What is a medical negligence claim?
Medical negligence claims, also known as clinical negligence claims, are civil legal claims brought by patients and/or their families when medical treatment they have received falls below an acceptable standard resulting in injury or losses to that individual.
Doctors, dentist, nurses and other healthcare professions work extremely hard to provide patients with high quality care and treatment. Sadly however sometimes things go wrong. Whilst these errors cannot be reversed, a medical negligence claim can provide compensation for the pain and suffering that has been caused, answers and clarity as to what has gone wrong and enable people to obtain the support and rehabilitation needed to come to terms with and overcome the injuries they have been left with.
If you think that you or a family member may be a victim of medical negligence please call one of our solicitors today on 0191 222 1030 for a free consultation in relation to your claim or complete our website enquiry form.
Why choose us for your medical negligence claim?
Freemans have provided victims of medical negligence with specialist legal advice for over 25 years. During this time we have successfully secured compensation totalling many millions of pounds for our clients.
Medical negligence is a complex area of law requiring a high level of expertise. All of our cases are handled personally by our team of qualified specialist Solicitors.
We understand the delicate nature this type of work and our specialist team treat every client with care and sympathy and prefer to conduct meetings face to face, coming out to your home if necessary.
Using our experience and skill we will work tirelessly to secure you the maximum compensation for the pain and losses caused by your injuries and ensure that support and any further treatment and rehabilitation needed can be sought.
We have only ever acted on behalf of patients who have been injured, never for health authorities or insurance companies.
Choosing the right expert can make the difference between winning and losing your case. Through our experience and expertise we have access to a specialist panel of national medical experts.
We were one of the first firms in the North East to be awarded a Quality Mark by the Legal Services Commission (now the LAA) for the provision of Legal Aid in clinical negligence cases. Helen Thompson is a member of the Law Society specialist Clinical Negligence Panel and the firm are appointed by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to provide Legal Aid, although most of our client’s cases are funded on No Win No Fee agreements.
Types of Medical Negligence Claim
Over the years we have represented clients who have suffered injuries and brought successful medical negligence claims relating to a wide range of issues including:
- Accident and Emergency
- Anaesthetic problems
- Birth injury and cerebral palsy
- Blood transfusion
- Cancer claims
- Cardiac problems
- Care home/nursing home negligence
- Compartment Syndrome
- Cosmetic surgery
- Death Caused by Medical Negligence
- DVT & PE
- Ectopic pregnancy
How will my claim be funded?
We will be happy to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation with one of our specialist solicitors to discuss your claim and the funding of this.
If following this consultation we feel that you have a claim we can pursue for you then we will discuss all of the funding options available to you. However, the vast majority of our medical negligence cases are funded through a No Win No Fee Agreement which means that you and your family can pursue your claim at no financial risk.
Click here to read more about the different funding options available or call one of our solicitors today on 0191 222 1030 for a free consultation in relation to your claim during which we can answer any questions you have regarding funding your claim.
Are there time limits for bringing medical negligence claims?
Yes, there are strict time limits for making a medical negligence claim. Call one of our solicitors today on 0191 222 1030 for a free consultation about your claim during which time limits in relation to your claim can be considered.
More information in relation to the time limits relating to medical negligence claims can be found here. This is however a complex area and something best addressed with one of our solicitors.
What will happen when I make a medical negligence claim?
No two cases are the same and your case will be dealt with by our specialist solicitors in the most appropriate and effective way for your particular claim. There is however a common approach taken with medical negligence claims and more details of this can be found here.
What happens when I win my case?
The main aim of a medical negligence claim is to secure compensation for you. Whilst this cannot undo the effects of the injuries you have suffered, compensation can be an invaluable help in coming to terms with the effects and consequences of the medical negligence you have suffered and rebuilding your life. Through the claims process we will also identify what support, further treatment and rehabilitation you may need so that this can be sought.
Often when you have suffered injuries as a result of medical negligence you will have many unanswered questions about what happened with your treatment. The investigation of your claim will involve obtaining independent medical expert evidence and this will usually provide you with the answers to the questions you have. We find that this is often of great benefit to clients, enabling them to understand and in turn come to terms with what took place.
For more information on what happens when you win your case click here.