Most medical care in the UK is delivered by the NHS, with high standards of care and treatment provided in most instances. There are, however, times where patients receive sub-standard care from medical professionals and/or facilities whilst under the care of the NHS. NHS negligence issues include delays in treatment or misdiagnosis of conditions.
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If you have reason to believe that the medical care you received from NHS professionals and/or facilities was negligent it is understandable that you would consider making an NHS medical negligence claim. When bringing a compensation claim for NHS medical negligence it is important to instruct a reliable NHS negligence solicitor. Medical Negligence Specialists’ team of NHS negligence lawyers possess a wealth of experience in the field of NHS medical negligence claims.
We can offer trusted legal guidance and representation throughout the process of suing the NHS due to negligence. If you’re interested in hearing more about the legal services offered by Medical Negligence Specialists, please feel free to contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding NHS negligence compensation claims.
What issues can I sue the NHS for negligence over?
Many people are not sure of the exact issues or circumstances that would justify making an NHS negligence compensation claim. Each situation presents unique characteristics and individual circumstances, but there are a number of issues that could mean a claim for NHS negligence is justifiable. Some of the most common are:
Staff neglect (contributing to issues like pressure sores)
Errors during surgery
Delayed medical treatment
Misdiagnosis (for issues such as fractures, or cancer)
A & E negligence
There are a number of other issues that could give rise to an NHS medical negligence claim, so should there be any other medical negligence issue that you have suffered but is are not listed here, you can still contact us for legal guidance and advice. We offer a free consultation, with one of our expert NHS negligence solicitors, during which we can determine the likelihood of your NHS negligence claim being successful. There is a range of helpful information you can get from our team of NHS negligence lawyers, so please get in touch with us today by phone, email or web form.
Is there a time limit on suing the NHS?
As with other Personal Injury claims, time limits apply when making an NHS negligence claim. Key factors of which include:
An NHS medical negligence claim must be made within 3 years of the occurrence of negligence;
For those under the age of 18, the time limit for bringing an NHS negligence claim does not begin until their 18th birthday, from which point they have 3 years to make a claim. In many cases though, a trusted adult may be permitted to submit a claim on behalf of a child prior to their 18th birthday.
There are some exceptions to the above legal limits such as:
In some cases, the 3-year time limit begins from the first date from when the victim becomes aware of the misdiagnosis or injury being contributed to by NHS negligence.
The standard time limit, rules and exceptions explained above are clearly defined for NHS medical negligence claims in England and Wales. Some cases have mitigating factors applied, but the best way to determine if you qualify for an NHS claim is to obtain legal advice from trusted and knowledgeable NHS medical negligence solicitors, as soon as you suspect an instance of NHS medical negligence.
If I sue the NHS, will it affect my current treatment?
Over the years, we have offered legal assistance to many NHS negligence claimants and have had a considerable number of clients worrying that making a direct hospital negligence claim against their current medical facility could affect the standard or the availability of medical care. While this worry is understandable, it is important to note that:
An NHS negligence claim does not interfere with your entitlement to any continuing medical care.
Medical professionals, be they doctors, nurses or surgeons, have a responsibility of care and cannot refuse you medical care on these grounds.
If for any reason you feel uncomfortable receiving medical care from the specific medical facility or professional you are claiming against, our solicitors should be able to offer support and advice with regards to your ongoing treatment and alternative options.
Our NHS negligence solicitors understand that this falling victim to medical negligence can be a stressful and challenging time. Medical Negligence Specialists are here to offer you comfort in such times and guide you through the process of suing for NHS negligence. Contact us for to discuss our range of legal service in more detail with regards to making an NHS compensation claim.
How much does it cost to make a negligence claim against the NHS?
Many claimants looking to pursue an NHS negligence claim are very much concerned about the legal expenses they may incur. Thankfully, Medical Negligence Specialists ensure that we protect your financial interests, with most claimants that we help to pursue NHS negligence claims represented on a No Win No Fee model.
This method, also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), means there are no legal charges to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. You are covered from financial risk, as the solicitors taking on your NHS negligence claim are able to secure their legal fees from the defendant on most occasions, protecting your financial interests.
Another alternative is if you have an active insurance policy or a trade union membership that covers you for legal expenses for NHS negligence claims. Our NHS negligence solicitors can also contact your insurance providers on your behalf to see if your policy covers the legal expenses when making ab NHS negligence claim. Contact our experts today and we’ll guide you through your legal options, while also offering you guidance as to whether your case is likely to be successful.
What evidence do I need to gather to sue the NHS?
It is vital to gather as much evidence as possible that can be utilised to produce a favourable outcome in any NHS negligence compensation claim and this requires both medical and legal expertise. Medical Negligence Specialists can assist with the gathering of relevant information from medical records and independent medical experts. The evidence that we obtain on your behalf will then be used to demonstrate the negligence of an NHS professional in support of your NHS compensation claim.
By evidencing the injuries and/or ongoing medical conditions related to the negligent medical care, we can convey how the NHS negligence has affected your life. This greatly helps in determining how the standard of treatment received justifies your NHS compensation claim. We ensure that expert advice is offered to you throughout in support of your NHS negligence claim.
Our highly qualified and experienced NHS negligence solicitors will gather as much evidence as possible in support of your claim. Do not worry about this process, as Medical Negligence Specialists will do this on your behalf, in addition to any evidence that you already have access to. We can gather medical records, photographic documentation and any other relevant documentation with regards to your claim for NHS medical negligence.
How do I find the right NHS claims solicitor?
If you’re considering pursuing an NHS medical negligence claim, an expert NHS negligence solicitor offers you the best chance of a successful outcome in your claim. Claimants in England and Wales can receive the legal support of trusted NHS claims solicitors from the team at Medical Negligence Specialists. Our representation of clients in Liverpool, London, Manchester and many other locations has allowed us to build a strong track record.
As a friendly and dedicated team of legal experts, we are always happy to help. Contact our expert NHS claims solicitors, who are dedicated to securing compensation for our clients wherever possible. You can get in touch with us by phone, email or online contact form. We are a reliable and highly effective legal team who can offer the right legal representation and advice to many individuals and families pursuing NHS negligence claims.
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