Medical / Dental Negligence

Our team of solicitors are experienced, qualified and professional and can guide you through every aspect of your Medical Negligence claim (or Clinical Negligence, as it is otherwise known). We have years of experience within the claims industry, helping many people receive the compensation they deserve.

What is Medical Negligence?

We all put our trust in the medical judgement and information we are given by qualified health professionals and practitioners, but sometimes their advice or treatment can result in things going wrong. There are many points from the first doctor’s appointment to treatment options where errors can be made, and unfortunately these cases are on the rise.

Our solicitors specialise in all areas of medical negligence including:

  • Brain injuries
  • Anaesthesia related complications
  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat diabetes
  • MRSA negligence claims
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Child injuries
  • Birth defects
  • Misdiagnosis of fractures
  • Spinal and neck injuries

How We Work to Help You

We offer a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors in order to know whether you have grounds for a medical negligence claim. Once we have that established we can proceed with your claim.

If we advise that you may have a claim, we offer a no win, no fee agreement, which means you don’t have to pay anything upfront or if your claim is unsuccessful*

We ensure you have the right independent medical experts consulting with you and with us on your claim.

Along with specialist barristers who, together with us, will make up the specialist team.

We will help you win your claim with minimal stress and disruption so that you can concentrate on getting your life back on track. We know it may not be possible to meet face to face with us so we offer the free consultation either at your home, on Skype, Facetime or any other preferred method.

* Subject to entering into a No Win No Fee agreement in conjunction with an After the Event insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

How the Claims Process Works

We offer a No Win No Fee agreement (CFA), to ease any worries you may have about paying legal fees when choosing to make a claim for medical negligence or personal injury.

This means that if your claim is successful, most of the fees are covered by your opponent*. If your case is unsuccessful, you pay nothing.**

* Under the terms of a No Win no Fee agreement we deduct up to 25% of your compensation to cover the success fee.

** Subject to entering into a No Win No Fee agreement and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

No Win No Fee agreements are only one of the funding options available. There are many more available, so at your initial consultation we will talk you through the alternative options – including legal expenses, insurance and legal aid (which is available in some instances) and consider whether you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement.

Medical Negligence and the Rise of Claims

NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4bn in medical negligence claims in 2016 compared to £583m in 2008, analysis shows. This figure is not inclusive of Private Practices so that number would greatly increase if those were included in the final sum.

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which handles claims on behalf of trusts, said it was trying to reduce the costs. The NHSLA blamed big rises in claims and legal costs from claimants. However lawyers have argued that the cost would not exist if the NHS had not been negligent in the first place and accused it of delaying claims.

Factors that can have an impact on the Medical Treatment you receive:

  • Long Waiting Lists
  • Extended time in between consultations and treatments
  • Clinical System errors/issues
  • Shorter appointment times
  • Lack of Doctors
  • Miscommunication between health officials and patients
  • Private Clinics
  • Rise in Plastic Surgery Complications and Malpractice
  • NHS funding cuts
  • Staff Training

All these factors have had a negative impact on the treatment and medical care we receive. Doctors, Clinics and Surgeries have been oversubscribed and Clinical Staff are underpaid and overworked. This can lead to many problems and errors occurring.

The NHS sees 1 million patients every 24 hours, this is an outstanding figure and would go on to explain why various errors and mishandlings can sometimes occur.

£140bn was spent across the NHS in 2016 of which £1.4bn was awarded to victims of clinical negligence – this could have been used to fund more than six thousand doctor’s salaries.

The NHS Negligence Bill has increased by more than 70% in the last five years and the Medical Protection Society (MPS) have estimated that at this current trend we will see annual Negligence Claims spending reach an astonishing £2.6bn within the next five years.

The NHS employ 1.7M staff making it 5th largest employer in the world. With so many cuts being made to health budgets and treatment care staff will be laid off and quality of care will suffer.

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