Medical Negligence Solicitors in Portsmouth
Don’t jeopardise your rights to compensation by working with any other lawyers than the leading medical negligence solicitors in Portsmouth. The Medical Negligence Experts have solicitors who specialise in medical negligence claims. We have the right knowledge and expertise to get maximum compensation for medical negligence whether you received care through a private practice or the NHS, and whether your treatment was essential or elective.
Start your claim today but calling to arrange a free consultation with a legal expert who can help you understand whether you have the right to make a claim and how to proceed.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence in Portsmouth
When you seek medical treatment, you have no option other than to place your trust in the person who presents themselves as a responsible professional. We know that your trust has already been violated by someone who did not fulfil their professional duty of care, which is why we take every precaution to give you the confidence in your decision to choose The Medical Negligence Experts to handle your compensation claim.
We begin by asking you relevant questions about your experience and the circumstances which led to your injury. Only once we have reviewed this information will we be able to advise without you have grounds to make a claim. Proving negligence is difficult, and any solicitor who tells you that making a compensation claim for medical negligence is quick and easy is not telling you the truth. We are thorough and transparent in the way we handle your claim from the very first point of contact, avoiding legal jargon and using plain English so that you know where you stand.
Once we have determined you have grounds to request payment of compensation, we will collect the necessary evidence to prove negligence. This information can include your medical records as well as relevant eyewitness accounts. It may also include a report from an independent medical expert who can show the effect your injury has had on your life now and the potential it has to affect in the future with ongoing medical needs or additional support.
We appreciate that you may feel intimidated by the prospect of taking on a large organisation such as the NHS. We are not. We always seek to obtain settlement as smoothly and quickly as possible, but we will not risk your right to a fair amount of compensation to do so. With The Medical Negligence Experts on your side, you can feel confident in the knowledge that you are working with the best medical negligence solicitors in Portsmouth.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Claims
While no aspect of medical care is exempt from the risk of negligence, there are certain kinds which are more prone to negligence claims than others. Some of the most common kinds of claims our medical negligence solicitors in Portsmouth handle are:
- GP and doctor negligence, which can range from allowing a prescription to be repeated for an extended period without assessing the patient, to forgetting to send a referral to a specialist and misreading or misinterpreting test results.
- Birth injuries to both a baby, for example, cerebral palsy or Erb’s Palsy, and the mother with severe tears or a poorly done episiotomy.
- Failing to obtain informed consent and neglecting to ensure a patient is aware of the risks and possible outcomes associated with treatment, as well as any potential alternatives and their risks.
- Cosmetic surgery negligence both in the UK and, in some instances, abroad. Cosmetic treatments like hair removal or transplants and skin fillers are also included.
- Prescription medication negligence caused by either the person prescribing or dispensing the medicine.
Millions of people receive professional medical care every day whether they have a filling at the dentist, see their GP about a minor concern, or have physiotherapy on a bad back. However it is small comfort to the minority of patients who are subjected to inadequate care and are subsequently injured. It is for those victims that The Medical Negligence Experts seek justice.
No Win No Fee* Medical Negligence Claims in Portsmouth
There is no need to worry about whether or not you can afford to make a claim. Our No Win No Fee* agreement makes it possible for anyone who needs it to afford first-class legal support and representation from specialist medical negligence solicitors in Portsmouth.
Sometimes called a Conditional Fee Agreement, a No Win No Fee* claim is almost as simple as the name implies. Here’s how it works:
- The Medical Negligence Experts will investigate your claim to determine whether there it is likely to be successful. If so, they will offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee* basis.
- If you do not already have insurance in place to protect you from paying legal expenses (sometimes included in your home or car insurance), we will help you arrange a specialist After the Event insurance policy.
- Your solicitor will outline any potential expenses before you agree to begin the claim. These include a “success fee” for your solicitor which is a percentage of your total compensation award.
- If you win your claim, your solicitor will recover all your legal expenses from the other party.
- If your claim is not successful then your solicitor will waive their legal fees, and you will use your insurance policy to cover any legal expenses – either yours or the other party. These costs can include court fees or the expense of having an independent medical assessment.
With No Win No Fee* agreements there is nothing to pay upfront and, providing you are always honest with the information you disclose, nothing to pay if your claim is not successful.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your options for funding a claim and whether a No Win No Fee* agreement is right for you. Just phone or use our online contact form to arrange your free consultation.
