Medical Negligence Solicitors in Sunderland
If you believe that your injury resulted from an inferior standard of care, then talk The Medical Negligence Experts. Our solicitors in Sunderland have a high success rate of obtaining maximum compensation for victims of medical negligence.
When you’re ill, you don’t have any choice but to put your faith in the professionals to help you recover. No medical procedure or treatment is without risk, but having your trust betrayed by those who are supposed to help you can be worse than devastating – it can be fatal. We specialise in medical negligence claims, providing the best support at the right time so you can get the compensation you deserve.
We know that some people may be unsure of their rights or apprehensive about what it means to claim compensation. You may be worried that people will think you’re greedy, or that claiming compensation will jeopardise your future care. You do not need to be concerned because none of these things are true.
Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out more about your rights and what you may be entitled to receive.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Sunderland
At a high level, a compensation claim may appear to be only about money but dig a little deeper, and you will see that it protects victims from losing out financially because they were treated unfairly. It enables them to access resources like the private medical treatment that will help them to recover from their injury or illness faster than if they did not have compensation to pay for it.
Equally as important, compensation is the legal validation that you were failed by the person you entrusted with your care. It gives you and your loved ones closure and the ability to put your accident behind you and to move forward with confidence that you have not been ignored or left to struggle alone.
Medical negligence claims are unique in that you need to prove not only that you were injured because of someone else’s error, but that they acted in a way a similar professional would not. Had you been treated by another person in the same role, it is highly likely that you would not have been injured.
In addition to providing that you were hurt as the result of medical negligence, you also need to submit your claim within three years of the date of injury or the date of knowledge, whichever happened most recently. In most cases, the date of damage and the time of knowledge are the same, but there are some occasions where an injury is not immediately obvious, or where the link between injury and negligence is hidden and only comes to light at a later date.
This three-year deadline is immovable and, given the preparation time required to make a successful claim, it is vital that you seek expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity, even if this means you are still recovering from your injury. The sooner you talk to The Medical Negligence Experts, the earlier we can intervene to get you the rehabilitative support you need to make the best possible recovery.
Even if you only suspect your injury may be due to medical negligence, contact us today. We can give you a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our trained legal advisors. They will assess the circumstances around your injury and let you know whether you may have legal grounds to request compensation and what you need to do next.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Sunderland
The majority of our medical negligence claims in Sunderland are made on a No Win No Fee* basis. Everyone should have access to top-quality legal support and representation, not only those who have the savings or disposable income to be able to hire a solicitor privately.
Public funding is not available for those claiming compensation for medical negligence so, unless you have an existing insurance policy to cover your legal expenses or you are paying privately, a No Win No Fee* agreement makes sense.
Instead of you carrying the financial hazard that comes with starting a claim without guarantee of a successful outcome, we will shoulder the risk, waiving our legal fees if your claim is not successful. If you win your claim, then you pay us a “success fee” which is agreed at the start of your claim and is a percentage of the compensation you are awarded.
In addition to being affordable and risk-free, a No Win No Fee* agreement gives you the reassurance that our medical negligence solicitors in Sunderland will work their hardest to get you maximum compensation because if you don’t get paid, then we don’t receive any payment either.
Call or us our contact form to arrange a free legal consultation where we can talk to you in more detail about your funding options and which one may be the best for you.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
There are times when we are contacted by a close friend or family member of a victim of medical negligence. We regularly work with those who have been appointed as litigation friend for a victim who is not able to make a claim themselves, either because they are a legal minor or because they lack the mental ability.
Litigation friends can be spouse or partner, parent or guardian, close relative or trusted friend, or a professional appointed by the family to act in that capacity. Whoever it is, they need to obtain approval from a Court to hold the position, showing that they will act in the best interests of the victim and have no conflicting interests.
There is no difference in the way we support a litigation friend to the way we work with a claimant. Our focus remains on obtaining maximum compensation in the shortest possible time so that the victim has everything they need to make the best possible recovery.
