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By Meg Eccleston. Last updated 4th January 2022. Welcome to this guide exploring how you can find the best medical negligence solicitors for the Scarborough area to help you seek compensation.

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If you experienced substandard medical care in Scarborough, which left you with an avoidable illness or injury or made a pre-existing condition worse, our guide could help. 

We’ll explore how you could put forward a medical negligence claim to seek compensation for the harm you sustained.

Additionally, we’ll provide examples of clinical negligence to help you understand whether you’re eligible to claim. Furthermore, we’ll provide information on the evidence you’ll need to support your case and how a solicitor could help you gather the evidence you need.

Most importantly, we’ll look at the clinical negligence compensation you may be entitled to, what you could claim and how it’s calculated. 

For more information on how to find the best solicitor for your case, please get in touch with our team on the details below:

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Explore The Sections Below For More Information On Medical Negligence Solicitors For Scarborough

  1. Clinical Negligence Vs Medical Negligence
  2. Do I Need To Obtain Medical Evidence When Seeking Compensation For Clinical Negligence?
  3. How To Choose The Best Medical Negligence Solicitors For Scarborough
  4. What Clinical Negligence Cases Can Our Scarborough Team Conduct?
  5. Claims Made Against York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust
  6. How Is Clinical Negligence Compensation Calculated?
  7. No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Scarborough Area
  8. Next Steps To Making Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims
  9. Useful Links And Additional Medical Negligence Guides

Clinical Negligence Vs Medical Negligence

Before we get started, we should confirm what medical negligence is. Medical negligence, also known as medical malpractice or clinical negligence, is when a patient sustains avoidable harm after receiving care that falls below the expected standard.

There are various types of harm you could experience as a result of receiving substandard care, such as:

  • Physical harm: A surgeon may have failed to remove surgical pads before closing up after an operation, causing you to develop an avoidable infection.
  • Psychological harm: A doctor may have failed to diagnose you with Pre-natal depression despite you exhibiting clear symptoms of the condition. As a result, you may have experienced further harm due to delayed treatment.

If you have experienced something similar and wish to seek medical negligence compensation, we could help. 

Our team of advisors will assess whether or not you have a legitimate case for making a clinical negligence claim, estimate how much compensation you could be awarded and help you find the right solicitor.

For instance, they could appoint one of our medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough to represent your claim. For more information, use the number above to contact our team. 

How Long Will It Take To Claim Compensation For Medical Negligence?

The time it takes for your claim to settle may depend on several factors. For instance:

  • Whether the defendant admits liability or not
  • Whether you need to provide further evidence

However, in cases where the defendant has admitted liability, your solicitor may be able to put forward an application to receive part of your compensation before the claim settles.

This is known as an interim payment that could help cover immediate costs you’re required to pay, such as mortgage bills that you could not pay due to loss of income. 

How Long Do I Have To Put Forward A Medical Negligence Claim?

Please be aware that as per the Limitation Act 1980, there is a time limit to put forward your claim in England and Wales.

This means that most compensation claims must proceed within three years of either:

  • The date of the medical negligence incident
  • The date you became aware that the incident caused or contributed to the harm you sustained.

However, there are some clinical negligence limitation exceptions.

For example, if someone under 18 has been impacted by medical negligence, someone could claim on their behalf until their 18th birthday by acting as a litigation friend. This might include a solicitor, guardian or parent.

From their 18th birthday, the child will have three years to pursue their medical negligence claim.

If you’re looking to claim after the three-year time limit, please contact our team on the number above. One of our advisors can provide further details on the other exceptions and assess whether you’re eligible to claim.

Do I Need To Obtain Medical Evidence When Seeking Compensation For Clinical Negligence?

Medical evidence in the form of doctors or hospital records could highlight whether you were given the correct level of care.

For example, you may have visited your GP due to exhibiting clear signs of a condition that required treatment. However, your doctor may have failed to prescribe you the correct dosage of medication, causing you to sustain further harm as a result of an overdose.

In circumstances similar to this, doctor records could show the medication and dosage you were prescribed as well as the treatment you received for the further harm you sustained.

In addition to medical records, you may also be invited to attend an independent medical exam. The exam could produce a current report detailing the full extent of your condition.

However, as part of the medical negligence claims process, the Bolam test may also be considered alongside any evidence you provide. The test involves a group of peers trained in a relevant medical field assessing whether the minimum standard of care was provided.

As the claims process can seem complex, it may be beneficial to hire the best medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough to help you.

An experienced medical negligence solicitor could help you gather the evidence you need to build a strong case. Furthermore, they could arrange for you to attend a medical exam in your local area.

