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Clinical negligence is a complex area of law, and no two cases are exactly the same. That’s why it is important to work with a team of medical negligence specialists, who understand what you are going through, and how to secure the compensation you deserve.

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What are medical negligence claims?

A medical negligence claim arises when a patient pursues legal action against a healthcare professional, alleging that the standard of care provided fell below acceptable levels and resulted in avoidable harm. The primary objective of these claims, is to obtain financial compensation for both the suffering that has been endured, and to prepare for any financial difficulties which may arise in the future, as a result of the injury – for example, paying for long-term care, rehabilitation or medical equipment for the home. Together with the support of a medical negligence solicitor, the patient gathers evidence to prove that medical negligence has occurred aiming to secure fair and just compensation. 

Medical negligence means that substandard care has been delivered by a healthcare professional, directly causing harm to a patient. For this care to be considered medical negligence, it must fall below reasonable standards, and is typically evaluated by an independent expert in the respective field. Medical negligence comes in various forms; such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, or incorrect treatment administration. In instances where medical malpractice leads to undue suffering and exacerbates injuries or distress for the patient, or their loved ones, you may be eligible to seek compensation. 

Negligence can occur at any stage of medical treatment, from the initial consultation with a general practitioner, to surgery and postoperative care. Patients can suffer misdiagnoses, surgical errors, or administration of incorrect treatments. All of these mistakes can result in avoidable harm to the patient – and in some cases can even make their condition much worse in the long-term. Holding the medical body accountable for breaching their duty of care is incredibly important. Processing a medical negligence claim not only ensures compensation to the person who has suffered but also fosters a thorough investigation into the incident; with the potential of facilitating any necessary corrective measures to prevent similar errors in the future.

What are the most common causes of medical negligence claims?

Our legal professionals have successfully navigated many complex medical negligence claims. It is our duty to fight for the justice you rightfully deserve, following any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of medical negligence. 

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The most common clinical negligence claims we assist clients with include:

Every medical negligence claim is unique, with varying circumstances. Therefore, it’s essential to seek guidance from experienced medical negligence solicitors who are well-versed in navigating the complexities of these claims. We will work with you and guide you through the process, so that you are shielded from the legalities as much as possible.

What are the symptoms of medical negligence?

The consequences of medical negligence can be much greater than you might expect. Often, even the patients themselves are unaware of how their initial pain and suffering might develop as the years progress.  Medical negligence injuries can impact a person’s ability to mobilise long-term, their ability to be independent or to manage day-to-day tasks. Future care should also be considered, especially if the injuries are likely to worsen in later life.  

The physical repercussions of a mishandled medical procedure can be severe, with many of our clients experiencing excruciating pain, physical impairment, and limited mobility. However, there are wider impacts to also consider: 

Loss of earnings: As a result of clinical negligence, many of our clients have been unable to return to the career they had prior to their injuries. Some of those who have returned to work, have done so with reduced hours, or have had to change their career entirely. Of those who have returned to the same career, many have spent months unable to work during their recovery period.  

Change in living requirements: Some of the injuries our clients suffer as a result of medical negligence can result in them requiring a new home, or adaptations to their home, as their previous living arrangements no longer match their needs. We have worked with clients to secure accommodation improvements, to allow easier mobility around their home and garden. We have also worked with our clients to consider their day-to-day requirements within the home – how to ensure daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning and showering, can be completed with ease – despite their injury. 

Psychological impacts and isolation: Individuals who once led active lives prior to suffering medical negligence may find themselves feeling isolated and lonely following their injury. Some experience a shift from being outgoing and sociable to becoming withdrawn and introverted. This can sometimes lead to feelings of depression and other mental health challenges. It is important to reach out to someone if you are feeling this way – your solicitor can often be a friendly shoulder to confide in and can consider your psychological injuries as part of your compensation package.  

Impact on loved ones: When someone you love has suffered clinical negligence, the impact can be devastating on family and friends.   In some circumstances, the patient can tragically pass away as a result of the negligence, leaving grieving relatives to navigate through the aftermath as best they can. But equally, when a patient’s life is left permanently changed, this can put a considerable strain on those closest to them, as the family aim to come together for support.  

Loss of identity: Studies conducted by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) have revealed that certain patients experience a loss of self-identity. Their disability begins to shape their identity as they become increasingly reliant on others for assistance. 

Clinical negligence injuries can pose significant challenges for patients with young children, as their ability to care for them in the way they used to, can be compromised. This can mean that patients require additional caregiving support – not just for themselves, but for their family too.

How is medical negligence treated?

This very much depends on the injury you have sustained and what the impact has been on your life. If you have recently suffered medical negligence, you might still be coming to terms with the physical effects and healing time associated with your injuries.  You could be contending with injuries that are difficult to overcome, requiring potential career retraining or adjustments to your living situation. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s important to acknowledge that emotional distress following a physical trauma is perfectly normal, and support is available if you’re struggling to come to terms with what happened to you. 

