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Gateshead Medical Negligence Solicitors No Win No Fee Claims Guide

By Meg Granger. Last updated 30th November 2021. Welcome to our guide covering how you can find the best team of medical negligence solicitors for the Gateshead area. On this page, you will find the benefits of seeking legal representation to help you with your clinical negligence claim.

Medical negligence solicitors GatesheadIf you’ve experienced avoidable or further harm in the form of a new or worsening illness or injury because a trained medical professional failed to treat you with the correct standard of care, our guide could help.

We’ll explore the compensation you may receive and what your claim may comprise. Additionally, we’ll look at the steps you may need to take to build a strong claim to seek compensation.

Furthermore, we’ll look at how our team of expert solicitors with experience in medical negligence cases could help you with your claim.

Although you may have considered employing a local solicitor instead, it isn’t necessary. Our article will provide guidance on why seeking help from a solicitor with experience handling similar claims can be more beneficial.

Most importantly, our guide will provide information on what medical negligence is and how it occurs.

However, if you have any questions whilst or after reading, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on the contact details below:

  • Phone number 0800 073 8804
  • Live chat below allows you to seek instant advice
  • Fill out the enquiry form with your contact details, and an advisor will get back to you

Choose One Of The Sections Below For More Information

  1. What Is Medical Or Clinical Negligence?
  2. How Could I Make A Successful Clinical Or Medical Negligence Claim?
  3. Finding The Best Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Gateshead Area
  4. What Types Of Claims Do Our Medical Negligence Solicitors For Gateshead Handle?
  5. Clinical Negligence Claims Against Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  6. Medical Negligence Compensation Claims
  7. What Is A No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitor?
  8. How To Proceed With Our Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Gateshead Area
  9. Additional Guidance On Gateshead Clinical Negligence Claims

What Is Medical Or Clinical Negligence?

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional fails to fulfil their duty to provide you with the correct level of care, causing you further or avoidable harm.

For instance, the medically trained professional could have failed to take reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining harm that otherwise could have been avoided.

There are various types of medical professionals responsible for ensuring they are acting in line with the correct standard of care. For instance:

  • Doctors or GP’s
  • Nurses
  • Surgeons and surgical staff
  • Dentists and dental nurses

For that reason, there are various independent regulators who monitor the care given by medically trained professionals and health organisations.

For instance, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) monitors and inspect England’s health and social care services. This includes care homes, hospitals, general practices, dentists, clinics and mental health services.

How Could I Make A Successful Clinical Or Medical Negligence Claim?

In order to put forward a valid claim for medical negligence compensation, you must have evidence in support of your case. This might include records of a medical nature, such as:

  • Reports from any past doctor or hospital appointments
  • Prescriptions
  • Treatment plans

The evidence may be used to highlight whether the medical professional acted with the right level of care and took reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining further or avoidable harm.

However, it’s important to be aware that it’s not only evidence that will be considered when looking at whether negligence occurred. The Bolam test may also be used to determine whether the medical professional in question provided the minimum standard of care.

The test is often conducted by a panel of trained medical professionals in the relevant field assessing your case, who will look at the level of care given.

Additionally, you must make your claim within three years as per the Limitation Act 1980.

The act states that your claim must be made three years from the date the incident occurred or the date you gained knowledge that someone else’s failings caused or contributed to the harm you sustained.

However, there are various exceptions to this time limit, so please get in touch with our team on the number above for more information.

If they feel your claim is valid and has a chance of succeeding, they could put you in touch with our medical negligence solicitors for the Gatehead area.

Finding The Best Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Gateshead Area

There are various benefits in finding the best solicitor to represent you in your claim for medical negligence compensation.

We have explored some useful tips on finding the most appropriate solicitor for your case in the sections below.

Gateshead Solicitors Reviews

If you are searching for a reputable solicitor, then checking reviews that have been published online is a good starting point. They can help you understand whether the services the legal firm offers are right for you.

Additionally, you could seek advice from your family and friends to see if they have any recommendations of solicitors with whom they’ve previously worked.

Will I Have to Use a Solicitor Near Me?

There is no reason for you to use local medical negligence solicitors in Gateshead. Instead, modern communication methods such as email and Skype allow you to contact a legal firm no matter where you are in the country.

