Medical Negligence Solicitors in Exeter
We work with the leading medical negligence solicitors in Exeter to get our clients the compensation they deserve. Whether you have been a victim of genuine human error or institutional failings, you should not have to suffer in silence. Making a successful compensation claim for medical negligence will help give you the legal support and financial resources you need to make the best possible recovery.
If you have been let down by a medical professional you trusted to take care of your health and wellbeing, talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. We can help you determine if you have grounds to make a claim, and understand your options so you can make an informed choice on what to do next to protect your future and that of your family.
Medical negligence is when you receive a standard of care below what is typically considered acceptable in that branch of medicine. Healthcare professionals agree to certain responsibilities when treating patients. Failure to meet this duty of care can have devastating results as we know all too well.
We support the victims of medical negligence and their families to get the formal recognition and recompense they deserve. You should not have to struggle financially on top of your physical injury. With assistance from The Medical Negligence Experts you can get the compensation that will enable you to recover and move forward from your injury into the best possible future.
Proving negligence is difficult. It is important that you work with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence, and who has the knowledge and experience of successfully handling claims like yours. Your opponent’s lawyers will do everything they can to discredit your experience and pay you as little as possible – if they pay you any compensation at all!
To be able to claim for compensation you have to show that the care you received was flawed and that you were injured directly as the result. Both of these factors must be present for your claim to be legally valid. If you are given negligent care without suffering any ill-effects, or your treatment fails but there is no identifiable point of blame, you have no grounds to request payment for damages as there is no one responsible.
It is not always easy to know whether you are able to make a claim which is why we are happy to offer you a free, no obligation consultation to talk to a legal expert about your rights and the options you have in your situation.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims In Exeter
Our medical negligence lawyers in Exeter have experience of handling all types of medical negligence claims. It does not matter whether you have had treatment privately or under the NHS, whether you had elective surgery or, depending which country it was in, if you went abroad for your care, our solicitors will be able to help you understand how you may be entitled to claim compensation for an injury caused by an avoidable mistake.
Common types of medical negligence claims we handle include:
Nearly 1.3 million people access treatment from the accident and emergency department of hospitals in England every month. Staff work under enormous pressure, having to manage a huge volume of patients with a wide variety of conditions. Examples of A&E negligence can include failing to refer a patient for tests, scans or x-rays to make an accurate diagnosis; sending a patient home when they should be admitted for further monitoring and care; unacceptable delays in assessing, treating or admitting patients; and rushing examinations or misdiagnosing patients because test results are read incorrectly.
Just because a treatment is elective doesn’t mean you have no legal comeback if you are injured through negligent care. Cosmetic surgery negligence claims cover every type of treatment including surgical procedures such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, to burns and scarring resulting from poorly administered chemical skin peels or laser hair removal. Although tightening, regulations around cosmetic procedures are still not as robust as for other types of surgery, which can leave patients particularly vulnerable to injury from negligent care.
Your sight is arguably the sense you would miss the most if it disappeared. To have it damaged, or even lost completely, due to negligent treatment can mean making massive changes to your life. The Medical Negligence Experts can help if your sight has been damaged through mistakes made by your optician, ophthalmologist, or LASIK eye surgeon. Negligence can take the form of mistakes made during surgery, performing surgery on a patient who is not suitable, and not referring a patient for further evaluation when spotting signs of swelling, infection or other anomalies.
Pharmacists work under strict guidelines that regulate how they obtain, store and dispense medicine. They have a responsibility to ensure the products they sell are genuine and not counterfeit, that they have been kept at the right temperature, that they are dispensed in the correct amount, and that the patient is aware of how to take and store their medicine at home. Pharmacy staff should also check a patient is not taking any other medicine which may conflict with what they have been given (double-checking in case the prescribing physician made an error) and that prescriptions are not repeated indefinitely without a patient being assessed by their doctor. If they fail in any of these areas, it can lead to serious illness or worse for the victim of their negligence.
A recent case of pharmaceutical negligence involved a retired war veteran who was given the wrong person’s medicine. The external box was labelled correctly however, the contents were not. Unfortunately, his poor eyesight meant he did not detect the error and the results were, tragically, fatal.
You can see another example here.
