Medical Negligence Solicitors in Bradford
Medical negligence affects thousands of patients around the UK every year when they are let down by the very people they entrusted with their health. Doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare professionals are all human, and even the most conscientious person can make a mistake.
Our team of medical negligence solicitors in Bradford can help if you have been injured by medical negligence and want to claim compensation. We have the experience and expertise necessary to obtain maximum payment of damages so you can put your injury behind you and move forward with your life. It is bad enough you have already been hurt physically and possibly emotionally. Why should you be made to suffer financially as well?
If you believe your injury was the result of negligence, then contact The Medical Negligence Experts today for free legal advice about claiming compensation.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical Negligence is when a professional acts in a way which is deemed unacceptable and which harms a patient in their care. Negligence does not have to be intentional – in fact, it is almost always due to an or oversight rather than malice. Sometimes an individual is responsible while on other occasions it may be an institutional error or poorly designed procedure.
The unfortunate outcome of treatment is not always due to negligence. Every treatment, especially those like surgery or chemotherapy, come with a risk that of not working despite every precaution having been taken. In this instance, as long as the patient is aware of this potentially poor outcome, there can be no case made for negligence.
Other times a patient may undoubtedly be a victim of negligent care. Their GP may forget to send a letter of referral to a specialist, or a pharmacist may dispense the wrong type or medicine. Although these acts fall short of what is considered acceptable care, if a patient is not injured or harmed as a result, then they are not entitled to request payment of damages.
Medical negligence claims are more complex than personal injury claims in that you are required to prove that you have been hurt (damages) in a way that was not caused by your underlying condition but by the mistake of another (causation). Both damages and causation need to be present for your application to have legal grounds and, as the applicant, it is your responsibility to demonstrate that they are.
Examples of medical negligence our medical negligence lawyers in Bradford handle include:
- Cancer misdiagnosis.
- Care home negligence.
- Surgical errors.
- Hospital-acquired infections.
It is possible to experience negligence whether you are having care through an NHS facility or with a private practitioner. The claims process is the same for both, and The Medical Negligence Experts can help whether you seek compensation for NHS negligence or want recompense for an injury received from the treatment you have paid for, even if it is elective surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims
Whereas once it was the domain of the rich and famous, a rise in practitioners and a fall in prices has made cosmetic surgery widely available in the UK. It is easy and affordable to find a surgeon who will give you breast implants, a dentist who will whiten your teeth, or a beauty practitioner who will inject your lips with fillers and your facial muscles with Botox.
Just because someone wears a white coat and has an official looking certificate on their wall does not mean they are qualified to carry out some of these procedures and, although tighter regulations have stopped some less scrupulous practitioners from operating, our medical negligence solicitors in Bradford know that cosmetic surgery negligence is still claiming victims.
If you have suffered an adverse reaction to a cosmetic treatment that you were not aware could happen, or which you believe resulted from someone else’s mistake, talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. Depending on the country you visited, we may even be able to help if you went abroad for cosmetic surgery.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims
One of the most pressing concerns potential clients have when they first approach us is how they will fund their application. We believe everyone who needs access to quality legal representation and advice should have it, which is why our medical negligence solicitors in Bradford offer No Win No Fee* compensation claims.
A No Win No Fee claim is almost as straightforward as the name implies. Instead of having to find the money to pay for a solicitor up front, or starting a claim with the probability that if you lose you will have to pay both your lawyer’s fees and those of your opponent, No Win No Fee claims remove the financial risk associated with applying for compensation.
Before you start your claim, your lawyer will look at the circumstances around your injury to determine whether there is a good likelihood your claim will be successful. If so, they will offer you the option of managing your claim on a no win no fee basis. As you will be liable for your opponent’s legal expenses and any court costs if you lost your claim, your lawyer can help you arrange an After the Event insurance policy to protect you what could potentially be a bill worth thousands of pounds.
Compensation claims are not just about money; they are about recognition of wrongdoing and an acknowledgement of your suffering. A successful application won’t give you an apology, but it will give you the financial recompense to help you put your experience behind you and move forward with the rest of your life.