Our solicitors all have experience handling these types of claims and understand the process involved in building a strong case.

If you have a legitimate case to claim compensation for medical negligence, an advisor could appoint one of our solicitors to represent your claim. For more information, call the number above.

How To Choose The Best Medical Negligence Solicitors For Scarborough

There are several factors you may wish to consider when choosing the best medical negligence solicitor to represent your claim. For instance:

  • Do they have experience handling claims similar to your own?
  • Can they offer you a No Win No Fee agreement?
  • Are they able to keep you updated at each stage of your claim?
  • Can they arrange for you to attend a local medical exam to obtain further evidence to support your claim?

Reading online reviews of clinical negligence solicitors could help you learn more about the services a solicitor can offer you.

By using different search terms such as ‘free legal advice Scarborough’ or ‘best medical negligence solicitors in Scarborough’, you could find helpful independent reviews. 

It may be beneficial to read as many reviews of different solicitors firms as possible to research and compare whether or not their previous customers were satisfied. 

It’s important to note that our solicitors meet each of the criteria listed above and could help you get the compensation you deserve. They have the knowledge and experience needed to help you put forward your clinical negligence compensation claim.

For more information, you can read the reviews left on our page by previous clients. Alternatively, get in touch with our team on the number above.

Do You Have To Use Local Medical Negligence Solicitors In Scarborough?

We understand you may be wondering, “Should I use a medical negligence solicitor near me?”. However, it’s a common misconception that you have to use a solicitor based in your local area.

We understand you may be apprehensive about choosing a solicitor located further afield so you can keep in touch with them regularly. However, there are other ways you can connect with your solicitor to discuss your claim, such as email, telephone or video call.  

For that reason, it may not be beneficial for location to be the deciding factor in your search for a solicitor.

Instead, it may help to prioritise the experience they have, the quality of service they provide and the fees they charge.

What Medical Negligence Cases Can Our Solicitors For Scarborough Conduct?

Our medical negligence solicitors all have experience handling different types of claims. For instance, they could help you make a clinical negligence claim against the NHS or a private healthcare provider.

Additionally, our solicitors could help you claim medical negligence compensation for:

We have explored some of these claims in more detail in the sections below. However, if none of the examples fits your situation, please call our team to discuss whether we could help.

Hospital Negligence Claims

Have you experienced medical negligence in an NHS or private hospital? If so, and you sustained further or avoidable harm after receiving substandard care, we could help.

For instance, you may have developed an avoidable hospital infection such as MRSA due to poor hygiene measures during your stay.

If you experienced a similar type of hospital medical negligence, our solicitors could help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.

Dental Medical Negligence Claims

All trained dental professionals, such as a dentist, orthodontist, dental nurse or oral hygienist, have a duty of care to act with the correct level of care. However, in some cases, the care you receive may fall below the expected standard, causing you to sustain further or avoidable harm.

For instance, a dentist may have failed to spot and treat your abscess despite you exhibiting clear signs of the condition. As a result, you may have developed an avoidable infection and sustained significant scarring.

In this instance, you may wish to make a dental negligence claim to seek reimbursement for the pain and suffering you experienced.

For more information on the next steps you could take, call our team on the number above. An advisor could appoint one of our medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough to help you claim dental negligence compensation.

Doctor And GP Medical Negligence

A GP is often the first port of call when we have symptoms that require medical attention. They are responsible for ensuring they provide you with the correct level of care when investigating, diagnosing and treating conditions.

In some cases, they may not be able to diagnose your condition themselves, so they may refer you for further tests where necessary.

However, there are circumstances where you may receive the incorrect standard of care. For example, your doctor may fail to spot clear signs of a condition causing your symptoms to worsen due to delayed treatment.

If you have experienced something similar, please get in touch on the number above to discuss your GP negligence compensation claim.

Care Home And Nursing Home Medical Negligence 

Care and nursing homes are responsible for providing the correct level of care to residents. However, if the care falls below the expected standard, it could have severe consequences, including a resident sustaining further or avoidable harm.

For example, a nurse may have failed to regularly turn a patient causing them to develop pressure sores that could have otherwise been avoided.

If you or your vulnerable next of kin have experienced negligence in a nursing home or care home, our medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough could help.

Birth Injury Medical Negligence

During childbirth, both mother and child are entitled to receive the correct standard of care from either NHS or private healthcare providers.

However, in some situations, the correct care isn’t provided, resulting in both mother and child sustaining a birth injury.

For example, the mother could have sustained a fractured pelvis due to the midwife failing to use forceps correctly. Alternatively, the child could have developed cerebral palsy due to the midwife failing to monitor oxygen levels correctly. 

