Hospitals are supposed to be a safe place that you can visit when you have fallen ill or been injured. However, the consequences may be life-changing if you don’t receive that quality of medical treatment that you deserve.
Our solicitors can assist you with claiming compensation if negligent hospital care has affected you. We have assisted thousands of clients with their cases that have involved:
- Medication errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Neglectful care from staff (which includes pressure sores)
- Misdiagnosed conditions
- Hospital acquired infections (which include C. difficle and MRSA)
- Delays in treatment
- A&E negligence
We have experience in holding both private hospitals and the NHS to account for their negligent treatment. Therefore you can trust that our hospital negligence solicitors will ensure you receive justice for what has occurred.
We have offices all across the UK, and largest medical negligence legal teams in the country. Our lawyers are fully dedicated to your full recovery and assisting you with getting access to whatever specialist treatment or rehabilitation that you may need. Many of the hospital negligence claims that we do are funded on the basis of No Win No Fee, meaning you won’t need to worry about having legal expenses while your claim is being made.*
More Information on Hospital Negligence Claims
When I Make A Claim What Will Happen?
After you contact us, we will get a free initial consultation set up so that we can discuss your case and determine whether or not you have a legal claim that can be made. We will discuss available funding options for paying your claim, which include No Win No Fee agreements.*
Then we will contact those who were responsible for the negligent treatment you received during the early pages to see where or not they will take responsibility for your illness. If they do accept the blame, we will attempt to secure interim compensation payments that can fund ongoing expenses and private medical before, before you claim has been fully settled. Any interim payments that are made will be deducted from the final compensation award you receive.
Our experts will closely examine your case, and gather evidence from various independent medical professionals. Those experts will evaluate what type of care you should have been given and can help to determine what future impacts there might be on your health. In addition, they will advise us on your future care needs.
We always attempt to have claims negotiations done out of court, which keeps the claims process as brief as possible. However, if your opponent refuses to accept responsibility or won’t agree to how much compensation we think you need, then we will get court proceedings started.
Even after a trial date has been set, often claims are still settled before they reach court. If it is necessary for your claim to go to court, then we will be there to assist you with every step in the process, discussing what will happen so that you can feel as comfortable as you possibly can.
How Long Do I Have For Making A Claim?
In a majority of medical negligence cases, you must make your compensation claim within three years, starting with the date that your injury occurred (or the date when you first became aware of your injury being due to negligence). The three year period for children starts on their 18th birthday. That means you have until you are 21 years old to make your claim.
However, it is very important for you to get in touch with us as soon as you can so that we can start investigating your claim.
Am I Allowed To Make A Claim For My Loved One Who Died?
At times medical mistakes can result in fatalities, which maybe devastating for the entire family. If you have a loved one who died due to the negligence of the hospital, our lawyers can assist you with the following:
- Recover compensation for pain and suffering, to cover funeral expenses, and account for financial loses that their death has caused.
- Represent you at the inquest.
- Get your the apology and answers you deserve from those who are responsible.
Our lawyers can help you receive a statutory bereavement award. This is separate from a claim for compensation when there has been a wrongful death. It is available for a spouse, parent (if under 18 years old), or civil partner of the individual who has died.
If you have had a loved one who passed away due to hospital negligence, please give us a call on 0808 301 3129 to receive more information on how to make a claim.
Do You Work On Medical Negligence Legal Aid Cases for?
Yes, we accept legal aid, but only on clinical negligence claims that involve severe neurological birth injuries that occurred within eight weeks of the birth of a child.
We are one of the select few group of law firms that take on medical negligence legal aid cases. In order to qualify for legal aid, there are both a means test (which is based on whatever savings the infant has) and a merit test that just requires that there is sufficient enough reason for us to investigate your case.
If you have a claim that qualifies, then you will be given funding for the initial investigation that we do and you won’t need to pay anything. Beyond that, if your case does proceed you will be given legal aid funding to go towards full representation.
Our specialist lawyers can discuss the different funding options that are available to you.
Will I Be Able To Make My Claim On The Basis Of A No Win No Fee?
Many of the cases that we work on are funded on the basis of a No Win No Fee agreement. That means you will not have any financial risk” when you make your compensation claim.
At the beginning of your case, we will discuss what funding options are available to you, and advise on you which one we think is the most well-suited. If you have coverage from a trade union policy or have legal expenses insurance (LEI), those might be the best options for you. Many household insurance policies include legal expenses insurance, so it is worthwhile to check whether you are covered already.
If we believe that a No Win No Fee agreement provides you with the best support, then we will clearly explain the process to you. It involves getting an insurance policy set up at no cost to you, that protects you. You will only have to pay if your claim is successful – with most of our fees being paid by your opponent.
For more information about how the process works, please visit our No Win No Fee page.
Ways That Our Other Teams Can Assist You
Since we are a full-service law firm, there are a number of other types of in-house teams that we have available that have specialist knowledge in areas like asset management, Wills, and rehabilitation.
We view rehabilitation as being key and will ensure that you are able to obtain access to the support services and care that you need in order to live the best life that you possibly can. We have client liaison managers who can provide you and your family with information and support, to help you with numerous other problems that you might be facing, like issues involving benefits or employment.
Public Law and Human Rights
We have a Public Law and Human Rights department that may provide you with advice regarding Part 3 of the 2014 Children and Families Act. This Act made major reforms to the child welfare legislation, which affects young people under 25 years old who have special education needs. A combined EHC plan (Education, Health and Care Plan) replaced learning difficulty assessments and statements of special education needs.