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If you have been injured or suffered a long-lasting medical condition due to medical negligence or malpractice on the part of medical staff, our solicitors can help you to claim compensation.
We handle medical negligence claims on a no win, no fee basis, and we understand the physical and emotional effects that negligence can have on the individuals affected. We are a Law Society-accredited solicitor and are ranked in the Legal 500 in eight practice areas, meaning we are well placed to help you throughout the claims process.
Our specialist team of clinical negligence solicitors understand that claiming compensation is a vital lifeline for many people who have suffered due to errors made by GPs, surgeons, nurses and other medical staff. We will follow a holistic approach to help you make the best recovery possible, both during and after the claims process.
Medical negligence is an incredibly complex and personal area of the law, which is why we will work tirelessly to understand the details of your case before fighting your corner with the utmost care and sensitivity. We will always assign solicitors with specific experience of dealing with similar cases.
Our experience covers, but is not limited to, the following types of negligence:
At Ramsdens Solicitors, our experienced legal team follows the 2015 Rehabilitation Code, which aims to ensure victims of medical negligence are able to make the best and quickest possible recovery through access to rehabilitation services.
Our solicitors are assisted by health and social care professionals, as well as financial and other legal departments within our firm, who are on hand to support all of our clients.
In addition, our medical negligence and malpractice solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, meaning we are a reputable and well-respected firm that is highly regarded in this field.
Find out more about our awards and accreditations here.
Medical negligence, which is also known as clinical negligence or malpractice, relates to any substandard care administered by doctors and other healthcare professionals. If treatment provided by professionals of this type is in breach of their legal duty of care, it may be possible for a claim to be brought against them or their employer.
In order for a claim of this type to be brought successfully, your solicitor will need to know:
In most cases, a claim has to be lodged at court within three years of the patient becoming aware of the illness or injury. However, there are certain times when claiming for medical negligence comes with some exceptions, including:
While many people believe that medical negligence cases only involve suing the NHS, this is not the case. All health practitioners can be held accountable if you are able to prove that they have been negligent. This includes cosmetic surgeons, dentists, private clinics and eye clinics.
Any medical professional or practitioner is subject to having someone claim for medical negligence against them if there has been a recognisable act of negligence.
Legal Aid was formerly available to fund medical negligence claims; however, this is now only available in very limited circumstances. Now, the most common option that claimants use to fund their case is a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is also known as a no win, no fee arrangement.
At Ramsdens, we provide no win, no fee representation to all clients who have suffered negligence in a medical setting. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve if malpractice has resulted in needless suffering.
It is vital that you are able to prove that you have been the victim of medical negligence to ensure that your case is successful. If there is not enough physical evidence then it is unlikely that your case will be able to proceed.
If you have suffered negligence at the hands of a medical professional, it is vital that you keep records of everything to do with your case, no matter how minor they may seem. This includes records, medical notes, correspondence with healthcare staff and expert medical opinions.
When working with Ramsdens Solicitors, we will contact the medical practitioner to request any medical records or notes that are relevant to your claim.
The vast majority of medical negligence cases are settled before they reach a full trial. The defence will usually come forward with an offer of financial settlement. However, it is possible that your claim will proceed to court, and this is dependent on the circumstances of your case.
We understand that the prospect of appearing in court is incredibly daunting to many people, which is why our friendly and compassionate solicitors will do our utmost to ensure you are well looked-after throughout the legal proceedings.
Claiming compensation can often be the only way of rectifying the damage that has been caused by negligence on the part of a medical professional. The money received by the victim allows them to better cope with the resulting changes to their life, as well as covering any other financial losses they may have suffered as a result of the incident.
The losses covered are varied, but will likely include any earnings that have been lost due to being unable to work for a prolonged period. Compensation can also be used to pay for specialist equipment, rehabilitation and any adaptations to your home that may be required since the incident.
Making a compensation claim can also have a bigger impact than simply recovering money. It can:
Although it is difficult to predict a timescale for each case due to the unique nature of each person’s circumstances, the proceedings leading up to a trial can take between 18 months and three years. The duration of the claim is dependent on the defendant’s attitude to liability and causation, as well as the severity of the injuries sustained and the complexity of your case.
The Legal 500, 2021