Medical negligence claims solicitors for Birmingham and the Midlands
When we put our trust in a medical professional, the last thing we expect is for something to go wrong. If you have had a bad experience with a doctor or other medical professional that has caused you an injury, trauma, or surgical complications due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Our team of medical negligence claims solicitors represent clients in Birmingham and the surrounding area, and they may be able to help you. Get in touch with Been Let Down today and we will work with you to find out if you could make a negligence claim.
What is medical negligence?
Medical professionals have a duty of care to the patients they are treating. This means that they must carry out their roles and responsibilities at the level of a reasonable and responsible skilled doctor/medical professional.
While most interactions between a patient and medical practitioner go smoothly, there are times when medical practitioners fail in their duty of care, causing injury or harm to their patients. In these circumstances, medical negligence has occurred. It is something that can happen in public and private medical settings.
If this has happened to you, contact our specialist legal team at Been Let Down to see if you can pursue a medical negligence claim.
The different types of negligent care
There are many examples of negligence, as many as there are parts of the body. Our medical negligence solicitors who represent clients in Birmingham regularly cover claims for the following types:
- Clinical misdiagnosis
- Delayed diagnosis
- Injury as a result of an incorrectly performed procedure or surgery
- Birth injuries
- Injures resulting in amputation
- Death of a loved one due to medical negligence
These are just some examples of how medical providers have delivered negligent care to their patients. This list is not exhaustive, so if you do not recognise your case here, do still get in touch with us as we may be able to help you proceed with your claim.
What can happen after negligence has occurred?
Whatever type of medical negligence you have experienced, it is likely that you will be still dealing with what happened and trying to resolve the issues with your health. This can mean you have follow-up appointments with medical staff, which can be difficult physically and emotionally as you may feel you cannot trust the medical professionals who are caring for you now.
Additionally, if you have had to miss work while you recover, there is a possibility that you have lost out on pay. If you are experiencing money worries, these can lead to stress, especially if you have to cover any medical costs or make adaptations around your home because of your injuries.
We know there can be many factors affecting your physical and emotional well-being right now, and that a lot can happen after a medical negligence event. Our claims solicitors work with clients in Birmingham and beyond to secure compensation that can help to offer peace of mind and help them get their lives back.
How can I prove my medical negligence claim?
When you are making a medical negligence claim, there are two things that you must be able to prove: who was at fault and was avoidable harm caused because of the medical care you encountered. To prove these points, you need to demonstrate that medical staff breached the duty of care they owed you and that their failure caused you harm that could have been avoided.
That is where an experienced medical negligence solicitor comes in. Our legal experts will take you through the process of proving these two points and gather evidence to present your case.
The role of the medical negligence solicitor
Our medical negligence solicitors work with clients in Birmingham and the Midlands, so they understand the healthcare provision in your area and will have worked with clients who have experienced similar negligence to what you have encountered. They will review your case to make sure it meets the criteria to bring a claim. It is important to give us as much information and documentation about your case as you can. This will help your solicitor assess your claim.
If we decide to go ahead with your claim, you will need to give consent for your solicitor to request any medical notes from your doctor that are necessary to support your claim. This is an important part of the process, as it will give your solicitor the opportunity to prove negligence has occurred.
What is my medical negligence solicitor looking for?
Your medical negligence solicitor will look for evidence of a failure in the duty of care by the medical professionals who cared for you. You should have been treated appropriately and within a reasonable time frame. If this did not happen, it may be that the medical professional was negligent.
However, it is not enough to say that the medical professional did not act with due care. We also have to prove that you have suffered personal injury, pain, and/or losses that could have been avoided. This is also known as causation, and it can be the harder of the two to prove.
If you were already injured or ill before the negligence occurred, your solicitor would need to prove that your condition worsened significantly, or you suffered more as a result of the negligence than you otherwise would have. In most cases, your medical negligence solicitor will need to arrange a medical assessment by an independent medical professional.
How to make a claim
To make a claim, please get in touch with us by calling 0800 234 3234 or through our online claim form. A member of our specialist medical negligence team who work with Birmingham residents will then contact you to discuss your case.
When you choose us to represent you, you will always speak to a solicitor as soon as we accept your case. This means that you are sure to get a detailed analysis of any supporting documentation or evidence from the very beginning, which is beneficial for building your case.
During your initial call, we will find out from you what happened. If we think you could have a successful medical negligence claim, we will explain what happens next, taking you through the process at a pace you are comfortable with. We want to make sure you understand what happens at every stage.
Should we not believe you could win your claim, we will let you know right away. We know that what you have been through will have been distressing, so the last thing we want to do is add to that. Many of the cases that we encounter are legitimate claims that we know could be successful, so it is worth having a conversation with us about what has happened to see if you could win.
Our team is skilled and compassionate, and we will never pressure you into pursuing a claim if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
How much will it cost?
Our expert Medical Negligence solicitors can discuss funding options with you further, but most of our cases are run on ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This is a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA.
Are there any time limits to be aware of?
The time limit for most clinical negligence claims is three years from the date the negligence first occurred or three years from your date of knowledge of the negligence. For this reason, you should not delay in contacting a medical negligence solicitor today. The Birmingham-based clients we have worked with over the years did just that, and we have been able to successfully help settle their claims.
If you are a parent or guardian, you have until the 18th birthday of the child you care for to claim on their behalf. When the child turns 18, they then have three years up to their 21st birthday to make a claim.
We will always talk you through the time limits that apply to you, and recommend contacting us as soon as you can after the incident occurred. This is because the details are fresh in your mind and you are more likely to still have any relevant correspondence from the medical professionals that can be used as evidence in your case.
Why choose Been Let Down?
We work hard to be the leading medical negligence claims solicitors for clients in Birmingham and the Midlands, providing the very best legal advice and representation for claimants across the region.
Here are some reasons why we are well placed to help you:
- Fully accredited
We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA set the professional standards that solicitors need to adhere to in England and Wales.
- We’re experts in our field
Our expert medical negligence team is skilled in handling a diverse array of claims. They have been recognised as experts in medical negligence by The Law Society, Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
- A proven record of success
We are successful in bringing claims for our clients. So, if we think your case could have the potential to win, it is likely that it will.
- Supporting you at all times
We are a supportive team. We will guide you through every stage of the process with care and compassion.
Contact us today
Get in touch with us today if you think you or a loved one has grounds for a claim. Our initial conversations are provided free of charge and you are at no obligation to pursue a claim. Whether you are in Birmingham or elsewhere in the Midlands, we have an expert team ready to help you.
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