Medical Negligence Solicitors in Nottingham
The Medical Negligence Experts are the leading medical negligence solicitors in Nottingham for service and results. We support clients who have been failed by the medical profession, receiving negligent care at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. If you have received an injury through what you believe to be negligent care, talk to us today.
Most people have only a very high-level knowledge of how their body works and what can go wrong. You have no choice but to place your trust in doctors and other medical professionals when you fall ill or suffer an injury. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made that can cause unnecessary suffering and pain.
Losing a regular income while you are recovering and needing additional treatment and support can leave you struggling financially. Our medical negligence lawyers in Nottingham have the skill and experience to get you the compensation which you deserve.
Medical Negligence Claims in Nottingham
Failures can happen in all areas of medical care, regardless of whether treatment is being done through a private practice or on the NHS. Your injuries don’t have to be permanent to warrant compensation but they do need to have been avoidable and not related to another cause such as a pre-existing condition.
Examples of medical negligence claims include:
From the moment a mother finds out she is expecting until her baby is safely in her arms, she will be understandably concerned about the development of her unborn child and her own health. Even in a healthy pregnancy and straightforward delivery, there will still be upwards of a dozen people involved from community midwives to obstetricians.
The Medical Negligence Experts understand that no parent wants to be in a situation where they are entitled to claim damages for negligent prenatal or antenatal care. If you or your child has been adversely affected by medical negligence, we can help you obtain the necessary rehabilitation treatment.
Hospital Negligence in Nottingham
Compensation claims for hospital negligence can include anything from bedsore or pressure sore claims to hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA or C.Diff. One of the most frequent queries our medical negligence team in Nottingham receive about hospital negligence relates to Accident & Emergency claims.
The busiest department of a hospital is A&E. At any time of the day or night, A&E staff need to be able to leap into action, assessing patients and prioritising them by urgency. In addition to meeting patient needs, staff are often working to punishing targets regarding treatment times and bed numbers. It is understandable that mistakes can happen, but that does not mean that the standard of care you receive should be less than adequate.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts if you have experienced any failing in the care you have received in a hospital including delayed treatment, misdiagnosis, falling or being injured while being moved, or being given the wrong type of dosage of medication.
Cosmetic Surgery Negligence in Nottingham
Negligence claims can relate to elective surgery as well as non-elective or semi-elective treatments. Cosmetic procedures, such as having a gastric band fitted or liposuction, were previously less strictly regulated than mandatory treatments, but stricter laws introduced in 2016 has seen standards rise.
Cosmetic surgery negligence can include cases like scarring from severe allergic reactions to hair dye, extreme sensitivity after tooth whitening, infection after a surgical treatment like breast augmentation, and adverse reaction to fillers. Whatever cosmetic procedure you are having, your practitioner has a duty of care to ensure you were not the victim of aggressive sales tactics or misleading advertising, that you are aware of any associated risks with your treatment, and that it is carried out to an acceptable industry standard.
Prescription Error Claims in Nottingham
Modern medicine is so widely prescribed that it is easy to forget that it can be harmful. The wrong type or the wrong dose can have serious side effects which can interfere with a patient’s recovery and, in serious instances, cause them to fall ill.
Prescription errors can happen either when the medication is being prescribed or when it is being dispensed. Mistakes can include being instructed to take something which is unsuitable for your condition or which does not mix with a medication you are already taking for another condition and getting the wrong dose. It can be being prescribed medication for too long without having a review with your GP or being given something to which you have a known allergy. A wide range of professionals can prescribe medication, and all should check these things before doing so.
Dispensing pharmacists can cause harm by printing labels incorrectly, storing medication in the wrong conditions, or issuing the wrong product. You can help protect yourself by checking what you have been given matches what is on the prescription, and ensuring you are clear on how it should be taken or used.
Surgical Negligence in Nottingham
Every patient should be aware that all surgery carries an element of risk, but that should not include mistakes or negligence on behalf of the surgical or nursing team. If you have suffered due to a surgical error, anaesthetic mishap, or inadequate post-operative care, The Medical Negligence Team can help you.
Care Home Negligence in Nottingham
Instances of care home negligence are, unfortunately, a regular feature on the news. The decision to enter a care home is not one which residents and their families make lightly, and it can be heartbreaking when they do not receive the care they rightfully deserve. Typical examples of care home negligence include bedsores and ulcers that could have been avoided had the patient been moved more frequently, and cuts and fractures from falling either while being moved or due to insufficient support.
