Medical negligence


Have you suffered as a result of substandard or inappropriate medical treatment?

We believe that the victims of medical negligence deserve support and compensation for the pain and suffering they’ve experienced, and to cover the costs of future treatment or medical care.

We understand that if you’ve suffered as a result of medical negligence, you may be frustrated about what happened and the effect it’s had on your life. You may also be confused about what to do next. We’ll help you understand your rights, how to get the answers you need, and whether or not you could be eligible to claim compensation.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence) occurs when a patient is harmed, physically or psychologically, as a result of substandard or inappropriate treatment.

It’s quite simple. When you’re treated by someone working in the healthcare profession, you’re embarking on a contract of sorts – duty of care, it’s called – where you’re entrusting them to give you the best possible medical attention and care they can provide. Whether it’s a doctor or surgeon, a dentist, pharmacist or care home attendant, all of them are bound by law to attend to your needs to the best of their abilities, and most of the time, that’s exactly what you get. But sadly, it’s not always the case. You’ve heard the horror stories, you’ve seen the reports on the news. There are instances where people have suffered from medical negligence at the hands of the medical profession, and with all the radical changes and cuts happening in both the NHS and the private sector, medical negligence claims are most certainly not going to go away.

Medical or clinical negligence can mean a variety of things, from a doctor failing to identify an injury on an X-ray, to a patient being given the wrong medication. Medical negligence could also mean your GP failing to refer you to a specialist, or receiving substandard care from your dentist, chiropractor, or physiotherapist.

Should I make a claim?

We know that some people find the idea of making a medical negligence claim daunting, and are worried that claiming compensation could affect the standard of care they, or others, receive in the future.

This is not the case. It’s important to remember that if your claim is successful, your compensation is paid by the NHS Litigation Authority, or the insurance company of the doctor responsible for your injury.

What’s more, medical negligence claims can not only help ease the financial pressure of living with the injury and cover the costs of any further treatment needed, but can also draw attention to the cause of the injury and, in doing so, prevent the same thing happening to someone else.

Why Beacon Law?

Beacon Law have got a specialist team of medical negligence solicitors on hand who know everything there is to know about medical negligence claims. Just as importantly, however, they’re approachable, sympathetic people you can really talk to and trust. No one understands better than they do how upsetting and traumatising it can be when a healthcare professional gets it terribly wrong.

Our main focus will always be you. Our medical negligence solicitors will make sure that you get the best service, the most professional and understanding representation at all times and that you’re happy with every decision and development that our team of medical lawyers take. And that’s only part of it. From day one of your dealings with us, we will dedicate our time and resources to help you rebuild your life and get you back on track. Whatever it takes, whatever you need, our medical negligence compensation team will be there to help you every step of the way.

To find out if you could be eligible to claim compensation for medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence), you can call one of our friendly personal injury solicitors on 08000 886644 or complete our online form and we will call you back.