurances you do not have to pay a premium upfront and a premium only becomes payable if the claim is unsuccessful.
Do I have a valid No Win No Fee medical negligence claim?
To work out if you have a valid No Win No Fee medical negligence claim, we’ll need to take some time to establish whether you have a case we are confident we can win.
Medical negligence can be complex and an experienced solicitor will take time and care to establish whether actual provable negligence has occurred, or if your situation is more of a reason for a complaint.
No matter how distressing the initial suffering has been, pursuing a case with little chance of legal success would only add to that anguish. That’s why we ensure we’re honest and transparent with you from our first contact.
Because of this, the initial consultation period is extremely important. Contacting us is the best choice as you’ll talk to a lawyer who specialises in No Win No Fee medical negligence claims.
What should I expect from the first conversation with Been Let Down?
After making an initial no-obligation enquiry through our simple online claim form or by phone, a member of our friendly and knowledgeable legal team will contact you to discuss your claim in complete confidence.
During that first conversation, we will listen carefully and sensitively to the details of your case. We know that when you contact us, you will likely be going through a very stressful time. We treat each case individually and can even arrange hospital, work or home visits if necessary.
As we listen to the details of your case, we will be trying to establish two key things that will be crucial for a successful No Win No Fee medical negligence case:
- Did the medical professional fail in their duty of care to you?
Was your doctor, nurse or medical team at fault to the extent that they did not provide a level of service and care equal to what would be expected of a competent professional in their field?
- Has their lack of care caused you harm?
Did you suffer actual and identifiable harm, injury and/or loss as a direct result of this lack of care?
If your explanation of what happened confirms these two points, you may have grounds for a claim. As dedicated No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitors, this is our specialism.
During the initial stages of the claim process, we may also be able to advise you of things such as statutory limitation, which is how much time we have to make a claim after the medical negligence incident took place.
The statutory limitation for a negligence claim is usually three years after the event. Yet we understand that medical cases can be complicated, so there are some exceptions to this.
For children, the rules differ and the limitation period only begins from their 18th birthday and expires on their 21st birthday provided no previous claim has been made.
If you think you’ve missed the limitation period, you should still contact us. Your claim may still be valid and we could still be able to help put things right.
Are there alternative ways to fund a claim?
Most compensation claims are funded using a No Win No Fee agreement. However, there are alternative options:
- Legal aid
If the claim is for an infant suffering a neurological injury during pregnancy, birth or in the eight-week post-natal period, legal aid may be available. Legal aid was withdrawn for other types of medical negligence in 2013. Legal aid would fund the claim and then you would pay some of the fees back at the end via a statutory charge.
- Your legal protection insurance
There is also a possibility that you already have Before the Event (BTE) insurance as part of an existing insurance policy. These insurance policies may cover your opponent’s legal costs if you are not successful with your claim and there would be no deduction for success fee.
Will I understand my No Win No Fee medical contract?
Your solicitor is responsible for ensuring you understand the wording of any medical negligence lawyers’ No Win No Fee contract you sign when you’re asking them to act on your behalf. We will always go the extra mile to make sure you’re fully aware of all the terms and conditions from the off.
Your chosen solicitor will provide you with a cost breakdown at various stages of the claim. We will also cover the costs of any medical reports until the settlement of your claim.
Hiring a reputable solicitor with experience in the field is essential. They will not only need stellar legal knowledge but a thorough understanding of funding issues too. At Been Let Down, we’re experts at both.
As we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we will also provide you with a Client Care letter that explains clearly the structure and procedure.
Why choose Been Let Down as your No Win No Fee medical negligence lawyers?
If you’re seeking advice from a skilled solicitor that has experience in No Win No Fee medical negligence claims, we’re the best choice. Here’s why:
- We’re highly experienced solicitors
We have many years’ experience and specialist knowledge gained across a wide spectrum of medical negligence claims. Whether you’re looking at a case of misdiagnosis, a mistake during surgery or any other negligent action by a medical professional or GP, we have in-house specialists who will bring expertise to your case.
- We’re an accredited service
We’re authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the solicitors in our legal team are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. If you’ve been let down by a medical professional, you can rely on us for the very best representation.
- We have high success rates
We have an extremely high success rate. When you choose us, you’ll be supported by a qualified solicitor from day one. Our legal experts will be able to advise you on whether or not you have good grounds for a No Win No Fee medical negligence claim and whether we think your claim could be successful.
Get in touch with our expert team today
If you’ve been let down, let us help you put things right. No matter what you’ve experienced at the hands of a medical professional, we can help.
To pursue a clinical negligence No Win No Fee claim, time is of the essence. To get the ball rolling, call us on 0800 234 3234. If you’d prefer, you can also request a call back or use our online claims form to begin the process.
One of our legal team will be able to discuss your case in more detail and set up an initial consultation on a no-obligation basis to explore your claim.
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