Medical Negligence Solicitors in Goole
Our medical negligence solicitors in Goole are experts at helping clients obtain maximum compensation for medical negligence injuries. Being let down by someone you trust is bad enough, but when that person has your health in their hands it can be even more devastating.
We know that compensation represents more to our clients than simply money. Compensation gives you the ability to take back control over your life. It opens up opportunities you may not otherwise have to access the best support and treatment for your recovery.
Our highly personalised way of working sets us apart from other medical negligence solicitors. Our clients are not “cases” or “numbers”. We recognise you are a real person with legitimate problems and genuine concerns for your future and that of your family. How can you focus on your physical recovery when you are worried about covering day-to-day expenses? Compensation takes away that concern and allows you to direct your energy to what is really important.
Types of Medical Negligence Compensation Claims
Medical negligence can occur in any medical field. You do not have to be having significant surgery or suffer serious illness to be injured by somebody else’s mistake. At The Medical Negligence Experts, we handle all types of medical negligence claims including those relating to dental negligence, accident and emergency negligence, cosmetic surgery negligence, and medical misdiagnosis.
Medical negligence is when a doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional, fails to uphold their duty of care to their patient, however, in legal terms, it is more than this. When claiming compensation for medical negligence, you also need to prove that not only was the standard of care you received less than acceptable but also that you received an injury as a direct result. Without both damage and blame, there are no legal grounds to claim compensation.
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove that your treatment was negligent and that this directly caused your injury or exacerbated a pre-existing condition. Proving negligence is hard and takes time, which is why it is so important you work with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims and is not merely one who knows about personal injury law.
One area in which we have extensive experience is cosmetic surgery negligence claims. The rise in the affordability and accessibility of cosmetic surgery and treatments has, unfortunately, lead to an increase in the number of cases of injury caused by cosmetic surgeons and practitioners. Types of cosmetic negligence can include injuring a patient during the treatment, for example causing burns or scars from poorly done skin peels or laser treatment, surgical errors like anaesthesia mistakes and damaging organs while operating, and providing insufficient nursing care after an operation which can lead to infections forming and the surgery failing.
Changes in legislation have given cosmetic surgeons and practitioners more responsibility to protect their patient’s health than ever before. They are required to make sure the patient is aware not only of the risks associated with the treatment but of all potential outcomes. It could be considered negligent if they promote unrealistic expectations about the results of a treatment, or fail to obtain informed consent.
Depending on the destination, our medical negligence solicitors in Goole may also be able to help you receive compensation for medical negligence injuries sustained if you have travelled abroad for your cosmetic surgery.
One question many potential clients have when they come to us is how they are going to fund their compensation claim. We believe that top-quality legal support and representation should be accessible to everybody who needs it, not only those who can afford it, which is why our medical negligence solicitors in Goole handle claims on a No Win No Fee* basis.
Sometimes referred to as Conditional Fee Agreements, No Win No Fee* agreements remove the risk associated with beginning a legal process with no guarantee of compensation at the end. Your solicitor will carefully assess the circumstances around your injury to let you know if they believe your claim has a high chance of a positive outcome. If so, they will agree to shoulder the financial risks themselves, handling your claim with the expectation that if do not receive the compensation you do not have to pay your solicitor’s fees.
No Win No Fee* agreements typically work together with an insurance policy. Some clients already have legal cover as part of a motor vehicle or home and contents insurance. If not, we can help you arrange a specialist type of After the Event Insurance to protect you from this financial risk. We will discuss all your funding methods in our initial consultation so that you are aware of the options available and can make a choice based on your needs.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claims FAQ
You probably have a lot of questions swirling around in your mind about whether or not you are entitled to make a claim, how applications are processed, how long they may take and the impact they will have on your life, and possibly even whether you can raise a claim on behalf of another person. We are happy to answer your questions in a free, no-obligation legal consultation so that you have the information you need to feel confident you are making the right choice about your next step.
To help make starting your claim easier, we have listed the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from new clients seeking to claim compensation. If we have not answered your question here or if you want some more information about any of these issues, please call us on our freephone number or fill in our online contact form and we will call at a time that suits you.
Can I claim compensation?
