By Marlon Marquardt. Last Updated 13th January 2023. This guide will help you find out information on how to make a No Win No Fee claim and how you don’t need to use the services of medical negligence solicitors near you: our panel of solicitors can work for you from anywhere in the country.
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No Win No Fee agreements are a way to help claimants use the services of a solicitor with reduced financial risk. Essentially, these agreements are made on the understanding that a lawyer will not take a fee if the claim fails.
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- Do I Need To Work With Medical Negligence Solicitors Near Me?
- Types Of Claims Handled By Medical Negligence Solicitors
- What Percentage Do Medical Negligence Solicitors Take?
- What Should I Do Before Contacting Medical Negligence Solicitors Near Me?
- How Medical Negligence Solicitors Near Me Could Help
- Medical Negligence Compensation Payouts
- Medical Negligence Solicitors And No Win No Fee Arrangements
- Questions Related To Medical Negligence Solicitors Near Me
There are no limits to who you can choose to work with in a claim. You will be able to make a claim with local solicitors near you just as you will be able to work with solicitors based outside of your area.
Working with non-local lawyers does not harm your chances of success in a claim. Several medical negligence claim solicitors offer their services across the country regardless of location, as do several large and successful legal firms.
The advice we give to claimants is to make a choice based on quality. What your medical negligence solicitor will be able to provide to you in terms of support, experience, and guidance with anything you need for your claim will matter more than their location.
One of the best ways to gain this insight is to read reviews from past clients. They can inform you of the levels of service and the outcomes achieved.
If you would like to speak to someone with legal experience in detail about the benefits or negatives of working with either a local or non-local solicitor, then please reach out to us today. Regardless of where in the country you’re based, we can help connect you with a quality solicitor who’ll get to work on your case right away.
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional provides substandard medical care. When this leads to unnecessary further suffering or a new injury or illness, you could claim for the harm done.
Here are examples of different types of medical negligence:
Failing to diagnose a condition correctly can lead to unnecessary health conditions and suffering. Sometimes, a misdiagnosis may not be due to the healthcare professional’s negligence. If symptoms are unclear, for example, they may, understandably, incorrectly diagnose your condition.
However, if the misdiagnosis is made despite clear symptoms, for instance, the medical professional may have been negligent. Failure to provide treatment or providing incorrect treatment could mean that injuries or illnesses become life-threatening.
In any walk of life, mistakes can be made. Though mistakes don’t always mean medical negligence, here are some surgical mistakes that could be seen as medical negligence:
- The wrong operation being performed, despite clear instructions to the surgeon.
- The wrong body part being operated on. This is an example of a surgical ‘never event’, which is an occurrence that should never happen because the correct protocols should be in place to prevent it.
- Foreign objects left in the body after the procedure. This is also a ‘never event’.
- Organs being perforated, such as a punctured lung, because standard care wasn’t given.
- Cosmetic surgery causing unnecessary disfigurement and scarring.
- Poor hygiene in the healthcare facility causing infection.
Prescription and Medication Errors
Prescription errors can be classified as mistakes by the prescriber or pharmacist, for instance. This could include:
- The incorrect patient name
- Incorrect prescriber name
- Incorrect prescriber signature
- Omission errors related to drugs, including dosage errors
The majority of prescriptions are processed correctly, although errors can be made. Not all errors will lead to your unnecessary suffering. However, being provided with the wrong medication, or a dangerous dose of medication, due to negligence can lead to serious consequences including:
- Brain damage
- Allergic reactions
- Digestive problems
- Psychological illness
- Death, in some cases
Negligent Medical Advice
Medical professionals should provide you with advice about the risks of procedures and let you know of any other options you may have. This is important so that you can make a decision on whether or not you want to go ahead with the operation.
If they fail to provide this, and you needlessly suffer as a consequence, then you may be entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
Pregnancy and Birth Injuries
During pregnancy, birth or after birth sometimes things can go wrong that can lead to devastating circumstances. If birth injuries happen because of medical negligence, whether to your baby or yourself, you could claim.
The Claims Process
This is how the claims process could work:
- Initial enquiry
- Funding the services of a solicitor (through a No Win No Fee agreement, for example)
- Obtaining records and other evidence
- Attending a medical assessment
- Pursuing a claim in court, though most claims never have to go to court
- Calculating the compensation award
If you like any information on the claims process or types of medical negligence claims, just get in touch.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 changed the way No Win No Fee agreements worked. Before this Act, the solicitor would recover their success fee from the defendant. However, because of this Act, the solicitor recovers their success fee from a claimant, only if the claim is successful.
However, The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 put a legal cap on how much the solicitor could take as a success fee. Under a Conditional Fee Agreement (the formal term for a No Win No Fee agreement), the medical negligence solicitor can charge a maximum of 25%.
