Secure compensation following negligent medical treatment
When medical treatment falls below the standards patients are entitled to expect we offer specialist Solicitors who can guide you from day one through to the conclusion of your grievance.
We have a bank of independent experts who will speak out on your behalf when treatment has been sub-standard. These experts are keen to ensure the standards within the Health Service remain high ensuring public confidence.
You are invited to a free consultation. We will advise you of your options and work with you to achieve your aim.
If injured we can help you secure maximum compensation; we can represent you at an inquest into the death of a relative. We can try to secure an apology.
Our Solicitors are members of either or both the Law Society and the AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panels, the only true mark of a specialist.
We pride ourselves on offering a personal service, supporting you until we are no longer required.
Claims we have investigated
We have investigated claims in most fields of medicine. You can find short reports of some of the many cases we have handled in the areas listed below by clicking on the headings set out below:
Frequently Asked Questions
How to fund your claim? »
We will find a method of funding you can afford. There may be no personal expense. We will consider with you:-
1. Legal expense insurance Pre-existing insurance to cover legal expenses could be attached to any number of insurance policies such as:
- Home/Building insurance
- Motor insurance
- Life/Critical illness policies
- Credit cards
2. Trade Union funding If you are a member of a Trade Union they may be able to offer you legal assistance.
3. Public funding/Legal Aid - We have a Legal Aid franchise with the Legal Services commission (LSC) to undertake publicly funded work. The LSC will determine all applications on merit and financial eligibility. This is only available for birth injury cases.
4. Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win No Fee) - If we believe your case merits investigation we can enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement with you. We have access to insurance policies which are necessary to run alongside this agreement.
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What elements are necessary to succeed in a claim? »
It is necessary to prove that the treating doctors, nurses or dentist owed you a duty of care that they breached and as a consequence you suffered an injury.
1. Breach of Duty of Care. Medical expert evidence is required to prove that the standard of care/treatment you received fell below the standard of a reasonably competent Doctor. Without supporting expert evidence your claim cannot succeed.
2. Causation. If there has been a breach of duty, using medical expert evidence we have to show that as a consequence of that breach you suffered an injury. If we are unable to establish causation your claim cannot succeed.
3. Time Limit. You have 3 years from the date of injury or your date of knowledge of injury in which to issue proceedings. After that time the claim is likely to become statute barred.Hide this answer
What is my claim worth? »
The value of your case will depend upon the injury sustained and its impact upon you. Damages can be divided into two categories:-
- General Damages This is an award of damages for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity as reported by medical experts. It will be limited to the injury caused by the negligence.
- Special Damages This head represents expenses which have arisen as a consequence of the negligence and could include past and future losses such as:
- loss of earnings
- care and assistance
- medical fees
- accommodation changes
- aids and equipment
- increased bills
These expenses should where possible be supported by documentation. A record of all assistance by family/friends should be kept.
State Benefits If, as a consequence of your injuries you have received any state benefits, certain of these benefits may have to be repaid from your special damages.
Award of compensation Damages can be paid by way of a lump sum or periodic payments. As a Claimant the Court may choose which they believe is most appropriate.Hide this answer
What will you do next if I start a claim? »
It is necessary for us to:-
- take a detailed history
- understand what you hope to achieve
- consider funding options
- write a letter of complaint and/or
- if you are seeking compensation:-
- secure copies of your notes
- prepare a Chronology
- instruct the appropriate medical expert
- consider the value of your claim
- write a detailed letter of claim
- instruct a Barrister
- settle your claim or proceed towards a hearing
Most cases will settle prior to a trial/hearing.Hide this answer
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