Medical Negligence Solicitors in Leeds
Are you looking for a medical negligence solicitor in Leeds? Talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. We have a team of specialist lawyers who will help you claim maximum compensation for your injury through a professional service tailored to suit your circumstances and needs.
Talk to us if you or a close family member or friend has suffered due to negligent medical care. We are happy to offer free legal advice regarding your situation and let you know if you may be entitled to payment for damages. There will be no pressure or obligation for you to make a claim, but if you decide to do so then we can help with the next steps.
Our medical negligence lawyers in Leeds have successfully represented clients who have suffered from a wide variety of medical negligence incidents, and we can help you too.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Medical negligence is when the standard of care expected from a professional falls below what is acceptable. It can happen in any medical environment and is found both in the NHS and private sectors. Healthcare providers have a legal duty of care to provide an appropriate level of service. When they do not uphold this duty, and you suffer as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Examples of medical negligence claims we have successfully obtained compensation payments for include:
Accident and Emergency Negligence
A&E is one of the most vital departments of a hospital. Patients arrive with conditions varying from inconvenient to life-threatening, and it is up to the staff to identify who needs immediate treatment, who needs further assessment, and who can go home with a painkiller. In such a busy, high-pressure environment, it is not surprising that mistakes happen and patients do not always receive the standard of care they deserve.
A&E negligence claims can include misdiagnosis, missed fractures, failing to obtain and keep adequate patient notes, insufficient examination of a patient, delayed treatment, and sending patients home when they need further monitoring.
Lack of Informed Consent
Your doctor should always make you aware of the risks associated with your treatment whether you are having a cosmetic skin peel or a quadruple heart bypass. It is their responsibility to ensure you know of potential risks and side-effects of the planned treatment, as well as any alternative types of treatment. Without knowing this, you do not have the information you need to fully assess the risk and decide whether you agree with it. This is called a lack of informed consent, and it can be the basis of a successful claim even if the practitioner was not negligent in providing the actual care or treatment.
Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries
Inadequate monitoring of a baby and mother before and during birth can lead to the child suffering birth injuries. Lack of detection of conditions like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, or delays in requesting a caesarean when a baby is in distress during birth, are two typical examples.
Surgical negligence can include not obtaining informed consent, making mistakes during the surgery like removing a healthy organ or leaving a piece of equipment inside the body, anaesthetic mistakes causing a patient to become conscious during surgery or suffer a lack of oxygen and brain damage, and post-surgical care where avoidable infections develop.
Mental Health Negligence
Mental health patients are entitled to the same duty of care as those with obvious physical illnesses. Negligence of mental health conditions can include misdiagnosis or mistreatment, not providing adequate supervision of a patient when they are in a hospital or a care home, failing to protect a patient from self-harming or harming others when their behaviour poses a risk, and not discharging a patient when they have the legal right to leave.
Dental negligence can include unnecessary treatments like fillings and root canal work, as well as cosmetic dentistry like tooth whitening or adding veneers. Your dentist should also check for allergies and existing medication before giving you any anaesthetic or painkillers, and should make sure you have provided informed consent.
Medical misdiagnosis can include mistaking one condition for another, causing delays in treatment by not requesting appropriate assessment and testing, or failing to diagnose an illness or condition entirely. It is possible that a professional takes all the appropriate steps yet is still unable to diagnose your illness or decide what specialist area where you should be referred. However, negligence may be found where steps are not taken to do so, where test results are misunderstood or ignored, or where a promised referral is not made.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
Your successful compensation claim begins by contacting The Medical Negligence Experts. Whether you phone us directly or fill in our online form for us to contact you, we have a team of expert advisors who will talk to you about your experience and let you know if you have grounds to make a claim. This consultation is completely free, and there’s no obligation on your part to commit to anything.
It is important to work with a medical negligence solicitor who has experience in your type of claim. Although the law is broadly similar across the different types of negligence, specialist lawyers will understand how to apply it to your claim to work it to your best advantage.
Your lawyer will prove you have a right to make a claim by showing you received an injury directly as the result of a negligent act or series of acts. The cause may have been due to one person, for example mixing up medication, or it could be institutional, such as not providing sufficient training to ensure staff know how to store and dispense medication correctly.
This proof will go to the other party with the request they acknowledge liability and pay appropriate compensation. They then have four months to research the evidence your solicitor has supplied, either accepting responsibility and making an offer of payment or denying liability. During this period, your lawyer will find out more about how your injury has impacted on your life, in both a psychological and financial way. They will seek to put a value on your injury so you know what is a fair and reasonable amount of compensation to accept.
