Medical Negligence Solicitors in Sheffield
Are you looking for medical negligence solicitors in Sheffield? We gladly partner with the leading firms for here and all areas of South Yorkshire – all members of the Law Society. Our team of specialists has the knowledge and expertise to help if you or a family member suffers illness, injury and even death resulting from medical negligence.
Talk to us if you think you may be a victim of negligence at the hand of a medical professional. You can also enquire on behalf of a family member or friend. Our team of legal experts provide guidance and advice on your entitlement to claim and how to proceed.
This legal advice is free: additionally, you won’t face pressure to start a claim. Moreover, at the consultation stage, we advise you if you don’t have a claim. But if you do and want to proceed, our No Win, No Fee* agreement makes it affordable.
Medical Negligence Claims in Sheffield
Truly, the years of experience successfully managing compensation claims back it up from our side. In short, The Medical Negligence Experts work with the most trustworthy lawyers in Sheffield. These expert professionals support, inform and guide clients through every step of the claims process so they feel confident.
Medical negligence, in essence, is the failure of a health care provider to deliver an acceptable standard of care. In the cases of fatal negligence, therefore, a claim includes:
- the psychological stress of losing a family member, and;
- any financial implications this may have, especially if they were a main income earner in the household.
There are two key criteria to meet for a claim to be valid:
- You suffer an injury or fall ill;
- Your injury was the result of negligent care and, therefore, avoidable.
There are some instances where professionals take every reasonable step to:
- avoid injuring the patient or;
- prevent their conditioning from worsening, but;
- the worst still happens.
For the best medical negligence solicitors in Sheffield, expect the best effort to ensure you get what you deserve.
The Courts must be able to compare the standard of care you receive with the standard expectations.
For example, we offer a particular delayed diagnosis case. At first, a client has symptoms the doctor diagnoses as a result of medication and anxiety. The symptoms don’t alleviate after six months, and the client returns to the GP.
The GP takes a sample but performs no physical examination. Subsequently, the client returns to his GP six times over the intervening year.
They’re subject to treatment for everything from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to a bug. It was not until 18 months after the client first saw his GP, and after forcibly requesting, he earned a referral to a specialist. These medical negligence specialists carry out the client’s first physical examination and request the tests, which diagnose cancer.
The client, unfortunately, dies before his claim finds a resolution. In turn, his widow receives a significant sum of money. Independent medical experts are unsure the client’s cancer would be fatal if the GP diagnoses it in time.
But the doctor’s lack of appropriate assessment (and medical treatment) from start to finish causes harm. There was 18 months of suffering and a shorter lifespan than the client would otherwise have had.
Claiming Compensation with Medical Negligence Solicitors in Sheffield
It does not matter if you were receiving your treatment via the NHS or privately. You can still claim compensation if your caregiver failed in their duty to take all reasonable steps to protect your health. Some of the medical accidents claims we handle to include these.
Hospital Negligence Claims in Sheffield
You go to the hospital for treatment, expecting to feel better. But instead, you fall ill with a hospital infection like MRSA or been sent away from A&E without receiving adequate assessment or diagnosis. The Medical Negligence Experts can assist with all claims relating to private and NHS hospitals.
Cosmetic Surgery Claims in Sheffield
Cosmetic treatments should leave scars or pain. Yet that is what victims of cosmetic surgery negligence can face. Talk to us if you
- Suffer at the hands of an incompetent practitioner;
- Have been subject to aggressive selling of a treatment;
- Not had an adequate warning about the risks, or;
- Receive inadequate post-surgical care.
Prescription Error Claims in Sheffield
Mistakes with medication can have severe and long-lasting effects. Contact us if:
- Your GP prescribes medication which wasn’t appropriate for your condition;
- They continue to prescribe medication long-term without a follow-up assessment;
- The pharmacist provides the wrong medicine, or;
- You get a prescription for something conflicting with a medicine you are already taking.
If this negligence leads to an illness or injury, you may be able to claim damages.
GP Negligence Claims in Sheffield
No one expects GPs to be experts in every human ailment, however, they should know when further investigation and referral to a specialist is necessary.
A GP’s role is to investigate every possible cause to worrying symptoms, however, sometimes they fail to do this or to interpret test results correctly. If you think that your health suffers due to GP negligence, try to claim with us.
Surgery Negligence Claims in Sheffield
All surgery has a degree of risk. Therefore, it should only occur when the surgeon and patient believe the potential benefits outweigh any hazards. It’s the responsibility of the surgeon and healthcare team to make sure you:
- understand the risks and;
- manage them to protect your health as much as possible.
Surgical negligence can include everything from not obtaining informed consent from the patient or their guardian to making mistakes during surgery, and inadequate post-operative care.
