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Medical Negligence Solicitors in Lincoln
If the idea of claiming compensation feels overwhelming, talk to a medical negligence solicitors in Lincoln. We understand that the prospect of starting a claim and taking on a large organisation like the NHS, it’s difficult. However, the medical negligence experts can give you the support and legal representation you need to obtain maximum compensation.
Our dedicated solicitors specialise in medical negligence claims. We have a strong track record of successful outcomes for our clients. Our service is not only professional, it is person-based. We always keep you, the claimant, at the forefront of decisions we make. We will keep you informed using language that makes sense and not trying to confuse you with unnecessary legal jargon.
There is no need to suffer and struggle on your own when the medical negligence experts are here to help. If you, all your loved one, has been injured as the result of medical negligence, even if you are not sure that negligence was the cause, then talk to us today.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Lincoln
It’s important you feel comfortable with the solicitor you choose to work with. That is one reason we are happy to offer clients a free, no-obligation consultation with a legal advisor who can answer any questions they may have about beginning a claim for compensation.
The outcome of your claim rests in no small part with the ability of your solicitor to research and prepare a strong case. Good moral they are in the early stages, the less chance there is of the other party denying responsibility or arguing with making a fair compensation payment.
How medical negligence solicitors in Lincoln assist you
Medical negligence solicitors in Lincoln will guide you through the process of requesting payment for damages. If you want to make a formal complaint to the body responsible for your care, we can also assist.
As solicitors will assess the details of your claim and will find out exactly how your injury has impacted your life. If we believe you have a valid claim, we will let you know so that you can decide what you want to do next.
Once you’ve decided to proceed we will gather the evidence and submit it to the other party who then has four months to assess the information and respond. We will negotiate on your behalf, standing out for your legal rights and doing our best to make sure that you received every penny of compensation to which you deserve. If the other party refuses to co-operate, we will may suggest you submit your claim to a court.
Part of the evidence we supply will include specialist medical reports to assess your injury and advise on ongoing medical requirements. We have access to specialist medical experts who can help determine the resources you need to make the best possible recovery.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Our medical negligence solicitors in Lincoln have experience of successfully recovering compensation for all types of medical negligence claims. We are well-acquainted with the way the NHS Litigation Authority – the body who handles all claims made against the NHS – works, and are skilled at navigating their processes with ease.We are equally adept at helping claimants injured by a private practitioner, including dentists and physiotherapists.
Some of the areas we can help you with include:
- GP Negligence claims;
- Hospital Negligence claims;
- Cancer Misdiagnosis claims;
- Birth Injury claims;
- Nursing Negligence claims;
- Unsuccessful Weight Loss.
Whether you pay for your treatment or receive it through the NHS, or it is elective or essential, you should expect the professionals responsible for your care to uphold their duty towards you and manage risk effectively.
Medical misdiagnosis is one of the most common types of medical negligence claims in the UK. It can refer to delayed diagnosis, where a patient is not referred for further assessment or tests which would help diagnose their illness, or incorrect diagnosis where a GP or specialist makes a mistake identifying the cause of your condition and you receive the wrong treatment.
You may be entitled to apply for compensation if misdiagnosis caused your condition to worsen or damaged your health in any other way.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Lincoln
You have several funding options to cover your legal expenses with regards to starting a compensation claim. The majority of our clients opt for a no win no fee agreement supported by a specialist after the event insurance policy. Other options include an existing legal expenses insurance policy which may be included in your household insurance policy or your motor vehicle insurance policy or private funding where you choose to pay in advance of your claim being settled, usually at an hourly rate.
No win no fee medical negligence claims in Lincoln give you the ability to access quality legal advice and support without any of the financial risk. If your claim is successful, we will reclaim our expenses from the other party, and you will pay us a success fee. This success fee is discussed before you start your claim, and is legally cat at no more than 25% of the total amount of compensation you receive.