No Win, No Fee Agreement
The Medical Negligence Experts offer a No Win, No Fee* agreement for clients to make top quality legal advice affordable for everyone. If you don’t receive compensation, then you do not have to pay us. No Win No Fee Agreements, also referred to as conditional agreements, work with legal insurance that can be taken out after the event. We can talk to you about your options before you decide whether or not you are going to pursue a claim, so you are confident with your decision.
How to Know if You Can Claim Compensation
There are two parts to a legitimate compensation claim for medical negligence, and they must both be present. The first is that you suffered negligent care. Someone made a mistake, or there were systematic or institutional errors that led to you receiving a standard of treatment less than what is considered acceptable in the UK, and what you would expect to receive from any similar professional or facility.
The second aspect that makes a claim legitimate is that you were injured as the result of the act of negligence. As bad as it is that someone failed in their duty of care, a “near miss” is not enough to warrant payment of damages – you have to have been harmed as a result.
Proving the validity of a claim can be difficult. Many treatments have an element of risk and it may be that your conditioned would have been affected even if your care had been of the highest quality. This is where the skill and experience of your lawyer proves its worth. They know the information that is required to remove any ambiguity over liability, obtaining the necessary medical records and independent reports that show your injury would not have occurred if it were not for the poor care you received.
Compensation Claim Processing Times
One of the earliest questions customers want answered is how long their claim will take to process. Unfortunately, the answer is never precise as there are so many variables which can affect it. As a guideline, the more severe your injury or the less clear your prognosis, the longer your claim will take. Average resolution times for compensation claims in the UK range from around nine months for simple dental negligence, like removing a tooth unnecessarily, to 18 months for a misdiagnosed fracture, and three or more years for brain injuries.
Factors which will influence the time it takes to receive compensation include the nature of your injury. Is it progressive like cancer and would it have progressed at that pace anyway? Is it unclear what the lasting effects will be – for example, a spinal injury where there is the chance some use of limbs can be regained but doctors are unable to identify when or how much, or does the other party dispute liability?
Another issue which affects the duration of a claim is how much time had lapsed before the claim was raised. There is often a significant amount of evidence to gather, and this becomes more difficult as time passes and the incident fades from the memories of those involved. The sooner you seek legal advice and start a claim, the more beneficial it will be to the outcome.
Compensation Amounts for Medical Negligence Claims
In additional to processing times, a frequently asked question about medical negligence claims is how much compensation is likely to be paid. It is again, unfortunately, not possible to be precise during the initial part of your claim. It is not until your lawyer has spent a considerable amount of time researching your incident and the impact it has had on your life that they can advise what a fair and appropriate amount of compensation is.
One component of your compensation payment will be damages for pain and suffering. There are standard guidelines used as the base for calculating compensation based on the nature of your injury and what has been paid in claims made in the UK. We can give you a rough estimate at the start of your claim which we will refine as our research progresses.
Factors that influence the level of your payment include any financial impact it has had. For example, if you have had to give up work because your injury prevents you from carrying out your duties, or if you have had to take an extended period of sick leave and are only receiving statutory sick pay instead of your normal wage, you will have suffered lost income. Expenses of travelling to and from medical appointments, as well as any additional therapy or treatment you have paid privately for, will also be factored into the amount of compensation.
Claiming Compensation on Behalf of Another Person
In addition to representing victims of medical negligence, we are also able to support those claiming on behalf of another person. This is frequently a parent acting on behalf of a child who has been harmed through medical negligence but can also be the spouse or guardian claiming for a person who is mentally incapable of doing so themselves. In this instance, you would be referred to as the claimant’s “litigation friend”.
Compensation made in third party claims is paid into a legal trust to be held until the claimant is legally able to manage the funds. Trustees may authorise it to be spent on the claimant to improve their quality of life, for example having additional therapy in addition to what NHS provides, buying or hiring mobility aids, or moving to a home which better suits their physical needs.
Can I Afford to Claim Compensation?
Yes, you can afford the quality legal representation that will give your claim every chance of success. You may already have cover on your contents or health insurance which will cover your legal costs. If not, The Medical Negligence Experts offer clients a No Win, No Fee* agreement. We will talk to you about After the Event insurance for medical negligence claims that will cover your opponent’s legal fees if your claim is not successful.
The first step is yours but after that, The Medical Negligence Experts will be by your side for the duration. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
*conditions may 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.
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