What is Medical/Clinical Negligence
Most Clinical Negligence cases involve one of the following:
- A Delay in diagnosis which reduces prospects of recovery being reduced
- Poorly performed surgery
- Incorrect treatment
- The failure of a medical device or product
- A bad reaction to a medication or drug
- Failure to get consent for treatment which then results in a poor outcome
What do we have to prove?
In a Clinical Negligence claim we will need to prove that the treatment you received:
a.)Was substandard in that it fell below the lowest acceptable standard of that treating medical professional
b.)Caused you to suffer injury or a poorer outcome than you were entitled to expect
Both of these elements must be proven for the case to succeed.
We will employ medical specialists on your behalf to give their opinion about the treatment that you received. Expert opinion is vital to the success of the claim.
How to fund your claim
Your case will be funded in a way that minimises financial risk or outlay to you. We will make sure any suitable legal cover you already have is utilised to your best advantage. Where you have Union cover or an entitlement to legal aid we will advise you of such entitlement. Where you need the support of Legal Expense Insurance we will use a product that is suitable to provide this cover.
The next steps
We provide you with an action plan of what needs to be done, by whom, how it is to be done and when it is to be done. That way you will know what is happening in the case and when it is happening.
What are the different types of medical negligence claims?
We represent clients who have suffered from a wide range of issues, illnesses and incidents, including:
Negligence by the NHS
The National Health Service (NHS) is an organisation we cherish and are proud of. When something goes wrong, emotionally it can be difficult to decide to take action to get mistakes put right. Read More >
Negligence by a private hospital or doctor
Many patients choose to have private medical treatment or even part of their NHS treatment provided by a private organisation. When things go wrong here there can be complications that are unique to private practice. Read More
Negligence by a GP
We all rely on our GP’s as the front line of medical services and the gateway to further treatment and diagnosis. All of us will see a GP at some point in our lives. The relationship between a patient and GP is one of trust. Read More
Death due to Medical Negligence
Due to a medical condition or situation death can occur. Sometimes sadly this is unavoidable. Where death should not have happened there can be a claim for compensation for negligence. Read More
Failure to spot cancer can be because clear clinical signs were missed or there was a failure to make a referral for further investigations. It is well established that the prospects of a successful recovery from cancer increases significantly the earlier it is caught.Read More
Surgical Medical Negligence Claims
All surgery involves risk. Some operations are more complex and carry greater risk than others. It is important that patients are made aware of this before agreeing to an operation. Where things do go wrong in general surgery it is not always negligent. Even in the best hands some procedures can carry what is known as a non-negligent risk.Read More
Mistakes Administering Drugs
A huge number of prescription drugs are administered every year. Care has to be take in administration of such drugs to ensure they are appropriate, in amount, in format and in interaction.Read More
Pressure sores are preventable. A pressure sore risk assessment should be carried out by the medical team responsible for care and a plan implemented to prevent them.Read More
Signing up to a medical procedure requires your compliance. Whilst no medical procedure is entirely without risk you are entitled to choose what risks you choose to take.Read More
Orthopaedics refers to the bones, muscles and joints of the human body. Orthopaedic claims concern a range of personal injuries ranging from a failure to diagnose a broken arm to failing to perform a hip replacement operation. Read More
Spinal Cord Injury
Surgery or treatment carried out on or close to the spine presents a risk of serious damage to the spine or spinal cord. Injuries or conditions of the spine typically require immediate treatment to avoid the injury worsening or leading to paralysis. Read More
Dental negligence refers to an injury you have suffered as the result of negligent dental treatment. Read More
Hospital Acquired Infections
Hospital infections are particularly dangerous due to the presence of open wounds and the vulnerability of patients to infections. There is a very wide range of infections that can be acquired in hospital, including both MRSA and Clostridium Difficile.Read More
If a cosmetic procedure is not performed to the expected standard the consequences can be devastating. Read More
Rehabilitation and Support Services
We are determined to provide the very best service to our clients. This means not only obtaining the best result through litigation (which we are especially good at) but also putting you in touch with the right people to support you along the way. We recognise it is of the utmost importance for our clients to have access to rehabilitation and support services at the beginning of their case. This is often the hardest time for those who are experiencing illness or injury and represents the best opportunity for these services to make a difference.
In many cases, early input and treatment from appropriate medical and other specialists can transform your medical outcome and improve your future prospects. Our focus is to ensure that appropriate medical treatment, therapies and support (including surgery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling, care and assistance) is delivered at the earliest possible opportunity, rather than waiting for your medical negligence compensation claim to be settled.
We have various partnerships and arrangements with a range of high quality medical and rehabilitation service providers. We can arrange a prompt assessment of your needs by a qualified case manager who will work to develop and coordinate a bespoke care and therapy package for you.