Medical Negligence Solicitors Brighton – No Win No Fee
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Medical negligence can have a profound impact on a victims life, affecting their physical and mental well-being.
Victims of medical negligence deserve compensation for the pain and suffering they have gone through at the hands of a trusted healthcare professional. Our medical negligence team here at Beacon Law are passionate about advocating for our clients’ best interests, both in terms of financial compensation and access to specialist rehabilitation therapies and medical care.
If you are looking for expert medical negligence solicitors, Brighton, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today. The personal injury lawyers at our law firm offer their services on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about the costs of instigating a claim.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is when a healthcare professional’s failure to provide an acceptable standard of care, which results in harm to a patient. This harm can be physical or emotional. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care that a reasonably competent and skilled healthcare provider would have provided in similar circumstances.
To prove medical negligence, it must be shown 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.
Medical negligence can take various forms, such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, birth injuries, failure to obtain informed consent, and more.
If you believe you have been a victim of medical negligence, then please don’t hesitate to contact us to make a claim. We can provide expert legal advice on medical negligence claims and guide you through the entire claims process.
Examples of medical negligence
Medical negligence can take various forms, and here are some common examples:
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis: When a healthcare provider fails to accurately diagnose a medical condition or delays the diagnosis, it can lead to treatment delays and worsened health outcomes. For instance, a doctor might misdiagnose cancer as a benign condition or fail to recognise the signs of a heart attack.
- Surgical Errors: Surgical errors can include mistakes made during surgery, such as operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient’s body, or damaging nearby organs during a procedure. Surgical errors can occur in all types of surgery including emergency surgery, dental surgery and cosmetic surgery.
- Medication Errors: Medication errors can occur when healthcare professionals prescribe the wrong medication, administer the wrong dosage, or fail to consider a patient’s allergies or potential drug interactions.
- Birth Injuries: Negligence during childbirth can result in birth injuries to the baby or mother. Examples include the improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors, failure to monitor fetal distress, and delays in performing a necessary cesarean section. Such errors can lead to serious injuries, including brain injuries to the infant.
- Anesthesia Errors: Errors related to anesthesia administration can result in serious harm. This may include administering too much or too little anesthesia, failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs during surgery, or not properly informing the patient about pre-operative fasting requirements.
- Failure to Obtain Informed Consent: Healthcare providers have a legal and ethical obligation to obtain informed consent from patients before performing medical procedures. Failure to do so can be considered negligence.
- Laboratory Errors: Errors in the handling and analysis of laboratory tests, such as mislabeling samples or misinterpreting results, can lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
- Radiology Errors: Misinterpretation of medical imaging, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, can result in missed diagnoses or incorrect treatment recommendations.
It’s important to note that not all medical errors constitute medical negligence. Proving medical negligence typically requires demonstrating that the healthcare provider deviated from the standard of care, and this deviation directly resulted in harm to the patient.
Each case is unique, and whether an incident qualifies as medical negligence often requires a thorough investigation and expert medical testimony. If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical negligence then please contact us to speak to our clinical negligence team.
What is the time limit 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 medical negligence solicitors, Brighton, can discuss the specific limitation periods to your case during your initial consultation.
How can Beacon Law assist?
Our team of medical negligence solicitors, Brighton, 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 lawyers to discuss your medical negligence case 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.