If you are not a litigation friend then we may not be able to discuss some issues with you; however, we will certainly do everything within the law to help you assist your loved one with their claim.
Call today for more information if you want to raise a claim in the name of another person.
Settling a Compensation Claim out of Court
We are successful in obtaining a settlement for nearly every claim we handle without having to go to court. Litigating a claim – that is, submitting it to a Court for a judge to assess and decide the outcome – is the last resort as it can be stressful for the claimant and can extend the process time by up to a year while you wait for your court date to arrive.
We will only recommend litigation of your claim once all avenues of negotiation have failed. It is possible that the other party continues to deny negligence when we are confident we can prove it, or they refuse to pay an appropriate amount of compensation. While we always aim for settlement out of court, we will not do so at the expense of protecting your right to receive a fair amount of compensation.
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we understand that the prospect of going to court against a large or organisation like the NHS may be daunting. You don’t need to worry because our medical negligence solicitors in Sunderland will be with you every step of the way, supporting you and acting as your advocate and legal representation.
Receiving a hearing date is no guarantee you will have to go to court. Often the knowledge that they will have to defend their stance in court is enough to convince the other party to agree to reasonable terms. They know that if a judge rules in your favour – and we will only advice litigation if we believe they will – the other party may have no say in the amount of compensation they have to pay you.
Although the likelihood that your claim will be heard by a judge is small, it is important that you are always confident in the accuracy of the information you provided because you may have to testify to this in court.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
We know it’s likely you have questions about the process for making a claim and how it affects you, so contact us today. We can arrange a time for you to speak directly with a legal advisor who specialises in medical negligence so you can ask them anything you need to know about your specific circumstances.
To help, here are the answers to some of the questions we most frequently hear from people considering whether or not to apply for payment of damages.
Can I make a claim?
If you believe that your injury was the fault of the person responsible for your care, and that had you been treated by another doctor or in another facility that you would not have been injured, then you may have legal grounds to claim compensation for medical negligence.
I think I am the victim of medical negligence. When should I talk to a lawyer?
You don’t need to wait to talk to our medical solicitors in Sunderland. If you suspect your injury is due to negligence than contact us and we can help you find out if this is true and, if so, what to do next.
Will claiming compensation affect my care?
A successful compensation claim is evidence that you were treated unfairly and that you were a victim. Neither your ongoing care or future treatment will be affected, not least because it is illegal to discriminate against someone who has sought compensation after being injured through medical negligence. In our experience, however, victims often lose faith in their care providers and prefer to be seen by someone else. This is entirely your choice.
How long will my compensation claim take?
The average processing time of a medical negligence claim is between 12-18 months. It can take longer if your claim goes to court, or if your injury requires ongoing medical treatment or has implications which doctors are unable to determine accurately, for example, in the case of a victim with brain damage.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your lawyer can give you a good idea of how much compensation you can expect once they have assessed your claim. Damages are broken into two parts. The first is General Damages, which is paid according to the type of injury you have. The Judicial College publish regularly updated guidelines to help solicitors assess compensation. The second part, Special Damages, takes into account any financial expense or loss you have incurred because of your injury. This can include anything from prescription costs and travel expenses to get to medical appointments, to lost income and pension, and even the cost of private nursing care or your partner’s time if they have to become your primary caregiver.
How to I prove my care was negligent?
Your medical records will help to show that your care was negligent. We can also arrange for these to be assessed by an independent medical expert to prove that another medical professional is unlikely to have acted in the same way. If relevant, witness statements may also help to support your case, as will the outcome of an official complaint if you raised one with the body responsible for the running of the facility where you were injured.
Your successful claim starts with a call to The Medical Negligence Experts so that we can find out more about your injury and how it has affected you and your family. We appreciate that you have already been let down by one professional you trusted, so we take extra care to make sure you always feel supported and respected by our medical negligence solicitors in Sunderland.
Call, or use our online contact form to let us know when you would like us to get in touch with you. The sooner your claim starts, the sooner you will receive the compensation you deserve, and that will let you move on with your life.
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 Sunderland working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Sunderland 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.