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When you see a medical professional for any reason, you expect a certain level of care that will help to alleviate symptoms, provide a better quality of life or help you feel well again. Unfortunately in some cases, people may experience a failure in this medical care which they had previously put so much trust in and may result in injury, worsening of previously established conditions or prolonged illness. If you’ve experienced medical negligence through a misdiagnosis or surgical failure, our team of expert personal injury solicitors are on hand to help you find a solution and compensation. Find out more about medical negligence below and contact us today to enquire or find out more about how our process works.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence (which can also be referred to as clinical negligence or medical malpractice) occurs if there is a substandard duty of care carried out to you by medical professionals. You may have suffered from an injury or an illness worsening as a result. These circumstances may occur if there was a delay in diagnosing your illness, an incorrect diagnosis or a lack of care during a surgical procedure. This may have impacted your physical, mental or financial wellbeing. 

Some examples of medical malpractice may include:

  • Your symptoms were ignored, meaning your illness or condition worsened.
  • A procedure or operation was carried out incorrectly and resulted in increased pain or suffering.
  • A diagnosis was delayed or incorrect which resulted in your illness or condition worsening.
  • You underwent a treatment which was inadequate or incorrect, causing an injury.
  • You were given a medical device which isn’t functioning correctly, causing an injury.

Proof of medical negligence

If you believe you or a family member may have experienced clinical negligence, you have up to three years, starting on the date the negligence was noticed, to make a claim. If you do decide to take action, you will need to provide evidence to help support your claim – this can include:

  • Medical records – this can include X-rays or ultrasounds (we will get these for you).
  • A detailed statement of what occurred and how it has impacted you or your loved one.
  • Photographs of the injury when it occurred.

You may also include other witnesses, such as family and friends to help provide evidence of your claim. A team of medical experts will use this evidence to provide commentary on whether or not your illness or injury was a result of poor care. Your case is unlikely to go to court unless it is more complex. If a case does go to court, we will help guide you through the process.

Compensation for medical negligence

Every medical malpractice case is different, so the amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the following factors:

  • How severe your injury or illness was.
  • How it has impacted you financially.
  • How it has impacted your quality of life.

At Beeston Shenton, we offer “no win, no fee” compensation, meaning that if you do not have a successful claim, you won’t need to pay us anything. You may still need to pay any fees relating to the work undertaken by the solicitor, such as ID checks or any other disbursements accrued. This will be discussed with you in detail at your initial consultation.

Need advice on medical negligence?

At Beeston Shenton, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in a range of personal injury cases, including clinical malpractice law. If you aren’t sure whether or not your claim is valid, we’ll be happy to discuss your experience with us to help clarify your options. If you or your loved one have experienced medical malpractice within the last three years, contact our friendly team today – they will be able to help guide you through the process. Alternatively, you can complete our contact form below.

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