We have an expert team of clinical and medical negligence solicitors waiting to answer any questions you may have concerning clinical negligence. Our highly trained solicitors have experience in a wide range of medical negligence cases and can assist you in any medical negligence case you may have. We fight on your behalf to ensure maximum compensation in the shortest possible time. Pryers was established in 2002 specifically to act for victims of negligence and to bring claims on their behalf. We will guide and support you every step of the way. To find out if you can claim you will need to talk with a specialist solicitor, call us today on 1904556600 or contact us for a free no obligation consultation.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, is the term used to describe a breach of duty of care by a doctor, nurse, and other healthcare professionals through negligence or malpractice.
It is not the case that doctors and nurses can be sued for every simple mistake. Equally, they cannot be sued simply because the treatment they have provided turns out to be unsuccessful. Many “human errors” are understandable and would not be considered to be negligent. Only those that are inexcusable or unjustifiable would be considered to be negligent.
If you or a relative have been let down by poor care, bad advice, negligent treatment, medical mistakes or lack of action it is possible that you can make a claim for medical compensation, our team of medical negligence solicitors can help.
What do medical negligence solicitors do?
There are different reasons for starting the process of making a clinical negligence claim. The highly skilled team at Pryers Solicitors will assess your claim and work with you and your family through our no win no fee clinical negligence scheme. We will initially discuss with you how successful your claim is likely to be, and if your claim is accepted and is within the defined timescales, we will then pursue the claim on your behalf to secure a successful outcome.
Why bring a claim for medical negligence?
The main reason a claim is brought is to seek compensation for the pain, suffering and consequences of clinical negligence. It is also completely justified that people who have suffered at the hands of trained medical professionals want to achieve some redress, whilst also acting unselfishly and helping to ensure the diagnosis and treatment errors do not continue for other people.
All of our clinical negligence claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis which means that there is no financial risk for you or your family. In addition the experienced team of medical negligence solicitors at Pryers are very aware of tactics that defence organisations on behalf of doctors use to counteract medical negligence compensation claims, and will work closely with you during the duration of your claim to ensure you achieve the maximum compensation possible.
How do I make a medical negligence claim?
It’s really important that you don’t delay and get in touch with the Pryers team today. With the constraints of rigid time scales with few exceptions, if you feel you may have a valid case for a clinical negligence claim then call us on 1904556600, email us at email@example.com or just contact us and we’ll get back to you shortly.
How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?
As with some other types of compensation claims there is a three year time limit to making a claim after you first become aware of the medical negligence occurring. It is important to note here that this doesn’t necessarily mean three years after the treatment, but three years after the symptoms of the clinical negligence become apparent (as this may be some time afterwards).
There are, however, two exceptions to this – if the injured individual was under 18 at the time of the negligence, the three year limit starts on their 18th birthday. Secondly if the injured party is suffering from a significant mental illness, and lack capacity to bring their own claim, they generally have three years to make a claim upon their recovery from this illness.
Many of the scenarios and circumstances surrounding a claim for clinical negligence are more complex than for other types of claims, so it is more important than ever to contact the team at Pryers to discuss your case as soon as possible. We will run through the details of your claim and the impact on you and your family, and then determine the likelihood of you bringing a successful claim.
Our advice at this stage is free, confidential and non-biased and is based completely on the information you provide to us, so it is worth being as open and honest as possible as that helps us assess your chances for success.
What happens when I make a medical negligence claim?
Medical negligence claims are made up of a series of hurdles and when we take on your claim, if we clear one hurdle then we move onto the next.
The first step is for us to obtain the medical notes, records, x-rays, scans etc. and check them. We have assistance from expert nurses to help in the collation of these records. Specialist medical experts will then be instructed to consider whether or not the treatment was negligent, and if it was, what damage the treatment has caused.
At the same time as the above, we are in correspondence with the defendant’s solicitors in trying to persuade them that there is a case for clinical negligence. Clinical negligence cases can often be settled by negotiation without the need to proceed to a full trial. If it is not possible to settle the claim through negotiations then court proceedings will be necessary.
Clinical negligence cases can be very time-consuming and expensive because of the number of specialists involved and the detailed work required. Our No Win No Fee page will give you the information you need in relation to how clinical negligence claims are paid for.
Visit our What Happens When I Make a Claim? page to find out more about making a clinical negligence claim.
Medical Negligence Payout Example
Compensation For Chronic Pain Following Vasectomy
David from Norwich suffered a 2-year history of groin pain, a testicular lump developed in late 2010. By 2012 a left epididymectomy and right vasectomy was proposed. On the day of surgery, whilst waiting to be taken into theatre, David consented to a different operation, this being a bilateral vasectomy. As a result of the bilateral vasectomy, David developed severe debilitating pain in his groin and scrotum. In an attempt to resolve some pain, David subsequently underwent a left epididymectomy (removal of the epididymis; the cordlike structure around the base of the testis where the sperm are stored) and left orchidectomy (removal of left testicle). David also required a spinal neurostimulator to be implanted in 2014; the purpose of the implant is to provide pain relief by modifying the pain messages before they reach the brain. Unfortunately, despite all attempts, David’s pain continued and David was forced to leave his employment.
David instructed Pryers Solicitors to investigate a potential Clinical Negligence Claim against the Hospital Trust. Pryers Solicitors obtained evidence from an Expert in Urology, Expert in Pain Management, Expert Neurosurgeon and Psychiatric Expert. The experts were of the opinion the bilateral vasectomy was only ever going to worsen David’s painful symptoms, as it would obstruct the outflow from epididymectomy.
It was put to the Defendant Trust that the bilateral vasectomy in 2012 was negligent, as a result, David required unnecessary further surgical procedures being left with significant scrotal pain. The Defendant Trust denied breach of duty profusely.
However, settlement negotiations proceeded, which took some time to finalise, but eventually, David was happy to accept settlement for the sum of £750,000.00.
What areas of medical negligence do your solicitors have experience in?
Our solicitors have years of experience across a variety of different types of clinical negligence claims, such as:
- Brain and Spinal Injuries
- Breast Cancer Claims
- Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
- Care Home Negligence
- Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
- Child Health Claims
- Cosmetic Surgery Claims
- Diagnosis Errors
- Ear, Nose & Throat Claims
- Erb’s Palsy Claims
- Eye Injuries & Loss of Vision
- GP Negligence
- Gynaecological, Pregnancy & Birth Injury Claims
- Hip Replacement Claims
- Hospital & Surgery Claims
- Medication Errors
- Never Events
- Pressure Sore Claims
- Stroke Misdiagnosis