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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Medical negligence solicitor

    A medical negligence solicitor’s role is to provide legal advice and assistance for victims of medical negligence; in addition to offering legal representation should a compensation claim be made. The role of an experienced professional medical negligence solicitor is essential for anyone who has suffered an injury, either physical or psychological, at the hands of negligent or incompetent members of the medical professional.

    Legal assistance is vital in such cases, because proving medical negligence can sometimes be extremely difficult. Few people have an extensive knowledge of medical matters, so would find it difficult to prove they were the victim of medical negligence without expert advice. Our specialist solicitors, with assistance from our own medical experts, are able to determine whether the healthcare professional was negligent, based on the information provided.

    Anyone unfortunate enough to have been under the care of a medical professional who is negligent will realise that they are entitled to make a medical negligence claim, but might be unsure who to claim against and how the procedure for seeking compensation works. Our legal team will be able to identify the liable party and assist with the claim.

    What constitutes medical negligence?

    Many people associate medical negligence with a botched operation; however, the scope is much wider than that. This kind of negligence can apply to anyone within the medical profession; the list includes GP’s, surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, therapists or anyone else involved in the care of the patient.

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    Medical negligence covers a wide field; it includes the patient’s illness or condition being misdiagnosed; the diagnosis being delayed, which causes the condition to become worse; the incorrect treatment being given; treatment being delayed or injury or death being caused by the treatment or diagnosis.

    It should be noted that anyone who has suffered the death of a family member, spouse, civil partner or partner through medical negligence, can also seek compensation and is therefore advised to contact a medical negligence solicitor. The same applies if the patient survives, but is rendered physically or mentally incapable of seeking compensation. Compensation can be sought on their behalf.

    What should I do if compensation is offered before I seek legal advice?

    Usually, when a claim is made against a medical professional, private hospital or NHS Trust, it will be fought. The medical profession has the resources and legal teams on hand to fight any negligence claim. However, there times when the individual or organisation concerned might decide to make an offer to the injured party. Such awards are likely to be smaller when made out of court and have the added benefit of avoiding potentially expensive legal fees and bad publicity. It should therefore be borne in mind that even if you receive an offer of compensation you should still seek legal advice.

    Will a medical negligence solicitor be costly?

    If you seek assistance from one of our medical negligence solicitors there is no fear of you having to pay expensive legal fees. We will start your claim at no cost to you and because we represent clients on a no win no fee basis there will be no fees to pay, even if the claim fails.

    Date Published: October 1, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.