Clinical Negligence Claims
Our expert personal injury solicitors here at Beardsells have been specialising in personal injury compensation claims for over 30 years.
One of our areas of speciality is in clinical and medical negligence claims and we are recognised as one of the North West’s leading clinical negligence firms, helping clients all over the United Kingdom.
About clinical & medical negligence claims
The National Health Service (NHS) cares for the health of the vast majority of the general public in the UK. NSH staff are under pressure to deliver results, work under extreme circumstances and deliver care to an expanding population.
Most medical staff are trained to a high standard and are extremely competent, however, in unfortunate circumstances, mistakes sometimes still happen.
This does not mean that if you have experienced an unforeseen or unsatisfactory outcome following a medical treatment that this is the result of negligence by a healthcare professional.
There is always a certain amount of risk when undergoing any treatment and these risks should be clearly and definitively explained before treatment is undertaken.
Under the judicial system in the UK, clinical negligence claims compensation can be awarded if it can be proved that a medical health professional was negligent in treating a patient.
What you need to do if you have suffered clinical or medical negligence
We advise anyone who thinks that they have suffered clinical or medical negligence to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
If you decide to contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors, they will be able to advise you of the best course of action to take. We do recommend that you meet personally with the health practitioner that dealt with your treatment to be clear and resolve any misunderstanding that might have taken place.
If at this point you are still in the position that you have suffered clinical negligence then the next step will be to contact your general practitioner (GP) and make a formal complaint.
Most practices will require a formal complaint to be sent to the practice manager, in writing, detailing your concerns, the treatment that you were given and any other information that you think is relevant.
Taking the legal option
If you have suffered personal injury following medical treatment, you may have the right to make a claim for compensation. Clinical negligence compensation claims are usually defended vigorously, and almost certainly, you will need legal representation.
We recommend that you seek the expert help of one of our specialist clinical or medical negligence solicitors.
Here are some of our success stories:
RH case – Miss A from Norfolk pursued a claim against a hospital due to failure to perform a discectomy correctly. Liability was denied on behalf of the hospital, but we recovered ‘6 figure’ damages for her.
If you are researching a possible clinical negligence case please feel free to call us on 0800 677 1911, or our mobile friendly number 0333 577 2251. We will offer help and impartial assistance that you can utilise, whether you use our services or not.
You can also complete our simple “Start Your Claim” form at the top right of this page and one of our friendly experts will get in touch.
Common types of clinical negligence we have investigated recently are spinal treatment cases (Including ‘cauda equine’); misdiagnosis of hand and finger dislocation; failure to close wounds properly (leaving foreign objects inside patients!); negligent physiotherapy after previously successful surgery (causing the client to have the same operative procedure twice!); dental negligence.
Clinical and medical negligence time scales
In exceptional cases, UK courts have the option to allow medical and clinical negligence cases to go ahead out of the allowed time scales. However, in normal circumstances there is a rule of thumb that a case needs to be presented within a time frame of three years from the date of your knowledge of mistreatment, or misdiagnosis..
This does not apply to an individual who has been mentally incapacitated due to clinical negligence or in the horrific event that a child has suffered clinical negligence. These are 2 of the exceptional circumstances.
Clinical negligence and the law
Law is complicated whichever way you look at it. Cases involving clinical negligence are no different. One of the most important factors in clinical negligence is that medical opinions sometimes vary.
Therefore ambiguous words like “reasonable” and “reasonably” will become of high importance.
In reality the bottom line is that if you are making a claim for clinical injury compensation, what has to be proved is that the injury you have suffered was a direct result of negligence which should have been foreseen and avoided by a competent practitioner. This requires detailed medical evidence in support of your claim, and we will arrange for this to be obtained for you in appropriate cases.
Making a claim for medical negligence
Personal injury claims, including clinical negligence claims, follow a similar path.
We will need your medical history and records as well as medical experts to review your case to determine if the treatment you underwent was negligent.
We will advise you at every stage of making a clinical negligence claim. We have access to medical experts who will be able to review your case and advise us throughout.
You might not even have to attend court as cases can be settled out of court although court proceedings often have to be initiated in order to achieve a suitable settlement.
Speak to one of our no win no fee solicitors today for free by calling 0800 677 1911 or free from your mobile on 0333 577 2251 to find out how we can help.
Alternatively, you can fill in our quick contact form and we can get back to you on the details!
Whatever Accident You Have Had, Call Us For Advice On Making Your Claim
The best and fastest way of finding out if we can help you is to contact us right away. We are a friendly bunch and if you have suffered from any of these:
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Accidents at Work
- Tripping, Slipping and Falling Cases
- Criminal Injuries Compensation
- Occupier's Liability Claims
- Medical Negligence
- Dental Negligence
- Industrial Diseases
We are sure we will be able to help you get what you deserve.
Meet Our Team of Personal Injury Experts
Amongst our team we have members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Our aim is to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation due to you, without deduction for legal costs, insurance or any other expenses. If you have a good claim we will fund all the costs on your behalf.
We’re not a faceless corporation, we’re a firm of real people that care about our clients.
A Company You Can Trust
Beardsells have not only been practising successfully in personal injury claims since 1984:
- We are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Take a Moment to Read Some of Our Client Cases:
WE FUNDED ALL THESE CLAIMS EVEN THOUGH NONE OF THEM WERE CLEAR CUT, AND THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE OF A GOOD RESULT. WE BACKED OUR JUDGMENT AND BACKED OUR CLIENT - WE ARE ALWAYS PREPARED TO TRY TO GO THE EXTRA MILE FOR YOU TO ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULT IN YOUR ACCIDENT CLAIM.
Take the First Step Today...
The best way to get the ball rolling is to speak to us today. It costs nothing to call us, and we don’t bite!
You really are in safe hands when you contact us. We’ll be able to tell you very quickly whether you have a good case and how much you can expect to claim.