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Bournemouth Medical Negligence Solicitors No Win No Fee Claims Guide

By Stephen Shepard. Last Updated 5th November 2021. Welcome to our guide on hiring medical negligence solicitors for Bournemouth personal injury claims.

Within this guide, we’ll explain how exactly medical negligence can occur. We also explain what to consider if you believe you have been a victim of medical negligence caused by an individual, hospital or another kind of healthcare provider. This guide also breaks down what to look out for if you wish to hire a solicitor to support your potential claim.

We also explain how we here at Legal Expert can assist with medical negligence claims in Bournemouth and other parts of the UK. We’ll talk you through the different types of medical negligence which may lead to a claim that can be assisted by our solicitors. This guide also contains some statistics related to NHS medical negligence claims. We’ll also explain how claiming on a No Win No Fee basis works and how this can benefit you while seeking compensation for medical negligence.

For more information, you can contact us now online or by giving us a call on 0800 073 8804

How is medical negligence defined?

Medical negligence is the term used to describe the series of events that lead to a patient actually being harmed due to the medical treatment they receive. There are many reasons that this kind of negligence can occur. The most common being:

  • Misdiagnosis – where a patient is wrongly diagnosed, causing them to receive the incorrect treatment.
  • Mistreatment – where a patient is wrongly treated for their medical condition.
  • Surgical error – when some acceding or other mishap causes harm during surgery.
  • Wrongly prescribed medication – where the actual medicine subscribed has a negative health effect on the patient.
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Bournemouth Medical Negligence Solicitors

These are the main forms of medical negligence, however, there are others. If you feel you have suffered due to medical negligence in some way, but your case does not fit in with these main negligence causes, give us a call so we can evaluate whether you have indeed been the victim of clinical negligence.

If you already believe that your health has been negatively affected by the actions of a doctor or other medical professional, then check these questions below. If you can answer yes to all three, you likely have a viable route to claim compensation:

  • Did the medical establishment such as the hospital or general practice that you visited owe you a duty of care?
  • Did the medical establishment act in a negligent manner, which lead to them failing to fulfil their duty of care responsibilities?
  • Was the failure to fulfil the duty of care responsibilities avoidable?

If you answered yes to all three of these questions, you should contact us so that we can help you begin the claims process for negligence against the healthcare establishment that was at fault.

How to Find Solicitors for Medical Negligence Cases

If you have been the unlucky victim of medical negligence and you wish to claim some form of compensation, then choosing the right medical negligence solicitors for Bournemouth claims is crucial to successfully win your case.

Not all legal firms are equal, and many specialise in specific facets of the law. You will need to find legal representation from a firm that understands the specific intricacies of negligence claims and has a proven track record of winning cases against major institutions such as the National Health Service (NHS). This way you will have the best chance of winning your case, and also have the best chance of being awarded the highest amount of compensation possible. Legal Expert has published a guide to help people select a solicitor. We will also give a couple of tips on finding good legal representation below.

Research Reviews of Clinical Negligence Solicitors

Searching for reviews online is a good way to learn about a specific legal firm you are considering using to represent you. You can also ask your friends, family and work colleagues about medical negligence solicitors for Bournemouth claims they themselves have used successfully in the past. Social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter are useful in this way, you can simply post asking your circle of friends whether they have heard good reviews of a specific legal firm.

Should I Use a Local Medical Claims Lawyer for My Case?

We live in the digital age, and it is now entirely possible to keep in close communication with a solicitor anywhere in the UK using email, web chat and online chat applications such as Skype and Google Hangouts. Therefore, you have no real reason to use a local Bournemouth legal firm unless you expressly wish to.

Some of the Different Types of Medical Negligence Claims We Can Help With

Any medical negligence solicitors for Bournemouth claims that you shortlist as a potential legal firm to represent you in a claims case should be familiar with the type of negligence claim you wish to make. There are many forms of medical negligence, and we cover some of these below.

Hospital Negligence Advice

A hospital negligence claim would be brought against a hospital in Bournemouth if your treatment at the healthcare institution leads to medical negligence. Here at Legal Expert, we can provide NHS & GP medical negligence solicitors for Bournemouth personal injury claims. If you would prefer to speak to us first, to get some hospital negligence advice then call us today and we will do our best to help you.

Dental Negligence Claims UK

Not all medical negligence cases are against hospitals and doctors. Legal Expert has plenty of experience in claiming compensation for people who have suffered mistreatment at the hands of a dental clinic. Malpractice at a dental clinic can lead to long-lasting, life-changing cosmetic injuries and you will need a good legal firm to ensure you claim the most you can in damages. Legal Expert can help Bournemouth residents and people all across the UK claim compensation due to dental malpractice.

Using Solicitors for Doctor Negligence Claims

One of the most common compensation claims relating to medical negligence is against a General Practitioner (GP). Your GP is your first port of call when it comes to receiving treatment for a medical condition. If your GP makes a mistake, it could have life-threatening consequences. If you need to claim against your GP then you could use medical negligence solicitors in Bournemouth or outside the area. For assistance in hiring a solicitor, you could give Legal Expert a call, as we cover the whole of the UK. We will be able to help you begin the claims process.

