Medical Negligence Solicitors Sunderland – 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 solicitors in Sunderland are here to assist you. Contact us today to discuss your medical negligence claim and get the guidance you need.
Examples of Medical Negligence
Clinical negligence can manifest in various ways, as medical practitioners can make errors or exhibit negligence in different aspects of patient care. There are several types of medical negligence, which include:
- Misdiagnosis: When a medical professional fails to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition, resulting in incorrect or delayed treatment. For example, if a heart attack is mistaken for indigestion and antacids are prescribed instead of immediate cardiac care, a misdiagnosis claim may be warranted.
- Surgical Errors: Occurring during surgical procedures, these are preventable mistakes made by surgeons. They can involve operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient’s body, or damaging surrounding tissues or organs. Surgical negligence errors can occur in emergency surgery, elective cosmetic surgery, and even dental procedures.
- Medication Errors: This category encompasses 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 similar-looking packages.
- Birth Injury: Negligence during childbirth can lead to harm to both the mother and the baby. This may involve the failure to monitor fetal distress, improper use of delivery instruments resulting in long-term brain injury or trauma, or 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.
What is the process of making a claim?
At Beacon Law, our dedicated team of expert medical negligence solicitors, Sunderland, will evaluate the merits of your case, discuss the potential for a claim, and guide you through the legal claims process.
Our clinical negligence solicitors will conduct a thorough investigation into your case. This may involve gathering relevant medical records regarding your negligent medical treatment, obtaining expert opinions, and reviewing the circumstances surrounding the alleged negligence.
If we determine that your case has merit, we will send a formal letter of claim to the healthcare provider or institution responsible for your negligence. This letter outlines the allegations, the harm suffered, and the compensation being sought.
Independent medical experts will be consulted to assess the standard of care provided by the healthcare professional involved. They will review the case and provide expert opinions on whether there was a breach of duty of care that resulted in harm or injury.
Once all necessary evidence has been collected, negotiations will take place between us and the defendant. The goal is to reach a fair settlement that compensates you for the harm and financial losses you have suffered. Many no win, no fee medical negligence claims are resolved through negotiated settlements without the need for court proceedings.
How much compensation could you be entitled to?
Compensation amounts for medical negligence injuries can be hard to predict as every case, and every injury are different. Our expert medical negligence solicitors, Sunderland, can only provide you with a rough guide, though generally, the more severe an injury, the higher the amount of compensation awarded.
The amount of compensation you could be entitled to for medical negligence can vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances of your case. Compensation in medical negligence cases is typically determined by assessing various factors, including:
- Pain and suffering: Compensation may be awarded for physical and emotional pain, trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life resulting from the negligence.
- Medical expenses: This includes costs incurred for medical treatments, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing care related to the negligence.
- Loss of earnings: If the negligence has caused you to miss work or has affected your ability to work in the future, you may be entitled to compensation for the income you have lost or will lose as a result.
- Future care and assistance: If the negligence has resulted in a long-term or permanent disability requiring ongoing care and travel expenses, compensation may be awarded to cover these future costs.
- Adaptations and equipment: If your living arrangements or the need for special equipment or adaptations to your home or vehicle arise due to the negligence, compensation may be provided for these expenses.
Our specialist medical negligence lawyers in Sunderland can also advocate on our client’s behalf for interim compensation payments to cover any additional expenses they incur as a result of their injuries during the claims process itself.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
The general time limit for bringing a clinical negligence claim is similar to most other personal injury claims. The limitation period for these claims 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”)
Our team of medical negligence solicitors in Sunderland can assist you with any queries surrounding making a claim for medical negligence and advise you on how much time you may have to make a claim.
How can Beacon Law assist?
At Beacon Law, our medical negligence lawyers offer their services on a no win no fee agreement, meaning you do not need to worry about the costs that come with making a clinical negligence compensation claim.
With our proven experience in the field of personal injury, our lawyers are highly capable of assisting clients in securing compensation.
If you have been injured due to medical negligence that wasn’t your fault and are looking to pursue a no win, no fee agreement, our team in the North East are more than capable of assisting you.
If you would like additional legal advice surrounding medical negligence, then the Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA) panel provides support for people who have been a victim of a medical accident.
For a free initial consultation to discuss your medical negligence case, please get in touch with a member of our medical negligence team today at 0330 1332 857. Our law firm is registered in England and Wales.
If you are seeking assistance outside of personal injury law, you can use the Find a solicitor tool on the Law Society website.