Medical Negligence Solicitors in Stockport No Win No Fee Claims Guide
By Meg Lawson. Last updated 7th January 2022. Welcome to our guide on the services experienced medical negligence solicitors for the Stockport area could help with when representing your claim.
However, before you hire legal representation, you may wish to consider several factors to ensure you choose the right solicitor for your case.
If you’re unsure where to start, our guide could help. We’ll explore examples of medical negligence to help you determine whether you’re eligible to claim, as well as how you can build a strong compensation claim.
In addition, we’ll explore what your compensation settlement may comprise and how it may be calculated.
However, if you have any questions whilst or after reading, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on the following:
- Call us on 0800 073 8804
- Use the live chat feature to speak with an advisor at a time convenient to you.
- Fill out the enquiry form, and an advisor will contact you
Discover More About Medical Negligence Solicitors For Stockport In The Sections Below
- What Is The Definition Of Clinical Or Medical Negligence?
- How To Successfully Claim Medical Negligence Compensation
- How To Find The Best No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors For The Stockport Area
- Negligence Compensation Cases Our Medical Negligence Solicitors For Stockport Could Handle
- NHS Negligence Claims Made Against Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
- How Much Medical Negligence Compensation Will I Receive?
- No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors For Stockport
- Taking The Next Steps To Start Your Claim With Medical Negligence Solicitors For Stockport
- Useful Links And Further Clinical Negligence Resources
An incident of medical malpractice involves a trained medical professional providing care that fell below the expected standard.
As a result, the patient receiving substandard care may have developed an avoidable additional injury or had their pre-existing condition made worse.
Medical negligence could occur in private and NHS facilities and the harm sustained could be physical or psychological. For example:
- Physical harm: A surgeon may have failed to follow the correct pre-surgical protocols before operating. As a result, they may have operated on the wrong body part, causing the patient an additional injury and their original condition to worsen due to delayed treatment.
- Psychological harm: A midwife may have failed to recognise clear signs of post-natal depression, causing avoidable emotional harm for both mother and baby.
In clinical negligence claims, you could claim compensation for both psychological and physical injuries.
However, it’s important to note that providing evidence is a vital part of the claims process. Please continue reading the sections below for more information on building a strong claim.
Examples Of Negligence In A Medical Setting
There are various types of medical negligence that could occur, such as:
- Misdiagnosis of cancer: A doctor may have failed to recognise clear cancer symptoms and failed to refer them for further investigation despite it being necessary to do so. Instead, the doctor may have incorrectly diagnosed them with a different condition causing cancer to spread due to delayed treatment.
- Wrongly prescribed medication: A nurse practitioner may have prescribed a patient a medication they were allergic to after failing to check their patient notes. As a result, the patient may have experienced an allergic reaction that could have been avoided.
- Blood transfusion: A surgeon may have failed to check a patient’s blood type before performing a blood transfusion. As a result, the patient may have experienced a reaction to the wrong blood.
If you have experienced something similar or would like to discuss a different type of negligence, please contact our team on the number above. An advisor could appoint one of our medical negligence solicitors for Stockport to help you make your claim.
In order to launch a medical or clinical negligence claim, you must provide evidence to determine the following:
- A medical professional’s failure to fulfil the duty of care they owed their patient caused further or avoidable harm.
- The harm the patient sustained could have been avoided had they provided the minimum standard of care.
Medical evidence you could provide in order to determine whether negligence occurred might include:
- Doctor records
- Hospital reports
- Treatment plans
- Details of any diagnosis received
Also, you may be asked to attend an additional medical exam to be completed independently. The exam may produce a current report detailing the full extent of your injuries. It may be particularly useful if you’re claiming a while after the incident to show how severely your condition has impacted your quality of life.
Alongside any evidence, the Bolam test may be carried out by gathering a group of healthcare professionals to assess your case. The professionals, all trained in a relevant field, will assess your claim to determine whether you received the correct standard of care.
We understand it may seem overwhelming. However, our experienced solicitors could help you through the different stages of your negligence case. For instance, they could help you obtain the necessary evidence and arrange for you to attend a medical exam in your local area.
If you’d like to learn more about how you could work with one of our solicitors, please contact the number at the top of the page.
Before you decide on the medical negligence solicitors for Stockport you want to represent your claim, there are a few things you may wish to consider. For instance:
- Does the solicitor have experience with handling clinical or medical negligence cases?
- Could they offer to take your compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis?
- Will they be able to arrange for you to attend a local medical exam as part of building evidence to support your medical negligence claim?
We understand you may have a certain list of criteria you want your solicitor to meet, but taking into account these factors could help.
What To Look For When Reading Solicitors Reviews
A good starting place when trying to find a reputable legal firm or solicitor is to search for online reviews left by previous clients.
Independent reviews can provide you with a better understanding of a solicitor or firm’s services. Furthermore, you can find out how well a solicitor communicates with their clients throughout the claims process.
If you’d like to find out more about our solicitors, please see the reviews left by previous clients. Alternatively, you can speak with an advisor by calling the number above.
Does The Location Of The Medical Negligence Solicitors Matter?
There is no real reason to use local medical negligence solicitors in Stockport. Instead, you can keep in touch with your solicitor about your case over the phone or by email.
Furthermore, a solicitor could still arrange for you to attend a local medical exam regardless of where they are in the country.
Most importantly, by not focusing on location, you could focus on choosing an experienced solicitor who deals with medical negligence claims.
Our solicitors have experience handling different types of compensation claims for medical negligence. Furthermore, they could help regardless of whether the incident occurred in an NHS or private healthcare facility.
The following types of negligence cases are some with which our solicitors could help:
- NHS negligence claims
- Private hospital medical negligence claims
- Sepsis negligence claims
- Cosmetic surgery claims
- Surgical negligence claims
Additionally, we have explored some of the other claims we handle in more detail throughout the sections below. However, if your specific situation isn’t listed, please call our team to discuss whether we could help.
Hospital negligence comes in many forms, such as:
- Poor hygiene: Medical staff may have failed to follow hygiene measures to prevent hospital infections. As a result, a patient may have developed MRSA, causing them further harm, something that could have otherwise been avoided.
- Delayed treatment: A doctor may have failed to refer their patient for an X-ray despite exhibiting clear signs of a fractured wrist and diagnosed them with a sprain instead. As a result, the patient may have experienced their condition worsen due to delayed treatment and an incorrect diagnosis.
If you have experienced something similar or would like to discuss another type of hospital compensation claim, please call the number above.
A patient at a dental practice could experience further or avoidable harm if the dental professional treating them failed to provide the correct standard of care. For example:
- An oral surgeon may have used the wrong instruments when performing surgery on a patients jaw. As a result, the patient may have experienced significant scarring and developed a severe infection.
- A dentist may have incorrectly administered anaesthetic causing their patient to experience minor nerve damage in their gums.
Furthermore, many physical injuries incurred at a dental surgery could also have a cosmetic effect, such as facial scarring.
Subsequently, this could cause a psychological impact on a patient due to having to come to terms with facial disfigurement. In these instances, both the physical and psychological suffering may be taken into account when making a dental negligence claim.
The first point of contact you have when you fall ill is often your GP. It’s not unreasonable to expect your doctor to provide the minimum standard of care when treating you.
However, in some circumstances, the care you receive may fall below the required standard causing you avoidable or further harm.
For instance, your doctor may have failed to check your patient notes before prescribing you medication. As a result, they may have prescribed you an unsuitable medication due to pre-existing health conditions.
Alternatively, they may have failed to recognise symptoms of a chest infection despite the signs being clear. As a result, you may have developed pneumonia because you didn’t receive treatment for your original condition.
Our medical negligence solicitors for Stockport could help if you have experienced something similar. For more information, call our team on the number above, and they can advise on your next steps for making a GP negligence claim.
There are various ways in which negligence could occur with regard to cancer.
In some cases, a doctor may have arranged an urgent referral for you to receive further tests. However, there may have been an unreasonable delay with your referral, leading you to get a delayed diagnosis causing your cancer symptoms to worsen in the meantime.
Cancer negligence cases may seem complex. However, our solicitors have the experience to help you through the different stages of your claim.
Whether you have experienced this type of negligence yourself or you’re looking to claim on behalf of someone else who was affected, our solicitors could help you get the compensation you deserve.
Nursing Home Negligence
Care home negligence claims could be made if a resident in a nursing home has received a substandard level of care, leading them to experience harm that could have been avoided.
For instance, a nurse may have failed to administer the correct medication to the patient, causing them to experience complications that would have been kept under control by the medication.
