Whilst the standard of healthcare in the UK is generally very high, things can and do go wrong. Injuries or conditions resulting from this poor care can be devastating and life-changing for patients and their families. When the standard of care is so poor it is considered negligent, our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors can help patients to recover the compensation they deserve and desperately need.
What Is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence) occurs when a healthcare or medical professional fails to provide the standard accepted level of care a patient needs. By deviating from standard codes of practice, delaying a vital referral process or misdiagnosis of a patient’s condition, long-term and devastating injuries can be inflicted on patients. In some cases this means patients will need life-long rehabilitation and support and in the worst cases, can results in death.
When Does Medical Negligence Occur?
Whether a patient has been treated privately or by the NHS, medical accidents or mistakes made by GPs, nurses, surgeons or dentists can cause injuries to their patients that have a huge impact on their lives.
A late diagnosis, surgical accidents or the failure to refer a patient to a specialist can have devastating consequences. Wide-ranging types of clinical negligence claims, as well as the complexity of the law in this area, mean it is vital to instruct a solicitor with the necessary skills and experience to fight for you and to recover the maximum amount of compensation.
With over 12 years’ experience of clinical and medical negligence claims, our specialist team understand the devastating effects of negligent medical treatment and provide a service that goes much further than obtaining compensation. We not only work with our clients to access the compensation they deserve but also offer the advice, support and assistance they need to recover.
Our specialist team have experience in dealing with the full range of medical negligence claims, including:
What Happens When You Make A Medical Negligence Claim?
If a healthcare professional has made a mistake, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. We understand that after this upsetting and traumatic experience, making a claim may seem like the last thing you want to do, however our team of professional, devoted and expert solicitors are highly experienced in fighting for the compensation you deserve.
When you contact us, we will discuss your situation in detail and let you know if you’re able to make a claim for medical negligence. This is completely free and you will never be charged for making an enquiry.
If we think you have a claim, we will operate on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means you’ll have no upfront costs and will have nothing to pay if your claim is not successful.
Your dedicated solicitor will then request your medical records and medical evidence that your treatment was negligible from independent doctors to establish the grounds for your claim.
We will then negotiate your case and not only fight for justice but for the compensation you deserve.
For more detail on what happens when you make a medical negligence claim, tap here.
How Long Does It Take To Get Medical Negligence Compensation?
As every case we take on is entirely different from the last, it’s impossible to say exactly how long your claim might take. As this area of law is quite complex it can sometimes take a year or so before you win compensation. For more information on the legal aspects of medical negligence cases, click here.
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What Kind Of Medical Negligence Claims Are There?
Misdiagnosis is the most common form of medical negligence claim that we deal with, partly because it is such a broad term that covers a variety of medical interactions with healthcare professionals. The consequences of misdiagnosis can sometimes be life-changing and if the medical professional that you trusted to help you was negligent in treating you, you may wish to consider making a medical negligence compensation claim.
Although the standard of healthcare in the UK is second to none, occasionally mistakes can be made. Surgical negligence can be particularly harrowing and traumatic for the patient and are regarded as ‘Never events’ by the Government, as they are deemed so serious that they should never happen.
The types of medical negligence in surgery include:
- Performing the wrong operation on a patient
- Leaving foreign objects such as surgical equipment in the body.
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Puncturing an organ
- Causing scarring or disfigurement.
- Infection caused by poor hygiene
Receiving the wrong medicine, whether it’s a completely different drug to what you need, or the wrong dosage and have dangerous side effects.
If you have suffered from side effects or complications after taking the wrong medicine, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.
Both doctors and the pharmacists who dispense medication have a duty of care to you and by giving you the wrong prescription are in breach of their legal and ethical responsibilities to you.
GPs (General Practitioners) are often our first port of call when we have a malady and we trust their experience and expertise when they advise us. Unfortunately this is not always the case and sometimes GP negligence can have devastating effects. To find out more, visit our GP Negligence page.
Birth injury claims can arise if you or your baby is injured.
Injuries to babies include cerebral palsy and brain Injury, where there is a failure to monitor the oxygen level, or negligent interpretation of CTG traces, problems using forceps or vacuum delivery or errors in managing caesarean sections.
Injuries to mothers can include issues with retained swabs, mistakes when suturing tears, extensive perineal tears, injuries to organs from caesarean sections or failing to recognise damage at the time or anaesthetic mistakes.
Why Choose Michael Lewin Solicitors?
If you, or a loved one, have been let down by the medical profession and have suffered an injury as a result you may be entitled to compensation. At Michael Lewin Solicitors, we pride ourselves on the high level of service we provide:
Free Initial Advice – We always offer free, no-obligation initial advice for our clients to establish what the best next steps are for your case.
We Are Specialists – Our dedicated team of specialist solicitors have over 12 years’ experience dealing solely with medical/clinical negligence cases.
Clients Come First – We treat our clients with respect and compassion and are always available if you want to speak to us about your case.
High Success Rate – We are proud to say that we win the majority of cases we take on, thanks to our specialist knowledge of complex medical issues.
What Should You Do Next?
If you’re wondering whether the treatment you received was negligent and would appreciate some free, confidential advice from an expert team of solicitors then please don’t hesitate to call one of our team on 0113 200 9787 or email your enquiry here. You can also use the contact form below to get in touch and tell us what happened.
If you have some questions on your mind, check out our Medical Negligence FAQ.