Medical Negligence Solicitors in Coventry
Talk to us when you need medical negligence solicitors in Coventry. The Medical Negligence Experts work with leading lawyers who specialise in medical negligence claims and who have a strong track record in obtaining maximum compensation for their clients.
We are fortunate to have such an excellent public healthcare service in the UK, but even the best physician can make mistakes. If you have been hurt by your care provider, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
We appreciate that in most instances of negligence the injury was entirely unintentional. It could have been caused by inadequate staffing, lack of training, or poorly maintained equipment. The point is that you were not responsible so why should you suffer in silence? Compensation is not about punishing the person who made a mistake. Rather, it is to give you access to the best rehabilitative support so that you can recover and move on.
What is Medical Negligence?
The most simple explanation of medical negligence is when someone fails in their duty and delivers an unacceptable standard of care. Regarding claiming compensation, this negligence needs to have directly caused you an injury or exacerbated a pre-existing condition.
Both cause and damage need to be present for you to have legal grounds to apply for compensation.
For example, you have a family history of breast cancer, and you feel a lump in your breast. You see your GP who examines you but determines the tissue feels healthy and does not refer you to a specialist for further examination. Your symptoms worsen, and two months later you visit the same practice where another GP immediately refers you to your local hospital for tests which diagnose a cancerous lump.
Your initial GP may have acted negligently by refusing to refer you when another professional would have, given your symptoms and family history but if it has not caused your illness to advance to a point where more invasive treatment is necessary or where it harms your life expectancy, then you are not able to claim compensation as there is no damage. If, however, your cancer is aggressive and the two-month delay in diagnosis has resulted in you requiring a mastectomy and reconstruction instead of a lumpectomy, then you may have grounds to request (and receive) payment in recognition of these damages.
To discuss your situation and find out whether you may be eligible to claim compensation, call The Medical Negligence Experts today or fill in our online form and we will call you back.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Negligence in Coventry
Our medical negligence solicitors in Coventry handle all types of compensation claims, including those for elective surgery and treatment you have paid for privately. Depending on where you went, we may also be able to help if you received an injury from negligent care you suffered while seeking treatment abroad.
Medical negligence claims we handle include:
- Birth injury and pregnancy negligence claims
- Dental negligence claims
- GP negligence claims
- Mental health negligence claims
- Care home negligence claims
- Misdiagnosis claims
- Surgical errors
- Prescription errors
- Hospital-acquired infections
You should be able to trust that, whether you receive treatment under the NHS or pay for it privately, you will be not be injured because the person responsible for your health and well-being makes an avoidable mistake, is lazy, or simply doesn’t have the resources or training they need to do their job properly.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Coventry
Proving medical negligence can be extremely challenging which is why it is so important to work with a specialist medical negligence solicitor who has knowledge of this complex area of law. You should choose a lawyer who not only understands the legislation around your claim but who will handle your request with respect and sensitivity to your circumstances, treating you as a person who has suffered rather than just a “case”.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Coventry have vast experience of successfully claiming compensation for clients. We know the ways insurance companies try to wriggle out of paying victims the compensation they deserve, and we have a solid track record of obtaining positive outcomes.
If you suspect your injury or ill-health is the result of medical negligence then talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. You have three years from the date you were injured or the time you found out your injury was caused by negligence to submit your claim to court. As litigation is a last resort action and something we try to avoid for our clients where possible, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity, so you do not waste any time.
The statutory time limit does not apply to children, who have until their 21st birthday to submit their claim, or to those who are deemed legally unable to act for themselves due to mental illness. Apart from these exceptions, it is very rare that any claims are accepted after the three-year cut-off point, which means that a delay may prevent you from receiving the payment you rightfully deserve.
We believe everyone who needs it should be able to access expert legal support and representation, which is why we offer No Win No Fee* claims through medical negligence solicitors in Coventry. Your lawyer will go through all your funding options and, if they believe your claim is likely to be successful, they will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement, more frequently referred to as a No Win No Fee* contract.
No Win No Fee* claims work together with a particular type of insurance called an After the Event policy. This insurance is arranged before your claim starts but, unlike your home or car insurance where you pay premiums whether or not you make a claim, you only have to pay a premium if you use the policy.
If you win your claim:
- We will ask your opponent to pay all your legal expenses.
- You will pay us a success fee, which is agreed at the start of your application and can be no more than 25% of the total amount of the damages you are awarded.
If your claim is not successful:
- Your lawyer will waive their legal fees
- Your opponent may ask you to pay their legal expenses, which will be covered by an insurance policy.
As well as minimising the financial risk of starting an insurance claim with no guarantee of success, No Win No Fee* agreements give you the added reassurance that your lawyer will do everything in their power to ensure you are awarded maximum compensation not only for your benefit but because their payment depends on it too.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claim FAQ
You can have a free legal consultation to find out more about how claiming compensation for medical negligence works. To help, here are the answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive.
Can I claim compensation?
You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have been injured as the direct result of negligent care within the last three years. The statutory time limit applies to almost all medical negligence compensation claims. The exceptions are if you are a minor when you are injured, or if you lack the mental ability to manage your legal and financial affairs. In these cases, you have until your 21st birthday or three years from the date you reclaim your mental capacity.
How long does a medical negligence claim take?
Unlike the three-year deadline for requesting compensation, there is no statutory processing time for finalising an application. The average duration is around 18 months, but it can take longer if the other party denies their care was negligent and believes your injury was caused by a pre-existing illness, or if they refuse to pay an amount of compensation we know to be fair and reasonable. You can also expect your claim to take longer if it needs to go to court – court dates can take 12 months or more.
How much compensation will I receive?
Compensation payments are calculated on an individual basis. There is no flat rate paid for a hospital-acquired illness or delayed diagnosis, for example, as these affect everyone differently. The Judicial College publishes industry guidelines that indicate ranges of how much compensation is appropriate for different types of injuries. These are reviewed and updated every few years to ensure they are relevant.
In addition to recompense for physical pain and suffering caused by your injury, your compensation payment will also include “special damages”. This part of your payment is to ensure you are not penalised financially because of your injury.
Special damages can include repaying the cost of any medical care or prescriptions, travel expenses to your doctor or hospital appointments, replacing lost income due to having to take time off work while you are recovering, and loss of future earnings if you are no longer able to work in the same capacity as before your injury.
What happens next?
Call The Medical Negligence Experts today to arrange your free consultation with one of our team of solicitors in Canterbury. They will look at your claim in detail before advising whether or not they believe you have grounds for a claim and if they can handle under a No Win No Fee* agreement.
Once you have confirmed you are happy to proceed, your lawyer will notify the other party of your intention then start collecting the evidence necessary to prove your injury was caused by negligence. This documentation can include your medical records, a report from an independent medical expert, and reliable witness statements.
The other party has four months to respond once they have received the evidence and letter outlining your claim, then negotiation continues until they either offer an acceptable payment or a judge makes their decision.
Call The Medical Negligence Experts today, or fill on our online contact form and find out how we can help you.
*Please note that conditions apply.
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.
Expert clinical negligence solicitors in Coventry working for you
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.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.