Nerve damage compensation claims

If a member of your family has suffered nerve damage as a result of surgery they could be eligible for compensation.

If we advise that you have a potential claim for compensation we will act to gather the relevant employment and medical evidence to build your case.

 

What is nerve damage?

Nerves are responsible for controlling sensitivity and sensation in most parts of the body. Nerve damage often results in either loss of sensation or enhanced sensation such as pain. A damaged nerve can arise from inadequately performed surgery.

Accidental nerve damage is one of the most serious and painful things that can happen to your body.  It is debilitating. Sufferers may be unable to work or indeed function as normal.

 

What are the symptoms of nerve damage?

Symptoms of nerve damage can include:

  • Legs or arms feel heavy;
  • Difficulty lifting up foot or toes;
  • Difficulty picking up or holding objects, or manipulating them in your hand;
  • Arm or leg feels like "pins and needles" or are numb;
  • Cold feeling in arm or leg; and
  • Burning or "electrical" feeling.

Loss of sensation may also lead to loss of function of the body part controlled by that particular nerve or nerves.

 

What are the causes of nerve damage

Accidental nerve damage can be caused in many ways:

  • Administration of certain toxic drugs;
  • Direct physical damage due to the different procedures including cutting, burning, stretching or compression;
  • Excessive force used to deliver a baby leading to an injury in the brachial plexus;
  • Excessive physical traction;
  • Improper administration of anti – blood clotting drugs;
  • Inadvertent injection of certain drugs into or around the surrounding area of a nerve;
  • Insufficient blood supply causing oxygen starvation to the nerve;
  • Direct compression to a nerve due to application of a tourniquet;
  • Blood pressure build up in the vicinity of a nerve due to a damaged blood vessel; and
  • Unwarranted nerve pressure due to improper positioning of the body during a surgical operation.

 

Hugh James nerve damage compensation experience

At Hugh James we believe in providing excellent client care by keeping clients informed at each stage of the case.  Our initial assessment of your medical negligence claim is free of charge.

We have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the disability you suffer.

We treat every client with sensitivity and care, whilst aiming at the same time to deliver results including the highest financial settlement possible.

Hugh James has assisted many people to claim compensation due to negligence on the part of medical professionals.

If you or a member of your family has suffered as a result of a poor medical treatment contact our friendly and approachable team today.

If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

If you feel you have received sub-standard treatment which has resulted in nerve damage, contact one of our expert team of solicitors today.

We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed.

Our team of lawyers is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Let Hugh James help you. We are the personal injury experts who always have our clients at heart. Our expertise and experience in this area enable us to win cases which other lawyers would not pursue.

Key contact

Mari Rosser is Head of Medical Negligence. Her main area of expertise is clinical negligence; she is a member of both The Law Society’s clinical negligence panel and the referral panel for Action against Medical Accidents.

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Your questions answered

How do I make medical negligence claim to compensate me for nerve damage?

 

We will arrange a free initial consultation to discuss the treatment in question. We will advise you thereafter whether we feel that you have a potential medical negligence claim.

The usual first step in pursuing a medical negligence claim is to obtain medical records. After that, input from a medical expert is likely to be required to assess whether the treatment provided fell below a minimum standard of care. Depending on the outcome of the initial assessment by the expert, you may need to attend an appointment to be examined.

Expert evidence will assist us in determining the strength of the medical negligence claim and the allegations of negligence which can be put forward to the health care professionals responsible.

Depending on the injury suffered, we will obtain evidence in relation to your care needs to ensure that any rehabilitation costs, home adaptations or future treatments are fully considered and included as part of your claim.

The process can be quite lengthy depending on the complexities involved with the case and the nature of the particular injury.

While we will make every effort to resolve the claim outside of court, it is possible that you may have to attend court if a resolution is not reached.

Even if court proceedings are commenced, this does not automatically mean that the claim will proceed to trial. The claim may still resolve before this time. If you do have to attend court we will be at hand to assist and support you every step of the way so as to ensure that you are prepared and comfortable with the process.

