Medical Negligence Solicitors

When you place your trust in a medical professional, you expect them to provide the care, attention and treatment you need to recover. Regardless of the injury, illness or condition, health care professionals have a legal duty to attend to your needs and take all reasonable steps in ensuring your health and wellbeing. Naturally, when this duty of care is breached, you’ll seek answers, assistance and well-deserved compensation. At IBB Claims, our medical negligence solicitors pride themselves in helping clients from all walks of life to claim against medical professionals.

 

The results of medical negligence can be life changing. Be it from a misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment or malpractice, victims can be left with injuries and on-going conditions after a medical professional promised the opposite. That’s why our team of medical negligence solicitors will do all in our ability to ensure you get the help and support you need to get you on the road to recovery or rehabilitation.

With experience stretching across medical negligence and specialists working to assist those with irreversible injuries, you can rely on our medical negligence solicitors to successfully see your claim through from start to finish with ease and expertise.

Why should I choose IBB claims for a medical negligence solicitor?

IBB have a dedicated team of Clinical Negligence specialists, who are members of a number of organisations, including Headway the brain injury charity and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. With experience and expertise ranging across all areas of medical negligence, you can rely on our medical solicitors to secure a settlement that compensates you for the suffering, costs and emotional trauma that medical negligence can cause.

What qualifies as medical negligence?

Medical negligence is when a doctor, dentist, nurse or other healthcare professional causes you physical or mental harm because of the treatment you received. In order to succeed we need to prove:

  1. That there has been negligent treatment or treatment below a reasonable standard and
  2. That the negligent treatment caused you harm, injury or damage that would otherwise have been avoided if appropriate care and treatment had been given to you.

This could cover misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of a serious condition, mistakes in surgery or administration of medication, admin errors, infection acquired at hospital, misinterpretation of screening results, early failure of replacement body parts, failure to warn about risks of surgery, or obtain proper consent.

What are some examples of medical negligence?

Cases of medical negligence can vary greatly depending on a patient’s circumstances. The negligence could occur during a routine check up, in which a physician misses a red flag or warning sign regarding your health, leading you to develop a serious condition that could have been treated at a much earlier point had the doctor been more thorough. It could occur during an operation, in which a doctor does not comply with the acceptable standards of practice: it could be an element of the surgery carried out carelessly or a failure to meet hygiene standards. Both can have a troublesome impact on the patient’s life, often leaving surgery no better or worse than before it took place. At IBB Claims, our clinical negligence solicitors have experience helping patients to claim compensation for a variety of reasons. Speak to our solicitors today if you believe you have suffered any of the following :-

What is the time limit on medical negligence claims?

Generally speaking, medical negligence claims should be made within three years since the date of knowledge. However, this can vary depending on circumstances. For example, if the claimant is below the age of 18, the three-year time limit begins from the moment they turn 18. If the clinical negligence is in the respect of someone who has now died, then the time limit will be three years from the date of death, of that person. The term ‘date of knowledge’ refers to the date you became aware of your doctors negligence. In some cases, symptoms might take time to develop and you may not be aware of negligent practice until they reappear. From this moment, seeking expert legal advice should be your first move.

How much compensation can I get for medical negligence?

While it is not possible to give an exact figure for the compensation you will receive, the settlement in medical negligence claims is generally calculated by the severity of the injury, and the impact it will have on your life. There is no formula for specific injuries, and each will be weighed out depending on individual circumstances. As well as the physical impact on your life, your finances will also be considered when calculating a settlement. This will include any potential loss of income if you are unable to work as a result of your injury and any costs you have or will incur in receiving treatment for your injury.

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be upfront from day one, and after gaining an in-depth understanding of your circumstances, we’ll be able to advise you as to whether your claim is viable, and provide an estimate of what compensation you can claim.

Can I claim against the NHS for medical negligence?

The National Health Service is recognised in the United Kingdom as a positive force that is responsible for saving the lives of many. However, mistakes are made and cases of medical negligence are not uncommon. If a healthcare professional working under the NHS is negligent in their diagnosis, treatment or care of you, you are within your rights to make a claim against them. As with all medical negligence claims, you must be able to prove that your suffering was caused or worsened by the practice of your doctor, surgeon, dentist or carer, or other health professionals.

