For Medical Negligence Claims Call 01772 783314
For Medical Negligence Claims Call 01772 783314
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been injured, or suffered an illness, as a result of a medical practitioner's negligence in the last three years, then help is at hand. MG Legal's specialist medical negligence solicitors are here to offer you advice, and assistance, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
From medical misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, faulty medical equipment, or a medical practitioner simply not using the appropriate care and attention when performing an operation, our specialist medical negligence solicitors in Preston will accept instruction, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, with no financial risk to you.
We are proud to say that our medical negligence solicitors in Preston have a success rate in excess of 99% for all of the medical negligence cases that we accept, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
If you are thinking of starting a claim for medical negligence compensation, then contact our solicitors specialising in medical negligence claims, here, for a no cost, no obligation chat about how we can help you make a claim for the compensation, you rightly deserve.
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A guide to medical negligence claims: 1. What is medical negligence? 2. Why should I make a medical negligence claim? 3. What classes a medical negligence claim? 4. How do you make a medical negligence claim? 5. How is negligence proved in a medical negligence claim? 6. Can I claim for medical negligence against my GP? 7. What can I claim for in my medical negligence claim? 8. How much is my medical negligence claim worth? 9. How long do I have to make a claim for medical negligence compensation? 10. Will my medical negligence case go to court? 11. Make a NO WIN NO FEE medical negligence claim
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional makes a mistakes, or acts negligently, in a way which breaks their duty of care to you as a patient and causes you injury or illness.
This can cover a huge variety of medical mistakes, ranging from a medical misdiagnosis to serious surgical errors. For a full overview of the duty of care that we are owed by medical professionals, and what can be considered medical negligence, see this here.
Why should I make a Medical Negligence claim?
For the majority of the time, the NHS do a wonderful job. They work in a busy environment, and we are lucky to have some of the best health care in the world. But the NHS, from the receptionists, to the doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists, and pharmacists employed by the NHS, have been known to make some glaring errors.
What we have to remember is that the NHS isn’t free. We actually all pay for the NHS treatment we receive as a result of the NHS being largely funded from the taxing of our wages, National Insurance payments, and from fees levied in accordance with recent changes in the Immigration Act 2014. The Department of Health had a £131 billion budget in 2013–14, with most of this being spent on the NHS. Jump forward a few years, and planned spending for the Department of Health and Social Care in England was £201.7 billion in 2020/21, up from £148.8 billion in 2019/20. The majority of this budget is transferred to NHS England and NHS Improvement for spending on health services.
Whilst the NHS do amazing work, if you have suffered an injury, whether it’s life changing or not, then why should you not make a claim for the losses you or your family have suffered? This could be a claim for personal injury, the cost of surgery to repair the negligent treatment, any earnings you have lost for being off work, care costs, travel expenses, and so forth.
What classes a medical negligence claim?
Whilst not an exhaustive list, below are just some examples of the medical negligence, or instances of clinical negligence cases, that our medical negligence solicitors have won our client's medical negligence compensation for, due to the negligent actions of their healthcare provider:
didn't obtain your informed consent prior to commencing treatment
didn't warn you about the risks of a particular treatment;
used faulty, or the wrong equipment when performing surgery on you
failed to seek assistance, supervision, clarification or guidance
How do you make a medical negligence claim?
When looking to make a claim, the most important step is to get in touch with a specialist medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible in order to begin working on your claim. No two medical negligence claims are the same, and it is important that your designated medical negligence solicitor can get to work on building your claim to be as strong as possible. MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors go above and beyond for our clients, working with specialist medical experts on all of our medical negligence claims to create full medical reports detailing our clients’ injuries.
We then use our 30 years' of legal expertise to combine this with all of the legal evidence available, so that our clients’ medical negligence claims win financial compensation over 99% of the time.
How is negligence proved in a medical negligence claim?
There are three elements to any personal injury claim, and medical negligence claims against the NHS, doctors, dentists, or any other medical practitioner, are no different.
In order to pursue a successful claim for medical negligence compensation, you must be able to show:
that the medical practitioner, any employee of the NHS, or medical practice, owed you a duty of care. See a full overview of this dutory of care, here.
that they have fallen below a required standard when rendering that care to you, through a medical mistake or act of medical neglgience.
that this medical neglgience directly led to your injury or illness.
This may seem like a lot to be able to substantially prove, but our medical negligence solicitors are experts at obtaining admissions of liability in medical negligence claims. If you are thinking of making a claim for compensation, then contact one of our friendly team for a no-nonsense, confidential, no obligation chat.
Can I claim for medical negligence against my GP?
