Our expertise in cardiology negligence claims
Our medical negligence lawyers regularly support clients all over England and Wales with a wide range of cardiology negligence claims.
We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:
- Failure to diagnose or appropriately treat a heart attack
- Heart surgery errors
- Negligent surgical aftercare
- Post-surgical infections following cardiac surgery
- Medication errors leading to increased risk of cardiac arrest
With decades of experience across our team, we have particularly strong skills in alternative dispute resolution, meaning we can typically resolve medical negligence claims without the need for you to attend a court hearing. By instead focusing on negotiation and other non-confrontational methods, we can usually resolve claims faster and at lower cost to you.
However, our team are also highly experienced in court proceedings, so if court action is required to achieve a fair result, we can ensure you have the very best support and representation available.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law (which covers the area of clinical negligence) reflecting our expertise in this area.
Our team has also been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.
Our no win no fee cardiology claims service
When considering making a claim for cardiology negligence, the deciding factor should never be whether you think you can afford it. We believe everyone with valid grounds for a claim has the right to pursue compensation, which is why we offer a ‘no win, no fee’ cardiology claims service.
Also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’, this method of funding means that you do not need to pay anything towards legal fees and expenses to start a claim and you will only need to contribute towards these costs if your claim succeeds.
We aim to make our fees as transparent as possible, so will provide a complete breakdown at the outset of the likely costs involved in pursuing a cardiology negligence claim. This includes how the final fees will be calculated, which is usually done based on a percentage of any compensation secured.
What counts as cardiology negligence?
In order to claim compensation for errors made by medical staff when dealing with a cardiac condition, you will need to show that:
- The errors amount to clinical negligence.
- The errors directly lead to or contributed to a worse outcome than would have otherwise been the case.
For errors to be considered negligent, we will need to be able to prove that the care you or your loved one received fell below medically acceptable standards. The standard test for this is to show that no competent medical professional would have acted the same way under the same circumstances.
How can you prove cardiology negligence?
Various types of evidence will need to be collecting when building a case to prove cardiology negligence.
Typically, this will include:
- Medical records
- Witness testimony
- Evidence from independent cardiology experts
Ensuring that all relevant details and factors are uncovered and considered is often essential to be able to prove that the care received for a heart condition was negligent. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to work with solicitors, such as ours, with specific experience with cardiology claims.
How much compensation can you claim for cardiology negligence?
There are two types of damages you can normally claim for cardiology negligence:
Special damages – for specific costs incurred to date e.g. paying for private medical treatment, lost income etc.
General damages – for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering and lifestyle changes, plus predicted future financial losses e.g. the cost of on-going support and any long-term impact on your ability to work.
Exactly how much you can claim will usually depend on the severity of the injuries you suffered and how much of an impact they have had on your life. We can provide a highly accurate valuation for your cardiology claim at the outset, so you have a clear idea how much you may be able to secure in compensation.
Time limits for cardiology negligence claims
If you want to bring a compensation claim for cardiology negligence, you will need to do so within the relevant time limit.
In most cases, you will have 3 years to bring a claim from the time the negligence occurs. However, if you only later find out that negligence may have occurred, the 3-year time limit can sometimes be counted from this later date instead.
If negligent treatment of a heart condition has resulted in the death of a loved one, you will normally have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.
If the claim is with regard to someone under the age of 18, you will have until they turn 18 to bring a claim. They will then have a further 3 years once they turn 18 to bring a claim themselves, if this has not already been done.
If you need to bring a claim for someone who does not have the mental capacity to do so themselves, there is usually no time limit for doing so.
Get in touch with our expert cardiology claims solicitors today
To arrange your free consultation on starting a cardiology negligence claims, please call us on 0333 323 1640, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.