Medical Negligence Solicitors in Newcastle
Are you thinking about claiming compensation? The Medical Negligence Experts are the hardest working medical negligence solicitors in Newcastle, and we can help you. Not only do we offer a free, no obligation consultation and a No Win, No Fee* agreement, but we also have a team of specialists who will do all they can to get you the compensation you deserve.
Medical services, and the NHS in particular are under growing pressure to treat more patients. Shrinking budgets, growing waiting lists, and tough targets can test even the most skilled medical professional, and it is understandable that mistakes happen. Whatever the reason, whether it was insufficient training, pressure to see assess patients more quickly and avoid expensive tests, or plain human error, if you have been harmed physically or financially by medical negligence, talk to us.
As unfair as it may seem, simply receiving substandard care is not enough legal reason to request compensation. You need to have suffered an injury or illness as the result of your treatment. Proving negligence is rarely simple which is why we advise clients to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity even if they are not sure whether they will proceed with a claim.
It is not uncommon for victims of medical negligence to feel guilty about making a claim. This guilt is understandable – especially if you have had a good standard of care for the rest of your treatment – however, there is no need to worry. Your medical negligence lawyer will be the one who does all the communicating with the other party and their lawyer and, in the rare instance that your claim goes to court, will also be with you to represent and support you during the process.
5 Reasons to Claim Compensation for Medical Negligence
If you have any doubts about whether or not making a claim is right for you, you may want to consider these benefits:
- Compensation will ensure you’re not left out of pocket for any expenses incurred as the result of your illness or injury, including if you have to take extra time off work to recuperate and travelling costs to and from medical appointments.
- You will have the money you need to have any rehabilitative treatment or additional care done privately rather than being faced with lengthy NHS waiting times.
- Claiming compensation won’t get you an apology, but it will give you a legal acknowledgement that you received unfair treatment. This recognition can go a long way in helping with emotional healing.
- Your claim will not guarantee that processes will be changed to prevent a similar occurrence happening to someone else but it may, and it will also be formally recorded to help future claimants who suffer the same type of treatment or injury.
- Payment of damages will help ease any financial burden in the future by providing you with money to make your life more comfortable.
Examples of medical negligence claims include:
Women in the UK have access to an exceptional standard of prenatal and antenatal care. Despite this, there are times when mistakes happen, causing injury to the health of the mother or her child. Birth injury claims can include severe perineal tears, the mismanagement of conditions like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, organ damage during a caesarian, and failing to adequately monitor and identify when a mother or baby is in distress.
Lack of oxygen before or during birth can result in conditions like cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a name given to some conditions which can range in severity from fairly mild, where the person can live a relatively normal life, to severe mental and physical needs leaving people unable ever to be independent. Cerebral palsy is typically diagnosed by the time a child is 18-months and happens when a lack of oxygen starves the brain and causes permanent brain damage.
Medical misdiagnosis can include an incorrect diagnosis of a condition, such as diagnosing cancer when symptoms are subsequently found to be caused by something else. It can also be a delay in diagnosis, or not diagnosing an illness at all, as is the case when a doctor fails to detect a fracture, diabetes, or meningitis.
Misdiagnosis on its own is not enough to claim compensation. Where it can be proven your condition and prognosis worsened as the result of misdiagnosis, The Medical Negligence Experts have lawyers will use their knowledge and experience to help you successfully claim compensation.
Surgical negligence is rare considering the number of operations performed across the UK every year, but it still occurs. Even one instance of a medical mistake that harms the health of a patient or takes their life is one instance too many, which is where we can help.
If you or your loved one has suffered as the result of an avoidable mistake made before, during, or after your operation, talk to our team of medical negligence lawyers in Newcastle. It doesn’t matter whether you were having simple day surgery or undergoing something more complicated, your surgical team has a duty of care to ensure that you were not only aware of the risks associated with your treatment and any possible alternatives but that they took all reasonable steps to minimise these risks.
The NHS has its own department to handle the thousands of compensation claims for medical negligence it receives every year, many of which related to a patient’s stay in a hospital. Hospital negligence can occur in any department, from a mistake in Accident and Emergency which sees a patient being sent home when they really need to be admitted for treatment, to a specialist misreading or misinterpreting the results of a test or scan, and even patients suffering fractures and bleeding when they fall due to inadequate supervision or assistance when moving.
