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The UK has an excellent health service and whilst the medical and health professions do an incredible job, mistakes can happen which can lead to serious consequences. If you or a member of your family has suffered as a result of poor medical care then it may be possible to bring a claim against the medical expert, health authority or trust.
Clinical and medical negligence claims can be some of the most complex types of personal injury claims. However, our clinical and medical negligence personal injury specialists have extensive experience in claiming compensation for victims of medical injuries.
Our team can deal with complex medical terminology and procedures and they have the ability to explain in straightforward terms what has happened and what it could mean for you.
There are a number of reasons a claim may be made
- Misdiagnosis of a medical condition
- Delayed diagnosis of a medical condition
- Non-diagnosis of a medical condition
- Surgical errors during an operation or routine procedure
- Errors during childbirth
- Failed sterilisation
- Incorrect prescription of medication
- Dental negligence
Examples of how we have helped medical negligence victims, or the family of medical negligence victims
Compartment syndrome: our client had successful surgery for a heart condition but post-surgery he felt pain in his leg which increased in intensity over a period of hours. The condition was eventually diagnosed as compartment syndrome and fasciotomy surgery was eventually undertaken to relieve the claimant’s symptoms. Due to the delay in identifying and treating the compartment syndrome, our client sustained long-term damage to his leg/vascular system. Liability was accepted by the hospital and a six-figure compensation award was recovered on behalf of our client.
Negligent knee surgery: our client went into hospital for knee surgery which resulted in an unnecessary below-the-knee amputation. As a result of the negligence, the victim was confined to a wheelchair and received a substantial compensation award in excess of £1.6 million.
Failed sterilisation surgery: our client underwent sterilisation surgery which was carried out negligently. She later became pregnant and recovered compensation for the earlier negligent surgery.
Failure to diagnose lung cancer: the hospital failed to diagnose a cancerous lung tumour which resulted in unnecessary suffering and premature death. We acted on behalf of the Estate and pursued a significant dependency claim following the hospital’s earlier breach of duty. It was an extremely complex case which required ten experts to provide evidence.
How long will a medical negligence claim take?
The progress of a medical negligence claim sometimes seems slow, but this is because it can be so complicated. Often reports need to be obtained from medical specialists to assess the impact of injuries on individuals. There may also be time needed to assess the long-term effects of any injury.
The key is to ensure that as a victim you are adequately compensated for the care you will need.