Medical Negligence Compensation
Medical negligence can have a profound effect on those concerned. In the majority of cases the National Health Service (NHS) and medical professionals provide a high level of care, often in difficult circumstances. Recently, there have been an increasing number of press headlines highlighting errors of judgment and mistakes made by medical practitioners and the devastating consequences for the patients involved and, their families.
As a patient you are entitled to expect a reasonable standard of care from your treating practitioner. This includes your doctor, midwife, nurse, dentist or any other person treating you.
Medical staff are required to make sure you fully understand the treatment you are given and the risks of that treatment.
Medical staff owe a duty of care to provide safe, professional care which does not endanger the patient or cause harm. If injury does occur because medical care fell below a reasonable standard then you or your relative may be entitled to a claim compensation for Medical Negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions – Medical Negligence Claims
Like all accident and personal injury claims, medical negligence cases are subject to strict limitation deadlines.
In England and Wales this means that, unless the injured person was an infant, you have three years to file your claim at court starting from the date when the harm or injury was done, or from when you found out your treatment was negligent and caused you an injury which with proper care you would not have suffered. The courts are strict and usually stick to this three year deadline.
It is therefore important to contact a lawyer who is an expert in medical negligence, as soon as you think you may have a claim.
Financing a claim can be a major concern for many people who may be entitled to compensation, with many people put off by the potential costs. This is where Jordans Solicitors can help.
Your initial consultation with a member of our expert team at Jordans is entirely free and during this consultation we may be able to establish whether you have a claim for compensation. If we believe you have grounds for a claim we may be able to take your case under a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a No Win, No Fee Agreement.
At your initial consultation, our experts will advise whether you qualify for a No Win, No Fee service and explain, in full, the terms of such an agreement. In brief, as long as you stick to certain obligations, such as providing regular instructions, under a No Win, No Fee Agreement you will not be charged unless we secure you compensation, either by agreement with the other party or at a final hearing. If you are unsuccessful, you will be charged nothing, hence No Win, No Fee.
The law in relation to these agreements changed in 2013. It now states that, if your claim succeeds, the Defendants are responsible for your basic legal costs and disbursements. Your solicitor will then be entitled to a success fee payable from your damages, which is calculated as a percentage of the legal costs. In most cases, this success fee will be capped by agreement. Jordans will work tirelessly to ensure that we maximise any damages to which you are entitled.
Medical negligence claims can be very complex, which is why it is vital that you work with a law firm who specialises in these claims. You also need to have confidence in your lawyer.
Our lawyers have a wealth of expertise in helping people who have suffered medical negligence and will handle your case with the highest possible levels of sensitivity and professionalism, with all claims handled in complete confidence.
If you have started a claim with a firm that does not specialise in medical negligence claims then speak to Jordans today and we will advise you whether we are able to take over your claim.
Make a Medical Negligence Compensation Claim
Medical negligence cases are complex and therefore need specialist legal and medical advice. At Jordans we understand that the consequences of medical negligence can be far reaching and can impact all aspects of a victim’s life. When you feel you have been let down by professionals you trusted it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for help.
Our expert medical negligence lawyers are committed to client care. Led by Christine Sands, Jordans has a specialist compensation claims team with many years of experience in this area. We can guarantee that your initial meeting will be with a specialist medical negligence solicitor which will take place at a local office in Wakefield, Dewsbury or Horsforth. Alternatively we can meet you at your home address to discuss.
To see how Jordans Solicitors can help you, call 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back.