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Medical Negligence Solicitors For Doncaster – No Win No Fee Claims Guide

By Daniel Power. Last Updated On 24th November 2021. Welcome to our guide on medical negligence solicitors for Doncaster. Whether you need to use healthcare in the NHS, or through the private sector, patients in the UK should always be able to expect a very high level of service provision. In some cases, however, this is not always so and some people may experience what is commonly called medical negligence. Malpractice or negligent behaviour by someone working in a healthcare profession can result in the patient suffering from a wide range of conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Medical negligence can lead to the existing condition being worsened, or to the development of a new condition. If you have suffered from medical negligence talk to our team covering the Doncaster area.

Medical negligence solicitors Doncaster

Medical negligence solicitors Doncaster

If you, your next of kin, a family member, or someone you are legally responsible for has suffered in some way due to the care received through a healthcare provider, such as the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, you could be entitled to claim compensation for any pain or suffering resulting from this. Our team covering the Doncaster area could provide you with an experienced solicitor who can help you to reclaim hundreds or even thousands of pounds in compensation.

Medical negligence and clinical or medical malpractice is commonly defined as a medical practitioner providing substandard care to a patient. This substandard care will have led to the claimant or patient being harmed. The injury or illness they suffer is defined as ‘pain and suffering’. Under the provision in the UK’s law, a patient who has suffered medical negligence is entitled to claim compensation for both the injury that they have suffered and any financial outgoings they have had to meet.

Contact Information

There are a number of ways you can reach our advisors. If we think you have a valid claim, then we could connect you with one of our lawyers to help you start your claim. You can:

Establishing Medical Negligence

The solicitor that you work with needs to satisfy the following criteria for a claim to be successful;

  • That the medical practitioner or institution they work at (identified as the defendant) owed you (identified as the claimant) a legal duty of care.
  • That this defendant did, in some way, breach this duty of care.
  • That this negligent care leads to injury or illness.

If the claimant has passed away before the claim is made, either as a result of the medical negligence, or due to other causes, a family member or person who was legally responsible for them can bring the claim on their behalf. You are also entitled to bring claims on behalf of a person who you are responsible for but who is mentally unable to do so themselves.

Finally, please note that personal injury or medical negligence claims which are made in the UK are subject to a three-year time limit. This means that the claim must be brought within three years of the date of the accident, incident or negligence happening. Alternatively, if the resulting injuries did not present, or were not diagnosed till later, this ‘date of discovery’ can be the starting point for the claims period. Find out more about using a solicitor to claim compensation in the guide below.

How To Find The Best Medical Negligence Solicitors For Doncaster

Most towns and cities across the country will have more than one solicitor or legal firm who can cover medical negligence claims for that area. This is no different for Doncaster. So, what are the best ways of finding a solicitor in Doncaster to handle your claim? The most common steps include reading reviews of different companies, talking to people you know and searching for medical negligence solicitors for Doncaster on the web.

Choosing the solicitor who can best represent your claim is one of the most important steps that you will take to get compensation for your medical negligence. Remember, it is more important that the solicitor is experienced in making medical negligence claims and has a good track record of securing settlements, than whether or not they are based in the same town as you are. To find a solicitor, follow the steps below.

Will You Need To Use A Doncaster Law Firm?

As briefly mentioned above, you don’t need to use medical negligence solicitors in Doncaster just because that’s where you were injured. There’s no legal requirement to hire local legal help. What’s more important is the law firm’s track record regarding the cases they’ve taken on in the past.

Almost all procedures that are required to carry out a medical negligence claim can now be carried out remotely. Because of this, there’s no need for you to ever meet your solicitor face to face. Say this, if that makes you more comfortable then it can be arranged. However, things like email and phone calls do often suffice.

Here at Legal Expert, our medical negligence solicitors for the Doncaster area have taken on many cases for clients across the country. You can read the reviews on our website from former clients who we have helped in the past.

NHS Medical Negligence Statistics

The NHS releases an annual report that contains the details regarding medical negligence claims that are made against them. The numbers for 2020/21 show that there was a total of over £2,209 million spent in association with these kinds of claims.

You can see the breakdown of these figures in the graph below. Remember, these figures relate only to claims made against the NHS. Therefore, claims made against private healthcare companies have not been taken into account.

This doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to make a claim if you have suffered injuries whilst receiving medical negligence.

These statistics also relate to claims made across the country, not just for Doncaster.

