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Can I make a medical negligence claim?

Making a claim for medical negligence may seem overwhelming at first, but it is the responsibility of our legal team to make the process as smooth as possible for you. The process of making a claim against a medical professional or organisation providing health care begins with speaking to an experienced specialist about your specific situation. By gaining the best possible understanding of your circumstances, we can help you in making the best possible recovery and ensure you receive the right amount of compensation to cover your current and future needs.

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Medical Negligence Compensation Claims

Thankfully, our healthcare system usually delivers the highest level of service. But if something does go wrong – and you receive substandard care from someone like a surgeonGP, or nurse– our medical negligence solicitors can help you start a compensation claim.

We understand that no amount of compensation can change what’s happened, but starting a clinical negligence claim could put you on the road to relieving some financial pressures caused by the accident – whether that’s paying for medical treatment, rehabilitation, or covering loss of earnings to help you get back on track.

Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors have nearly 20 years’ experience to put into even the most complex of cases.

We can give advice on pursuing a complaint through the healthcare system, including assistance with drafting a complaint, if appropriate. We will also provide thorough advice on what the outcome of your medical negligence claim is likely to be from the outset so that you feel reassured every step of the way.

Download a copy of our Medical Negligence Complaint Letter now.

Specialists in Medical Negligence

With one of the UK’s leading medical negligence compensation claims teams, our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors have over 20 years' experience in succeeding in the most complex of cases. We know that, beyond compensation, you’ll want to know why things went wrong and we’ll help you get the apology and answers you deserve along with the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.

  • Led by Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel members Amanda Stevens and Chris Moore.
  • Over 40 years combined experience of handling cases involving serious injuries gained through negligence.
  • Specialists in rehabilitation for patients with birth injuries, orthapaedic injuries, GP or hospital negligence and misdiagnosis.
  • Leaders in securing compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery.
  • Experienced medical negligence solicitors will take the time to understand what you’re going through.

 

 

 

The Law Society Accreditation is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest level of management and customer service standards. The schemes promote high standards in legal service provision and ensure that clients are easily able to identify legal practitioners with proven competency in given areas of law giving you added peace of mind when choosing a lawyer.

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Making a Medical Negligence Claim

If you or a member of your family has come to harm as a result of medical negligence which was of no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. We put your interests first, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal and medical specialists are handling your claim.

Contact a member of our specialist team if you have suffered from or need support in any of the following:

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FAQs

How do I make a claim?

If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical negligence, the first step is to contact our team of experts. They’ll conduct a free, no-obligation consultation to talk about what happened and to help understand whether we think you have a claim.

The data you submit will only be used by Hudgell Solicitors and only for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry.

Our specialist team will do all they can to take the worry and hassle out of making a claim and gather all the medical evidence to build your case, and gain any future care or treatments needed.

Is there a time limit for medical negligence claims?

There is usually a three-year time limit for claiming medical negligence compensation. This time limit will run from either the date that the negligence occurred or from when you first became aware of the injury being caused by negligence.

For under 18s, the three-year time limit for claiming compensation does not apply. However, when a child does turn 18, the three-year time limit comes into effect on their birthday and legal proceedings must start before their 21st birthday.

For adults without mental capacity at the time of the alleged negligence the time limitation does not begin until the legal incapacity is removed or, in the case of a patient being treated under the Mental Health Act 1983, from when they are discharged as a patient.

How do I make a complaint following medical negligence?

It is not always compensation that is sought when someone has been affected by substandard medical treatment. Often people seek an apology for the suffering that has been caused and to be assured it won’t happen to anyone else.

Our solicitors can talk you through the process of making a complaint, should this be all you wish to do, and can give advice on whether you should consider pursuing a claim.

For more information on making a formal complaint about medical treatment and possible medical negligence, we have a dedicated guide and a downloadable letter template.

Why should I make a medical negligence claim?

A claim will be able to provide financial compensation which will go towards making life more manageable following the incident. Money could go towards enabling you to have the best quality of life and covering any expenses or loss of earnings that you may have incurred along the way.

We will take into account factors such as further treatments needed, possible adaptations to your home, or care costs that may have arisen following the negligence.

Will my case be handled on a ‘‘no win no fee’’ basis?

Our clinical and medical negligence claims are funded through a no win no fee agreement, meaning there is no financial risk to you.

There are several other routes that may be available to you, including:

  • Legal Aid
  • Legal expense insurance
  • Conditional fee agreement
  • Private funding
  • Please see our Funding Optionsfor full details on funding options available.
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