If you have been let down by a medical professional who has failed in their duty of care, and this has directly lead to you being injured or your health being compromised, you may have grounds to claim compensation for damages. Other criteria which must be met, is that your injury needs to have occurred within the last three years. There are two exceptions to the statutory time limit: if you were under the age of 18 at the time of your injury, or you are mentally incapacitated and legally unable to manage your affairs.
Can I claim compensation for a family member?
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we frequently assist family members and close friends of victims of medical negligence in getting compensation. The people who act on behalf of a victim are called litigation friends. Becoming a litigation friend is quite straightforward. You simply need to fill in a form and have your application approved by the court. Litigation friends can be parents, adult children, close friends, spouses and even professionals such as lawyers or accountants.
Handling claims raised by litigation friends is broadly similar to handling those brought directly by the claimant. The key difference is that a judge will need to approve the final compensation payment and ensure the funds are adequately managed on behalf of the victim.
What can I claim compensation for and how much will I get?
Compensation is split into two categories. The first is referred to as “general damages” and takes into account the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Your lawyer can give you an idea of how much you can expect based on guidelines published by the Judicial College. The amount can vary from person to person depending on the extent of the injury and the impact that it has had on your life.
The other component of your payment is called “special damages”. This portion reflects any financial expense you have incurred as a result of your injury. Examples of special damages can include the cost of private medical care, such as if you have seen a private surgeon physiotherapist to obtain treatment to help you recover from your injury, as well as the cost of prescriptions and other medicines. Special damages can also take into account ongoing medical needs, and income you may lose if you are no longer able to work in the same capacity as before your injury.
Your medical negligence solicitor in Goole will be able to give you a clearer picture of how much compensation you can expect once they have examined your individual circumstances.
Will I have to appear in court?
It is very unlikely that you will need to go to court unless you are acting as litigation friend on behalf of somebody else. Around 98% of medical negligence cases brought against the NHS never make it to court, and the figure is similar in the private sector.
Although we do all we can to ensure claims settled out of court, there are times when we may advise you litigate. An example will be if the defendant refuses to accept responsibility for your injury or pay an appropriate amount of compensation.
We will continue to negotiate with the other party even when a court date has been set. It is not unheard of for a settlement to be reached on the morning of a hearing. You can trust that The Medical Negligence Experts and your medical negligence lawyer in Goole will be by your side, advising and supporting you until your claim is finalised.
What is the difference between claiming compensation and raising a complaint?
There are several fundamental differences between making a formal complaint and submitting a request for damages.
A complaint can be made even if you have not been injured through negligence care. It will trigger an internal investigation that will give you answers and, hopefully, the reassurance that the poor standard of care you received will be addressed.
A compensation claim will not provide you with answers or an apology. It is purely the legal mechanism by which you can request financial payment for damages sustained due to receiving an avoidable injury.
It is possible to raise both a complaint and a request for compensation, but there are timescales to consider when doing so. The NHS complaints procedure dictates that a complaint is made within 12 months of the date of the event. It is preferable to do this within six months when the details are still fresh in your mind and in the memories of those who were involved.
You can use the findings of an NHS complaint to support your application for payment of compensation.
You do not need a solicitor to submit a formal complaint either to the NHS or the private practice where you received your treatment. If you are unsure about how to proceed, then you may find it beneficial for you to seek advice to determine which course of action is the most appropriate for your circumstances.
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we will only recommend you proceed with a compensation claim if we believe there is a good chance it will be successful. Applying for compensation can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful. We would not put you through that experience without a high expectation that there will be a positive outcome for you.
The easiest way to start a successful compensation claim is to talk to a legal advisor at The Medical Negligence Experts today. They can speak to you about the particular circumstances surrounding your injury, and give you the information you need so that you can make an informed decision about what course of action will be of the most benefit to you and your family.
There is no reason to suffer financial hardship when you have our medical negligence solicitors in Goole ready to help you obtain maximum compensation for your injury.
In our experience, clients who seek legal representation at the earliest opportunity find it easier to get the information necessary to prove their case and therefore reduce the processing time of the claim. Phone today using our free telephone number, or fill in our online contact form and let us know when you would like a legal advisor to call you back.
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 Goole working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Goole 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.