Our expertise with paramedic negligence claims
With decades of experience handling paramedic claims for people throughout England and Wales, our friendly, approachable medical negligence solicitors can give you the best chance of securing fair compensation, no matter how complex your claim is or how strongly the defendant disputes liability.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise with all types of injury claims, including those involving clinical negligence by paramedics.
Our medical negligence team has also been recognised by the two leading client guides to the legal profession Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims, with the Legal 500 ranking us Tier 1 for Personal Injury: Claimant.
Types of paramedic negligence claims we deal with
We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:
- Failure to arrive promptly, or at all
- Misdiagnosis of the patient’s condition
- Failure to provide appropriate emergency treatment
- Negligently deciding not to transfer the patient to hospital
- Delays in transferring patients to hospital
We have particular expertise with conditions which are commonly missed or misdiagnosed by paramedics, including:
To find out more about our specific expertise relevant to your situation, please get in touch.
How we handle paramedic negligence compensation claims
Experience tells us that most people don’t like the thought of going to court to claim compensation. Fortunately, thanks to our strong skills in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, this is rarely necessary. Instead, we are almost always able to secure an out-of-court settlement without compromising on the level of compensation you receive.
However, our team also have extensive experience with court proceedings, so where a claim cannot be resolved out of court, we can offer the robust legal representation and personal support you need to secure a fair settlement.
Ultimately, our goal is to guide you through the whole claims process with sensitivity and straightforward legal advice, making it as smooth and stress-free as we can for you to get the compensation you deserve.
Out-of-court settlements for paramedic error claims
Pursuing an out-of-court settlement will generally mean you can get compensation faster, with lower legal costs and without the stress and uncertainty involved in a court hearing.
We will gather the evidence to support your claim and then work with you and the defendant to try to agree a voluntary financial settlement for your paramedic negligence claim. This keeps the process less confrontational and gives you more control over the terms of the settlement, while still allowing you to get fair compensation.
Key advantages of this approach are that you do not have to wait for a court date, the legal costs tend to be significantly lower and the final decision is not left in the hands of a judge.
Court proceedings for paramedic compensation
Where a court hearing is required, our paramedic negligence claims lawyers will offer all the legal and practical support you need for every stage of proceedings. This includes everything from preparing your case and attempting to secure a pre-hearing settlement, to representing you in court and pursuing appeals where required.
We understand that the idea of attending court can be intimidating and stressful, so will make sure you are fully prepared by talking through exactly what is involved in the hearing and what you will need to do, so you have a good idea of what to expect and how to act.
Our team has worked for a number of years with various specialist barristers and other key professionals, so have access to the full range of skills and knowledge needed to secure a favourable outcome for even the most complex cases.
Having handed medical negligence claims at every level, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, we can offer effective representation at every stage of court proceedings, no matter how your case progresses.
Our no win no fee paramedic negligence compensation claims service
The cost of pursuing a paramedic negligence claim should never be a reason to put off taking action as we offer no win, no fee deals so that anyone can start a claim, no matter their financial situation.
No win, no fee deals (formally known as ‘conditional fee agreements’) mean that you do not need to pay anything towards our legal fees to start a claim and will only need to contribute to those costs if we succeed in winning compensation for you.
This means there is no financial risk to starting a claim and also gives you confidence that we will not take on your case unless we believe there is a realistic chance of our team securing compensation for you.
We aim for complete transparency with our fees, so will clearly explain our fee structure and any third-party costs (such as court fees) that you might have to pay. That way you will know from the outset exactly what the total costs of pursuing your claim are likely to be.
Am I eligible for compensation for paramedic errors?
You will not automatically be entitled to compensation just because paramedics made mistakes with your care. To have a chance of securing compensation, we will need to show that:
- The mistakes were due to medical negligence i.e. they would not have been made if the paramedics had carried out their jobs to acceptable medical standards.
- The errors made by paramedics resulted in a worse outcome for your health than would likely have been achieved with appropriate care.
How much compensation can you get for paramedic negligence?
Exactly what the value of your paramedic negligence claim is will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of the injuries
- The impact those injuries have had on your life
- Any financial losses incurred due to the injuries e.g. paying for treatment, lost income due to taking time off work
- Any expected future financial losses e.g. paying for ongoing care or reduced earning potential.
- Your pain and suffering
There are two main types of damages for paramedic negligence that you may be entitled to:
Financial Losses and Expenses – Covering any specific financial losses you have incurred due to your injuries e.g. private treatment costs, buying specialist equipment and lost income.
General Compensation – Covering any non-financial losses you have experienced, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes.
Our paramedic claims solicitors will ensure all of the relevant information is gathered and that all of the ways your injuries have impacted your life are considered, allowing us to give the most accurate possible valuation for your claim. That way, you can be confident that nothing has been overlooked and that you are able to receive the maximum possible compensation for your claim.
What is the time limit for claiming compensation for paramedic negligence?
There is a standard time limit of 3 years for bringing any type of medical negligence claim, including for paramedic errors. However, there are certain circumstances where you may have longer to claim.
If the claimant is under 18 – Their parent or guardian can usually bring a claim until the claimant turns 18. The claimant can then bring their own claim up until their 21st birthday if required.
If the claimant lacks mental capacity – There is no time limit for someone else to bring a claim on their behalf.
If the claim is for someone who died due to paramedic negligence – You will generally have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.
How long do paramedic negligence claims take?
There is no set time limit for how long a claim will take, but it is common for medical negligence claims to take around 18 months to 2 years to settle.
The timescale for resolving a claim will be influenced by issues such as:
- How serious the health damage due to the negligence was (as it generally takes longer to accurately assess the full impact for more severe injuries)
- How long ago the negligence took place (if it was very recent, you may have to wait longer for the full impact to become clear)
- Whether the defendant is willing to admit liability (where liability is not disputed, claims can typically be resolved much faster)
Does compensation for paramedic negligence affect benefits?
Any compensation you receive can potentially affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits as it will be counted as part of your assets. Depending on the amount of compensation you receive, we may recommend placing the funds into a Personal Injury Trust. This ‘ring fences’ the compensation, so you can still use the money without it affecting your ability to claim means-tested benefits now or in the future.
When you receive compensation, you will have 52 weeks before the funds will start being taken into account for the purposes of means-testing, so it is important not to delay setting up a Personal Injury Trust where this is required.
Can you claim compensation for someone who died due to errors made by paramedics?
If a loved one has died due to mistakes made with their care by paramedics, you may be able to claim compensation depending on the circumstances. You will usually have 3 years from the date of death to make a claim for fatal paramedic negligence.
Compensation you can claim may include:
- A bereavement award (currently set at £12,980 and only available to certain family members)
- Funeral expenses
- Other costs you have incurred due to the death
- Compensation for loss of the deceased’s income (including pension income)
- Compensation for loss of services previously provided by the deceased
We can advise you on whether you may be eligible to claim for fatal paramedic negligence compensation and who much you may be able to claim, then guide you through the whole claims process if you decide to move forward.
Get in touch with our expert paramedic negligence claims solicitors today
To arrange your free consultation on starting a paramedic negligence compensation claim, please call us on 0333 323 1640, email us at email@example.com or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.