Medical Negligence Solicitors Bournemouth – No Win No Fee
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Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, happens when a healthcare professional fails to meet the expected standard of care, which can lead to harm, injury, or death to a patient. This can occur when a healthcare provider deviates from the accepted norms and standards of medical practice, resulting in substandard or inadequate treatment.
At Beacon Law, we believe that individuals who have been victims of clinical negligence deserve support and compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured. Compensation can help cover the costs of future treatments or medical care, easing the financial burden caused by the resulting pain.
If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, our expert team of clinical negligence solicitors in Bournemouth are here to assist you and our services are offered on a no win no fee basis. Contact us today to discuss your medical negligence compensation claim and get the guidance and legal advice you need.
Examples of Medical Negligence
Medical negligence can take different forms, as healthcare providers can make mistakes or demonstrate negligence in various aspects of patient care. Common types of medical negligence claims include:
- Misdiagnosis: This occurs when a healthcare professional fails to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition, resulting in incorrect or delayed treatment. For instance, if a heart attack is mistakenly diagnosed as indigestion, leading to the prescription of antacids instead of immediate cardiac care, a misdiagnosis claim may be applicable.
- Surgical Errors: These are preventable mistakes that happen during surgical procedures and are made by surgeons. They can include operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient’s body, or causing damage to surrounding tissues or organs. Such surgical negligence errors can happen in emergency surgery, elective cosmetic surgery, and even dental procedures.
- Medication Errors: This category covers various mistakes, such as prescribing the wrong medication, administering an incorrect dosage, or failing to consider potential drug interactions or allergies. An example would be a nurse administering the wrong medication due to confusion with similarly packaged drugs.
- Birth Injuries: Negligence during childbirth can result in harm to both the mother and the baby. This may involve the failure to monitor fetal distress, improper use of delivery instruments leading to long-term brain injury or trauma, or a delayed response to complications.
- Anesthesia Mistakes: Errors in administering anaesthesia can have serious consequences. Examples include administering an incorrect dosage, failing to monitor vital signs during the procedure, or not considering the patient’s medical history when determining the appropriate anaesthesia.
How much compensation could you be entitled to?
Compensation for medical negligence injuries can be hard to predict as every case and every injury is different. Our expert medical negligence solicitors, Bournemouth, can only provide you with a rough guide, though generally, the more severe an injury, the higher the amount of compensation awarded.
As well as compensation for their serious injuries, a claimant may also be awarded special damages, which are to cover any additional financial losses they have suffered as a result of their acquired injuries. This includes having to take time off work, specialist medical expenses, travel costs and ongoing care costs.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
The general time limit for bringing a clinical negligence claim is three years from the date of the incident or from the date when the negligence was discovered (also known as the “date of knowledge”).
However, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind:
- Date of Knowledge: If the negligence is not immediately apparent, the three-year time limit starts from the date when the claimant first became aware that they suffered an injury or harm as a result of the negligence. This is known as the “date of knowledge.”
- Children: If the claimant was under the age of 18 at the time of the negligence, the three-year time limit begins on their 18th birthday.
- Mental Capacity: If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to make decisions regarding their legal affairs, there is no time limit for bringing a claim. The time limit will only start if the claimant regains mental capacity.
Our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors in Bournemouth are experts in this area of the law and can assist you with any queries surrounding medical negligence advice, so please do get in touch today to find out how we can help you with your personal injury claim.
How can Beacon Law assist?
If you have suffered a medical accident at the hands of a healthcare professional, either at an NHS trust or private healthcare facility, and are looking to make a medical negligence claim, then our specialist personal injury solicitors at Beacon Law are on hand to assist you as soon as you are ready.
Our law firm is experienced in dealing with a broad range of medical negligence claims, and we ensure our client’s best interests are at the forefront of our negotiations. We offer free consultations and our personal injury services are on a no win no fee agreement (conditional fee agreement), meaning you do not need to worry about the costs of making a claim. Beacon Law can assist in bringing the medical negligence claim on your behalf and running the case from beginning to end.
For a free initial consultation with one of our expert medical negligence solicitors in Bournemouth, contact us on 0330 1332 857 for a no obligation discussion.