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Medical negligence can seriously affect your quality of life, both health-wise and financially. Making a legal claim against a healthcare professional may sound intimidating, but our expert lawyers are experienced in guiding people through the process, making you feel at ease, and helping you gain the right care and compensation.
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What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence (sometimes referred to as clinical negligence) is when a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or midwife, causes injury to a patient through failing to fulfil their duty of care, which can put you at serious risk. No matter whether the professional is operating under the NHS or working in private healthcare, you may be able to make a claim.
Medical negligence can have a variety of effects such as: causing new injury or pain, worsening an existing condition or, in some severe cases, resulting in loss of life. Negligence by a healthcare professional can be a distressing experience for you, your family and all those involved.
We are here to ensure that you receive the right result. There are a variety of areas in which claims that can be made. We can assist you in many of these areas of medical negligence including:
- Inquests and loss of life Claims
- Accident and Emergency Claims
- Brain Injury Claims
- Cancer Claims
- Cerebral Palsy Claims
- Fracture Claims
- Claims against General Practitioners
- Pregnancy and Birth Injury Claims
- Pressure Sores Claims
- Surgery Claims
If you are uncertain whether you have a medical negligence claim, or if you have any other queries, contact us today to receive the information you need from our specialist solicitors.
When Can I Make a Medical Negligence Claim?
In most cases, claims need to be made within three years from when you either suffered negligent care, or three years from when you first officially discovered your injury. However, this time restriction can vary depending on the circumstances of your case.
For example, when making a claim for a child, the three year time restriction begins after the child turn 18 years old. Likewise, someone who lacks mental capacity and cannot make a claim on their own may also be exempt from the restriction.
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How is Medical Negligence funded?
There are various options of funding for claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence claim. In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. In limited cases we can offer legal aid. Our solicitors can review and discuss with you what options of funding are available to you and the best route to take.
How can Switalskis help me?
We believe that it is important to understand what went wrong and why you were subject to medical negligence. At Switalskis we will provide you with the advice and guidance you need along the way, to give you peace of mind and just compensation. Nobody deserves to suffer after such an event.
Our experienced Switalskis team includes solicitors who are recognised as specialists by both The Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We are also recognised as being amongst the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.
Contact us now on 0800 1380 458 to talk to a medical negligence solicitor and have your claim assessed free of charge.