Medical Negligence Solicitors in Lancaster
Being let down is disappointing, but when you were let down by someone you trusted not only with your health but possibly with your life, our medical negligence solicitors in Lancaster know that a frustrating situation can quickly become a devastating one.
If you or your loved one has received an injury as the result of medical negligence, then talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. Our team of solicitors specialise in obtaining maximum compensation for medical negligence claims. We are here to help you get back on your feet, securing the resources that will enable you to access the rehabilitation support and treatment that you need.
If you are one of the unfortunate few who have been let down by a medical professional there is no reason to suffer in silence. The Medical Negligence Experts are here to help.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Lancaster
If you suspect your injury or illness was the result of medical negligence, then talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. Even if you are not sure whether you have grounds to make a claim, our legal advisors will be able to talk to you about the circumstances around your injury and help determine whether or not you may be entitled to request compensation.
There are two things lawyers look for when preparing a medical negligence claims case. The first is to verify your injury and show that you have received a new injury or had a pre-existing condition made worse. The second is to confirm that this was avoidable and that somebody made a mistake or there was a flawed process which caused your health to suffer instead of improve. These two aspects are referred to in legal terms as damage and causation. Both need to be present for you to have legal grounds to request compensation.
If you know you have been treated carelessly but you have not received an injury, you have the right to make a formal complaint to the medical board responsible for your treatment. It does not matter if you were treated by the NHS or by a private practitioner, if the treatment you received was dangerous or below an acceptable level, then you have the right to raise a formal complaint and request investigation.
Complaint vs Compensation Claims
The main differences between raising a complaint and demanding compensation are that a complaint:
- can be brought even if you have not been physically harmed, * will not result in a financial payment.
- needs to be raised within 12 months of the incident, but preferably within six months.
A compensation claim will not result in any apology or assurance that steps will be taken to prevent what happened to you happening to somebody else. It will, however, if successful, give you the funds to ensure you are not left financially out of pocket as a result of your injury or illness, and afford you the means to access the treatment you need to make the best recovery.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Whatever type of negligence you have suffered, you can rely on The Medical Negligence Claims to help. Claims we handle include:
- Dental Negligence Claims
- Cosmetic Surgery Negligence Claims
- Nursing Negligence Claims
- Incorrect Diagnosis Claims, including Delayed Diagnosis Claims
- Pharmacy and Prescription Error Claims
- Pregnancy and Birth Injury Negligence Claims
It does not matter if you were treated by a private practitioner or on the NHS, or if your treatment was essential or cosmetic, negligence is never acceptable no matter what medical field it occurs in.
Claims against a hospital, dentist, physiotherapist and care homes are all examples of claims for which we have successfully secured compensation for our clients. Negligence does not have to be 100% another party’s fault. We can help if a practitioner has partial liability as well, for example, if a pre-existing condition or another avoidable factor of risk played a role in your injury, but the medical professional could have done more to prevent it from occurring. Or if you did something which harmed your recovery because it was not made clear to you that doing so would have an adverse effect.
The reason behind every claim is as unique as the person who is making it, so talk to our legal advisors today to find out more about your individual options.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Lancaster
You have several options when it comes to funding your compensation claim. The first is to hire a lawyer privately. This can be prohibitively expensive and, given that there is no guarantee you will receive any compensation payment at the end, financially risky.
The second option is to use an existing insurance policy to pay for your legal expenses. Some home and contents insurance or motor vehicle insurance include an allowance for legal cover up to a certain amount. This amount may not cover all your legal fees, and it may restrict you to a particular law firm, so it is best to check the conditions of your insurance document before making your decision.
The third and most popular option for our clients is to make a No Win No Fee* medical negligence claim. A No Win No Fee* claim makes it possible for everybody to a Ford expert legal advice and representation when they believe they have grounds to make a medical negligence claim. The way they work is quite simple. If your application is successful, then your lawyer will reclaim your legal expenses from the other party, and you will pay your solicitor a success fee which will be a percentage of your total amount of compensation agreed at the start of the claims process.
