Medical Negligence Solicitors in Sheffield
Are you looking for medical negligence solicitors in Sheffield? We are one of the leading firms. Our team of specialists has the knowledge and expertise to help if you or a family member has suffered illness, injury and even death resulting from medical negligence.
Talk to us if you think you may be a victim of medical negligence, or if you want to enquire on behalf of a family member or friend. Our team of legal experts is here to provide you with guidance and advice on whether or not you may be entitled to claim and how to proceed. This legal advice is free with no strings attached – you won’t be pressured to start a claim. If you do, we make it affordable by offering a No Win, No Fee* agreement. Call today to find out more.
Medical Negligence Claims in Sheffield
With years of experience successfully managing compensation claims, The Medical Negligence Experts are trusted lawyers in Sheffield, supporting and guiding clients through every step of the claims process so they feel confident and are kept informed.
Medical negligence is the failure of a health care provider to deliver an acceptable standard of care. When that failure causes injury or illness, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for pain and suffering. In the cases of fatal negligence, the claim will include the psychological stress of losing a loved one and any financial implications this may have, especially if they were a main income earner in the household.
There are two key criteria which need to be met for a claim to be valid:
* You have to have been injured or fallen ill;
* Your injury was the result of negligent care and therefore avoidable.
There are some instances where every reasonable step has been taken to avoid injuring the patient or prevent their conditioning from worsening, but the worst still happens. The Courts need to be able to compare the standard of care you received with what is expected in that field and find it lacking.
For example, a client saw their GP several times with symptoms the doctor diagnosed as being caused by medication and anxiety. The symptoms did not alleviate after six months, and the client returned to the GP who took a sample but performed no physical examination. The client returned to his GP six times over the intervening year, being treated for everything from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to a bug contracted on holidays. It was not until 18 months after the client first saw his GP, and after forcibly requesting, that he was referred to a specialist who swiftly carried out the client’s first physical examination and requested the tests which diagnosed cancer.
The client, unfortunately, died before his claim was resolved and his widow was awarded a significant sum of money. Though independent medical experts could not say whether or not the client’s cancer would have been fatal had his GP not been negligent in misdiagnosing it, it was proven that the doctor’s lack of appropriate assessment led to 18 months of suffering and a shorter lifespan than the client would otherwise have had.
Claiming Compensation for Medical Negligence
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 negligence claims we handle include:
Hospital Negligence Claims in Sheffield
If you have gone into hospital for treatment, expecting to feel better, but instead have fallen ill with a hospital-acquired infection like MRSA, or been sent away from Accident and Emergency without receiving adequate assessment or diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. The Medical Negligence Experts can assist with all claims relating to private and NHS hospitals.
Cosmetic Surgery Claims in Sheffield
Cosmetic treatments are not supposed to leave you scarred or in pain, yet that is what victims of cosmetic surgery negligence can face. If you have suffered at the hands of an incompetent practitioner, have been aggressively sold a treatment or not adequately warned about the risks associated with it, or have been let down by inadequate post-surgical care, talk to us.
Prescription Error Claims in Sheffield
Mistakes with medication can have severe and long-lasting effects. Whether your GP prescribed you medication which was not appropriate for your condition or continued to prescribe medication long-term without a follow-up assessment, you were given the wrong medicine at the pharmacist, or you have been prescribed something which conflicts with medicine you are already taking, contact our team today. If this negligence has resulted in 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 believe your health has suffered due to GP negligence you may be entitled to compensation.
Surgery Negligence Claims in Sheffield
All surgery has a degree of risk and should only be undertaken when the surgeon and patient believe the potential benefits outweigh any hazards. It is 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 a loved one into a care home, or making the decision for yourself, is not an easy one, but the sacrifice of independence is usually outweighed by the benefit of having care on hand when it is required. When that care falls below what is acceptable, illness and injury usually follow. If you or your family member has been harmed 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:
Have you been injured or fallen ill?
Was this caused by medical negligence and could it have been avoided?
Did it happen 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 – even if you are still recovering from your injury – so you 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?
Unfortunately, we can’t let you know at your initial enquiry how long your claim will take beyond an estimate based on similar claims. However, after we have reviewed the circumstances around your injury and found the evidence to prove the negligence, we can be more specific.
As a guideline, the more straightforward your situation and the less permanent your injury, the less time your claim will take. A badly done chemical peel which leaves a client with temporary redness and skin discolouration will typically take between nine and 12 months, while a claim involving MRSA could take 12 to 18 months, and a case for a birth injury causing cerebral palsy could last for years.
It may take several months to gather all the necessary reports and evidence to be submitted 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 begin finding out more about the nature of your injuries and the effect they have had on your life to determine what is a reasonable amount of compensation. This may be a swift process, for example, if you had an undiagnosed fracture, or it could take many months as in the case of brain damage where your prognosis is not yet clear.
If the defendant admits liability and the impact of your injury is easy to determine then 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 is not possible to be specific about the amount of compensation you can expect to be paid. 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 could be more devastating if you rely on the full use of both hands to make your living. Compensation will look at your individual 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, but we will not accept an offer of compensation without your agreement.
Will I have to Go To Court?
It is very likely you will not have to go to court as the NHS Litigation Authority settle more than 98% of their claims out of court. The figure is slightly lower in the private sector, but it is 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 to be submitted to court. This protocol ensures both sides have all relevant information about the other party’s perspective of the claim, and are able to 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 referred to as the client’s “litigation friend”. Any compensation paid goes into a trust for the client until such time as they can manage their funds independently. It may also be used by trustees to pay for additional care or aspects which directly benefit the patient.
How Can I Prove My Claim?
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to show that you were genuinely injured as the 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 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.
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.
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