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No Win, No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors in Bristol
If you receive an injury because someone a healthcare professional couldn’t do their job properly, act now. Get in touch with our team of medical negligence solicitors in Bristol. It doesn’t matter whether the negligence results from the genuine error, institutional failings or simple ineptitude.
In short, there is no reason you should suffer a financial penalty on top of suffering physically.
The Medical Negligence Experts handle all types of medical negligence claims, including those made against both NHS and private practices. We work hard to ensure you obtain the maximum compensation for the negligence that you deserve, giving you the financial means you need to make the best possible recovery and move on from your injury.
The claims process can be time-consuming and complicated. Our medical negligence lawyers in Bristol have the knowledge and experience to minimise the risk of frustrating delays and dead ends. Moreover, they shield you from your opponent’s lawyers who will do their best to protect their client’s interest and your expense.
If you believe your injury was avoidable, contact The Medical Negligence Experts today. Our medical negligence team reaches out to top law firms authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Law Society.
Every day, millions of people around the UK will put their faith in a medical professional to improve their health in some way. Most of these patients will receive excellent care and subsequently would never dream of any need for clinical negligence solicitors.
Victims of medical negligence are not so fortunate, however. They will put their trust in a professional who fails in their duty of care. Making things worse, they receive a standard of care that is disappointing but also causes harm.
For cases involving medical negligence claims to be valid, you need to prove two points:
- That you have suffered a genuine injury; and
- Your injury was the direct result of negligence.
Proving a personal injury is usually straightforward when you turned to registered office legal solicitors at The Medical Negligence Experts. Your medical records will show damage like infected pressure ulcers caused by poor nursing care, or a fracture that has resulted from a lack of care while moving you between your bed and a wheelchair. It can be more difficult if you have an underlying illness, such as proving your cancer is worse than it would have been had your doctor not been negligent with their delayed diagnosis.
Specialists in medical negligence solicitors in Bristol
The Medical Negligence Experts specialise in this type of claims. Our job is to first identify that you have legal grounds to make a claim and that someone was responsible. At least in part, for the physical damage, you endure. We’ll work to the time limits (3 years after) to make a claim and give you the best compensation representation we can.
Once we have verified that your injury is genuine and there is documented evidence to support this, your medical negligence solicitor in Bristol will find the proof that shows it was the direct cause of negligent care. Obtaining such proof can take some time and involve not only getting your medical records, but speaking to witnesses, having an independent medical expert assess you, and comparing the care you received with the standard of care provided by similar professionals.
Just as there may be occasions where a patient is injured despite all care being taken, there are also times when they endure negligent care but are not harmed. Neither of these situations gives legal grounds to apply for compensation – both injury and blame need to be present for any claim to be valid.
Every type of treatment comes with a risk – some higher than others. If your care provider does not inform you of that risk and take all reasonable steps to avoid it, and this leads to your health is adversely affected, you may have grounds to claim compensation, and we can help you do that.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
The Medical Negligence Experts has successfully claimed compensation for negligent care provided by an array of medical professionals including GP’s, surgeons, nurses and midwives, dentists, pharmacists and opticians.
Medical negligence claims our medical negligence lawyers in Bristol handle include:
- GP negligence;
- Surgical negligence;
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis claims;
- Birth injury claims;
- Lack of consent claims;
- NHS negligence;
- Prescription errors;
- Hospital negligence, including Accident and Emergency negligence
Negligence and injury can happen in any healthcare setting. We may even be able to assist if you were hurt through negligent medical care received abroad.
You can find out more by calling The Medical Negligence Experts today on our freephone number. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form to arrange a call from an advisor for medical negligence solicitors in Bristol.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Bristol
One primary concern clients have when they decide to proceed with a claim is funding options. Quality legal advice and representation are expensive, also. But no one should have to miss out on legal support when they need it most. Accordingly, our medical negligence solicitors in Bristol work on a No Win No Fee basis.
No Win No Fee* means your lawyer agrees to assume the financial risk with making a claim. Before they do this, they will investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury in detail. In short, they need to make sure your claim has a good chance of being successful.
We offer prospective clients a free, no-obligation consultation. As a result, you can find out more about:
- whether you may be able to make a No Win No Fee* claim, and;
- the process for doing so.
Conditional Fee Agreements work together with an insurance policy. You may already have cover through an existing health or home insurance policy as well. But either way, we can advise on the best types of After the Event insurance policies to protect you financially.
No Upfront Payments
Moreover, you do not have to pay your lawyer upfront, either. If you win, your opponent pays your lawyer’s fees, as well as any incidental expenses they claim, has cost you. They will also pay you compensation for your physical damage in addition to the financial loss you incur. That includes loss of earnings or private medical treatment to repair the damage they cause.