Dental Negligence Claims in Sheffield
Failed dental treatment, painfully sensitive teeth after cosmetic bleaching, and inadequate care leading to tooth loss and gum disease are just three of the types of dental negligence claims we successfully handle at The Medical Negligence Experts.
Care Home Negligence Claims in Sheffield
Deciding to move someone to a care home, or making the decision for yourself, is not an easy one. But the benefit of on-hand care outweighs the sacrifice of independence. When that care falls below what is acceptable, illness and injury usually follow. From pressure sores to ignorance of duty of care, care home negligence is the epitome of the lows in standards of client care.
If you or your family member deals with harm through substandard care in a residential or nursing home, talk to The Medical Negligence Experts.
Medical Negligence Compensation Claims FAQ
We’re happy to answer any related questions as part of a free, no-obligation consultation. Some of the frequently asked questions we receive are:
Can I Make a Claim?
You can claim compensation if you can answer yes to these three questions.
First: have you an injury or fallen ill? Also: was it avoidable and due to medical negligence? Moreover, did it take place within the last three years?
How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?
You have three years from the date of the negligent event to submit a claim to court. It is always best to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. That’s the case even if you are still recovering from your injury. As a result, you’ll have the information you need to make the right decision at the appropriate time.
The exception to the three-year rule is if the claimant was a child at the time of the incident. They have up until their 21st birthday (three years after they legally become an adult) to claim.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
It’s impossible to know at your initial enquiry how long your claim will take. That is, not beyond an estimate we make in comparison to similar claims. However, we can be more specific when we:
- review the circumstances around your injury and;
- find the evidence does prove the negligence.
As a guideline, the more straightforward your situation and the less permanent your injury, the less time it takes. A chemical peel that leaves a client with temporary redness and skin discolouration typically takes between nine and 12 months. But a claim involving MRSA could take 12 to 18 months. Moreover, a case for a birth injury causing cerebral palsy could last for years.
It may take several months to gather the necessary reports and evidence for submission with your request for compensation. The other party has four months to review your evidence, undertake their investigation and respond.
During this period your lawyer will learn more to determine a reasonable compensation amount thanks to:
- the nature of your injuries and;
- the effect they’ve had on your life.
This may be a swift process: for example, if you have an undiagnosed fracture. Or it could take many months, as in the case of brain damage with an as-yet unclear prognosis.
If the defendant admits liability, your lawyer will negotiate a payment amount. If the defendant denies liability or does not agree on a reasonable figure for compensation, it can take months.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive?
As with processing time, it’s impossible to be specific about the amount of compensation you can expect. Compensation is based on the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life.
Losing some function in your non-dominant hand can be more devastating if you need both hands to make your living. Compensation will look at your circumstances as well as the amount that has been made in similar claims. We can advise you on what is a fair and appropriate amount. However, we will not accept an offer of compensation without your agreement.
Will I have to Go To Court?
The answer, in all likelihood, is no: you won’t need to go to court. The NHS Litigation Authority settles more than 98% of their claims out of court. In contrast, the figure is slightly lower in the private sector. But it’s still probable that your claim will settle without litigation.
It is a misconception that everyone who makes a claim will be examined and questioned by the other party’s lawyer in front of a judge.
If the other party denies liability or does not offer sufficient compensation for damages, your solicitor may recommend you litigate your claim and ask the courts to decide. These types of courtrooms look like normal meeting rooms. You will be there your solicitor, and the other party will send legal representation. A judge – who will be in normal clothing without a wig – will listen to both sides and examine the evidence before making a decision.
There are clear rules about how claims need submission to the court. This protocol ensures both sides have all relevant information about the other party’s perspective of the claim and can thoroughly investigate and hopefully resolve the matter before the court date.
Can I Make a Claim for Someone Else?
You can claim compensation on behalf of a relative or close friend providing they are a minor or unable to do so because they are mentally or physically incapacitated. A third party who raises the claim is the client’s “litigation friend”.
Any compensation paid goes into a trust for the client until they can manage their funds independently. Trustees might use it to pay for additional care or aspects which directly benefit the patient.
How Can I Prove My Claim?
As the claimant, it’s your responsibility to show your genuine injury as a result of medical negligence. Your lawyer will obtain your medical records and may also recommend you see an independent medical expert for evaluation. This process usually takes around an hour and involves a discussion and physical examination.
Documents you will need (and which your lawyer will help you collate) include:
- All relevant medical records including those before, during, and after the negligent incident
- A report from an independent medical expert regarding both your injury (causation) and failings in the care of duty (liability)
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 coverage 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.
*Please note that certain conditions may apply.
Need some help finding Medical Negligence Solicitors in Sheffield?
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 to find Medical Negligence Solicitors in Sheffield?
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 Sheffield 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.