Medical Negligence Claims
What is Medical Negligence?
The services of the medical profession both enhance and save lives on a daily basis. However, occasionally the professional involved can make an error in the treatment of the patient, which could have disastrous health consequences.
Regardless of whether the mistake results from human error, procedural failure or mechanical fault, if it appears to have been unnecessary or preventable, the patient harmed as a result may be able to pursue a compensation claim. These types of claims are usually referred to as Clinical Negligence or Medical Negligence claims, with the two terms being used interchangeably.
Depending on the severity of the injuries involved and the impact they are having on the injured party’s life, the amount of compensation available can be very substantial. These types of claims are often complex and strongly contested by the NHS Trust or private practice involved, however, so it is essential to have specialist legal advice from the outset.
For an initial free consultation about making a medical negligence claim, please contact one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors.
For more general information, please call 01625 614250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Choose Jobling Gowler for your Medical Negligence Claim?
“I would like to thank you most sincerely for all your hard work on my behalf. You have guided me throughout the whole process, making what initially seemed a rather daunting challenge, to me a least, instead one that I could face knowing that I was in the best possible hands.” Client Feedback, 2021
“I am truly grateful for your support to me and your expertise to secure a fair offer in such a timely manner.” Client Feedback, 2021
Over the years we have developed considerable expertise and accordingly we are recommended in the Legal 500 for the quality of the advice provided. We have also achieved the Law Society’s prestigious Clinical Negligence Accreditation, reflecting our exceptional expertise and client service in this complex and specialist area.
If a medical professional has let you down, it can be difficult to trust another professional. At Jobling Gowler, we offer a service which is not simply about pursuing compensation, but also making sure you have all the practical help and support you need for your recovery. In essence, our goal is to help you get on with your life.
We will help you to access a whole range of support packages, based on your individual needs. Additionally, where appropriate, we will pursue early part-payment of compensation to ensure that you can receive the needed services as early as possible.
Such services may include:
- Expert medical treatment to address your needs
- Receiving respite care and /or regular care services
- Access to expert emotional support to assist you in coming to terms with what has happened to you
- Purchase of aids and equipment that will enable you to live your life in the fullest way possible
- Funds to make the necessary adaptations to your home
All of this is undertaken with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for your individual circumstances.
What Types of Medical Negligence Claims do we Handle?
As trusted and experienced experts, our medical negligence solicitors are able to offer you advice and representation on all aspects of medical negligence including:
- Birth Injury to mother and / or child Including;
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Hip Dysplasia
- Retained placenta
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Injury Including;
- Cauda Equina
- Unnecessary Amputations
- Delays in Diagnosis
- Foreign objects left inside the body following surgery
- Pharmaceutical Errors
- GP Errors
- Surgical Errors
- Private Healthcare Errors
- Unnecessary fatalities
What Does the Claims Process Look Like?
Time limits for medical negligence claims
There is usually a time limit of three years to begin legal action (although there are exceptions). This time limit may be dated from when the negligence occurred or when you became aware of it (known as the ‘date of knowledge’) depending on the circumstances.
Funding a medical negligence claim
There are various options for funding a medical negligence claim. Many people choose to be represented on the basis of a conditional fee agreement, sometimes referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ medical negligence claim. Public Funding/Legal Aid may be available to those who are financially eligible for certain types of birth injuries.
Interim payments for medical negligence claims
If you need immediate access to funds to cover the cost of essential treatment, rehabilitation services, specialist equipment or other types of support, partial provision for treatment/rehabilitation can be sought in the interim period while your claim is being resolved.
These interim payments are intended to make sure that claimants do not miss out on the support they need to make the best possible recovery. Securing interim payments is usually possible where the defendant admits liability but the final value of the compensation has not yet been agreed.
Valuing a medical negligence claim
How much compensation you may be entitled to will depend on various factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The impact your injuries are having on your life
- Specific costs you have incurred as a result of your injuries
- Expected future losses due to your injuries
- Your pain and suffering
Our medical negligence solicitors will aim to provide a realistic valuation for your claim at the earliest possible opportunity so you have a clear idea of how much compensation you may be able to achieve before deciding how to proceed.
Start a Medical Negligence Claim Today
If you have suffered as a result of clinical negligence, then please contact our specialist solicitors today. We will arrange a FREE no obligation appointment, either at our offices, at your home or in hospital. During this meeting we will advise you on what are the best next steps for you.
We also offer all our clients a FREE complaint writing service which ensures that your matter is dealt with in an expert and professional manner from the outset.
Please call a member of our team on 01625 614250 or email email@example.com.