Salisbury Medical Negligence Solicitors No Win No Fee Claims Guide
By Meg Sodha. Last updated 23rd December 2021. Welcome to this guide which will explore the benefits of hiring the best medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury.
If you have experienced medical negligence, then you may wish to put forward a claim to seek compensation.
However, it’s important that you understand the circumstances in which negligence could occur so you can determine whether you have a valid claim.
Our guide will provide examples of different types of negligence in a medical setting to help you better understand whether the harm you sustained could have been avoided.
Additionally, we’ll provide information on choosing the right solicitor to represent your claim. For instance, we’ll look at the different factors you may wish to consider before deciding which solicitor to hire.
After reading our guide, if you feel ready to submit your medical negligence claim, contact our team. An advisor could provide you with free legal advice, assess your claim and provide an estimate of how much your claim may be worth.
For more information, use the following details to get in touch:
- Call us on 0800 073 8804
- Chat with an advisor using the live chat feature below
- Send your enquiry by filling out the contact form
Select A Section Below To Find Out More About Medical Negligence Solicitors For Salisbury
- What Is Clinical Or Medical Negligence?
- Evidence That Could Help When Proving Negligence Occurred In A Medical Setting
- How Do You Choose The Best Medical Negligence Solicitors For Salisbury?
- What Claims Can Our Clinical And Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Salisbury Area Handle?
- Successful NHS Negligence Claims 2019/2020
- Medical Negligence Claims Calculator
- How Our No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors For Salisbury Could Help
- Call Legal Expert To Start Your Medical Negligence Claim
- Additional Medical Negligence Guides And Further Resources
Before we proceed, let us define what medical negligence is.
Medical or clinical negligence is an avoidable incident whereby a medical professional’s failure to meet the required level of care resulted in a patient experiencing further or avoidable harm.
The harm could include an additional injury or illness or an original condition becoming worse.
There are various incidents where someone could experience these types of harm in a medical setting, such as:
- A medical error: A doctor may have administered the incorrect dosage of medication, causing them to experience symptoms of an overdose.
- Surgical error: A surgeon may have left a surgical instrument in the patient’s body during a procedure, causing them to develop an infection.
- Delayed or misdiagnosis of a medical condition: A doctor may have failed to correctly diagnose your condition despite the clear symptoms you were exhibiting. As a result, there may have been delays in you getting treatment causing your condition to worsen.
If you have experienced something similar, you may wish to claim medical negligence compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced.
If so, our medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury could help. Please contact our team for more information on the number above.
In order to claim compensation for medical negligence, you must provide medical evidence that highlights that:
- A medical professional failed to provide you care that met the minimum standard required.
- The failure to ensure they provided you with the correct care caused you further or avoidable harm.
The medical evidence you could provide might include:
- Doctor records
- Hospital records
- Details of any treatment or diagnosis you received
- Referral letters
If you decide to hire legal representation, the solicitor you choose could help you obtain the evidence needed to put forward a strong claim.
Additionally, they could arrange for you to attend an additional medical assessment in your local area close to Salisbury.
The additional medical exam could produce a report detailing the current state of your condition. The report may be particularly useful if you’re claiming a while after the incident as it can highlight the long term impact your injuries have had on you.
However, it’s important to note that there may be other factors taken into consideration alongside any evidence you provide. For instance, the Bolam test may be used which involves a panel of medical peers assessing your claim to determine whether the correct level of care was given.
What Is The Medical Negligence Claims Time Limit?
Another thing to consider is the 3-year time limit to claim compensation for medical negligence in the UK, as stipulated in the Limitation Act 1980.
The act states that you must make your claim within three years of the date:
- Your medical negligence incident occurred
- You realised that the incident caused or contributed to the harm you experienced.
However, there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. If you wish to make a medical negligence claim after 3 years claim, call our team for more information.
If you want to sue for medical negligence compensation, you may find it beneficial to research the best solicitors to represent your case.
For instance, you may wish to consider different factors before choosing the best clinical negligence solicitor. In doing so, you can ensure they have the knowledge and experience needed to help you get the compensation you deserve.
A helpful way to find out the information you need is to compare online medical negligence solicitors reviews. The reviews could help you learn more about the services a particular legal firm offers and the way they communicate with clients throughout the claims process.
Alternatively, we could provide you with one of our medical negligence solicitors for the Salisbury area to work on your claim. All of our solicitors have experience handling claims similar to your own and operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you could avoid upfront costs a solicitor sometimes requires to begin working on your claim.
For more information, you could check the reviews left by previous claimants. Alternatively, you could call an advisor using the number above.
Should I Use A Medical Negligence Solicitor Near Me?
“Do I need to use medical solicitors near me?” is a question frequently asked by those looking to put forward a clinical negligence claim.
Whilst it may seem beneficial to have your solicitor close by, it’s not essential as you can keep in touch using other methods of communication; for instance, email or telephone.
For that reason, if you choose a medical negligence solicitor who is based elsewhere in the UK, it won’t affect your claim.
Our medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury have experience handling a wide range of cases. So, whether you wish to claim against the NHS or a private healthcare facility for compensation, they could help.
Additionally, they have experience with the following claims:
- Cancer negligence claims
- Care home negligence claims
- Surgery negligence claims
- NHS misdiagnosis claim
- Medical negligence for sepsis
- Cosmetic negligence claims
We have explored examples of the types of claims our solicitors could take on in the sections below.
However, this isn’t an exhaustive list. For that reason, if you’d like to discuss a different incident of negligence, get in touch on the number above.
Hospital Negligence Claims
There are various incidents of medical negligence that could occur in a hospital if you received the incorrect level of care. For instance, a surgical never event, which is a mistake that should never happen during a surgical procedure.