All you will have to pay, in summary, is your lawyer’s “success fee.” This is a fee you’ll agree as a percentage of your total compensation payment at the start of the claim.
If you lose, your lawyer will waive their fees. The court is likely to instruct you to pay your opponent’s legal costs which your insurance policy covers. Therefore, you won’t have to pay anything if you lose, aside from some potential expenses you incur.
You may be a little sceptical of No Win No Fee agreements, thinking that just because something costs you nothing, it’s worthless. We can assure you that the standard of legal support you will receive will be exceptional. One of the benefits of No Win No Fee claims is that your lawyer’s payment depends on them obtaining a positive result for you.
Acting as a Litigation Friend
There are occasions when it is not possible for a victim of medical negligence to start a claim themselves. Either because they are:
- under the age of 18 or;
- because they do not have the mental ability to manage their legal and financial affairs.
In these instances, a close friend or family member can act on their behalf, becoming a “litigation friend.” The claims process and the support you receive is the same as if you were applying for compensation for yourself. But the compensation money does not go directly to you or the victim. Instead, that money goes into a trust, where the litigation friend manages it on the victim’s behalf.
Where most agreements conclude out of court, claims made for a third party need a judge’s final approval. Trustees take over to oversee the management of the money. Accordingly, they either:
- invest it until the victim can manage their funds themselves, or;
- use it to pay for treatment and equipment that will help make the victim’s life easier.
Settling a Compensation Claim Out of Court
Many people we meet, indeed for much of the general public, have very little to do with “the law”. You might encounter it if you legally separate from a partner or get divorced, or briefly if you receive a fine for speeding. For most people, however, the prospect of courts and judges is unfamiliar and intimidating.
You do not need to worry about going to court when you work with The Medical Negligence Experts. The NHS Litigation Authority, who handles all claims made against the NHS, state that less than 1% of all requests they handle need to go to court. The vast majority of around 98% settle out of court, while just over 1% are dropped by the client through lack of evidence.
Avoiding Court (if possible)
We will do our best to avoid your claim going to court by creating a strong legal foundation with research and evidence. We take no chances that any aspect of your claim may suffer due to rigorous fact-checking.
Accordingly, we’ll work with independent experts who will help provide irrefutable evidence to support your application.
Our aim is to obtain every penny of compensation you deserve in the least possible time. However, we won’t rush at the expense of ensuring every facet of your claim is fail-proof. We may advise you submit your claim to court for a judge to assess and decide the outcome.
- If the other party denies liability and we can prove that they were responsible, or;
- They refuse to offer what we know to be a fair and appropriate amount of compensation.
Their ruling is final, so litigation is not a step anyone wants to take unless they are 100% confident of the strength of their claim.
Even with a court, which could be 12 to 18 months later, we’ll continue to negotiate with the other party. Above all, the goal is achieving your payment without having to go to court.
Medical Negligence Solicitors in Bristol FAQ
We are happy to arrange a free consultation with a legal advisor who can answer any questions you have about making a claim. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the issues we hear most often.
What is medical negligence?
When we talk about medical negligence, we do not only mean that a medical professional fails to uphold their duty of care to you. We also imply that you suffer an injury because of it. Both of these factors – damages and causation – need to exist for you to have legal grounds to bring a claim.
How do negligence compensation claims differ from making a complaint?
Some victims of negligence raise a complaint, others request compensation, and some do both. You do not need to have been injured to make a complaint about negligent care.
You can ask for answers, and challenge the outcome of a complaint if you aren’t happy with the response. A compensation claim puts a value on your pain and suffering. Additionally, it makes sure you don’t suffer penalties financially either now or in the future.
If you want answers a complaint could be useful for:
- the satisfaction of an apology and;
- the ability to help prevent future occurrences of negligence like yours.
However, you may instead want formal acknowledgement of your mistreatment and the resources to make the best recovery.
How long will my claim take?
The majority of claims our medical negligence solicitors in Bristol handle settle between 12 and 18 months after they begin. They can take longer if the other party won’t accept responsibility and your claim goes to court.
Also, your injury might leave you with debilitating long-term medical needs that you don’t yet know about. In the latter instance, as long as the other party acknowledges liability, we have options. For instance, we can ask for part of your compensation now. That way, you can access the support and treatment you need.
How much compensation will I receive?
We calculate every medical negligence claim individually, looking at the claimant’s particular circumstances to put a value on it. Compensation recognises the physical pain and suffering, in short. It also covers any expenses you incur, such as lost wages or private medical treatment.
Compensation also takes into account any ongoing medical care you may require as well as lost earnings if you need to reduce your hours or take early retirement, and the implications this may have on future earnings and pension.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out more about whether you are eligible to claim compensation and what steps you need to take. You can fill in our online form and set up a time to speak. Additionally, you can call us directly on our freephone number.
*Please note that conditions apply.