Waiving legal fees
If your application is not successful, and you are not awarded compensation, your lawyer will waive their legal fees. The other party may seek to claim their legal expenses from you. To avoid you having to make this payment personally, we can help you arrange a specialist after the event insurance policy which will take care of since you are requested to pay.
As your lawyer will be undertaking the financial risk themselves, they will conduct an investigation to ensure your claim has a good chance of success. If so, they will offer you the opportunity to raise a claim with a No Win No Fee* agreement.
The best way to find out about your options is to contact The Medical Negligence Experts today. We are happy to offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss any questions you may have about the costs associated with beginning a compensation claim and the amount of compensation you may expect to receive.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
Our medical negligence solicitors in Lancaster represent litigation friends. These are individuals who bring a claim on behalf of a medical negligence victim who is unable to do so themselves, which may be because they are a minor, or if they are suffering from a mental illness or condition which prevents them from managing their own legal and financial affairs.
From our perspective, there is no difference between handling a claim on behalf of a litigation friend or working directly with the claimant. Our goal is always to obtain maximum compensation in the minimum amount of time with the least possible stress for the applicant. The main difference between the way a claim raised by a litigation friend is processed is that it will need to be settled in court as the judge has to agree on the amount of compensation and the way these funds will be held in trust for the victim.
If you are not already an approved litigation friend, we can assist you in obtaining the agreement from a court to do act in that capacity. Litigation friends can be partners or spouses, adult children, close friends, and professionals like solicitors or accountants.
Settling a Compensation Claim out of Court
A common, and understandable, concern some claimants have at the start of the process is it they may need to go to court. The average person rarely has any interaction like this with the law, so the prospective speaking to a judge or being questioned by an unfriendly lawyer can be daunting. The majority of claims we handle, and around 98% of all claims brought against the NHS, settle without having to go to court.
With the exception of claims raised by litigation friends, the only times we may recommend you begin litigation and submit your request still court is if the other party denies responsibility for your injury, but we know it can be proven, or if you are unable to agree on a fair and reasonable amount of compensation.
We will always do our best to settle your claim out of court. The process for seeking compensation can be long and sometimes stressful for claimants, so court is something we try to avoid. If, however, your claim does go to court, you can trust that The Medical Negligence Experts and our medical negligence solicitors in Lancaster will be with you for the duration.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
At The Medical Negligence Experts, we strive to make the claims process as easy for you as possible. That is one reason we are happy to give you a free consultation with a legal professional who can answer any of the initial questions you may have about whether or not you can make a claim and if you just the right choice for you. There’s no obligation on your part to begin an application, it is simply to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
We have listed some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from your clients below. If yours is not answered here, or if you want any more information about any aspect of requesting payment for damages from an injury you’ve received due to medical negligence, phone or fill in our online contact form today.
Can I claim compensation for medical negligence in Lancaster?
If you have received an actual injury or your health has suffered and you believe the cause was avoidable, you may have grounds to claim compensation for medical negligence. The other criteria is that your injury needs to have occurred within the last three years. There are some exceptions to this, including if you are under 18 at the time of the injury, however in most instances the statutory deadline is absolute.
How long does a medical negligence compensation claim take?
You should expect your medical negligence claim to take somewhere between 12 and 18 months to settle as this is the average in processing time for claims in the UK.
Your claim may take longer if you are unable to reach an agreement with the other party and you submit an application to court for a judge to make a decision, or if your injuries are such that your future medical needs are difficult to determine and require more assessment before an acceptable amount of compensation can be calculated.
In our experience, the claimants who seek legal advice early in the process, even sometimes where they are still in the hospital, have claims which resolved more quickly than those who allow several years to lapse before talking to a lawyer.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation you are entitled to claim depends on the severity of your injury and the financial loss you have incurred as a result of it.
Pain and suffering are recognised under a component referred to as general damages. There are industry guidelines published and regularly reviewed by the Judicial College which your medical negligence solicitor will use as a guide. Special damages that can be sought include expenses you have incurred like prescription costs or paying for private care, as well as income lost due to being unable to work.
Get in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out about claiming. Compensation gives you the means to help you make the best recovery so that you can move forward into a brighter future.
*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 Lancaster working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Lancaster 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.