When you have a serious illness, you have no choice but to trust a professional and put your health in their hands. If you experience delays in obtaining a diagnosis, substandard post-operative care, being discharged from the hospital prematurely, or any other type of avoidable error which leads to or exacerbates a serious illness, talk to The Medical Negligence Experts for help.
No Win No Fee* Compensation Claims in Exeter
We are one of the leading providers of No Win No Fee* medical negligence claims in Exeter. Everyone should be able to access expert legal advice and representation, but some people think this is out of their reach financially. With our No Win No Fee* agreement, no one has to miss out on getting the compensation they deserve.
No Win No Fee* agreements, also referred to as CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreements) are an arrangement where your lawyer agrees to take on the financial risk associated with making a claim. If your claim is unsuccessful then they will waive their legal fees. If you win, then you pay your lawyer an agreed percentage of your total compensation (legally no more than 25%) as a success fee.
In compensation claims, it is normal for the losing party to pay not only their legal fees but those of their opponent. We will look at your options for funding this before you start your claim. Some people have existing legal cover as part of their motor vehicle or home and contents policy. If you don’t already have sufficient cover then we can help you arrange an After the Event policy which will protect you financially if your claim is not successful.
Although No Win No Fee* claims mean you do not keep all your compensation, they do have two significant benefits. Firstly, they make it possible to have a qualified lawyer handle your claim without opening yourself up to financial risk. Hiring a lawyer privately is expensive, and no matter how strong your claim looks on paper there is always the chance that it will not be successful. The second benefit is that you know your lawyer has a vested interest obtaining a positive outcome for you. The more compensation you receive, the better the result will be for both of you.
Claiming Compensation for Another Person in Exeter
We are regularly approached by family members or close friends of people who have been hurt through medical negligence but who are unable to claim compensation for themselves either because they are underage or are too ill to handle their legal and financial affairs. These people are called litigation friends, and we can help you obtain the court’s authority to act as one.
There is little difference in the way a claim raised by a claimant is processed compared to that raised by a litigation friend. If you want more information about how this works then call or fill in our online contact form to arrange a chat with a legal advisor.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
The three most frequently asked questions people want answering when they start the claim process are whether they are eligible, how long will it take and how much money will they receive.
Can I Claim Compensation for Medical Negligence?
Have you received care that you believe was negligent? Did a healthcare professional make a mistake that led to you being injured or your health deteriorating, or were you unable to access necessary treatment due to procedural errors? If you can show that you were injured and someone was to blame, you may be entitled to request payment for damages caused to you.
Another criterion for being able to claim is when your injury occurred. In most instances, there is a strict statutory time limit for submitting your claim to court. This needs to be done within three years of the date you received your injury or three years of when you were aware your injury was due to negligence. It is not always easy to determine this date, and there is a significant amount of work which needs to be done before a claim can go to court, so we always recommend you seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
How long does a compensation claim take?
Due to the difficult nature of proving negligence, medical negligence claims usually take longer than simple personal injury claims. You should expect your application to be resolved somewhere between 12 and 18 months. This time can be longer if the other party denies liability or you can’t agree on an appropriate amount of compensation and your claim has to go to court, or if the long-term implications of your injury take a while to be determined.
How much compensation will I receive?
Compensation payments are carefully calculated to make sure you are not left hurting financially as well as physically. Your lawyer will break it into two parts: general and special damages.
General damages are paid for pain and suffering. There are industry guidelines kept up to date by the Judicial College which will give you an idea of how much you will receive depending on the damage you have sustained and how it has affected your life.
The second part of your compensation is special damages. It accounts for the money you have spent or lost as the result of your injury. Examples of money you can recover include lost wages if you have been unable to work while recovering, if you have paid privately for rehabilitative treatment such as physiotherapy to help with your recovery, and transport costs to get to hospital or doctor appointments. In extreme instances, it can also cover things like your partner’s wage if they have had to take time off work to look after you, and even predicted future loss if you can no longer work in the same capacity due to lasting effects of your injury.
The best way to get answers to your questions is to talk to The Medical Negligence Experts. We have the knowledge and experience that will help you understand your options so you can make the right decision about what to do next for you and your family.
Call, or use our online contact form to arrange a time for us to call 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.
Expert clinical negligence solicitors in Exeter working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Exeter 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.