Clinical Negligence Claims
When you are treated by a doctor, nurse, dentist of any other kind of medical or clinical professional, they owe you a duty of care to protect your health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, things do sometimes go wrong and, when this happens, the impact on patients and their families can be devastating.
If you or a loved one have been left with long-term damage to your health due to errors in your medical treatment, it can have serious consequences for your career, lifestyle and finances. In such cases, claiming compensation is often the only way to help get your life back on track.
Medical negligence claims (also sometimes called ‘clinical negligence claims’) are complex and often highly sensitive. It is, therefore, essential you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about your claim.
Our team are leading experts in this field and treat each case with sensitivity and dedication. We understand that in addition to seeking compensation, our clients are seeking answers and we fight passionately to help our clients achieve this.
To discuss claiming medical negligence compensation with our friendly experts, you can call our Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Jenny Ray on 01273 384001 or you can complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you quickly.
Types of medical errors where you may be able to claim compensation
Compensation may potentially be available for a wide range of injuries caused by negligent medical treatment, including:
- Injuries to Mother and/or child during birth
- Brain Injuries
- Orthopaedic Injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Death resulting from medical negligence
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer
- Surgical mistake
- Pressure sores
- GP failure to make an appropriate referral
- Failure to obtain informed consent to treatment
- Failed or inappropriate cosmetic surgery
- Dental negligence
Why Choose Griffith Smith for your medical negligence claim?
Free initial consultation
We offer a free initial consultation for all medical negligence clients. This is your chance to get answers to your questions and find out everything you need to know to decide whether you wish to move forward with seeking compensation. You will be under no obligation to continue a claim with us afterwards.
Independently recognised expertise
Our Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Jenny Ray, is highly experienced in handling all types of personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Jenny’s expertise has been independently recognised by the Law Society, where she is an Accredited Member of the Personal Injury Scheme and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) with whom Jenny is an Accredited Member at Litigator level.
Exceptional personal service
We offer a bespoke and personal service, putting our clients at the heart of everything we do. Our medical negligence lawyers know how confusing, upsetting and intimidating dealing with the consequences of medical negligence can be, so we will do everything we can to make the process of claiming compensation as simple and stress-free as possible.
Your questions answered in plain English whenever you need
We pride ourselves on keeping our clients updated and informed at all times. You will have a dedicated point of contact at the firm who will get to know you and your case. This means that, whenever you need an update or have a question to ask, you always know who to turn to and can be confident they will understand your situation and needs.
Total support for every step of your rehabilitation journey
Our focus is on helping you get your life back on track. This means helping you to secure funding for rehabilitation such as physiotherapy, counselling and other support and treatment. We can also advise you on accessing support services, benefits and other means of assistance where appropriate.
No win, no fee funding options
We offer conditional fee agreements (no win, no fee), meaning you will only need to pay our legal fees if we secure compensation for you. This not only means that you don’t need to worry about how you will fund your claim, it also means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing any compensation to which you are entitled.
Frequently Asked Questions about medical negligence compensation claims
Medical negligence arises when treatment provided by a medical professional falls below an acceptable standard and results in an injury. It can result when a doctor or other health professional provides the wrong treatment or fails to provide the correct treatment in time or at all.
To be able to claim compensation, you will need to be able to prove that:
- The person or organisation providing treatment owed you a duty of care
- Errors were made in your treatment that breached that duty of care
- You were left with ongoing health consequences as a result of treatment errors you experienced
Claims can be made against any healthcare professional whether treatment has been provided privately or through the NHS.
This depends on a number of things, including the severity of your injury, how long it takes you to recover, and whether or not the other party agrees to settle the claim. Even the quickest of claims takes several months to complete.
Naturally, we aim to get your compensation to you as quickly as possible and in some cases in may be possible to secure ‘interim payments’ to cover any immediate essential costs while your claim is still ongoing.
You will be compensated for the injuries and losses that arise out of a third party’s negligent act. This will include compensation for pain, suffering and discomfort, as well as for any temporary or permanent disability.
If you have lost any pay, find that your ability to do your job has been affected, or if you have incurred travel, medical or other expenses, then you will be entitled to claim for your financial losses as well.
We believe many people are afraid of approaching a solicitor because they are worried about the cost. But the initial interview will cost you nothing and we will give you honest advice about your options, including ‘No win/No fee’ agreements.
The simple answer is that you have three years from the accident, injury or negligence in which to bring a claim, that is, to issue court proceedings.
There are exceptions, however, and these will depend on the specific facts of your case. We will, of course, advise you accordingly.
Example of situations where you may have longer to claim include if you are bringing a claim on behalf of a child, in which case the three-year period starts from their 18th birthday.
The vast majority of cases are settled without the need to go to court and usually only reach that stage if a settlement can’t be reached out of court. If, however, it does prove to be necessary in your case, we have considerable experience in court settings and will support you all the way.
Arrange your free consultation with our friendly, expert medical negligence solicitors
We offer a free first consultation with a specialist solicitor in clinical negligence law. This will help you decide the best course of action and give us a chance to show you how we will support you throughout the claims process.