If you or a relative have experienced incorrect care in a care home, our medical negligence solicitors for Stockport could help. Call our team for more information on your next steps to claiming compensation with an experienced solicitor.
Childbirth Negligence Claims
Medical negligence during childbirth could include:
- A midwife may have failed to notice the umbilical cord becoming wrapped around the baby’s neck, causing them to lose oxygen. As a result, they may have experienced brain damage and developed cerebral palsy.
- A surgeon may have perforated the mother’s internal organ after cutting too deeply when performing a caesarean section.
Our solicitors could help you claim the compensation you deserve if you have experienced medical negligence in childbirth.
As per NHS Resolution’s Trust and Authority Claims Data 2020/2021, the table below shows the number of successful claims made against Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in the same period.
Additionally, you can see the total paid in damages, claimant and NHS legal costs.
|Healthcare Provider||Successful Claims|
|Stockport NHS Foundation Trust||32||£12,386,872|
The compensation you receive will vary depending on the severity of your injury and how badly it’s impacted your quality of life.
However, each medical negligence claim may generally include general and special damages.
Under special damages, you’re entitled to seek reimbursement for the past and future financial losses you’ve incurred because of your injuries.
For instance, you may have developed a severe infection that left you unable to work temporarily. In this instance, you may be able to claim back any lost income under special damages. However, you must provide evidence to support your claim, such as payslips.
General damages allow you to seek compensation for your physical and psychological injuries. The amount you receive will be calculated using the medical evidence you provide in support of your claim. The evidence can highlight the full extent of your condition.
Alongside any evidence, the Judicial College Guidelines may be used to help value your claim.
As you can see, each settlement figure is calculated on a case by case basis, so it’s difficult to provide a figure of how much your settlement may be.
However, when you work with medical negligence solicitors for Stockport, they could accurately calculate the value of your claim as part of the services they provide.
We understand you’re apprehensions about seeking legal representation due to the costs often associated. It is possible to claim without a solicitor, an option that bears no initial cost. However, while your claim is ongoing other costs may incur, such as medical fees.
As an alternative, you could use a No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor as a way to avoid paying an upfront cost often needed for a solicitor to begin work on your claim. Furthermore, claiming on this basis means other ongoing costs that could incur are covered.
Most importantly, you won’t need to pay solicitor fees if your claim doesn’t succeed.
If your claim does succeed and compensation is awarded, you’ll need to pay a success fee as a way to pay your solicitor for their work on your case. The fee is a legally capped percentage that is deducted from your overall settlement package. However, your solicitor will make you aware of the fee beforehand.
For more information on how you could work with one of our solicitors on this basis, call our team.
We hope our guide has given you a better understanding of how to choose the best medical negligence solicitors for Stockport and how the claims process works.
However, if you have any further questions, our team could provide you with free advice regarding your medical negligence claim.
Once an advisor has taken all the details of your case, they could appoint one of our No Win No Fee solicitors to represent your claim.
However, it’s important to note that you’re under no obligation to continue with our service. Instead, an advisor can provide further clarification on anything of which you’re unsure.
Either way, please get in touch to find out how we could help you by using the details below:
- Call us on 0800 073 8804
- Use the live chat feature to speak with an advisor at a time convenient to you.
- Fill out the enquiry form, and an advisor will contact you
If you have experienced harm following an avoidable surgical error, you may find our guide useful.
For more information on the different types of medical negligence, please visit our guide.
Please read our guide for more information on making a blood test negligence claim.
If you need to report a concern about a form of medical care you received in England, please visit the Care Quality Commission.
See the NHS Constitution For England to learn more about your patient rights.
Other Medical Negligence Claims Guides
- Southend-on-Sea Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Southport Medical Negligence Solicitors
- St Albans Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Stockton-On-Tees Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Stoke On Trent Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Sunderland Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Sutton-in-Ashfield Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Sutton Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Swansea Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Misdiagnosis Medical Negligence Claims
- Facelift Injury Negligence Claims
Local Stockport Medical Centres
Stepping Hill Hospital
Tel: 0161 483 1010
The Alexandra Hospital
Tel: 0161 428 3656
Ethos Dental Care
126 Wellington Road North
Tel: 0161 477 514
Edgeley Medical Practice
1-3 Avondale Road
Tel: 0161 426 5333
Thanks for reading our guide exploring the services experienced medical negligence solicitors for Stockport could offer. If you have any further information, please call the number at the top of the page.