How do you prove a medical negligence case?

 

In order to succeed in a claim for negligence, we need to prove that:

  • The doctor or other healthcare professional owed a duty to take care of the patient;
  • There was a breach of that duty to take care;
  • That breach of duty has caused harm to the patient; and
  • Damage or other losses have resulted from that harm.

It is usually straightforward to show that a doctor 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 doctor’s actions fell below a minimum standard of a reasonably competent doctor in that particular field of medicine.

In addition to proving that the doctor has failed to meet the relevant standard of care, we also have to establish that this failure either directly caused the injuries alleged or significantly contributed to them.

Our specialist medical negligence team at Hugh James can provide advice and guidance regarding the test which will need to be satisfied.

We will give you an indication of the strengths and weakness of your case after having undertaken an initial free assessment.

How much compensation can you claim for medical negligence?

 

This really depends on your circumstances and the severity of your injury as a result of medical negligence.  This can vary between individuals, but be rest assured that our specialist team is experienced in ensuring that 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. In addition compensation can also be claimed in respect of care needs, financial losses, medical care and treatment.

Will I have to go to court?

 

Only a small percentage of medical negligence claims brought will actually proceed to trial though we do prepare every case in depth to make sure we are ready should it go to court.

The medical negligence system is geared towards encouraging parties to be open with each other so that any claims for compensation can be settled without the need for going to court, which can save both time and cost.

A lot of people are naturally nervous and uncomfortable about going to court.  We understand this and will advise you every step of the way, should your case reach a trial.

How long does medical negligence claims take?

 

There are a number of factors that affect a medical negligence claim. These make it difficult to give an exact timescale and are affected by:

  • How long it takes to collate the evidence
  • Whether the allegations of negligence are admitted
  • The nature of your injury

It’s important to consider all these factors as our specialist medical negligence solicitors need evaluate the true impact of your injury when calculating your compensation.

Will I need an independent medical examination when I make a medical negligence claim?

 

As part of your claim you will be asked to see an independent doctor to assess the extent of any damage/injury caused from negligent treatment.  This will be used as expert evidence in proving your claim and will affect the amount of compensation you receive.

Are there time limits to bringing a medical negligence claim?

 

Personal injury and medical negligence cases are subject to time limits. It is best to contact a solicitor as early as possible to ensure your case can be dealt with.

Generally the time limit for a medical negligence case is three years from the date the treatment took place or the date you were made aware that something had gone wrong. These rules can be extremely complex and varied and a lawyer will be able to check which time limit applies to you after some initial investigations. In some cases time limits can be extended.

If a child suffers negligent care, a claim can be made up until their 21st birthday. Claims relating to children must be made by an adult on their behalf.

If a claim is brought on behalf of someone who does not have mental capacity, the three year time limit does not apply. If however, mental capacity is regained, the three year period will start at this time.

We will discuss the time limits with you during our initial consultation

What is the cost of bringing a claim?

 

We will provide you with our free initial opinion in relation to your claim. After our assessment, we will tell you whether you have a reasonable chance of success, and you can instruct us to act on your behalf.

If you choose to instruct us we can offer you a no win, no fee agreement where possible, meaning you won't be charged legal fees if you are unsuccessful. If your claim is successful, compensation will be awarded to you. A success fee will be deducted from the compensation. All other legal fees will be covered by the defendant should the case be successful.

All the financial information will be discussed with you, free of charge, before you decide to instruct us.

How can our specialist solicitors help?

 

We have specialists who can help you investigate and pursue your case. We offer:

  • Free initial advice and guidance;
  • No win, no fee when appropriate;
  • Access to expert advice and reports on your claim;
  • Access to financial advice, together with welfare and benefits advice;
  • Access to leading barristers based nationally; and

Access to ongoing clinical rehabilitation/treatment.

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