A surgical never event could include:
- Wrong-site surgery: A surgeon may have amputated a patient’s right leg instead of their left, causing them avoidable physical and psychological harm in the form of an additional injury. Furthermore, the patient’s original condition may have worsened due to receiving no treatment.
- Foreign objects left in the patient: A surgeon may have failed to remove the surgical pads before closing up after a procedure. As a result, you may have developed an infection.
If you experienced a similar type of medical negligence in an NHS England hospital or clinical negligence in a private hospital, we could help.
Dental Medical Negligence
A dental negligence claim could be made against an NHS or private dental surgery if you received the incorrect level of care which resulted in further or avoidable harm.
For instance, you may have elected to undergo cosmetic dentistry treatment, such as having veneers fitted. However, your dentist may have failed to fit them correctly by leaving gaps for food to get trapped. As a result, you may have developed an avoidable infection.
Regardless of whether you elected to have treatment or not, your dentist still has a duty of care to uphold. If they fail to do so and you’re caused avoidable harm or an additional injury, we could help.
Call the number above to find out how our medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury could represent your claim.
GP Medical Negligence
Have you experienced GP negligence at your medical practice? If so, we could help you submit a strong claim to seek compensation.
There are various ways in which a doctor could fail to meet the expected level of care resulting in you experiencing further or avoidable harm. For instance:
- Wrong prescription: A doctor may have failed to prescribe you the correct dosage of insulin to regulate symptoms of diabetes. As a result, you may have experienced symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis such as dehydration and feeling unwell.
- Delayed treatment: A doctor may have failed to refer you to a specialist for further investigation despite you presenting clear symptoms of a condition. As a result, you may have experienced your condition worsening due to delayed treatment.
For more information on making a GP medical negligence compensation claim, contact our team.
Medical Negligence At Birth
A birth injury caused by medical negligence during childbirth could affect both mother and child. Additionally, they could have a long-term impact depending on the severity of the harm sustained.
Examples of negligent actions that could lead to birth injuries might include:
- Your midwife may have used forceps incorrectly, causing the mother to sustain a pelvic fracture during labour.
- Your midwife may have failed to notice that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck causing them to experience a lack of oxygen. As a result, they may have experienced minor brain damage causing them to develop cerebral palsy.
If the birth injury was caused by negligence on the part of a medical practitioner who was responsible for providing you with the minimum level of care, you may wish to claim birth injury compensation.
Our medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury could help you put forward a birth injury medical negligence claim. For more information, contact our team on the number above.
We have created a table using figures from NHS Resolution’s Trust and Authority Claims Data 2019/2020 showing the number of successful claims made against NHS trusts in the same year.
The table also highlights the total paid in damages, NHS and claimant legal costs.
|Healthcare Provider||Claims Made 2019/2020||Payments Made 2019/2020|
|Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust||28||£6,523,798|
The settlement you receive may depend on several factors unique to your claim. Generally, though, each claim may comprise general and special damages.
General damages compensate you for your physical and psychological injuries. However, in order to accurately calculate the value of your claim, medical evidence may be used to determine:
- The severity of your condition
- How badly it’s impacted your quality of life
Furthermore, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines may also be used to help value your claim alongside medical evidence.
Special damages are paid out for past and future financial losses incurred by your injuries. For instance, you may have required additional care costs while you were recovering. If so, you could claim them back under special damages.
However, you must provide evidence to support any monetary losses, such as receipts or payslips.
Our medical negligence compensation calculator could provide you with an estimate of how much your claim is worth. However, you should only use the estimated figure you receive as a guide because your actual settlement amount will vary.
Alternatively, you could work with a solicitor who could accurately value your claim as part of the services they offer.
If you want to make a clinical and medical compensation claim but have reservations about the costs often associated, we have an option that could help.
Our medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury could take your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
By claiming on this basis, you can avoid paying an upfront cost some solicitors often require to begin working on your claim. Furthermore, you could avoid ongoing costs that may incur over the course of your claim if you go ahead without a solicitor.
For instance, whilst there is no initial cost involved in claiming without legal representation, you may be required to pay fees to obtain medical evidence. However, these are included in the agreement between you and your solicitor when claiming on this basis.
Most importantly, you won’t pay solicitor fees if the claim fails. If the claim is successful, a legally capped percentage will be taken from your settlement to pay your solicitor for their work on your claim.
However, your solicitor will make you aware of how the fee works before you agree to start your claim with them.
We understand you may still have questions regarding your medical negligence claim after reading our guide. If so, an advisor is available to provide you with free legal advice and discuss your claim in more detail.
No matter whether you wish to start your claim or you need more information, an advisor could help. They could assess your claim and if they feel it has a chance of success, they could connect you with one of our medical negligence solicitors to work on your claim.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the details below:
- Call us on 0800 073 8804
- Chat with an advisor using the live chat feature below
- Send your enquiry by filling out the contact form
Please see more of our clinical and medical negligence guides below. We have also included some resources on the standard of care you should expect to receive.
Our guide could help if you wondering ‘how hard is it to prove medical negligence?‘.
Visit our guide on midwife misdiagnosis claims for further details on the steps you could take.
For more information on liposuction medical negligence claims, see our guide.
The General Medical Council has guidance and resources on what you should expect from your doctor.
Visit the NHS Constitution for England to find out more about your rights as a patient.
Medical Facilities In The Salisbury Area
Salisbury District Hospital
Tel: 01722 336262
The Salisbury Dental Centre
40 Castle Street,
Tel: 01722 322722
If you have any further questions about where to find the best medical negligence solicitors for Salisbury, contact our team on the number at the top of the page.