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Medical Negligence

There are times when we all need to visit a GP, see a health professional or go to hospital. The majority of the time, we’re cared for and given the best available advice and treatment. Unfortunately however, there are times when things can go wrong and you can suffer as a result of medical negligence.

When someone has suffered an injury or illness as a result of medical negligence it can have a devastating impact on their lives and their finances. Making a claim for medical negligence not only gives you a sense of justice, but can assist you financially, and enable you to receive rehabilitation and treatment without delay to maximise your chance of recovery. This is where we can help.

What is a medical negligence claim?

Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, is the term used in law for anyone who has suffered an injury or illness, or an injury or illness has been made worse, as a result of the negligence of a health or medical professional.

Where negligence has caused an injury or illness, or caused a condition to get worse, you can make a claim for compensation.

When making a medical negligence claim, you need a lawyer who specialises in this complex area of law as they need to understand both the law and the medical processes and terminology. It’s therefore extremely important in cases of medical negligence, that you instruct a lawyer who specialises in this area of law.

What type of injuries and illnesses can be caused by medical negligence?

There are hundreds of injuries and illnesses that can be caused by medical negligence. Our specialist medical negligence lawyers deal with some of the most serious cases of medical negligence, that can have catastrophic and life-changing consequences, such as:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputation injuries
  • Cerebral palsy and birth injuries
  • Fatal injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cosmetic surgery injuries (both in the UK and abroad)

As these injuries and illnesses can have long-lasting and life-changing effects, you’ll need to instruct a lawyer who has a vast amount of experience in this field.

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What can lead to a medical negligence claim?

There are a number of medical mistakes which can lead to a medical negligence claim. Some of the most common include:

  • A misdiagnosis
  • A delay in diagnosis
  • A surgical error
  • Defective medical equipment
  • Neglect

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical negligence, contact our specialists for expert advice.

How do you pay for treatment, aids and equipment needed before the case settles?

When you suffer a serious injury or illness as a result of medical negligence, it’s likely to have an immediate impact on your finances as you might not be able to work or need immediate adaptations to your home so you can leave the hospital.

Medical negligence cases can also take quite some time to settle, as a final prognosis is needed from a medical expert before your case can be valued. This may cause you even more financial hardship.

However, as specialists in serious cases of medical negligence, we’ll apply for ‘interim payments’, which are payments made by those at fault prior to settlement of your case.

These payments will help relieve any financial burdens and will also pay for any treatment, rehabilitation, aids, equipment or property adaptations that you need.

How important is rehabilitation when you’ve suffered from medical negligence?

In certain cases of medical negligence, treatment and rehabilitation are extremely important. Treatment and rehabilitation should begin at the earliest possible opportunity, as this will maximise the chance of your recovery and future independence.

It’s therefore crucial to choose a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence cases. Our specialists understand the importance of early treatment and rehabilitation and therefore consider it an essential part of their role. They’ll get to work as soon as possible to instruct a case manager and seek funding to begin rehabilitation without delay.

How much compensation do you receive for a medical negligence claim?

Each case is completely different so it’s impossible to say how much compensation you’re likely to receive. The amount of compensation is based on the severity of your condition and your own personal circumstances. If your compensation claim is successful, it will be broken down into three elements:

General damages: A general damages payment is made for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. It depends on how severe your pain and suffering has been and the impact the medical negligence has had on your everyday life, for example, if you can no longer do chores or other things you enjoyed.

Special damages: A special damages payment covers all the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the medical negligence. This includes:

  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of pension entitlement
  • Medical expenses
  • Treatment and rehabilitation costs
  • Aids, equipment and adaptations to property
  • Loss of personal property
  • Travelling expenses

Future damages:

A future damages payment covers any expenses you may have in the future as a result of your ongoing injuries or illness. This includes:

  • Loss of future wages
  • Loss of future pension
  • Future care costs
  • Future rehabilitation and treatment costs
  • Future replacement costs of aids and equipment

As we specialise in cases of medical negligence, we know exactly what you’ll need, so will ensure that your compensation protects you financially for however long you need it to.

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How much does it cost to make a claim for medical negligence?

Our medical negligence lawyers offer Conditional Fee Agreements, also known as No Win No Fee Agreements. This means you won’t have to pay any of your lawyer’s costs if your case fails.

If you win your case, the insurers of those at fault for your injuries will pay your lawyer’s costs. Your lawyer may also charge you a success fee if you win. This fee will be no more than 25% of your compensation payment, but the amount will be discussed and agreed with you before you sign your Conditional Fee Agreement. This fee will only be charged if your case is successful and will be deducted from your compensation payment.

This means, win or lose, there’s no financial risk to you. If you’d like more information about funding or how a Conditional Fee Agreement works, visit our fees page or simply contact our specialists who will explain everything you need to know.

How can Inspire Legal Group help?

Our medical negligence lawyers have a vast amount of experience in representing people with serious injuries and illnesses as a result of medical negligence and many are considered leaders in their field.

We have experts who are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and The Law Society.

As we’re experts in cases of medical negligence, we’ll ensure we seek early treatment and rehabilitation to maximise the chance of your recovery and will seek early interim payments to relieve any financial concerns.

As we specialise in this area of law, we’ll ensure nothing is missed so you get the absolute maximum amount of compensation possible. This will ensure that yours and your family’s financial future is secure.

Our medical negligence experts are personable and empathetic, and are available to talk you through any concerns or queries you have throughout your case and beyond. Where you just want to check up on the progress of your case, we have a fully safe and encrypted client portal that you can log into at any time and track progress.

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