Claiming Compensation on behalf of Another Person
We are able to assist if you want to seek compensation in the name of a loved one who has been harmed through medical negligence and is unable to request compensation themselves. People who act in this capacity are called litigation friends. The process of obtaining this authority is typically straightforward, and we can assist in preparing the application and submitting it for approval to a court.
A litigation friend may be a parent or adult child, spouse, partner, a close friend, or even a professional such as an accountant or solicitor. There is no difference between the way a claim made by the victim is handled compared to a request made by a litigation friend. The only exception is that damages are not paid to a litigation friend but go into a court-approved trust to be managed on behalf of the victim.
Settling a Compensation Claim out of Court
For the vast majority of compensation claims, negotiation is successful, and the claim settles out of court. This means that there is no need to have a judge review the evidence and make a decision about whether compensation should be awarded and, if so, how much the claimant should receive.
Our goal is to resolve every claim without the need for litigation, but we will not jeopardise your right to a fair amount of compensation to do so. Sometimes the other party refuses to be reasonable so we may advise you submit your claim to a court. It can take several months for your court date to arrive and we will continue to negotiate on your behalf during this time. It is not uncommon to reach an agreement as late as the morning of the hearing as not only will the losing party have to pay all court and legal expenses for the other side, the often have to pay some penalty as well.
While we will do all we can to ensure your claim settles out of court, there is a chance that it may not happen. It is therefore vital that you are always confident about the information you provide as you may have to testify to its accuracy in court.
Medical Negligence Claims FAQ
It’s probable that you have a variety of questions for which you want answers, so call today to arrange a free consultation with an expert legal advisor.
To help get you started, here are the answers to some of the questions we frequently receive from new clients.
Am I allowed to ask for compensation?
If you have been injured by a medical professional who failed to meet their duty of care, then you may have a legal right to seek compensation.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
In most instances, you have three years from either the date of injury or knowledge to start your application. The date of knowledge is the time when you were aware that your injury was due to negligence and not some other, unavoidable reason.
The exceptions to this deadline are if you were under the age of 18 at the time of your injury or if you are mentally unable to handle your legal affairs. In these cases, victims (or their litigation friends) have until the child’s 21st birthday or until three years from the date they regained their mental capacity.
How long will my claim take?
Though there is no statutory duration, the average compensation claim for medical negligence takes between 12 and 18 months to resolve. Proving negligence requires thorough research and for evidence to be properly assessed and presented. Your request may take longer than average if your ongoing medical needs are complex or unclear, or if the other party denies liability.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your solicitor will be able to give you a good idea of what is an appropriate amount of compensation once they have assessed your claim. Though there are industry guidelines published by the Judicial College, every victim’s circumstances are unique, so each claim is calculated on its merits.
Compensation awards include an amount for pain and suffering (general damages) as well as payment for expenses you have incurred as the result of your accident (special damages). This second amount can include the cost of reasonable private medical treatment to aid your recovery, as well as lost income if you have needed extra time off work to recover, and the cost of ongoing medical care if your injuries necessitate it.
Will I have to go to court?
It is very unlikely that you will need to go to court to resolve your claim. Almost all of our claims settle without litigation as we can reach an agreement with the other party regarding a suitable compensation amount. However, if the other party denies responsibility or we can’t come to an agreement an appropriate amount of payment, then we may recommend you submit your claim to court for a judge to assess the evidence and made a decision.
Litigating your claim can extend the processing time by up to a year as it can take that long for your court date to arrive. We are not idle during this time, and find that the prospect presenting evidence to a judge is often enough to encourage the other party to be more agreeable and settle your claim before it goes to court.
Claims brought by litigation friends will always need to be heard in court as a judge needs to agree not only the amount of compensation being awarded, but to also approve the plans for the management of this money on behalf of the claimant.
The easiest way to claim the compensation you deserve is to talk to The Medical Negligence Experts today. Either phone or fill in the online contact form and let us know when you want us to call you back, and we will arrange for you to talk to an expert legal advisor about your circumstances.
Why should you have to suffer because someone else made a mistake? With The Medical Negligence Experts on your team, you can have access to the resources you need to make the best possible recovery.
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 Portsmouth working for you
We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence in Portsmouth 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.