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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 by medical bills or the loss of earnings, helping you to move forward with your life.

This information you share with us is always treated confidentially and would only be used by our medical negligence lawyers in dealing with your enquiry. You can begin by contacting us via our claim form and selecting Medical Negligence as the type of claim.

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

No Win, No Fee Medical Negligence Claims

Our no win, no fee medical negligence services allow you to fight for the justice you deserve. If your case does not win, we won’t charge you for our services but bear in mind that there may be other costs associated with your claim.

We also offer legal aid on certain types of medical negligence claims. Please get in touch to discuss how legal aid can help fund your case.

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 of 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. We’ll help you get the answers you deserve along with the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.

  • Over 40 years of combined experience in 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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Our Medical Negligence Experts

Chris Moore Joint Head of Clinical Negligence Read more
Vince Shore Joint Head of Clinical Negligence, Hull Read more
Hayley Collinson Associate, Clinical Negligence Read more
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Caroline Murgatroyd Associate, Clinical Negligence Read more
Gemma Bontoft Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence Read more
Kirsty Yates Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence Read more
Lauren Dale Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Laura Larkin Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Michelle Tebbutt Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Nick Stojanovic Senior Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Elizabeth Maliakal Associate, Clinical Negligence Read more
Rachel O’Connor Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence Read more
Shauna Page Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more
Michelle Nurse Solicitor, Clinical Negligence Read more

Medical Negligence Question and Answers

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FAQs

What is the Average Payout for Medical Negligence?
    The amount you can expect to receive in medical negligence compensation depends on your specific claim and its details. Examples of factors affecting your NHS compensation can include 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.
What is the Time Limit for Making a Medical Negligence Claim?
    The time limit for medical negligence and personal injury claims is typically three years. This is usually either from the date that the negligence occurred or from the date that you became aware that the treatment you received was negligent.
    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.
Will My Case Be Handled On a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Basis?
    Our medical negligence claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement, meaning there is no financial risk to you.
    Several other routes may be available to help fund your claim, including:
  • Legal Aid
  • Legal expense insurance
  • Conditional fee agreement
  • Private funding
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.
Will I Need to Go to Court to Claim Medical Negligence Compensation?
    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.
    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.
How Will Hudgell Solicitors Help Me Throughout the Claim?
    We advise and help with everything, from assistance with drafting a complaint to predicting the likely outcome of your medical negligence claim.
    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, and we will be there with you throughout the entire claim.
    Once you’ve started the process by talking to our medical negligence lawyers 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 an independent medical professional or a medical examination.

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