If you’ve experienced medical negligence, it's completely natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure of the road ahead. At Switalskis, we're all too familiar with the physical and emotional toll these circumstances can take. That's why we're dedicated to offering not just our legal expertise, but a compassionate ear and steadfast support.
Our team of clinical negligence solicitors is equipped with the experience, knowledge and unwavering commitment to help you get answers and resolve. We stand beside you, ready to transform a complex and potentially stressful journey into a path marked by understanding, clarity and resolution.
If you're prepared to take the first step towards rightful compensation and resolution, Switalskis is ready to accompany you every step of the way.
At Switalskis, we're not just here to provide legal advice; we're here to provide a helping hand during one of life's most challenging times. From our first conversation, our aim is to listen and support you, quickly establishing the facts and determining if you have a medical negligence claim. But our role extends far beyond that - we're here to stand beside you, championing your rights, amplifying your voice, and doing all we can to build a robust case on your behalf.
Drawing from our vast experience in the sector, we're well-equipped and skilled at building cases. We understand that the path to answers can often be long, and waiting for a resolution can be frustrating. That's why we’ll always try to secure interim payments wherever possible to take some of the financial pressure from you and provide funds for much-needed costs such as care, support and therapy.
A successful claim is about more than just compensation. It’s about gaining recognition for the suffering caused and helping to make sure that similar incidents are prevented in future. Therefore, we'll also aim to secure an apology from the organisation involved, along with any other outcomes that you feel are important for your peace of mind.
We’re here to support, guide and reassure you every step of the way, working tirelessly to make sure that you get the justice you deserve.
A medical negligence claim, also known as a clinical negligence claim, is a legal action taken by a patient or their family against healthcare professionals or organisations. It comes into play when the standard of care provided falls short of what is reasonably expected and causes harm or injury to the patient.
At Switalskis, we understand that taking such a step can be daunting. However, we also recognise the importance of these claims in making sure that patients receive the resolution they deserve, and medical professionals continue to strive for the highest possible standards of care.
Medical negligence claims can result from various situations, including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, or negligence during childbirth. Whether a claim is against the NHS or private healthcare providers, the purpose is the same - to obtain compensation for the pain, suffering and financial loss caused by the negligence.
Making a successful medical negligence claim involves proving two main points:
If you believe you've suffered as a result of medical negligence and wish to discuss your situation with some of the best medical negligence solicitors in the country, contact Switalskis. We're here to listen, support and guide you every step of the way.
A medical negligence claim can be made by anyone who believes they've suffered harm due to the substandard care of a healthcare provider. This could be care from a GP, a nurse, a dentist, a surgeon, or any other medical professional - whether within the NHS or in a private setting. We offer guidance and support to anyone considering such a claim, providing clear, jargon-free advice every step of the way.
Here are some scenarios where there could be a medical negligence claim:
Remember, each case is unique and has its own set of complexities. That's why our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors is here to support you. We're committed to giving you the best possible advice tailored to your specific circumstances.
Initiating a medical negligence claim can seem daunting. We strive to make this process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for you. Our goal is to bring clarity to the complex and to guide you seamlessly through each step.
Throughout the claims process, our team of medical negligence lawyers is by your side, explaining each stage, answering your questions, and providing the support and advice you need. At Switalskis, we believe that legal jargon should never be a barrier to justice, and we're committed to keeping you informed and confident every step of the way.
Deciding to make a medical negligence claim is a significant step, often spurred by a need for answers, understanding and closure. You might have been affected physically or emotionally, or perhaps you've experienced financial hardship due to the cost of additional care, treatment or loss of earnings. In these instances, a medical negligence claim can be essential in helping you secure the compensation you deserve to help rebuild your life.
At Switalskis, we understand that no amount of compensation can undo the distress and suffering caused by medical negligence. However, it can be a practical step in addressing the financial burdens that may have resulted from the negligence, enabling access to necessary support, and ensuring future care needs are met.
Also, a medical negligence claim can highlight areas where healthcare providers have fallen short, helping to prevent similar incidents from happening to others in the future. By stepping forward and making a medical negligence claim, you aren’t only defending your rights but potentially safeguarding the wellbeing of others.
Funding a medical negligence claim might initially seem like a daunting prospect, but rest assured there are several options available that we can guide you through.
Our medical negligence team is always very clear at the start in our explanations about potential costs and funding options. We're here to guide you through your choices, ensuring you feel confident and supported at every step of your medical negligence compensation claim journey.
We understand that you're keen to see justice served as swiftly as possible. However, the timeline for medical negligence claims varies as each case is unique and comes with its own set of complexities.
In more straightforward cases, where liability is admitted quickly, a resolution can sometimes be reached in a year or two. However, more complex cases, especially those involving serious injuries or disputing parties, are likely to take several years to conclude.
Here are the three main factors that will determine how long it takes to settle your claim:
At Switalskis, we’ll always move your claim forward as efficiently as possible but we never rush the process at the expense of achieving the right outcome for you. If your case takes longer to resolve, we have a strong track record of securing interim payments in appropriate cases to provide some financial relief upfront. We can only do so if the defendant admits some responsibility, even if they don’t agree they are responsible for all of the damage that has been caused.
Our team is committed to keeping you informed and supported throughout the journey, no matter how long it takes. Our guiding principle is to achieve the resolution you deserve, however long the road may be.
When you've experienced a medical incident, the timeline for pursuing resolve may be the last thing on your mind, yet, it's important to understand the legal time limits involved in making a medical negligence claim as it directly impacts your right to compensation.
As a general rule, you have three years to make a medical negligence claim. This period typically begins from the date of the incident (when the negligence occurred) or from the date you became aware of the harm caused (also known as the 'date of knowledge'). For instance, you may have undergone surgery but only discovered that something went wrong months or even years later - in such cases, the three-year time limit would start from your 'date of knowledge'.
However, there are exceptions to this rule:
The courts may choose to extend these time limits in some circumstances, but this is very rare, so it’s always recommended to seek advice as soon as possible to avoid missing any deadlines.
Our clinical negligence solicitors can guide you on these timelines and ensure your claim is initiated promptly and correctly, providing you the best opportunity for justice and compensation.
Determining how much compensation you can receive for medical negligence is a complex process, as each case is unique and brings its own set of circumstances to consider. However, at Switalskis, we believe in full transparency and helping you understand how compensation figures are determined. In broad terms, there are two types of compensation (damages) you may be entitled to:
Our experienced team of medical negligence experts will assess your case, considering every detail to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Whether it's an NHS medical negligence claim, or a claim against a private entity, we have the expertise to navigate these challenging cases effectively.
It's important to remember that compensation won't erase what's happened, but it can provide vital financial support for future care, treatments and adjustments needed to improve your quality of life. For advice on your specific situation, we welcome you to contact us for a free, no-obligation chat. Our 'no win, no fee' service ensures you can pursue justice without financial risk.
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If you believe that you or a loved one have been a victim of medical negligence, it's crucial to take that first step towards justice. Switalskis is here to guide you through the process, providing expert advice, emotional support and strong representation.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or getting in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialis