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Medical Negligence Solicitors in Wolverhampton
If you suffer an injury because someone a healthcare professional is negligent, speak with our medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton. It doesn’t matter whether the negligence results from:
- genuine error;
- institutional failings or;
- simple ineptitude.
There’s no reason you should suffer financially as well as 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. Thus giving you the financial means you need to make the best possible recovery and move on from your injury.
The claims process, in essence, can be time-consuming and frustrating. Our medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton can reduce the risk of frustrating delays and dead ends. In addition, we shield you from your opponent’s lawyers, too. So if you believe your injury was avoidable, contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.
Every day, millions around the UK put their faith in a medical professional to improve their health. Accordingly, they might see their GP about:
- concerning symptoms;
- collecting a prescription;
- have a dental check-up, or;
- go by ambulance to Accident and Emergency with a life-threatening condition.
Most of these patients will, in fact, receive excellent care. However, victims of medical negligence are not so fortunate. Sadly, they’ll put their trust in a professional who:
- fails in their duty of care and;
- delivers a standard of care that is not only disappointing but which causes harm.
To access our free legal expertise, the validity of your medical negligence claim needs to prove two points.
- That you have suffered a genuine injury; and
- Your injury was the direct result of negligence.
Proving an injury is usually straightforward. Your medical records will show damage like:
- infected pressure ulcers caused by poor nursing care;
- a fracture that has resulted from a lack of care while moving you between your bed and a wheelchair.
With Wolverhampton medical negligence cases, it can be more difficult if you have an underlying illness. In the West Midlands, proving your cancer is worse than if your doctor wasn’t negligent with a delay in diagnosis.
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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. Next, someone was responsible, at least in part, for the physical damage you sustain.
Once we verify your injury is genuine and there is evidence to support this, we take action.
Your medical negligence solicitor in Wolverhampton will find the proof that shows it was the direct cause of negligent care. Obtaining such proof can take some time. It involves not only getting your medical records but:
- speaking to witnesses;
- having an independent medical expert assess you, and;
- comparing the care you receive with the standard of care provided by similar professionals.
Just as there may be occasions where a patient suffers injury despite top care, negligent care may not produce injury. 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. Your care provider might not inform you of that risk and take all reasonable steps to avoid it. In turn, this leads to adverse effects on your health. Ergo, you may have grounds to claim compensation, and we can help you do that.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims in Wolverhampton
The Medical Negligence Experts has successfully claimed compensation for negligent care. We go after an array of medical professionals.
Medical negligence claims our medical negligence lawyers in Wolverhampton handle include:
- GP negligence;
- Surgical negligence;
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis claims;
- Birth injury claims;
- Lack of consent claims;
- NHS negligence or with private hospitals;
- 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 suffer injury from negligent medical care abroad.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Wolverhampton
One primary concern clients have when they decide to proceed with a claim, is how to pay for it. Quality legal advice and representation are expensive, but we think everyone should have that opportunity. Which is why our medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton work on a No Win No Fee basis.
No Win No Fee* claims, or Conditional Fee Agreements, mean your lawyer assumes the financial risk with making a claim. Before they do this, they’ll investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury in detail. Thus, they’ll make sure your claim has a good chance of being successful.
We offer prospective clients a free, no-obligation consultation. By calling us, you can learn more about making a No Win No Fee* claim, and the process for doing so.
Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) work together with an after the event (ATE) insurance policy. You may already have cover through an existing health or home insurance policy. But, if not, we can advise on the best types of After the Event insurance policies to protect you financially.
Furthermore, you do not have to pay your lawyer upfront. If you win your claim, your opponent will pay your lawyer’s fees as well as any incidental expenses. They will also pay you compensation for your physical damage in addition to the financial loss you incur. Such as lost income or having to pay for private medical treatment to repair the damage they cause.
All you’ll have to pay is your lawyer’s success fee**.
If you lose, your lawyer will waive their fees. The court is likely to instruct you to pay your opponent’s legal costs – your insurance policy covers it. Therefore, apart from the odd incidental expense incurred, you will not have to pay anything if you lose.
You may be a little sceptical of CFAs, thinking that just because something costs you nothing means it is worthless. We can assure you that the standard of legal support you will receive will be exceptional. The benefits of CFAs is that payment depends on them obtaining a positive result for you.
Acting as a Litigation Friend
There are occasions when it’s impossible for a victim to start a claim themselves. Either because they are under the age of 18 or because they’re not stable enough to manage their affairs. In these instances, a close friend or family member can act on their behalf. In essence, they become what is known as a “litigation friend”.
Process and support from your medical negligence lawyer in Wolverhampton are the same as if you apply for compensation yourself. However, one glaring difference is that the compensation money doesn’t go directly to you or the victim. Instead, it goes into a trust for management on the victim’s behalf. Where most agreements conclude outside court, claims made for a third party need to finalisation by a judge.
The judge, in essence, approves the payment and the trust arrangements. Judges appoint trustees to oversee the management of the money. They can either invest it until the victim can manage their funds themselves. Or, they can 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 undertake a divorce. Alternatively, this applies when you receive a fine for speeding or encounter a road traffic accident.
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 says less than 1% of all requests they handle go to court. The vast majority of around 98% settle out of court. Meanwhile, clients drop just over 1% because of lack of evidence.
Making a Solid Case
We’ll do our best to avoid your claim going to court by creating a legal foundation through research and evidence. We want your claim to hold up in court. Ergo, we rigorously fact-check and working with independent experts. They’ll help provide irrefutable evidence to support your application.
Our aim is to obtain every penny of compensation you deserve in the least possible time. But we’ll not rush at the expense of ensuring every facet of your claim is exactly as it should be.
The other party might deny liability, but we can still prove that they were responsible. They also might refuse to offer what we know to be a fair and appropriate amount of compensation. We may advise that you submit your claim to court for a judge to assess. Their ruling is final, so it’s not a step anyone should take unless they are 100% confident in their claim.
Even with a court, possibly 12-18 months after your submission, 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 Compensation Claim FAQs for Wolverhampton residents
We are happy to give you a free, no-obligation consultation. You can ask a legal expert any question you have about the claims process. We list a few of the most common questions here to get matters going.
Can I make a claim?
If a medical professional makes a mistake and harms you, you may be able to claim compensation for damages. In most instances, you need to start your claim within three years of the date of your injury. Or three years of the date you became aware your injury’s cause was negligence.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your lawyer will answer this question in more detail once they investigate your injury and the impact on your life. Each claim is unique because an injury affects different individuals in different ways. The Judicial College publishes guidelines for payment in recognition of physical injury, but even these can vary.
For example, a person who works as a taxi driver and lost partial use of their eyesight. They may receive a higher payment than a retiree and doesn’t drive anyway.
In addition to general damages for your physical injury, you may get special damages recognising the financial loss you incur. These amounts can cover things like:
- prescription costs or corrective surgery done privately;
- travel expenses;
- lost income, and;
- even if your partner took time off work to care for you.
How long will my claim take?
As with any personal injury claim, the easier you can prove blame. Moreover, the more straightforward your injury, the faster it will take. The average processing time for a medical negligence claim is around 18 months.
But it can take longer if the long-term implications of your injury are still unclear. Moreover, the other party may refuse to accept liability.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. The sooner you get expert legal advice, the stronger your position will be should you decide to pursue a claim.
*Please note that to locate medical negligence solicitors in Wolverhampton, certain conditions apply.
**A success fee we’ll both agree at the start as a percentage of your total compensation payment.