Medical negligence solicitors Doncaster statistics graph

Medical negligence solicitors Doncaster statistics graph

 

What Claims Do Our Medical Negligence Solicitors For Doncaster Cover?

Our Doncaster medical negligence team can handle a wide variety of different medical negligence claim types. Whilst the solicitor may not be located in Doncaster, they can organise for things such as medical examinations to be carried out in your local area, and can even arrange home visits.

Below we look at some of the most common incidences, causes and consequences of people suffering medical negligence. This list is not comprehensive or exhaustive of the types of medical negligence claims we are experienced in, or able to handle. For further information, if your claim type is not listed below, talk to Legal Expert today.

Hospital Negligence Compensation

Compensation claims made against a hospital can include treatment that a person has received, the failure of a hospital to provide the right treatment, or any action (or inaction) on the part of a hospital and its staff which causes a patient to suffer an injury or illness. This ‘pain and suffering’ could include an existing condition being made worse, or the development of a new condition caused by the way treatment was administered.

Negligent treatment which has been administered in a hospital can also refer to a person simply not having been treated in a timely, way, or quite quickly enough. All of these circumstances, as well as others, may be considered as the hospital breaching their duty of care. Whenever using a hospital’s services, you should expect a minimum standard of service provision to be given. If this is not delivered to you, you may be able to claim compensation.

Dentist Negligence Cases

Dentist negligence cases will be brought against dental practitioners due to negligent treatment carried out by a dentist, or another member of their staff. As with claims made against either a hospital or GP, they can be brought against a provider in the NHS or the private sector and may include negligent treatment given, or actions that should have been taken but were not.

Claims may include the provision of treatment, the failure to give the right treatment, or inappropriate care. The damage caused as a result of dental negligence can lead to a patient suffering a plethora of severe and lasting consequences.

GP Negligence Cases

GP negligence cases deal with negligent treatment which has been received by a patient from their GP. They can be made against either a GP surgery, or against an individual practitioner, and can be brought against GP’s who work in the NHS and private sectors.

If your GP has breached the duty of care that they owe you in some way, the consequences can range from being mild to severe. Common incidences of negligent treatment by a GP could be the doctor’s failure to correctly review long-term treatment, not providing the right medication, or not having diagnosed a condition.

Cancer Negligence Compensation

Cancer is a serious disease and even when caught early and treated appropriately, it can still have life-changing or lasting consequences. The earlier cancer is diagnosed and a course of treatment started, the better a patient’s chances of survival and full recovery. A doctor misdiagnosing or providing the wrong treatment can lead to a patient failing to recover as well as they otherwise could have. It could even lead to their death.

If your cancer has been treated in a negligent way, or if you were not treated in the best possible way, or have otherwise received substandard cancer care from a medical practitioner at a hospital in Doncaster contact our specialist team at Legal Expert today.

Nursing Home Compensation Claims

Our medical negligence team in Doncaster can help claimants who have suffered from and been injured as a result of negligent treatment in a residential, nursing home or care home. Whether the service provider you or someone you are claiming on behalf of suffered negligent care in the NHS, or the private sector, the provider owed you or them a duty of care. You can make a compensation claim if the care received caused an injury or illness.

Nursing home compensation claims made be made on your own behalf, or on behalf of someone else for whom you are legally responsible for. You may also claim on behalf of a person who is now deceased. Our experienced medical negligence solicitors for the Doncaster area are ready to assist you in your claim.

Hospital Negligence During Births

Claims for hospital negligence during births can be made against a hospital for an injury sustained during childbirth, or an illness contracted. They can happen any time around childbirth, during labour, the birth itself or in the immediate aftercare. Common types of injury or illness might include the mother or child contracting a hospital-borne infection, a physical injury, or the child suffering oxygen deprivation during the birth.

If you, your partner or your child have had an injury or illness as a result of the care received or the way you were treated during childbirth, you may be owed compensation for this negligent treatment. Find out more by contacting Legal Expert today.

Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator

Some medical negligence solicitors for Doncaster may tell you that they can accurately value for claim straight away. These estimates are unlikely to be accurate. This is because every claim that’s made is unique. As a result, the monetary value of each claim will vary due to a number of different circumstances.

We have many tools at our disposal to value your claim. As well as experienced advisors and medical negligence solicitors for Doncaster, we have an online compensation calculator.

Additionally in this section, we will help you to understand how your compensation is calculated. Whilst we cannot give you an exact figure in this article without knowing more about your specific circumstances, we can tell you about the various figures that make up your final amount.