Claims against the NHS in Nottingham
The NHS Litigation Authority handles all NHS negligence compensation claims. More than 98% of all claims made to the NHS Litigation Authority are resolved without the need to go to court.
The Medical Negligence Experts are very familiar with the NHS Litigation Authority and its processes. We use our knowledge and experience to get the best outcome in the shortest possible time while minimising any stress for our clients.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
Before you can request damages, you need to verify that you have grounds to claim compensation. That is, that your injury would not have happened if the person responsible had carried out their job correctly. It sounds simple, but proving negligence can be time-consuming and complicated, which is why it is vital to work with a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims. We can determine if there is legitimate cause and blame and act accordingly.
For damages to be paid someone needs to be responsible. If you compare the treatment you received with that provided at a similar facility, can you reasonably expect not to have suffered the same injury? Your illness or injury can’t have been caused by chance or bad luck, or be a matter of your health deteriorating due to a pre-existing condition. Whether it was a mistake during surgery, not providing adequate walking aids in a care home, or failing to refer a patient for further tests and assessment, your injury needs to have been avoidable for a claim to be successful.
The Medical Negligence Experts offers a free, no-obligation consultation for clients considering applying for compensation. We can help determine whether you have grounds to make a claim and, if so, what your options are for proceeding.
Processing Times for Medical Negligence Claims
You only have three years from the date of negligence to submit a compensation claim to court. This may sound like a long time but, when you consider the months of research which will be done by both parties, that you may have to wait for your injury to settle before an accurate prognosis can be made, and that the other party will potentially drag the process out as long as they are legally able to, the time soon disappears. You may find yourself unable to claim compensation even if you are entitled to it.
We appreciate that starting a compensation claim may be the last thing on your mind if you are recovering from medical negligence, or struggling with the bereavement of a loved one who sadly died as the result of medical negligence, however, the sooner you begin your claim, the less time it is likely to take. We support our clients with professionalism and sensitivity, doing what we can to minimise the intrusion into your life while still ensuring you get the maximum payment.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
We are happy to answer any queries you have about claiming compensation in a free consultation. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive are:
Can I Make a Claim For Someone Else?
You can raise a compensation claim for someone if they are unable to do it for themselves either because they are under the age of 18 or physically or mentally incapable. Compensation will be paid into a trust until the claimant is legally able to manage it themselves. The trustees can allocate funds to be used towards rehabilitation and other treatments, as well as things like home modifications or mobility aids where a person is left physically disabled by the incident of negligence.
Why do I need a Solicitor to Make a Claim?
You can submit a request for compensation directly to the party you believe is responsible without using a medical negligence solicitor, but without comprehensive knowledge of this very specialist area of law, it is unlikely to succeed. You may end up with a payment far less than which you are entitled to, or even nothing. The Medical Negligence Experts understand the laws regarding compensation and will always represent your best interests while researching, negotiating, and pursuing what is fair.
Can I afford a Lawyer?
Yes! Our No Win, No Fee* agreement means that anyone can afford quality legal representation when claiming compensation. You can find out more by speaking with our legal advisors. You may already have a policy that covers legal fees as part of your home or medical insurance – we can find this out for you. Legal aid may be available in some instances. Again, we can check this for you.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive?
It is not possible to state at the start of a claim precisely how much compensation you will receive. Variables to consider include the severity of your injury; expenses you have incurred or are likely to have regarding medical treatment, nursing care and lost income, and the nature of the negligence that led to your injury. Your lawyer will give you a rough estimate they will then be able to revise as they do further research on your case, and compare it with how much compensation has been paid for claims similar to yours.
How Long Will My Medical Negligence Claim Take?
As with the amount of compensation, it is impossible to stay how long your claim will take but as a guideline, the more severe your injury, the longer it is likely to be. A straightforward case where there is clear evidence a dentist removed teeth unnecessarily should be resolved in nine months, while a claim for misdiagnosis can take between one and two years, and claims involving brain damage can take three or more. The easier it is to obtain the evidence, the more likely the other party is to admit liability, which makes a claim faster to resolve.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today to find out more. You don’t have to pay for a consultation, and you won’t be pressured to start a claim. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and it can take some victims a while to decide whether or not to ask for damages.
Call directly or fill in our online form for us to respond. You have nothing to lose by making an initial enquiry, and it could open the door to the right support and treatment for a bright future.
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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.
Expert clinical negligence solicitors in Nottingham working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence 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.