Medical Negligence

We have vast experience of acting for victims of medical negligence.
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How can we help?

We understand that if you are considering making a claim for medical negligence, you would like a quick decision as to whether we can take on your claim, or not. With the benefit of both expert medical and legal opinion on day one, we are able to assess your claim in industry leading time.

We have vast experience of acting for victims of medical negligence. Some of our recent cases include:

  • Acted for a lady whose cancer was not diagnosed when it should have been picked up, and which ultimately proved terminal.
  • The Claimant had suffered with longstanding problems with her eyes and had attended her optician due to a one-week history of sudden onset deterioration of vision in her left eye. The Claimant had been referred for urgent investigation to the defendant Hospital’s Eye Unit with a suspected left-sided detached retina. The Hospital indicated that follow-up treatment would then be arranged within four weeks; however no such arrangements were subsequently made, despite steps taken by the Claimant to contact the Defendant to chase this up. Unfortunately, due to the delay, the claimant suffered irreversible damage to her vision in the affected eye and the claim was settled for £29,000.
  • We accepted instructions to act for the Claimant who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had undergone a radical hysterectomy. The surgery appeared uneventful and the Claimant was discharged but soon after presented with urine leaking. A CT scan suggested a fistula and she underwent a cystoscopy and attempted stenting. This was unsuccessful but the Defendant did not insert a nephrostomy drain. The Defendant attempted a further repair, but this was unsuccessful because the urethra was necrotic and unsalvageable. The Claimant underwent a laparotomy. The Defendant queried the need for nephrostomy but then subsequently implanted one.

Unfortunately, it was too late by this juncture and the Claimant underwent nephrostomy and developed a pneumothorax as a result. After further suffering and discomfort the Claimant was discharged from the hospital with deeply unpleasant ongoing problems. The Claimant sustained a pulmonary embolism as a result of the procedure and experienced significant ongoing urethra related symptoms including urinating at least twenty times a day and sometimes losing control of her bladder. The Claimant had further suffered from an incisional hernia which left her with pain and swelling in her lower central abdomen and unable to eat substantial meals and suffering from chronic constipation. As a result, the Claimant suffered from extreme psychiatric symptoms including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Claimant further had an aversion to further surgery and had been unable to undergo further radiotherapy for the original cancer.

We sent a letter of claim to the Defendant clearly setting out the reason why fault was alleged. It was denied by the defendant that the initial ureteric injury was negligent and it was also submitted that the pneumothorax was a non-negligent consequence of the nephrectomy. The Defendant maintained that the Claimant would have needed surgery anyway. The Defendant eventually advanced an offer of £30,000. The claimant accepted our advice to reject this. A later offer of £100,000 was made, and then £125,000 and following further negotiations the case was settled for £136,000.

Below are some examples of the types of claim we can assist with.

 

Facts


  • A very small percentage of medical negligence cases will need to go to a trial. The vast majority of cases we pursue are settled out of court.
  • It is estimated that there are some 900,000 medical accidents per year, and the Department of Health estimate about half of these are avoidable.
  • Health Secretary The Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP has in March 2016 outlined plan to improve NHS safety and transparency.
  • To establish a claim in medical negligence you must show:
    1. The medical professional did something (or failed to do something) which a reasonably competent medical practitioner would not have done (or failed to do); and

    2. The failure to act in a reasonably competent way has caused you to suffer injury, or a worse outcome.

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