Due to the cuts the NHS has suffered in recent years, working in the public health sector has become a struggle for many medical professionals across the United Kingdom. However, private or NHS, all clinicians have a duty of care to their patients. If this is breached, patients deserve to be compensated for their mistreatment. As expert medical negligence solicitors, we are ready to help secure a fair settlement that compensates you for the negligence you experienced, whether it was through the NHS or a private practice.

Can I get compensation for medical negligence on a no win no fee basis?

Yes. At IBB Claims, we help clients from all walks of life to make medical negligence claims when they have suffered as a result of malpractice. We offer a No Win No Fee service, which means you do not to have to worry about having to pay legal fees to bring a claim. Furthermore, you can protect yourself from having to pay the other side’s legal costs if you lose, by taking out a policy of insurance, which costs nothing if you lose. A No Win No Fee arrangement allows anyone to make a claim if they are the victims of negligence, regardless of their personal finances. Call us today on 0333 323 1639 to talk to one of our medical negligence solicitors about making a No Win No Fee claim.

What is the process for making a medical negligence claim?

From the date of knowledge, you should seek advice from a legal professional with specialist knowledge of medical negligence claims. After gaining an in-depth understanding of your circumstances, they should be able to tell you whether or not it is viable to proceed with your claim. The next stage will be to gather evidence to strengthen your claim. This will involve an assessment by a medical professional, who will then draft a report based on your care and treatment. If your claim can be backed up by evidence, our solicitors will draft a letter to the medical professional responsible for the negligence with a request that they accept liability for your suffering and agree to pay compensation.

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If they accept liability and agree to pay a settlement, you can rely on our medical negligence solicitors to use skilful negotiation to protect your best interests and secure an amount that is fair to you. We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you can make a claim regardless of your financial situation.

What information do I need to make a medical negligence claim?

For a successful medical negligence claim, you must be able to prove both negligence and causation. Each claim will vary in details, but will all have this vital aspect in common. In order to secure compensation, you will need to provide sufficient evidence that links your clinician to the suffering you experienced - either through careless treatment, late or misdiagnosis or a fundamental mistake made in the decision making during surgery. Therefore, your medical records will prove useful in establishing your health and wellbeing prior to the negligent incident. If it is clear from your medical records that your condition or injuries were caused or made worse by your doctor, your claim is likely to be successful.

Will I have to go to court?

If the medical professional you are claiming against denies liability for your injuries and refuses to pay compensation, it may be necessary to issue court proceedings against them. While very few medical negligence cases do result in court, the worry that your claim will be litigated is understandably daunting. In the unlikely event that you are required to attend court for a hearing, you can rely on our solicitors to be by your side at each stage of the process with a hands-on approach and practical advice on how to proceed.

How long will the claim take?         

Every claim is different. Therefore, there is not a specific time scale to settling the claim. Initial investigations will be required to establish whether a claim has the required merits and prospects of success. The more complex or serious the injury the more investigations will be required to establish the exact consequences of that injury. The timeframe can also be influenced by the other side; if the injury and liability is admitted quickly then the claim can be resolved a lot sooner. A general guide is that simple and straightforward moderate claims should be resolved in around 12-18 months. However, in some cases this could be much sooner. An important aspect of settling any clinical negligence claim is to ensure that the correct amount of compensation is recovered depending on the extent of the injuries sustained. At IBB Claims, that’s exactly what our medical negligence solicitors can help you to do. While we know that your ultimate goal is to be compensated with as little time involved  our aim is to help you get on the road to recovery or improve your quality of life by processing your claim and securing the vital clinical negligence compensation you deserve.

At IBB Claims, we encourage you to speak to our experienced medical negligence solicitors if you wish to bring a clinical negligence claim against a doctor, nurse, dentist, surgeon or care-worker, or other health professional. We believe the contract between doctor and patient should not be breached, and the level of care they provide to their patients should be of a certain standard at all times. Everyone makes mistakes, but when the cost is the suffering of a patient, we believe that patient deserves to receive answers and compensation from the negligence they experienced. Whether your claim is against a private healthcare professional or an NHS practice, our medical negligence solicitors are ready to provide the pragmatic advice and representation when you need it the most.

If you are the victim of medical negligence, call us today on 0333 123 9099 to begin your claim or write to us at enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk.