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Shoreham By Sea Medical Negligence Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 4th January 2022. On this page, you will find a full guide to selecting medical negligence solicitors for Shoreham by Sea claims. Here, you will find information on how to make a medical negligence claim within this area with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor. We’ll explain in what circumstances you may be liable for compensation and how to choose a good legal firm to help you.

Medical negligence can occur in a variety of healthcare establishments within the UK. This can include both privately-run hospitals and NHS hospitals. Negligence can also take place at other establishments including a dental clinic, cosmetic surgery clinic and an optician. In order to make a medical negligence claim, the party who caused you harm must have undergone medical training.

Examples of scenarios that could be caused by negligence and could cause you harm include:

  • Being prescribed the wrong type of medication, or the wrong dose of the right medication.
  • Being injured due to a surgical accident while undergoing an operation.
  • Suffering an injury because you weren’t offered the support you needed by medical staff when moving around the healthcare facility.
  • Having a disease or illness diagnosed wrongly, or very late.
  • Being administered the wrong treatment, or the right treatment incorrectly.
  • Not being given the correct level of outpatient care after being hospitalised.
Shoreham-by-Sea medical negligence solicitors

Shoreham by Sea medical negligence solicitors

As you can see, negligence can take many shapes and forms. However, it is important to note that not all treatment that causes harm to a patient can be considered negligence. For example, a doctor may be required to re-break a bone in order to set it correctly. In this case, the harm caused was required as part of the full treatment process. As a result, you would not be able to claim for a doctor re-breaking your bone as part of the treatment process.

Establishing Medical Negligence

To determine whether the harm caused to a patient was done in a negligent manner, it needs to be proven that a medical professional failed in their duty of care. A valid medical negligence case should establish the following points:

  1. The medical professional involved owed a duty of care towards the patient.
  2. This duty of care was breached by the medical professional in some way, and this directly caused harm to the patient.
  3. The medical professional could have reasonably foreseen how their actions could have led to unnecessary harm against their patient. They, therefore, could have prevented the failure in their duty of care by taking an alternative action.

If a patient is harmed and these statements are true, then you may be entitled to start a medical negligence claim in response.

Time Limits For Claiming In Shoreham With Medical Negligence Solicitors

Something to keep in mind is that there is a time limit that applies for starting such claims. Under the Limitation Act 1980, a claim normally needs to begin within three years of the day you were harmed by medical negligence. If the harm caused by negligence was not immediately obvious, then the three-year time limit may start from the date you became aware that your injuries or worsening condition was caused by negligence. This is referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’.

Exceptions can apply to this three-year time limit for starting a claim, however. For example, if the injured party is under the age of 18 or they lack the mental capacity to act independently, then the time limit will work differently.

In either case, the three-year time limit for starting a claim is frozen. It will remain frozen until the claimant reaches the age of 18 or regains sufficient mental capacity to make their own decisions. While the time limit is suspended, a representative could potentially start a claim on the victim’s behalf by acting as a litigation friend.

Using the services of a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor may increase your chances of a positive outcome with your claim. Legal Expert can offer medical negligence solicitors for Shoreham By Sea claims. We specialise in getting claimants the maximum amount of compensation possible. Please call us on the number at the end of this guide, and one of our team will explain to you how we can help you with your own claim.

How To Get The Right Solicitors For Your Medical Negligence Claim

If you are looking to make a medical negligence claim, you may choose to hire a solicitor to support such a case. How effective your solicitor is in processing your claim could have a direct effect on the amount of compensation you receive. Finding the right legal team may seem daunting. However, these three questions below should help you to vet any solicitor you are considering. If they cannot answer yes to all three, they may not be the best choice for your claim.

  1. Do you operate under an agreement whereby you don’t receive a fee unless you win me compensation?
  2. Have you processed and won any claims similar to mine in the last 12 months?
  3. Can you help me prepare the evidence for my claim, by arranging for a free medical examination in the wider Shoreham area?

Legal Expert can tick all of these boxes and more. We have an experienced panel of specialist accident and injury solicitors who can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis.

They have a proven track record of winning compensation settlements on behalf of our clients. Speak to one of our advisors today, so that we can get started on your claim today. You can contact us by phone on 0800 073 8804. You can also reach us online through our live chat service or by using our claim online contact form.

Do I Need To Use A Local Personal Injury Solicitor?

Some people may believe that they have a legal obligation to use a local Shoreham legal firm to process their claim. However, that’s not true. Legal firms, including Legal Expert, can assist potential claimants across the country. So, while our panel of solicitors are not located across all parts of the country, we can still provide medical negligence solicitors for Shoreham By Sea claims.

Now that you know this, you are free to consider using the services of a legal firm that works on a national level, and that specialise in helping people make accident and injury claims. This could give you a much better chance of your claim being successful, and of receiving the most compensation possible.

Legal Expert can offer our services to people all across Great Britain, including Shoreham. We can also help you prepare for your claim by arranging for you to have a free, local medical examination. The report the doctor who examines you produces will be submitted as evidence of your claim.

Compare Solicitor Ratings And Client Reviews

One way that you can cut down on the effort required in choosing a competent legal firm to handle your claim, is to check a solicitor review website. You can use the information detailed in the reviews to build a shortlist of solicitors that might be suitable. If you do, be sure to take note of details such as:

  • Whether the review is too old to still be relevant.
  • Whether the review has been written about a claim that is similar to your own.
  • Was the claim successful, and the reviewer received a compensation payment?
  • Did the solicitor work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) or not?
  • How much did the solicitor charge as their fee?
  • Does the reviewer recommend the solicitor, and say that they had a good experience?

Details such as these should help you to compare the reviews you are reading, and produce a good shortlist of legal firms you could use. It will still take quite some time to go through this process though.

If you would like Legal Expert to help you instead, then just give us a call on the number down at the bottom of this guide. One of our team will go over your situation with you, tell you about the legal options that you have.

Examples Of Medical Negligence Claims Which Our Team Handle

We have a proven track record of winning complex negligence claims, from simple misdiagnosis cases, to NHS patients who have received fatal injuries at the hands of a surgeon during an operation.

We see some kinds of claims much more often than others though, so we have covered these common types of claims in their own sections below. If your own type of claim is not covered, don’t worry, we can still help you. You can speak to one of our team on the phone or online and explain how you have come to harm. They will then let you know how we can help you with your claim. If you have sufficient evidence, we may be able to connect you with medical negligence solicitors for Shoreham By Sea claims.

Misdiagnosed Cancer Medical Negligence Claims

The vast majority of cancer negligence cases are due to either late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of the patient’s medical condition. These kinds of mistakes are very serious for cancer patients, as even a slight delay in receiving treatment can mean the difference between life and death.

If your illness has been wrongly diagnosed or diagnosed late, Legal Expert can help you to claim. Just call us on the number at the end of this page, and one of our team will be able to get started on your claim right away.

Birth Injury Compensation Claims

Birth injuries to a mother are quite common during childbirth. Most of these are natural side effects of giving birth and are not caused by negligence in any way. However, some are. It is injuries to the newborn that can be the most serious of all, especially those that will affect the child for its entire life.

Legal Expert has helped many people to make birth negligence claims successfully. We are sure that we can do the same for you. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide, so we can get started on your claim today. You may also find our guide to claiming if a midwife has been negligent useful.

General Practice (GP) Negligence Claims

We should all be able to trust our GP to do what is right for us and to make the best decisions possible about our health. This means that when a GP does make a mistake, it may go undiscovered for quite some time. This can especially apply if the GP has not referred the patient for additional treatment.

If your GP has made a mistake that has harmed you, then Legal Expert may be able to help you to make a medical negligence claim. Call us on the number at the end of this page, and one of our team will help to get your claims started.

Nursing Home Negligence Compensation Claims

If you have a loved one staying in a nursing home, and they have come to harm due to negligent behaviour, Legal Expert can advise on potentially making a claim on their behalf. You can speak to one of our team by phone or online to proceed.

Dental Malpractice Claims

Your dentist owes the same duty of care towards you as any other medical professional treating you would. This means that if your dentist acts negligently in a way that causes you harm, you may have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.

If you are unsure of whether you do have a valid claim or not, please speak to Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page. They will let you know if they think you can claim, and then help to get your claim started if it’s possible.

Hospital Negligence Claims

A large percentage of the negligence claims we help people with here at Legal Expert are for harm that has been caused to a patient whilst attending a hospital. This is either as an outpatient or while staying in hospital to be treated. Proving what happened in these claims may be tricky. This is because the patient will likely have been cared for by a number of different medical professionals.

It may be helpful to try and document the timeline of your hospital visit so that you can highlight exactly where and when the negligence took place. If you call one of the Legal Expert team on the number at the end of this guide, they may be able to advise on ways to strengthen your hospital negligence claim.

Medical Negligence Claims Statistics For The Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Southlands Hospital within Shoreham-By-Sea was previously managed by the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. On the 1st April 2021, the Trust changed its name to University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

The NHS has released data on the number of claims received by NHS Trusts across the country during the 2019/20 period. This includes claims received by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, prior to its name change.

Information revealed through the NHS data includes the following:

  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received 56 claims during the 2019/20 period.
  • During the same period, the Trust spent a total of £19,713,648 on resolving claims made against it. Among this money spent, £15,308,259 was paid out to cover damages for claimants.

No Win No Fee Medical Malpractice Claims

Legal Expert can help anyone across Great Britain, including Shoreham, with No Win No Fee solicitors. When we first start working on your claim, we charge no fee. As we process your claim, we won’t charge a fee.

If your claim is unsuccessfu, the solicitor appointed to you still won’t charge for their legal fees. In fact, the only time a fee applies is when your claim is successful. Your solicitor will take a small, legally-capped percentage fee from the payment received, and you’ll receive the rest.

Contact Us To Start Your Claim

Have you been injured by a medical professional in some way? Do you believe that you have a valid reason to make a clinical negligence claim? If so, call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 now. One of our advisors will be ready and waiting to talk you through the process of making a claim.

Local Healthcare Services And Helpful Resources

Southlands Hospital
Upper Shoreham Rd
West Sussex
BN43 6TQ

BMI Goring Hall Hospital
Bodiam Avenue
West Sussex
BN12 5AT

Harbour View Healthcare
Shoreham Health Centre
Pond Road
BN43 5US

Quality Dental
Church House
29 East St
BN43 5ZD

Useful links

For more advice on medical negligence claims, you can check out the guides and other resources below:

Claiming for a hospital infection

Read this guide if you’re looking for information and advice on claiming for an infection you suffered in a hospital due to negligence.

Surgical error compensation claims

Read this guide to learn more about potentially claiming for an error that occurred during a surgical procedure you received.

Laser Hair Removal Negligence Claims

Check out this guide to find out how you may be able to claim for medical negligence if harmed during a laser hair removal procedure.

View the latest NHS statistics

You can visit this particular page on the NHS website to access the service’s latest statistics.

Search for NHS services near you

This part of the NHS website can be used to search for a variety of healthcare services that are within your local area.

The NHS Constitution for England

This section of the government website gives details on the NHS Constitution for England. This Constitution outlines the principles and commitments which NHS staff in the country are meant to follow.

Further Medical Negligence Guides

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