Figuring out if you have been a victim of medical negligence can be difficult to do if you don’t know the facts surrounding it. It might help to use the formal complaints procedure of the hospital or healthcare provider. The response could help you and your solicitor to understand more about the circumstances surrounding your injury.
It could also help the timescale of your claim if you could gather evidence such as:
- CCTV footage
- Medical notes
Your medical negligence solicitor could help you with the complaints procedure for the NHS or private healthcare provider if you need some guidance.
It is important to know that you do not have to use the services of a medical negligence solicitor near you. Our panel can work for you from anywhere in the country.
There are many ways in which a medical negligence solicitor could help you. For example, they could:
- Give you specialist advice
- Help you to gather evidence
- Help you understand your legal rights
- Give you step-by-step guidance
- Help you gain compensation
It would be very useful if you could collect all the information possible to help with your claim. For example, you could gather evidence such as photos, CCTV or medical notes and then search for medical negligence solicitors near you. If you need any help with this, why not get in touch with our advisors?
For your solicitor to be able to calculate the amount of compensation you could receive, there are many factors to take into account. Here are some listed below:
- The severity of your injury and the type of injury.
- The amount of pain and suffering you have experienced.
- Medical costs, such as the costs of ongoing treatments, medications, and care.
- Loss of earnings, including future earnings and other financial losses caused by the accident.
The Judicial College Guidelines outlines potential compensation brackets for various injuries. Solicitors use this publication to help them when valuing general damages. General damages compensate you for the physical and psychological suffering you endure due to medical negligence.
Injury Addition details Amount
Amputations (a) (i) Loss of Both Legs. If both legs or one leg has been lost above the knee from a high level and the other leg has been lost below the knee. The calculation of compensation will involve the severity of pains, any psychological issues, any side effects, and the chance of any future injuries to the spine and hips. £240,790 to £282,010
Kidney (a) Serious and permanent damage to or loss of both kidneys £169,400 to £210,400
Bowels (a) Cases of double incontinence along with other medical complications. Up to £184,200
Chest Injuries (a) The most severe case would be serious heart damage or removal of one lung leading to pain and severe scarring £100,670 to £150,110
Reproductive System: Female (b) Becoming infertile due to the failure of diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy £43,010 to £102,100
Reproductive System: Female (e) Failed sterilisation that leads you to being fertile again when unwanted. This calculation is where there is no depression or any psychological damage In the region of £10,200
Spleen (a) Loss of spleen where there is continuing risk of internal infection and disorders due to the damage to the immune system £20,800 to £26,290
Multiple fractures of the bones (b) If there is injury that will cause permanent facial deformity £14,900 to £23,950
Mental Anguish (e) Emotional stress is a form of mental anguish, fearing death. £4,670
If you can’t see your injuries in the compensation table above, why not get in touch with our advisors? They can value your claim for free.
In addition to general damages, if you make a successful claim, you could seek special damages. Special damages compensate you for the financial loss your injuries cause. For example, loss of earnings falls under special damages.
In order to prove special damages, you’d need evidence such as bills, receipts or invoices.
If you want to enlist the services of a medical negligence solicitor, A No Win No Fee agreement may be offered to you. All of the lawyers on our panel can work with their clients in this way. With a No Win No Fee arrangement, solicitors take a legally capped percentage from your settlement once you’ve received it. However, if your claim fails and you receive no compensation, then you are not required to pay your solicitor.
There are also generally no upfront fees or ongoing costs when using a No Win No Fee solicitor.
There is no legal requirement for you to hire solicitors near you. You are free to hire the services of any solicitor in the country. Get in touch today, and we could connect you with a lawyer from our panel if we think you have a legitimate claim. Remember, if you’ve suffered due to medical negligence, solicitors with a No Win No Fee offer are only a phone call away.
Please give us a call, and we will be happy to listen and guide you through your next steps. Our contact details are below.
We also have some other medical negligence guides you may find useful:
- A guide to medical negligence claims. If you’ve suffered harm through no fault of your own because of the failings of a health professional, this guide offers advice on your rights and what you can do to make a claim.
- How long does a medical negligence case take?
- Do I need to work with medical negligence solicitors near me?
- Sepsis claims – if you’ve suffered harm because of sepsis that could have been avoided, head here to learn more about your legal rights
- If you or a loved one have suffered harm as a result of a leukaemia misdiagnosis, you could be entitled to make a clinical negligence claim. This guide explains the process and what evidence you may need.
- Claim compensation for being starved of oxygen at birth
- How much money can you get for medical negligence?
- Can I sue my doctor for negligence?
- General Medical Council – find out more about the main regulatory body supervising healthcare professionals.