In an emergency medical situation, every second counts. If you’re promised an ambulance and it doesn’t arrive on time or the care provided by the crew is substandard, the results can be catastrophic.
We all understand that ambulances might face delays, but there’s no room for error in providing emergency medical care. It’s the responsibility of local NHS Ambulance Service Trusts to respond appropriately to emergency calls and they may be legally liable if an ambulance doesn’t arrive on time, or the care provided by the crew falls below an acceptable standard, and this causes harm or death.
In these cases, you might be owed compensation. The ambulance negligence claims solicitors at Switalskis have supported many people in similar situations to yours, and we recognise the need for sensitivity. In some cases, an ambulance delay can have fatal consequences. Whether you’re claiming for yourself, or on behalf of someone who has died, we’ll do whatever we can to make the process easier and guide you to a successful resolution of your compensation claim.
As with an ambulance callout, time is of the essence when making a claim. Don’t delay your journey towards justice - get in touch with Switalskis today to talk about your experiences and start the process. Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through our website now.
The circumstances surrounding an ambulance delay or substandard care can differ greatly. That means the expertise, support and legal services you need should adapt to the specifics of your case. That’s exactly what makes Switalskis’ approach different. We build our services around you, because we know that at the heart of every claim is a person who has suffered a terrible experience, and who needs our help to set things right.
In pursuit of that aim, we’ll start with a sensitive, confidential, and detailed discussion about your experience. That will give us an overview of your case, the likelihood of making a successful claim, and the compensation you could be owed. It’ll also help us to understand your specific needs, and how the injury or illness you sustained has affected your life.
From there, we’ll gather the evidence we need to build the strongest possible case. Our team has a proven track record in making clinical negligence claims and we’ll work tirelessly until the evidence is airtight. If your claim needs to go to trial, we’ll represent you in court and demonstrate your right to compensation in the strongest possible terms.
If you’ve been failed by the healthcare system, we’ll stand by your side to highlight individual and systemic problems, amplify your voice, and secure the justice and compensation you’re owed.
Every ambulance case is different but while the details might differ dramatically, the process is usually structured in essentially the same way. Even when your claim is subject to delays or challenges that we need to overcome, it will usually need to pass the following milestones.
We know that uncertainty creates stress, and so we’ll offer regular updates and estimated timelines at all stages of your claim. You’ll always know how much progress we’ve made, what the next steps will be, and what we’re doing to maximise your likelihood of a positive outcome.
Sometimes, people are daunted by the idea of taking legal action because they are afraid of the costs. They wonder how much they will have to pay if their claim is unsuccessful. Thankfully, in most cases, the answer is nothing.
At Switalskis, we believe that no one should be held back from exercising their right to claim because of financial worries. We often provide legal services for medical negligence cases on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that there are no legal fees to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. We can also advise you on funding options that might also apply in your case, and help to make sure all the eventualities are covered before your claim moves ahead.
Some of the options we can discuss include:
There may be other types of funding available in your case, as these are only the most common examples. When you call us, we’ll discuss your circumstances and then talk you through all of the funding options that apply in your case, so you can choose the arrangement that works best for you.
For these types of claims, there is usually a limitation period of three years in which you must start your claim. This begins from the point that you experienced the negligence - usually, from the date of the event giving rise to the claim.
In some cases, the limitation period will begin from the point that you realise that you suffered harm as a result of the negligence. For example, if your condition wasn’t apparent until later, the three years might begin from the date that you made the connection.
There are also cases in which the time limit doesn’t apply in the same way, particularly those involving:
It’s always best to take action as soon as you can. There is more evidence available to us in the immediate aftermath of an incident, and there is no risk of missing the deadline for making a claim. However, other exceptions sometimes apply for ambulance delay compensation claims, so you should always seek expert legal advice. Contact Switalskis today to talk about your circumstances and learn more about your eligibility to claim.
If a delayed ambulance delay prevented you from getting emergency treatment when you needed it, or the treatment was substandard and caused you harm, it’s important to take action.
For a sensitive, confidential chat about your situation, or to start the claims process today, call Switalskis on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch through our website.