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We all put our trust in medical professionals. But they’re only human. From time to time, things can and do go wrong. And when they do, it can have serious – potentially life-changing – consequences.

Perhaps you’ve sustained a physical injury during surgery? Maybe an existing condition has been made worse? Or you’re suffering psychologically as a result of a clinical error? Whatever the nature or outcome of your experience, it’s important to seek justice – and we’re always here to help.

As leading medical negligence solicitors, we can take care of the full medical negligence claim on your behalf – guiding you through the process and maximising your chance of compensation.

To discuss your case, simply give us a call on 0800 110 5888.

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Medical and clinical mistakes can have a big impact on your day-to-day life. You may have been affected physically or mentally. You may not be able to enjoy the things you did beforehand. Relationships can suffer. And if you no longer work, you may also be struggling financially.

It all takes its toll – and, in such circumstances, the thought of starting a legal case can be overwhelming. But that’s where we come in. As experienced medical negligence lawyers, you can rely on us to act on your behalf, and make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

We understand, dealing with a medical negligence claim isn’t your priority right now. So, whilst you focus on getting life back to normal (or as normal as it can be), we’ll take care of everything for you – supporting your rehabilitation, whilst working hard to get the compensation you deserve.


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An experienced team of medical negligence lawyers

Essentially, medical negligence is when a health professional – of any sort – fails in their duty of care for you. It’s a very broad term, that can be used to describe a wide range of experiences. Which is why, we have a cohort of medical negligence solicitors who specialise in different areas.

These include:

GP and hospital negligence

This covers negligence in any type of healthcare or medical setting, including both NHS and private.  If you have received incorrect treatment or substandard care, were misdiagnosed, or have suffered as a result of a surgical, medical, or medication error, you could be entitled to medical negligence compensation – and our team of experts can help to get your claim off the ground.

Clinical negligence

Other clinical professionals – including dentists, opticians, physiotherapists, cosmetic specialists and staff in a care home – also have professional standards they must adhere to. If those standards slipped, and you’ve suffered as a result of someone’s mistake, it’s worth getting in touch for clinical negligence advice. You may be eligible to make a claim and our team of solicitors can help.

Birth injury negligence

In 2018/2019, 10% of all medical negligence claims to the NHS were relating to obstetrics. This includes injuries to the mother and infant, whether sustained during pregnancy (e.g. pre-eclampsia), during labour (e.g. cerebral palsy) or after childbirth (e.g. hip dysplasia). If you’ve been affected, you should contact our experts and join the thousands of others who have made this type of claim.

Contact our medical negligence solicitors today

To start your ‘no win no fee’ medical negligence claim, the first step is to contact our team on 0800 110 5888. Alternatively, you can request a free consultation by filling out our online contact form. We can discuss your case in detail and advise on both your eligibility and chance of success.

Above are just a few examples of medical and clinical negligence and instances where we can help. But this is by no means an exhaustive list. We have significant experience in this area and a range of specialists at our disposal – not just medical negligence lawyers, but insurers, barristers and medical professionals too. Therefore, whatever the nature of your experience, we should be able to help.

We work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis – which means you personally won’t be charged a penny – and we have an extensive record of success. So, why not give us a call and take the first step towards your rightful compensation?

Medical negligence FAQs

Am I eligible to make a medical negligence claim?

If you believe a medical or healthcare professional did something – or failed to do something – that caused you physical or psychological harm, then you may be eligible to make a medical negligence claim in the UK. This applies to instances of negligence in both public and private settings.

Typically, you will have three years from the date of the incident to make the claim. But there are a couple of exceptions to this. For example, if the claimant has suffered a serious brain injury (that has compromised their mental capacity). Or if they are a child or teenager aged under 18 years; in which case, a parent, guardian or ‘litigation friend’ can apply on their behalf up until their 18th birthday.

To find out if you’re eligible, the best option is to contact our specialists for a consultation. It’s a completely free service. And having listened to the exact nature of your negligence experience, we can advise on whether you’re entitled to make a claim and also your prospects of winning the case.

How successful are medical negligence claims?

Medicine is complex – and therefore, medical negligence claims can be complex too. To be successful, there are a couple of things you need to prove. Firstly, that a medical professional failed to uphold their legal duty of care to you. Secondly, that this failure caused avoidable harm.

But encouragingly, 56% of claims made to NHS Resolution (i.e. the body that oversees NHS negligence cases) in 2018/2019 were awarded damages. And our medical negligence solicitors have ample experience in this area. If you think you’ve been affected, it’s always worth getting in touch.

You won’t need to understand any of the jargon or get to grips with the legal process yourself. We can take care of it all for you and give you the best possible chance of achieving financial justice.

Will my claim affect the NHS or the medical professional involved?

No. Medical negligence claims made against the NHS are handled by an organisation called NHS Resolution. Essentially, this is an insurance company – set up by the government to handle such cases and there’s always money in the pot (separate from the NHS’ budget) to settle your claim.

Your claim will also be separate from any inquiry or disciplinary actions taken by the healthcare setting, internally. Our medical negligence solicitors will usually encourage the setting to review its procedures – just to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again with another patient. But only in severe cases will action usually be taken against the medical professional concerned.