Yes, you can. A medical negligence claim occurs when a patient brings a claim for personal injury against their medical practitioner or hospital (or both) for compensation due to an act, or acts, of negligence occurring during their medical treatment that have caused physical, or psychological injury. To make matters easier for those injured by medical negligence, the way in which medical negligence claims against GPs are handled changed on the 1st April 2019. Previously GPs would have to arrange their own insurance against medical negligence claims. However now, they are now covered by the NHS’s own insurance for work they conduct through the NHS.
What can I claim for in my medical negligence claim?
If you have suffered personal injury as a result of medical negligence, then MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors will ensure that you receive the maximum amount of personal injury compensation. In fact, our job is to ensure that you are not out of pocket in any way. Below is a list of some of the damages we will claim for you, if they were a direct result of the negligent treatment you have received:
compensation for pain and suffering;
compensation for psychological injury;
payment for ongoing medical treatment, and any other care that is required;
loss of earnings;
loss of future earnings if you are unable to work or return to the same level of work;
travel expenses, to and from the hospital, or any treatment provider;
the cost of adapting your home, if your injuries require your home to be changed;
compensation for psychological damage.
You can make a medical negligence claim for your next of kin, someone who has died, or a person who doesn't have capacity to make their own claim. Where the patient has died, the family can claim for bereavement and funeral expenses, or for the cost of looking after dependents. In some circumstances a claim can be made for psychiatric injury suffered by a close family member.
How much is my medical negligence claim worth?
Very Severe Brain Damage- in such cases of brain damage there will be very little, if any, meaningful response to environment and surroundings, with little or no language function, and the injured person will probably suffer from double-incontinence with care required around the clock. For the injury aspect alone, not including lost earnings and what could be a large sum of future loss of earnings, awards would be between £264, 650 and £379,100. This is subject to the 15th Edition of the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines, with a 10% uplift.
Moderately Severe Brain Damage- Where the injured person is seriously disabled, dependent on others, needs constant professional care, has limb paralysis, and impaired brain function, with marked impairment of personality and intellect, awards for personal injury are valued between £205, 580 and £264,650.
Impairment of Taste and Smell-
Total loss of Taste and Smell- injuries where a loss of taste and smell are suffered are usually associated with trauma to the brain, or infection, and awards are in the region of £36,770.
Loss of Smell alone– is valued from £23, 460 to £30, 870.
Loss of Taste alone– is valued between £18,020 and £23,460.
Loss of the Reproductive System (Male)-
Sterility- cases involving male sterility usually fall into one of two categories; surgical, chemical, or disease cases. Whilst we are concentrating here on medical negligence, and sterility caused by surgical procedure, or poor medical treatment or advice, the awards are the same, with the most serious cases being awarded up to £132,040, for the injury alone.
How long do I have to make a claim for medical negligence compensation?
If you are injured, or ill, as a result of medical negligence then you have three years from the date of the negligence within which to pursue a claim for personal injury. The three year time limit is subject to the Limitation Act 1980, but as with most things, there are exceptions. If you were under 18 years old at the time you suffered negligent medical treatment, then you have three years from your 18th birthday within which to make a personal injury claim. If the claim is about a patient who can’t manage their own affairs because of a mental disability, the 3-year period doesn’t apply until (and unless) they recover from their disability. In both these cases, a parent or other person close to them can make a claim on their behalf.
If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s medical negligence experts, as soon as possible after the incident - don’t leave getting in touch with our solicitors until the last minute. Clinical negligence cases can be rather complex to investigate, with our solicitors required to obtain, at times, many years’ worth of medical notes, sometimes amounting to thousands of pages. So although you have three years within which to pursue a medical negligence compensation claim, it is wise to put the wheels in motion sooner, rather than later, to avoid being disappointed.
Will my medical negligence case go to court?
Most personal injury claims, including medical negligence claims, settle before going to court. MG Legal’s medical negligence experts have a success rate in excess of 99% for the cases we accept on a no win no fee basis. NHS Resolution, the legal team representing the majority, if not all of the NHS Trust’s members, including GPs and NHS dentists, state that of all medical negligence claims brought against their members, fewer than 2% of the cases handled by the NHS Resolution team end up in court. The rest are settled out of court or, in some instances, the injured person has chosen to discontinue with their medical negligence claim.
Make a NO WIN NO FEE medical negligence claim with MG Legal today:
Suffering any form of injury as a result of medical treatment can be both traumatic and life changing. MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors are driven by our goal to help you and your family have the best possible future, and with enough compensation to be able to put the whole experience behind you.
Our team have over 30 years experience settling all types of medical negligence claims. We know that medical practitioners often work in busy, cramped conditions, and under lots of pressure, but if you have been injured as a result of a medical practitioner’s negligence, then why should you suffer? After all, you have done nothing wrong, and our solicitors understand that. Read our reviews. If we can help you, then you will not find a personal injury team who will put more work into helping you pursue compensation for medical negligence.