To find out more about making a no win no fee medical negligence compensation claim in Lincoln, contact us today.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
It is difficult to see someone you love suffer an injury through no fault of their own. We are happy to represent you if you are requesting compensation on behalf of a child, partner or spouse, or close friend. The claims process and the way we represent you is as if we were acting on behalf of the claimant themselves.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
We appreciate it is likely you have a number of questions about whether or not you have grounds to make a claim, how to do so, how long it will take, and how much you may receive. We are happy to discuss your personal circumstances in detail with you in a free consultation, and we have listed below the most frequently asked questions about medical negligence we receive and the answers.
Can I claim compensation?
As a general rule if you have received an injury as a result of poor medical treatment, and this happened within the last three years, you are likely to be able to apply for compensation to be paid.
In some cases, you may immediately be aware that your injury has resulted from negligent care. In other cases, it may not be obvious until sometime after you have been injured, that Paul medical care was to blame. The three you period is applicable either from the date of the injury or the date of knowledge, whichever is the latter.
This statutory time limit applies to virtually all claimants, unless they were a child at the time of the injury, in which case they have until the 21st birthday.
What evidence is used to support my claim?
One of the reasons it is so important to work with a specialist medical negligence solicitor is because proving negligence is difficult. Not only do you have to show that the standard of care you received was below what is considered acceptable, you also need to show that no other practitioner in a similar field would have acted in the same way. In addition to proving negligence, you need to show causation, which is that you have suffered damage or loss.
How much compensation will I received?
Compensation is paid for two types of Damages. The first is called general damages, and is recompense for pain and suffering your injury has caused. There are industry guidelines your lawyer can use to help give you an estimate of what is reasonable amount to expect. These are published by the judicial college and updated regularly to ensure they are relevant.
The second part of your payment is called special damages. It exists to make sure you are not left financially worse off as the result of your injury. It covers items like lost income if you are unable to work while you’re recovering, and any medical expenses or travel expenses which have resulted from your injury.
How long will my claim take?
There are so many variables which can affect the processing time of your compensation claim, however, the majority of medical negligence claims in the UK settled between 12 and 18 months. Although we will do everything in our power to resolve your claim as quickly as possible, we will not cut corners or rush the process and risk you getting anything less than you deserve.
Your claim may take longer than average if the other party denies liability refuses to pay an appropriate amount of compensation. It may also take longer if the long-term effect of your injuries and not yet known. Accepting compensation is final. If we do not accurately assess your ongoing needs, you could be left with a lower compensation payment than you deserve.
Can I claim compensation for medical negligence if my surgery was elective?
It does not matter whether your treatment was lifesaving or elective, if you have suffered an injury through medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Cosmetic surgery claims can relate to injuries sustained during surgery, such as scars or an unsuccessful rhinoplasty, as well as issues which arise from post-surgical care.
Although the cosmetic surgery industry has not been as tightly regulated as other areas of medicine, new legislation is changing this. It is now the surgeon’s responsibility to ensure the patient can provide informed consent. That is, that they understand all possible outcomes of surgery, not only the desired outcome.
Depending on the country where you had your treatment, the medical negligence experts may also be able to assist if you have been injured through poor medical care whilst having surgery abroad.
Will I have to go to court?
If your claim is litigated, you may have to appear in court. We understand this is a concern for clients, as the average person never encounters this side of the law during their lifetime. However, you have no need to worry. We will only recommend you submit your claim to a court if we are confident the outcome will be positive for you. It is therefore highly important that all information you provide to us at any stage of your claim is accurate, as you may have to repeat it under oath.
It is not possible to skip the negotiation and go straight to court. In order to keep the process fear and not clog the courts up with unnecessary cases, you will need to prove you have made appropriate attempts to settle your claim out of Court. Your medical negligence solicitor will ensure all formal legal proceedings are followed correctly not to jeopardize the outcome of your claim.
Once all avenues of negotiation have been exhausted, and no agreement on either liability or compensation payment amount can be reached, your case will be allocated either to a county court or High Court depending on the amount of compensation you are seeking and the complexity of your case.
Your medical negligence solicitor in Lincoln will keep you updated on the process of your claim, help you prepare for court, and be with you on the day. As long as you answer the questions honestly, there is no need to worry. You are not on trial personally: the judge will be assessing the validity of your claim.
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