If you want a formal apology for the way you were treated and the assurance that it won’t happen to someone else, you have the right to submit a complaint to the body responsible for the care you received. You can do this independently, but your lawyer will also be able to advise on the best way to submit a complaint as well.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
We are happy to give you a free, no obligation legal consultation to help answer all your initial questions and determine whether you may have grounds to proceed with a claim. To give you a head start, we have listed some of the most commonly asked questions about claiming compensation for medical negligence, and their answers.
If we haven’t answered your question here or if you want more detailed information about any aspect of making a compensation claim, all you need to do is fill in our online contact form or call our freephone number to arrange an appointment
Can I make a claim?
If you can show that you were harmed and that your condition was not the result of a pre-existing illness, but because of a medical professional’s mistake, you may be able to claim compensation for medical negligence.
Proving negligence is not always easy. Your lawyer will use your medical records and any other relevant documents, including a medical report from an independent expert and statements from professionals in the same industry who can confirm that the care you received as unacceptable and not what you would expect from any other comparable doctor or facility.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
In most instances, there is a three-year deadline for claiming compensation. This countdown starts from the date of your injury, or the date you became aware your injury resulted from negligence. This latter date is hard to ascertain so expert advice is always to seek legal representation as early as possible to give your claim the highest chance of a positive outcome.
The exceptions to the three-year rule are if you are a minor at the time of your injury, or you did not have the mental ability to manage your financial and legal affairs (a court would need to have determined this). In this case, you have until your 21st birthday, or three years from the date you regained your mental capability.
Can I make a claim on behalf of someone else?
You can start a compensation claim on behalf of a relative or close friend. Our medical negligence solicitors in Bradford regularly represent family or close friends of people who are unable to claim for themselves, such as parents of babies with birth injuries or adult children of elderly parents harmed in a care home.
People raising a request for compensation for someone else are called litigation friends. The process is broadly similar to if you were applying for yourself, but compensation is paid into a legal trust to be administered until the victim can do it themselves. Depending on the claimant’s needs this could either mean investing it until they come of age, if no immediate medical care is required, or used to fund the cost of medical treatment and therapy their rehabilitation requires.
Will I have to go to court?
The idea of having to go to court and being challenged by an unfriendly lawyer who is protecting their client’s best interests is, understandably, intimidating for some potential claimants. The likelihood that your claim will go to court is very slim. The NHS Litigation Authority reports that more than 98% of compensation claims made against the NHS are resolved without having to go to court. The figure for claims made against private practices is also high, so it is very unlikely you will have to go to court.
Our goal for every client is to obtain maximum compensation in the shortest possible time, but we won’t rush a claim at the risk of jeopardising the amount of compensation you receive. If the other party denies responsibility but we know we can prove your injury was caused by their mistake, or if they refuse to pay what we know to be a fair amount of compensation, we may recommend you submit your claim to court.
How long will my claim take to process?
Although claims need to begin within three years, there is no definitive time by which they must close. The average processing time is somewhere between 18 months and two years. It longer for claims related to life-altering conditions and shorter where the claimant can recover fully from their injury. Taking your claim to court can potentially add another 12 to 18 months to the processing time.
Although we advise you should talk to our medical negligence lawyers in Bradford as soon as you think you may have been hurt through negligence – even if you are still in hospital – we do not advise rushing a claim. Your acceptance of compensation is final. You can’t reopen your claim or start a new one if, months or years down the line, you realise you were entitled to more money.
In situations where a claimant’s long-term prognosis is unclear, for example a baby who suffered brain damage during a birth injury, we can request an interim payment of compensation to address any immediate financial implications of the damage. This interim amount will be deducted from the final agreed figure.
How can The Medical Negligence Experts help?
Our lawyers specialise in medical negligence claims. They are highly trained and knowledgeable, with their experience allowing them to understand exactly how your injury has affected your life and that of your family.
Medical negligence can rob a person of their trust in professionals, their confidence, their career and their ability to adjust to a life which may be very different to how it was before. As much as possible, we fit our processes to your needs, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Our no win no fee agreement is extra assurance that your lawyer will be working hard to get maximum compensation for you. If your claim is not successful, then they don’t get paid, and as their success fee is an agreed percentage of your settlement figure, their payment is dependent on achieving the most positive result you can reasonably expect.
The best way to find out more is to call The Medical Negligence Experts today on our free phone number. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form and let us call at a time that suits you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
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