Medical Negligence Solicitors Chelmsford- 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 maximum 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 and loss of earnings.
If you have been injured due to medical negligence and suffered as a result, our team of medical negligence specialists in Chelmsford are here to assist you in obtaining compensation. We offer our services on a no win no fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about the costs of making a claim. Contact us today to discuss your medical negligence claim and get the guidance 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. Misdiagnosis can occur from healthcare professionals in a hospital or from GP negligence.
- Surgical Errors: The vast majority of surgical errors 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 and even dental procedures. Cosmetic surgery claims are also quite common regarding surgical errors.
- 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.
It is important to note that not all cases involving mistakes by medical professionals amount to medical negligence. To establish medical negligence, it is necessary to demonstrate that the healthcare professional’s actions fell below the expected standard of care for a reasonably competent healthcare professional.
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, Chelmsford, 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.