Medical Negligence Solicitors Bolton – No Win No Fee
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Medical negligence can have a devastating impact on a victim’s life, affecting their physical and emotional state and, ultimately, their quality of life.
Our team of medical negligence solicitors, Bolton, believe that all victims of clinical negligence deserve compensation for the pain and suffering they have gone through whilst having access to high-quality medical care and rehabilitation to address their injuries caused by the negligence medical treatment.
Please do not hesitate to contact us today to discuss your personal injury compensation claim, our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, making it simple for your to instigate a clinical negligence claim.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is when a healthcare professional fails to provide the appropriate standard of care, resulting in harm to the patient. This can include errors in diagnosis, treatment, or management, as well as a failure to obtain informed consent.
In order to prove medical negligence, the patient must show that:
- The healthcare professional owed them a duty of care.
- The healthcare expert breached that duty of care.
- The breach of duty caused the patient’s injury.
- The patient suffered as a result of the injury.
The standard of care is the level of care that a reasonably competent healthcare professional would have provided in the same situation. This standard is determined by taking into account the relevant medical knowledge and practices at the time of the incident.
Medical negligence cases can be complex and difficult to prove. It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence. Our medical negligence lawyers in Bolton can help you to assess your case and determine whether you have a claim.
Examples of Medical Negligence
Clinical negligence can manifest in various forms, as healthcare professionals can make errors or exhibit negligence in different aspects of patient care. There are many types of medical negligence, including the following:
- Misdiagnosis: This is when a healthcare professional fails to correctly diagnose a patient’s condition, which can lead to further complications or even death. For example, a doctor may misdiagnose a patient’s chest pain as heartburn when it is actually a heart attack.
- Wrongful treatment: This is when a healthcare professional provides the wrong treatment for a patient’s condition, which can also lead to further complications or even death. For example, a doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for a patient’s infection, which can make the condition worse.
- Failure to diagnose: This is when a healthcare professional fails to diagnose a patient’s condition at all, even though the signs and symptoms are present. This can also lead to further complications or even death. For example, a doctor may fail to diagnose a patient’s cancer, which can allow the cancer to spread.
- Failure to treat: This is when a healthcare professional fails to treat a patient’s condition, even though the signs and symptoms are present and the treatment is available. This can also lead to further complications or even death. For example, a doctor may fail to treat a patient’s pneumonia, which can lead to respiratory failure.
- Failure to obtain informed consent: This is when a healthcare professional fails to get the patient’s consent before providing treatment. This can happen if the patient is not given enough information about the risks and benefits of the treatment or if the patient is not competent to give consent.
- Surgical errors: This includes errors made during surgery, such as leaving a surgical instrument inside the patient’s body, cutting the wrong body part, or damaging a vital organ during emergency or cosmetic surgery.
- Birth injuries: This includes injuries that occur to a baby during childbirth, such as brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and nerve damage.
- Medication errors: This includes mistakes made in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medication. Medication errors can lead to serious harm or even death.
It’s important to note that these are just a few examples, and medical negligence can occur in various other contexts and situations. Each case is unique and requires a thorough evaluation by legal and medical professionals to determine if medical negligence has occurred.
What should you do following medical negligence?
If you have been a victim of medical negligence, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation with our medical negligence team. It is important to keep a record of all of your injuries, medical reports, and any ongoing health issues you have due to the medical negligence you endured.
Having records of all details related to the negligence, such as the names of all healthcare professionals involved, plus dates and times of appointments and meetings, will all be important pieces of evidence when it comes to making a claim.
Once you have addressed your immediate injuries and have complied with all of your evidence and documentation, then you should get in touch with one of our personal injury solicitors at Beacon Law to begin the claims process. Our team of medical negligence solicitors, Bolton, can assess your claim and guide you through the entire process.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
In the UK, there is a time limit for making a medical negligence claim. This is known as the limitation period. The limitation period for medical negligence claims is three years. This means that you must start your claim within three years of the date of the negligence or three years from the date you first became aware of the negligence.
There are some exceptions to the three-year limitation period. For example, if the claimant is a child, the limitation period does not start until the child turns 18. If the claimant is mentally incapable of bringing a claim, the limitation period does not begin until the claimant regains mental capacity.
Our personal injury lawyers can discuss the specific limitation periods to your case during your initial consultation.
How can Beacon Law assist?
Our team of medical negligence solicitors, Bolton, can assist with a wide variety of personal injury claims, using their knowledge and expertise to obtain the best settlements for our clients.
We offer our services on a conditional fee agreement (no win, no fee agreement), meaning you don’t have to worry about the costs of making a claim and won’t be required to pay any fees unless your case is successful. Please have a look at the funding section on our website for more information regarding our fees.
To make a claim for medical negligence compensation with Beacon Law, or if you have further queries, please get in touch with our medical negligence lawyers on 0330 1332 857. For claims involving other legal areas, such as commercial law or family law, you can use the Find a Solicitor tool on the law society website.