General Damages

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) make up a publication that lists various injuries that can be caused by negligence. Next to each entry, there is a range of figures that dictate how much compensation the said injury could be worth. It doesn’t matter if your injuries are physical or psychological. You can still be compensated for them.

A sum is calculated by legal professionals with the assistance of the JCG. The figure that’s arrived at is known as general damages. We’ve included some example figures from the latest edition of the JCG (2019) in the table below. This is to give you an idea regarding what this portion of your general damages payment could be worth.

InjuryDescriptionAmount
Mental anguishWhen you think your lifespan is about to reduced, or that you may die£4,380
Elbow(a) An injury that’s severely disabling£36,770 to £51,460
Sight(b) Complete blindnessIn the region of £252,180
Chest(c) The chest/lung(s) will be damaged, leaving lasting disability£29,380 to £51,460
Kidney(c) Loss of one but the other will have sustained no damage£28,880 to £42,110
Teeth(i) when several front teeth have been lost or seriously damaged£8.200 to £10,710
Teeth(iv) when your back tooth has been lost or serious damaged - the price is paid per tooth£1,020 to £1,600
Wrist(e) Uncomplicated Colles’ fractureIn the region of £6,970
Finger(q) Loss of thumb£33,330 to £51,460
Post-traumatic stress disorder(c) Moderate - cases where the injured party will have made a good recovery, with any lasting effects not being too disabling£7,680 to £21,730
Male reproductive system(a) (ii) Where one or both testicles are surgically removed. There will be some psychological consequences but no impotence £18,830 to £21,190
Female reproductive system(f) When the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is delayed, without fertility being affected£3,180 to £19,170

Special Damages

As well as general damages, there are other amounts that can be included in your final settlement amount. They’re comprised of money that you’ve either missed out on or had had to spend as a direct result of your injuries. These expenses are known as special damages. Some examples of these are:

  • Loss of earnings – your injuries may lead to a forced absence from work. If this were to happen, then you could lose out on wages. The money you would have earned over this period could be reclaimed via a special damages sum.
  • Medical costs – if you have things like prescription painkillers to pay for them you could also have these costs reimbursed. This includes things like walking aids and prosthetics.
  • Adaptation to property – you may need things like ramps or stairlifts fitting in your house to make certain areas more accessible due to your injuries. These can be expensive, and you shouldn’t be expected to cover these costs if your injuries were caused by medical negligence.

There are other things that can be considered eligible for you to claim back under special damages. Get in touch for more information, and see how our medical negligence solicitors for Doncaster could help you.

No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors For Doncaster

One of the biggest worries that people can often have when they think about taking any form of legal action are the costs that they may incur, and the time that it may take for the case to be carried out. No Win No Fee agreements were designed to alleviate part of these potential anxieties. Also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’, these contracts were designed to allow people who may otherwise not have been able to afford to take legal action due to upfront and ongoing costs.

With a No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t have to pay until you case is resolved, and then only in the eventuality that you win. Removing this potential burden has allowed people across the country to successfully claim the compensation that they otherwise may not have been able to claim.

Your agreement should set out what work the medical negligence solicitors for Doncaster will do on your case, as well as their general terms of service. It should also include information on when and how the solicitor can expect to be paid, such as the conditions and their overall fee. Before signing your conditional fee agreement, your solicitor will ensure that they take you through everything in the contract, making sure that you understand what you are signing up for. This way, you can be sure that you know what you are signing up for.

Contact Legal Expert Today

Legal Expert can provide claimants across the UK with a solicitor experienced in securing claimants the compensation settlement they deserve. To find out more about making a compensation claim, view our guide on how to claim. When you are ready to find out more, or to start making a claim, contact our team. We are on hand seven days a week to take your call.

Remember, you can call us on 0800 073 8804

You can also contact our team by email on info@legalexpert.co.uk.

Helpful Links

Medical Negligence Leading To Death

Find out more about how to claim compensation after a loved one, family member or friend has died as a result of not being treated in the right way.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Thorne Road,
Doncaster,
DN2 5LT
Tel: 01302 366666
Web: www.dbth.nhs.uk

Park Hill Hospital
Thorne Road,
Doncaster,
DN2 5TH
Tel: 01302 730300
Web: www.parkhillhospital.co.uk

The Medical Centre
2 Frances Street,
Doncaster,
DN1 1JS
Tel: 01302 349431
Web: www.medicalcentredoncaster.co.uk

Doncaster Dental Centre
82-86 St Sepulchre Gate,
Doncaster,
DN1 1SD
Tel: 01302 342356

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