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NHS and private medical care is usually very good. Most people will never have a problem with their care. But sometimes things can go wrong.
You should, of course, expect a good level of care, expertise and professionalism when it comes to your medical care. So, when your treatment does not meet the expected standard, you may be left unsure as to what the next step should be. You may have a claim for medical negligence if you can demonstrate:
It is vital to find the guidance and support of a qualified and trustworthy medical negligence solicitor to assist you in seeking the compensation that you may be entitled.
Here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we look at every circumstance surrounding your medical negligence claim. We listen, we support, and we help to make the process as easy as possible for you. From day one, we look to understand what has happened in order to identify two key points to helping you make a successful case;
Medical negligence claims can occur when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, a failure to refer, treatment, aftercare or health management.
You can claim for any injuries you’ve sustained as a result of medical negligence.
The extent of your injuries; recovery time and the impact these injuries have had on your subsequent quality of life will all be taken into consideration when determining the compensation awarded.
Loss of earnings may be awarded where time away from work is authorised by a doctor.
You may also be eligible to claim for loss of future earnings where your injury prevents an immediate return to the workplace.
As part of your medical negligence compensation claim, you may also claim for any direct impact your accident and injury has had to everyday life.
You may be eligible to claim compensation where your daily activities such as shopping, housework or driving have been affected.
Medical damages may be awarded to offset the cost of any reasonable and necessary medical treatment required as a result of your injury at work.
Anyone can claim for medical negligence injury compensation; however, the following 3 criteria must be met:
There is a general limit of three years from the date of the incident for medical negligence claims, with the following qualifications:
One of our medical negligence experts here at Hampson Hughes will be able to explore the details of your case and advise you on your available time limits in more detail. For now, it is important to get in touch with a trusted medical negligence lawyer as soon as possible, especially if you believe it may be close to the three-year point.
Our solicitors specialise in helping families with claims involving cerebral palsy, which can happen when the baby’s brain is starved of oxygen before or during birth. Obstetrics is the branch of surgery that specialises in pregnancy and childbirth. Gynaecology is the branch that specialises in disorders of the female reproductive system or injuries that may be caused by medical negligence during birth including: Erb’s palsy (brachial palsy), or injuries suffered by the mother.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. If your cancer was misdiagnosed, or diagnosed later than it should have been, you may be able to bring a medical negligence claim.
Brain injuries caused by medical negligence can have life-changing consequences. Compensation is needed to fund long-term treatment, care and rehabilitation. Whether you were treated by the NHS or privately you may have a claim if you suffered any of the following:
When someone dies in an accident that wasn’t their fault, their family may raise a fatal injury compensation claim against the responsible party. Nobody ever wants to have to make a fatal accident claim, but unfortunately in reality, it can absolutely vital for dependants to claim compensation.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that causes changes in its function, either temporary or permanent. These changes translate into loss of muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in parts of the body served by the spinal cord below the level of the lesion. This may occur during surgical procedures in close proximity to the spinal cord.
If you have received a misdiagnosis that has contributed to further injury or harm, we can help you pursue compensation. This can be across a number of diagnosis, from GP’s to surgeons.
If you have suffered an injury, pain, discomfort or serious long-lasting health problems following surgery you may be able to bring a claim for medical negligence.
An orthopaedic injury is one which affects a person’s joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bones and nerves, and such injuries can be very serious in nature. This may include surgery that has exasperated a condition or caused irreversible harm negligently.
Dental negligence claims and orthodontist negligence claims generally fall into three main categories. Those around misdiagnosis or a failure to act; those in which the dentist’s act is inadequate; and those whereby a dentist is careless.
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the type and extent of the illness or injury you have suffered as a result of medical negligence and the cost of rehabilitation. We recommend that you speak with a member of our medical negligence team for an accurate evaluation of your claim.
Many people are concerned about the possible financial burden of legal costs when pursuing a claim. At Hampson Hughes, we work on a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means that the vast majority of cases are offered on Conditional Fee Agreement, meaning we don’t require any money upfront and our team of specialist solicitors will get to work on your case.
Hampson Hughes Solicitors will request your medical records in order to review your claim. However, in support of your medical negligence claim, you can also:
Make a note of any visits to your medical practitioner
Keep any documents relating to your medical care – prescription orders, receipts, x-rays etc.
Keep any letters from your employer evidencing lost working hours and income
Keep receipts for any other out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident such as taxi fares etc.
Hampson Hughes are experienced clinical negligence solicitors and operating nationally. Our dedicated team of solicitors are committed to securing the maximum possible compensation for our clients.
Our compassionate and experienced team of medical negligence solicitors are experts in this type of claim, offering sympathetic and highly professional advice about your case. We’re proud of our client satisfaction ratings and testimonials and always seek the best possible outcome for every individual we represent.
If you’re looking for medical negligence claims advice and beyond, get in touch with Hampson Hughes today.