Our solicitors could provide legal representation, and our team would be happy to discuss our claims service with you.

Please use the number above to get in touch. Alternatively, see below for more information on the claims our team could handle.

What Types Of Claims Do Our Medical Negligence Solicitors For Gateshead Handle?

All of our solicitors have experience with medical negligence claims of various sorts. For instance:

Please be aware that we handle various types of claims so if the type of negligence you have experienced isn’t listed, call our team. They can advise on whether one of our solicitors could represent your case.

Clinical Negligence Claims Against Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

The table below shows the number of successful clinical claims made against Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2019/2020. In addition, it provides an insight into the cost of successful claims.

The figures are provided by NHS Resolutions Trust and Authority Claims Data.

Healthcare ProviderSuccessful Claims 2019/2020Total Paid In Damages, NHS And Claimant Legal Costs
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust35£8,142,961

Medical Negligence Compensation Claim

We understand you may wish to know how much compensation you may receive. However, as various factors are considered when calculating the value of claims, the settlement you receive is unique to your case.

In general, though, claims may often include general and special damages, which allow you to seek reimbursement for both your injuries and any financial losses.

Please see below for more information on how these may be calculated and what they cover.

What Are General Damages?

General damages allow you to seek compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced due to your physical and psychological injuries.

When calculating the value of your injuries, the severity of your injury and how badly it may have affected your quality of life may be taken into consideration. This will be done by looking at the evidence you provide in support of your claim.

Additionally, you may attend an independent medical assessment which creates a report on the state of your injuries. It’s particularly useful if it’s been a while since you sustained harm as it can provide an up to date and more accurate picture of your condition.

Furthermore, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines may also be used to help value your claim.

If you choose to hire a solicitor, they could accurately value your claim whilst helping you get the compensation you deserve. For more information on working with our medical negligence solicitors for Gateshead, please contact our team.

Can I Seek Reimbursement For Anything Else Under Special Damages?

We understand that you may have experienced financial challenges as a result of your injuries. If so, you could seek reimbursement for the losses under special damages, including:

Additionally, it’s important to be aware that you will need to provide evidence to support any losses of a financial nature. For instance, receipts to show any travel or medical expenses and payslips to show any lost earnings.

What Is A No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitor?

There are several options you have for putting forward a clinical negligence claim.

For instance, you could pursue a claim without hiring a solicitor, which initially bears no cost. However, there may be costs that incur throughout your claim, such as fees for medical evidence or assessments.

Alternatively, you could hire a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. This type of agreement covers the additional costs that may incur while your claim is ongoing. Furthermore, it allows you to avoid upfront costs normally required for a solicitor to start work on your claim.

Most importantly, if your claim fails, you won’t be asked to pay solicitor fees.

If your claim is successful, you’ll be required to pay a success fee that’s deducted from your overall compensation package. However, it is legally capped and something your solicitor will make you aware of before you start your claim with them.

All of our medical negligence solicitors for Gateshead operate on this basis, so see below for how you can get in touch with us to work with one of our solicitors.

How To Proceed With Our Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Gateshead Area

Our advisors can take details of your case and provide further guidance on the next steps you may need to take.

Additionally, they could appoint a solicitor to work on your case if they feel it has a chance of success.

Alternatively, if you need more information, they can answer any questions you may have. For more information, use the details below to get in touch:

  • Phone number 0800 073 8804
  • Live chat below allows you to seek instant advice
  • Fill out the enquiry form with your contact details, and an advisor will get back to you

Additional Guidance On Gateshead Clinical Negligence Claims

See our guide on eye injury claims.

For more information on how to claim for medical negligence, see our guide.

Our guide on private hospital claims could help.

Visit the General Dental Council website for more information on the standard of care dentists owe you.

See the government’s guidance on making a complaint against the NHS.

Local Gateshead Medical Centres

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Ave

Tel: 0191 482 0000

Perfect Smile

15 Regent Terrace

Gateshead

NE8 1LU

Tel: 0191 477 2007

Central Gateshead Medical Group

Prince Consort Road

Gateshead

NE8 1NB

Tel: 0191 477 2243

Thank you for reading our guide exploring how you can find the best team of medical negligence solicitors for Gateshead to represent you. However, if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on the number at the top of the page.

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