Care Home Negligence Cases

Accidents occur every day in care or nursing homes. Many of these are unavoidable. However, when a common type of accident such as a slip, trip or fall takes place because an elderly or infirm person has not been provided with sufficient care, then a valid reason to claim compensation may exist. Legal Expert can assist Bournemouth residents in making a claim for compensation against both state-run and private care homes.

Examples of Medical Compensation Claims

All good Bournemouth medical negligence solicitors should be familiar with a wide range of types of medical negligence cases. Here at Legal Expert, we have over three decades worth of experience in claiming compensation for medical negligence in a wide range of scenarios such as those detailed below.

Cancer Negligence Cases

When a cancer patient is misdiagnosed with the wrong type of cancer, this means that the incorrect treatment will be given. In many cases, the treatment will do no harm, and once the mistake has been recognised and the right diagnosis made, the patient will make a full recovery. However, in some cases where misdiagnosis meant that there was a delay in treating the right type of cancer, this can lead to the cancer not being treated in time, having potentially life-threatening consequences.

Legal Expert understands that cancer negligence cases are complex and that in some cases, the claim will need to be made on behalf of the dependants of the patient, due to the cancer negligence causing death.

Medical Negligence During Childbirth

Childbirth medical negligence claims are fairly common. They can be made due to either the baby or the mother, or even both of them suffering a negative health effect due to a badly managed birth.

Some medical conditions such as cerebral palsy can be directly attributed to malpractice at the time of birth and will be a valid reason to make a claim. Accidents during childbirth can have life-changing consequences for both the mother and the child, and Legal Expert always approaches such cases seriously.

Medical Negligence Compensation Awards

For the most accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you are likely to receive in your particular case, you can give Legal Expert a call. We can put you in touch with medical negligence solicitors for Bournemouth personal injury claims.

NHS Medical Negligence Statistics

You may be eligible to make a medical negligence claim against an NHS healthcare professional or hospital. That is provided that you have evidence that shows that such a healthcare provider demonstrated negligent behaviour and this caused you harm.

How frequent are clinical negligence claims against the NHS? For insight into this particular matter, we can take a look at statistics regularly published by NHS Resolution. This is a department within the NHS that is responsible for handling compensation claims made against the health service.

According to the NHS Resolution Annual Report for 2020/21, the NHS received 12,629 medical negligence claims and reported incidents during the covered period. That is a 7.5% increase in claims when compared to the 2019/20 period. During that time, the NHS received 11,678 claims.

The 2020/21 annual report also confirms that the NHS settled 15,674 clinical and non-clinical claims in total during the covered time period. Out of all of these settled claims:

  • 11,704 (74.7%) were settled without requiring any court proceedings.
  • 3,914 (25%) of the claims ended up requiring some court proceedings before a settlement was reached.
  • 56 (0.3%) of the claims required a court trial to be resolved.

What Damages May Be Claimed Through Bournemouth Claims With Clinical Negligence Solicitors

If you can make a medical negligence claim and it proves successful, then you may receive compensation for different types of damages. The two main parts of compensation to be aware of are general damages and special damages. But what’s the difference between these types of damages?

General damages

Compensation for general damages is meant to cover for the physical and mental injuries you’ve suffered due to another party’s negligence. You can receive some level of compensation for each injury which you are successfully able to claim for through your case. How much you receive in general damages will depend on the exact injuries you have, how severe they are deemed to be and whether they can be confirmed through medical evidence.

Special damages

To be eligible to receive any compensation for special damages when making a personal injury claim, you usually need to be eligible to claim for general damages. If you are eligible to claim for general damages, then it’s possible you may also receive extra compensation for special damages to cover for relevant financial losses. An example of special damages is earnings from work which you may have missed out on because your injuries caused by medical negligence forced you to take unpaid time off work. Special damages may allow you to recoup such a loss.

No Win No Fee Bournemouth Medical Negligence Solicitors

A No Win No Fee Agreement is a term used to describe a contract for legal representation that requires no initial fee to begin a claim, and with no ongoing legal costs to pay across the lifetime of the claims process. Under a No Win No Fee agreement you don’t pay anything at all until such time as Legal Expert actually wins your case for you and you are paid compensation.

Contact Legal Expert Today

The Legal Expert team can provide you with expert legal representation for a medical negligence case in the Bournemouth area. All you need to do is give us a quick call on 0800 073 8804 so that we can learn the details of your claim. Once we have this information, we will make a recommendation on what we think you should do next.

We will also likely offer to take on your case under a No Win No Fee agreement. We can also arrange a home visit if you would prefer not to discuss your claim over the telephone. Our nationwide service means that you don’t need to find local Bournemouth medical negligence solicitors.

Helpful Links

NHS advice

NHS information on patients’ rights and how you can make a complaint.

GP negligence claims

A Legal Expert guide to making a claim against your GP.

Other Medical Negligence Help Guides

Local Bournemouth medical centres

Bournemouth Private Clinic
Castle Lane East
Dorset BH7 7DW
Tel: 01202 720275

Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East
Tel: 01202 303626

Bournemouth Dental Practice
27 Old Christchurch Road
Tel: 01202 553919

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