Medical Negligence – Common Questions
Over the years of handling medical negligence claims and successfully securing compensation for our clients, we find a number of recurring questions are asked. Here are the most common and frequently asked questions regarding medical negligence claims. As every case is different, we do recommend that you take full advantage of our free initial consultation to discuss your potential claim and ask any questions you may have. Please contact us using the form below or call our specialist team now on 0113 200 9787 for free, impartial advice.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive?
As every case is different and judged on its own merits it is unlikely we will be able to give you a valuation of your claim without knowing what the full extent of your injuries are or are likely to be.
What we can tell you is that our specialist team will work hard to pursue the Defendants for compensation. Not only will we look to recover compensation for your pain and suffering but also we will seek to recover compensation for all your financial losses including loss of earnings, care costs, travel expenses, costs of prescriptions and medications, the cost of future treatment including costs of aids you may require.
Why Michael Lewin Solicitors?
Here at Michael Lewin Solicitors we pride ourselves on the high level of expertise and exceptional service we provide to all of our clients.
We make all of our clients the following 5 promises:
Free Initial Advice – Our dedicated team are there to help you and answer any questions you may have. We always offer a free, no obligation initial advice to anyone who considers that they may have been affected by medical negligence. So if you’re not sure whether you have a claim or not, call us and let us talk you through it.
Exceptional Client Care – OUR CLIENTS COME FIRST. This is the ethos our dedicated team of medical negligence lawyers work by. We understand that our clients have been through a difficult and traumatic time and we pride ourselves on aiming to make the claims process as easy as possible. We treat all of our clients with the utmost dignity, respect and compassion, we ensure that we are approachable and available to speak to when our client needs us.
We Are Specialists – The specialist medical negligence team have years of experience handling medical negligence claims and are supported by external independent medical and nursing professionals and expert counsel. We aim to ensure that your claim is investigated thoroughly and properly and that no stone is left unturned.
We Mean Business – We are persistent and determined and are not afraid to take on large establishments. If the evidence is in your favour we will not rest until you have the justice and compensation that you deserve.
We Strive To Be The Best – We are proud of the fact that the majority of cases we pursue are successful and this is due to our hard work, determination and specialist knowledge in this area of law. As a team, we continuously want to improve and extend our knowledge to make sure that:- our clients are satisfied; that we are up to date with changes in this area of law; and that we are the best that we can be.
How Do I Know If I Have A Medical Negligence Claim?
Can I Claim If The Treatment Was Some Time Ago?
If you are 18 years old or over, you are entitled to make a claim provided you do so within 3 years of the date that you realised your treatment may have been negligent.
If you are under the age of 18 you have up until your 21st birthday in which to start your claim.
In certain circumstances someone may not have mental capacity, in which case, the 3 year limitation period may not apply.
How Much Will It Cost Me? How Will My Claim Be Funded?
If we consider that your claim has reasonable prospects of success we will off you a Conditional Fee Agreement often referred to as a no win no fee agreement
This means that there will be no upfront costs to pay and nothing to pay us if you lose.
To make sure that you are protected from Defendant costs we will discuss with you insurance policies that can be taken out or that may already be in place to protect you. Rest assured that any insurance premium will only be payable if you win your claim.
How Long Will It Take To Receive My Compensation?
This does vary very much depending on the circumstances, but typically between 12 and 24 months. However, we pride ourselves on our level of service and our specialist team will be working hard to ensure any compensation you are entitled to is secured as quickly as possible.
My Relative Has Died As A Result Of The Negligent Treatment, Can I Bring A Claim?
Will It Affect My Ongoing Medical Treatment?
Bringing about a medical negligence claim should have no affect what so ever on your ongoing treatment. You should still receive a reasonable standard of care from the medical professionals.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
On average only 3% of clinical negligence claims are taken as far as the Court Door. It is highly likely that your claim will conclude prior to having to start Court Proceedings.
What Should I Do To Start My Claim?
What Can I Do To Help?
We often find that diaries or journals kept by Claimants greatly assist with the evidencing of the claims.
We recommend that all of our clients keep a brief diary of events listing daily or weekly what has happened at consultations or with treatment, the extent of pain they are in, the medication they have had to take and the care that they have required (even the smallest detail such as your neighbour cleaned your windows as you was unable to) may go to assist your claim.
If the treatment you have received was negligent, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. For more information on our Medical Negligence department, click here.