Another example of hospital negligence relates to infection. Hospitals are full of germs and bacteria which are dangerous enough for a healthy person, but which can be devastating for someone who is already ill. Two typical examples are MRSA and C.Diff, and hospitals are required to have rigorous hygiene processes to protect patients from contracting these illnesses.
An example of a successful compensation claim for hospital-acquired infection featured a woman who contracted MRSA while in the hospital recovering from hip replacement surgery. The hospital was found to have been negligent in minimising the risk of infection. Damages were paid in recognition of the patient’s pain and suffering, and because infection prevented her from regaining full use of her leg as would have been expected without the infection.
The number cases of care home negligence in the media have risen alarmingly over the last decade, potentially giving the impressions that they are dangerous places to be. The majority of care homes in the UK are professional run to a high standard but, as our legal experts in Newcastle know, some facilities fall far short of what is acceptable. Inadequate training can lead to mistakes in handling and moving patients, or incorrectly giving them medication. Insufficient supervision can allow patients to put themselves at risk by moving without support or becoming lost, while staff shortages can see patients developing pressure ulcers and malnutrition.
The Medical Negligence Experts can assist in determining whether the care you or your family member received was negligent and whether it led to their injury, make sure your concerns are heard by the relevant people, and obtain maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
A change in public perception and a fall in cost has made the popularity of cosmetic surgery boom. More people than ever are seeking treatment either in the UK or overseas, but the standard of care they receive is not always as good as it should be. Where substandard treatment or care causes injury, you may be able to claim compensation.
Cosmetic treatment can include surgery under a general anaesthetic, such as breast augmentation, gastric band surgery, liposuction, or rhinoplasty, as well as cosmetic procedures like tooth whitening and chemical peels. Laser eye surgery, tattoo removal, and liquid implants and fillers also carry a risk. Practitioners are legally obliged to ensure any patient they treat is aware of the risks associated with their treatment and recovery. Surgeons are now also required to make sure the patient has not been aggressively sold their treatment, or be the victim of misleading advertising. If you suspect your injury was caused by negligence, contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.
Have you fallen ill because of an inappropriate prescription? Doctors and prescribing physicians may prescribe medication in good faith but fail to check whether you have allergies, if it will interfere with medication you already take for another condition, or if the specified dose is correct for your age and weight. The Medical Negligence Experts also handle claims where the mistake has been made by the dispensing pharmacist, with incorrect labelling or even giving the wrong patient’s medicines.
You can help protect yourself against a prescription error by always checking that what you have received is what was written on the prescription and that you understand how to take it and how often the dose should be. If you have been made ill through a prescription error, talk to us for free legal advice today.
All claims made against the NHS are handled by the NHS Litigation Authority. If you want help claiming compensation for NHS negligence, or you need support making a formal complaint about failings in your care, contact The Medical Negligence Experts.
You might be entitled to a compensation payment if you were harmed by any care provided by the NHS, including if it was by a GP, nurse, paramedic, or physiotherapist.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
A successful compensation claim for medical negligence begins with the right solicitor, so talk to the experts. Our specialist medical negligence lawyers have the skill and experience necessary for you to obtain the compensation you deserve in the shortest possible time. We understand that the effort of making a claim may seem too much at first, especially if you are still recovering from your injury. What is an everyday activity to us may seem daunting and unfamiliar, which is why our processes are tailored to meeting your specific needs.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation discussion about your situation. Or qualified legal advisors will be able to let you know whether you may have grounds for a successful claim and, if so, how to proceed. We will only recommend you proceed with an application if we believe there is a good chance it will succeed, so you can trust that we won’t waste your time.
To make claiming compensation affordable, we offer a No Win, No Fee* agreement where you don’t have to pay your legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful. We can advise you on the different types of insurance policies available to cover legal fees, or you may already have legal cover as part of your current home or health insurance policy. Legal Aid is not usually available for victims of medical negligence, but we will let you know if it may be an option for you.
It is possible to raise a claim on behalf of another person if they are unable to do so themselves, either because they are a minor, or because they are mentally or physically incapable. You can also raise a claim on behalf of a victim who has passed away. In virtually all instances, compensation claims need to be brought within three years of the event. We always advise those considering making a claim to speak with a lawyer at the earliest opportunity as the sooner your claim starts, the easier it is to obtain the required evidence.
Find out what you could be entitled to by getting in touch with The Medical Negligence Experts today.
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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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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
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