As you can see, birth negligence could cause serious injuries to both mother and child. For more information on your next steps, please get in touch with our team on the number above.

Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims 

When receiving treatment for any form of cancer, it is critically important that your condition is diagnosed and treated as early as possible. However, there are some cases where your treatment or diagnosis is delayed.

For example, you may have visited your GP, who may have arranged an urgent referral for you to receive further tests. However, there may have been unreasonable delays causing your condition to worsen.

Please be aware that there are circumstances where a medical professional has done everything they reasonably can, but you still experience further or avoidable harm. In these cases, it may not have been medical negligence.

For more information on whether you could put forward a cancer negligence claim, contact our team on the number above. An advisor could connect you with one of our medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough to represent your claim. 

Claims Made Against York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

The table below shows the total claims made against the York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust in 2020/2021. 

The table also details the total value paid in damages, claimant and NHS legal costs.

The figures are taken from NHS Resolution’s Trust and Authority Claims Data 2020/2021.

Healthcare ProviderClaims Received 2020/2021Payments Made In Damages, NHS and Claimant Legal Costs 2020/2021
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust37£14,967,472

How Is Clinical Negligence Compensation Calculated?

Generally, each medical negligence settlement may comprise general and special damages. We have explored what you could claim under each of these in the following sections.

However, if you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to call our team on the number above.

General Damages

As part of the claims process, you’re entitled to seek compensation for your physical and psychological injuries under general damages.

In order to accurately calculate the value of your injuries, medical evidence may be used to determine the following:

  • The severity of your injuries or illness
  • How badly it’s impacted your quality of life

Alongside medical evidence you may have obtained, the Judicial College Guidelines may also be used to help value your claim.

As you can see, the amount of compensation you receive may vary depending on specific factors unique to your case.

However, you could use our medical negligence compensation calculator, which could provide an estimate of how much you could receive. Please note, you should only use this figure as a guide as your actual settlement amount will vary.

Alternatively, if you hire medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough, they can accurately value your claim.

Special Damages

The medical negligence claims process also allows you to seek reimbursement of any past and future financial losses under special damages. For instance:

  • Cost of care for yourself or someone dependant on you
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Home adjustments

However, you must provide evidence to support any monetary losses such as receipts, invoices or payslips.

As not every claim will have special damages, they will be calculated separately and added to your overall settlement package.

No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Scarborough Area

If you’re thinking of making a clinical negligence claim, you may want to consider choosing a solicitor who offers No Win No Fee services. In doing so, you could work with a solicitor under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

A CFA means that you can avoid upfront costs often associated with hiring a solicitor for their services. Furthermore, the agreement covers ongoing costs that could incur while your claim is ongoing, such as fees for medical evidence.

Most importantly, if no settlement is awarded in the compensation claim, you won’t be asked to pay solicitor fees.

If your claim is successful, a success fee will be paid out from your final settlement in the form of a legally capped percentage. However, your solicitor will make you aware of how the fee works prior to starting work on your claim.

For many, it may be a beneficial option if you’re concerned about the costs often associated with hiring legal representation. 

All of our medical negligence solicitors for Scarborough operate on this basis, so if it’s something you’d like to learn more about, please get in touch on the number above. 

Next Steps To Making Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims

If you have experienced medical negligence, we understand the process of seeking compensation may seem daunting. However, choosing an experienced solicitor to represent your claim could help. 

Whether you want to sue for hospital negligence, dental negligence or GP negligence to seek medical negligence compensation, our solicitors have the experience to help.

For more information on how you could work with one of our solicitors, use the details below to get in touch with our team:

  • Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804
  • Please send your query by filling out our online contact form
  • Chat with an advisor using the live chat function below

Useful Links And Additional Medical Negligence Guides

Visit the government website to see The NHS Constitution of England, which outlines your patient rights.

See the General Medical Council for further details on the standard of care you should expect to receive from your doctor.

Visit our guide for more information on the different types of medical negligence claims you could make.

For more information on blood transfusion medical negligence claims, see our guide.

If you have experienced negligence laser eye surgery, our guide could help you understand your next steps.

Other Useful Medical Negligence Guides

Popular Healthcare Providers In Scarborough

NHS Hospital

Scarborough Hospital
Woodlands Drive
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 6QL
Tel: 01723 368111

Private Hospital

Bupa Facility at Scarborough Hospital
Woodlands Drive
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO12 6QL
Tel: 01723 368111

GP Surgery

Brook Square Surgery
Trafalgar House
41-44 Trafalgar Street West
Scarborough
YO12 7AS
Tel: 01723 360098

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