We turn to our doctors and hospitals when we need treatment and help. In most cases, we enjoy high standards of care but when a mistake is made it can have a devastating effect on our lives.
All of our medical negligence specialists are senior solicitors, supported by our own in-house medical advisor and we have access to trusted medical experts throughout the UK.
For a free initial assessment by one of our medical negligence specialists, please complete our case assessment form. In many cases, we can offer Conditional Fee Agreements (“No Win, No Fee”) backed by specialist insurance.
We have successfully represented clients in a wide variety of claims including:
- Mistakes during surgery or aftercare (both private and NHS treatment)
- GP and Community Health (including misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis)
- Birth and pregnancy-related claims including fatalities
- Avoidable fatalities (including representation at Inquests)
- Accident and emergency treatment
- Cancer misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or treatment
- Cauda equina spinal injuries
- Dental claims
- Eye injuries (including laser surgery)
- Cosmetic surgery
- Hospital infections
- Product liability claims including the side-effects of medicines
The legal test
All members of the medical profession - including doctors, nurses and dentists - are subject to a legal duty to ensure that their patients are treated with appropriate care and skill. You must show that the medical professionals in your case did what no other reasonably competent medical professionals would have done.
There are strict time limits for medical negligence claims. Generally-speaking, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first realised that a mistake might have been made.
This is not always easy to determine. In some cases, it could be the date of an operation which went badly wrong but in others, it could be much later possibly when another doctor picks up on a mistake. It always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
In cases involving children, the time-limit cannot expire before their 21st birthday.
Provided that your claim has reasonable prospects of success, there are two main funding options:
i) Many people already have insurance which will cover legal costs (often included with home insurance policies)
ii) If not, we can usually offer a Conditional Fee Agreement ("No Win, No Fee"). This means that we will only charge you if your claim is successful. We can also arrange specialist insurance to cover your medical experts’ fees and the risk of having to pay your opponent’s legal costs in case your claim is unsuccessful. If you take out this type of insurance, you will not pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful
Medical or clinical negligence claims are complex and you should always take advice from a specialist solicitor. There are strict time limits which can be difficult to determine. All of our Medical Negligence Team members are highly-skilled senior solicitors.
For a free initial assessment and to find out whether we can offer a Conditional Fee Agreement in your case, please use our case assessment form.