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MISDIAGNOSIS, NEGLIGENCE & MEDICAL MISTAKES
Have you or a member of your family received medical treatment that went wrong because of a mistake? The mistake may have been made in hospital, by your GP or by any other clinician providing medical treatment. Our expert team of clinical negligence solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
DO YOU NEED ADVICE?
Needing medical treatment is bad enough, but if it goes wrong, it can be even worse. The consequences of a mistake made by a healthcare professional can be far-reaching and often long-lasting too; both for you and your family. It might be difficult to know where to turn for help.
Pursuing a claim for negligent medical treatment is a highly specialised area of law. It is therefore important that you instruct specialist solicitors to pursue the claim on your behalf. Our expert solicitors have experience in many different types of claims which is why we are a good place to start.
We offer a supportive and knowledgeable service when dealing with medical negligence cases. We believe that victims deserve specialist advice and should have access to the best rehabilitation, therapy or other treatment that they may need, both now and in the future. Most of our Solicitors are accredited by the Law Society or Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).
It is important to be aware that there is a legal time limit for beginning court proceedings in clinical negligence cases. This is known as the “Limitation Date”. This time limit is three years from the date of the negligent treatment or three years from the date when a reasonable person in your position should have realised that they had suffered an injury. This is known as your “date of knowledge”.
There are some exceptions to this rule. This includes where a person is under a mental disability or lacks capacity to be able to instruct a solicitor. In this situation, the limitation period does not run whilst a person suffers a mental disability or lacks capacity.
When a person stops being under a mental disability the three year limitation period starts to run. It can therefore be very difficult to calculate what the limitation date is. Whether someone has a mental disability or not is often dependent on a medical review of a person’s mental health.
If you are under 18 years of age at the time of the accident then the limitation period only starts to run from your 18th birthday. Therefore, if a claim involves a child then the limitation period does not expire until the child reaches the age of 21.
Three years may sound like a long time, but investigations into claims for clinical negligence can take time. We would therefore urge anyone who is concerned that they or a loved one may have received negligent medical treatment to contact solicitors as soon as possible. This is to ensure that a thorough and detailed investigation of your claim can take place before it is necessary to issue court proceedings.
We are authorised, due to our expertise, to handle cases which qualify for Legal Aid funding. We also offer Conditional Fee Agreements (otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements) where appropriate.
If you would like further information about making a claim, please get in touch with our team. We’ll talk to you about what has happened and give you clear advice about what you could claim for. We’ll also advise on what the chances are of you succeeding in your claim.
For legal advice and to discuss your clinical negligence claim, please contact us.
DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM?
Below are just some of the areas we specialise in:
- Birth injury claims
- Maternal injuries during childbirth
- Neonatal injury
- Gynaecological injury (including TVT mesh)
- Fatal claims and representing families at Inquests
- Brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Orthopaedic injuries
- GP negligence
- Oncology/cancer claims
- Ophthalmic injuries
- Claims involving complex medicine
- Plastic surgery claims
- General surgical injuries
- A&E claims
- Infectious diseases claims
- Cardiac injury
- Amputation cases
- Claims involving a delayed or incorrect diagnosis
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