When you work with a medical negligence solicitor, we will consider your rehabilitation as part of your compensation package and connect with independent experts to help you rebuild your life with the support you need. Care packages often include rehabilitation, physical therapy, support with mobility equipment – and sometimes, home adaptations. A rehabilitation and ongoing care package are an important part of your recovery and helps you to find your way again despite your injuries and limitations.  

You may also find that you are unable to return to your previous employment due to your injury. If this is the case, you may consider retraining and exploring new career opportunities in the future. Deciding on a new career path can be challenging, however our experts can help you find the information you need on changing careers, serving as an excellent starting point. Additionally, exploring courses available at local educational institutions can help you build new skills and retrain for your desired profession. 

Returning to work after sustaining injuries due to negligence can be overwhelming. However, there are steps you can take to facilitate a smooth transition back to the workplace. If your injury is long-term or permanent, your employer is obligated to make reasonable adjustments under The Equality Act 2010 to accommodate your needs. These adjustments are often straightforward and inexpensive for the employer, so don’t hesitate to request them if they enhance your comfort and well-being upon your return. Effective communication with your employer about the extent of your injuries and necessary accommodations is crucial. It’s advisable to have these discussions well in advance of your return to allow your employer sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements. 

Dealing with injuries can be challenging, especially when adjustments need to be made to your home life. Some home adaptations, like installing wheelchair access or stair lifts, are relatively straightforward. However, others, such as customised adaptations, widening access points, or even relocating to a more suitable home or area, can be more complex. 

If you require home adaptations due to your injury, we can often include the costs as part of your settlement figure and may even secure an interim payment to facilitate a seamless transition. We collaborate closely with independent experts, builders, and renovators who specialise in accessibility and home remodelling. Together, we can assist you in making informed decisions that best suit your needs. 

After experiencing a trauma such as medical negligence, adjusting to the circumstances can be challenging for both you and your family. It can impose significant mental strain in addition to the physical toll. Adapting to the idea of no longer being able to engage in activities you and your family once enjoyed can be difficult and may require considerable time. If you find yourself struggling emotionally, there is ample support available to you, whether it’s from other family members, your medical negligence lawyer at Fletchers, or a specialised counsellor. It’s important to reach out for assistance during this challenging period, as there are individuals and services ready to provide the support you need.

Can I make a medical negligence compensation claim?

If you or someone you care about has been injured due to negligent actions by a healthcare professional, you may have grounds to pursue a medical negligence claim. Contact our experts today for a free assessment of your case and find out whether you have a claim.

How much time do I have to make a medical negligence claim?

As a general guideline, you typically have a three-year window from the “date of knowledge” to file a claim for medical negligence. The “date of knowledge” refers to when you first discovered or became aware of the mistake. While some individuals may realise the mistake immediately, others may take longer to acknowledge it. It’s important to note that the three-year timeframe begins from the date you first became aware of the error, not when it occurred. 

If the individual affected by the mistake was under 18 at the time, the deadline extends to three years from their 18th birthday (i.e., their 21st birthday). Additionally, if the person lacks mental capacity, there is no time limit for filing a claim.

How much does it cost to make a medical negligence claim?

At Fletchers, we firmly believe in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to pursue fair compensation and obtain the justice they rightfully deserve, without the added burden of financial concerns during an already distressing time. Therefore, we never require any upfront payment from you, allowing you to prioritise your recovery without the added stress of covering our legal fees out of your own pocket. 

All medical negligence claims are managed on a no win no fee basis. This essentially means that regardless of your personal financial situation, you can pursue financial compensation for medical negligence with ease. Under this arrangement, if your case is unsuccessful and you’ve fully cooperated throughout the process, you won’t be responsible for any legal fees whatsoever.

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Director of Medical Negligence

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Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

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How to get started

Our expert legal team can advise on your claim for medical negligence. Our down to earth guidance and practical advice will help to get your claim started as quickly as possible.


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We’ve helped so many people just like you

The first step in the process of making a claim for medical negligence is to get in touch with us. We will gather the relevant documentation, such as medical records and doctor’s reports, which help provide the context of your experience and the impact it has had on your quality of life. With this information, our team can begin to build your case and investigate the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. All the advice we offer is at no cost to you, and it is treated with the strictest level of confidence.

Why Choose Fletchers? 

Choosing Fletchers means choosing a dedicated team of medical negligence solicitors. Our experts have successfully handled hundreds of medical negligence claims. Ranked among the leading lawyers for medical negligence and personal injury in the UK, we pride ourselves on providing a personal service. 

The Legal 500 Directory 2024 highlights our “commitment to using technology effectively and offering a supportive, client-focused approach.” 

Fletchers is your trusted partner, ensuring you’re not alone in seeking justice.

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A team of experts to help you – every step of the way

Our specialist legal team can advise if you have a valid claim for medical negligence. We speak in simple language that you’ll understand, and our down-to-earth guidance and practical advice will help to get your claim started as quickly as possible.

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Supporting you through the whole journey – from claim to recovery

We understand that bringing a legal case forward is a daunting prospect. That’s why we promise to guide you through the process and keep you informed at every turn. We are experts in our field, and it is our hope that we can lighten the load, during what is understandably a difficult time.

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