Medical negligence claims
Have you or a member of your family suffered an injury due to mistakes made during medical treatment? Our specialist medical negligence solicitors can advise if you are eligible to make a compensation claim and will fully explain the process to you during your free consultation.
We offer a no win, no fee policy for medical negligence claims. If you think you have a case, get in touch with a member of our team today. We’ll take time to learn about your situation and talk you through the process.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is caused by unacceptable clinical treatment, resulting in unnecessary illness, injury or death. Healthcare providers have a duty to deliver acceptable levels of care and treatment to their patients. A failure to do so that results in injury means the patient can bring a medical negligence compensation claim.
What is classed as medical negligence?
Medical negligence unfortunately occurs in many different ways. If you believe you deserve compensation for any of the following, our medical negligence lawyers will give you a free consultation and assess your claim.
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical negligence
- Anaesthetic negligence
- Negligent management of long term or chronic conditions
- Negligent pre treatment advice
- Negligent management of pregnancy and delivery
- Dental negligence
How do you prove a medical negligence case?
To succeed in a medical negligence claim, we need to prove that:
- The doctor or other healthcare professional had a duty to take care of the patient
- There was a breach of that duty to take care
- That breach of duty caused harm to the patient
- Damage or other losses resulted from that harm
It is usually straightforward to show that a medical practitioner owed a duty of care to a patient. To establish whether there was a breach of that duty, it is necessary to show that the healthcare professional’s actions fell below a minimum standard of a reasonably competent equivalent in that particular field.
In addition to proving they failed to meet the relevant standard of care, we must also establish that this failure either directly caused the injuries alleged or significantly contributed to them.
The specialist medical negligence solicitors at Hugh James can provide advice and guidance regarding whether these criteria are satisfied in your case.
We will give you an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of your potential claim following an initial free assessment.
What is the average payout for medical negligence claims in the UK?
Payouts depend on your circumstances and the severity of your injury as a result of medical negligence. This can vary between individuals, but our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors will do their best to ensure you and your family receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Compensation will include an award for the pain and suffering caused by your illness, which is also known as “general damages”. In addition, medical negligence compensation can also be claimed in respect of care needs, financial losses, medical care and treatment. This is known as “special damages”.
The Judicial College Guidelines help us determine the amount of compensation that could be available to you.
How long do medical negligence compensation claims take?
Many factors affect a clinical negligence compensation claim and this makes it difficult to give an exact timescale. The time it takes to settle your claim could be affected by:
- How long it takes to collate all the necessary evidence
- Whether the allegations of negligence are admitted
- The nature of your injury
It is important to consider all these factors, as our specialist medical negligence solicitors need to evaluate the true impact of your injury when calculating your compensation.
How can a specialist medical negligence solicitor help?
We have specialists who can help you investigate and pursue your case if they believe you have a chance of winning. We offer:
- Free initial advice and guidance
- No win, no fee claims when appropriate
- Access to expert advice and reports on your claim
- Access to financial, welfare and benefits advice
- Access to leading barristers based nationally
- Access to ongoing clinical rehabilitation/treatment
Why choose us for your medical negligence claim?
Our medical negligence solicitors have been top-ranked by both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 independent legal guides for this area of the law. We are the only top-ranked firm in both directories for medical negligence in Wales and one of the largest practices in the UK. Our lawyers are highly experienced and can provide a wide range of professional services.
Medical negligence claims can be difficult to prove, so it is vital to have understanding and dedicated solicitors on your side to assist you through the process. They will try to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled to.
- Hugh James is one of the leading injury compensation claim firms for medical negligence in England and Wales.
- Per annum, we recover over £30 million in medical negligence compensation for our clients.
- We have offices in London, Cardiff, Southampton and Plymouth and can represent clients without the need for lengthy face-to-face meetings.
- We have a range of qualified staff, including a former midwife, qualified nurse executives, welfare benefits advisors, medical records officers and qualified social workers to ensure your case has the best possible chance of success.
- We can advise you on all aspects of your medical negligence claim, which includes social services involvement, financial advice and rehabilitation.
- We are accredited by medical negligence charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).
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An award-winning team of medical negligence solicitors
Hugh James was named the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year for the second time in succession at the 2020 Personal Injury Awards. The recognition came after a landmark win in the first clinical negligence trial to take place in person during lockdown.
Head of Division Stephen Webber was also named Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year, with judges describing him as a “technically gifted lawyer” who “stood out” for contributing “so much to the personal injury sector”.
We were again shortlisted for the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year award in 2021.