Medical Negligence

10th October 2018

Healthcare professionals have a duty to look after you and treat you to an accepted medical standard. Clinical or medical negligence is when a healthcare professional provides substandard care which results in an injury or causes an existing condition to get worse. Negligence can happen at any stage in the care process, from diagnosis to treatment and surgery. If a healthcare professional fails to provide you with appropriate treatment and you suffer as a result you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Infinite Law’s Medical Negligence Solicitor, Pauline, trained as a nurse and in addition to being in private practice was also Assistant Deputy Coroner for 2 years and Deputy Coroner for over 8 years. Pauline has been handling medical negligence claims for over 20 years. She has the knowledge, the understanding and the expertise that’s needed to help claimants and their families to guide them sensitively through the process whilst proactively progressing their compensation claims.


Pauline will ensure that you receive not only the very best legal advice but also much needed practical support to help you to adapt and cope with the consequences of medical negligence.

Pauline is committed to achieving the best result for all of our clients. Whether your injury is of the utmost physical severity such as a brain, spinal or neurological injury, or less severe we will provide a professional and dedicated service.

 


Medical negligence claims can cover the following areas:

  • Birth injuries including cerebral palsy
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer
  • Spinal injuries
  • Orthopaedic injuries and amputations, inappropriate treatment of fractures
  • Injuries resulting from negligent errors during surgery
  • Pressure sores arising from negligent treatment
  • Infection
  • Meningitis and other infectious diseases
  • Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis
  • Incorrect treatments, medicines and advice
  • Negligence resulting in eye injuries and visual impairment
  • Negligence resulting in hearing loss
  • Gynaecology
  • Burns/laser and cosmetic surgery
  • DVT/pulmonary embolism
  • Allergic reactions
  • Urology
  • Dentistry
  • Inappropriate treatment or failure to provide treatment or failure to refer to a specialist
  • Failed sterilisation operations
  • Failure to obtain consent to treatment
  • Product liability (e.g. faulty implant)
  • Advice about and representation at Inquests

Medical negligence claims usually need to be brought within 3 years of the date of the allegedly negligent treatment, or within 3 years of the date that the patient could reasonably have been expected to realise that some aspect of their treatment may have been negligent.

There are some exceptions to this (for instance, claims involving children, patients who cannot manage their own affairs due to mental incapacity or where the patient has died following the alleged negligence). However, it is always important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible about a potential claim.

Claims for medical negligence are usually funded through a “No Win, No Fee” arrangement, also known as Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).  If we win your case, the other side will pay the majority of our fees and expenses in addition to your damages.


Infinite Law does not charge a success fee therefore any compensation received is yours to keep.

To discuss your situation in total confidence with an expert who truly understands the challenges you are facing, please get in touch.   Pauline will see you at any time convenient to you, including before and after work or on a Saturday. Pauline is also happy to visit you at home.