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What is medical negligence?

No matter how high the standards of care and treatment in our health services, things can sometimes go wrong. Medical negligence occurs if you receive substandard treatment by a medical professional, whether that’s directly causing an injury, or making an injury or condition worse. Medical negligence can also happen if you are misdiagnosed, receive the wrong treatment, or a mistake is made during surgery.

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Making a Medical Negligence Claim

Our medical negligence solicitors are here to help you start a claim if you feel you’ve received substandard medical treatment or have been adversely affected or injured through negligence by a surgeon, nurse, or GP.

We understand that no amount of medical negligence compensation can change what you’ve been through, but it can help to relieve financial pressures caused, such as medical bills or loss of earnings, helping you to move forward with your life.

We advise and help with everything from assistance with drafting a complaint through to advising you on the likely outcome of your medical negligence claim, so you can feel confident and reassured every step of the way.

How Do I Make a Medical Negligence Claim?

The first step is to get in touch with us, and one of our team of expert medical negligence lawyers can conduct a free, no-obligation consultation with you. They will talk with you about what happened and listen to your experience so they can see if a claim may be possible.

This information you share with us is always treated confidentially and would only be used by our medical negligence solicitors in dealing with your enquiry

You can begin by contacting us via our claim form and selecting Medical Negligence as the type of claim.

How Much Can I Claim for Medical Negligence?

The amount you can expect to receive in medical negligence compensation depends on your specific claim and its details, such as the nature of your injury or illness, any extra expenses the experience has cost you, and what long-term care needs there might be.

Your solicitor will be able to provide a compensation estimate based on these factors, as well as other factors such as emotional trauma or suffering because of medical negligence.

How the Medical Negligence Claims Process Works

Once you’ve started the process by talking to our medical negligence solicitors and they have established a potential claim, the next stage is gathering the evidence. This means proving that medical negligence took place, and that you’ve been harmed in some way as a result.

Getting this evidence together might include things like expert opinions or statements from independent medical professional, or a medical examination.

Medical negligence claims rarely need to go to court, and usually only do so in very complex cases. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be with you every step of the way to guide you through the process.

How long the overall claims process takes varies between cases, but it’s often a lengthy process that can take 18 months to several years.

We’re Specialists in Medical Negligence

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

  • Over 40 years’ combined experience of handling cases involving serious injuries sustained through medical negligence.
  • Leaders in securing clinical negligence compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery.
  • Experienced medical negligence lawyers will take the time to understand what you’re going through.
  • Expert team led by Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel member Chris Moore and senior solicitor Vince Shore.




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Types of Medical Negligence

There are many ways a person might experience medical negligence or malpractice, from problems during a hospital stay to an incorrect diagnosis and many more. You can find out more detailed information about the different areas of medical negligence by clicking below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a medical negligence claims time limit?

The medical negligence time limit for claiming compensation is usually three years. 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 medical negligence.

For under-18s, the three-year time limit for claiming compensation does not apply. However, when a child does turn 18, the medical negligence claims time limit of three years 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 medical 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.

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 also several other routes that may be available to help fund your claim, including:

  • Legal Aid
  • Legal expense insurance
  • Conditional fee agreement
  • Private funding

Will I need to go to court to claim medical negligence compensation?

Most no win no fee medical negligence claims don’t need to go to court, but we’ll be with you throughout the process if it becomes necessary. It usually only goes to court if a case is particularly complex.

Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child?

You can make a claim on behalf of a child if you are their legal guardian or parent so long as they are under 18. The process for compensation is slightly different as agreed settlements will need to be approved by court, but our expert medical negligence solicitors will guide you through this process.

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