Medical Negligence

Finding the Best Medical Negligence Solicitors: Your Essential Guide

April 18, 2024
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Healthcare professionals in the NHS and the private sector strive to offer the best care for their patients. However, mistakes do unfortunately happen.  

Sometimes, these mistakes are minor. Other times, the consequences of receiving poor treatment are so profound that they affect the quality of a person’s life and their wellbeing.  

When this happens, it’s often called “medical negligence” or “clinical negligence”. 

Understanding medical negligence 

We can define medical negligence as: 

  • Not getting the right care or treatment when you need it.  
  • The poor level of care you receive directly results in harm to your health (developing a new condition, an existing condition becoming worse, or both). 

In the eyes of the law, there’s a third factor you need to make a successful medical or clinical negligence claim. 

Your solicitor needs to prove that, had you received the correct treatment at the correct time, your injury would have been avoided.  

H2: What makes a good medical negligence solicitor? 

When searching for the best medical negligence lawyer, choose one with a track record in securing compensation for their clients in cases similar to yours. 

The key skills and qualities a solicitor should have are: 

  • Building relationships: An experienced medical negligence solicitor should understand how your injury has impacted you, and your wider support network. A complex medical negligence experience is extremely challenging; both emotionally and physically. Our legal experts have worked with many clients for years at a time, and build genuine relationships with empathy and consideration. Building relationships in this way is helpful not only in providing reassurance and understanding along the way, but it also allows the solicitor to fully understand your case, and get under the skin of it when building your argument.
     
  • Assessing and presenting claims: Your solicitor should be experienced at collecting and reviewing evidence like medical records to build the strongest and most persuasive legal argument. They should know which independent experts to approach, whose opinions will demonstrate how the negligence happened and how it has affected your health.
     
  • Evaluating compensation: Your solicitor will be able to assess the value of your claim accurately by carefully considering the issues that most affect the size of compensation settlements. This includes factors such as how serious your injury is, the long-term prognosis, any emotional distress you’ve suffered, and financial losses you’ve experienced.
     
  • Driving cases forward: Medical negligence cases can be complex and lengthy. The best medical negligence solicitors use their determination and experience to build the strongest legal argument for your compensation claim and guide it towards a successful resolution.
     
  • Winning cases: An experienced clinical negligence solicitor has a proven ability to achieve successful outcomes for their clients. They are skilful negotiators who represent your interests well when reaching financial settlements with the NHS and other healthcare providers. 

How to find medical negligence solicitors 

With something as important as receiving access to justice and closure, following a distressing experience, it’s a good idea to work with a specialist medical negligence solicitor 

Look for solicitors’ practices that specialise in medical negligence claims or in practices where there is a medical negligence department. That’s where you’ll find the medical lawyers with the knowledge and expertise needed to represent you. 

 

How to choose the best medical negligence solicitor for your case 

While some solicitor firms may seem to offer similar services, there are some key aspects to the type and level of service to look out for when searching for the best medical negligence solicitors to take on your case. 

1. No-win, no-fee 

It’s only right and fair that you’re compensated if you’ve come to harm or suffered an injury as a result of the mistakes of a medical professional. 

However, the upfront cost of legal representation can be expensive. For those who need it, no-win no-fee arrangements can remove this initial financial burden.  

This means that, if a firm of medical solicitors takes your case on a no-win, no-fee basis and they don’t secure compensation for you, you don’t pay anything. If your solicitors are successful, they take a percentage of the total compensation amount.  

2. Great track record 

This might be the only legal claim you launch in your life. Or it might be the most important legal claim you pursue. Either way, working with the best medical negligence solicitors gives you the best chance of success. 

Look for testimonials and case studies on solicitors’ websites. Check out their reviews to get a sense of how well they look after clients.  

Fletchers scores 4.5 out of 5 in over 900 reviews on Trustpilot. You can read some of Fletchers Solicitors’ client stories to find out how clients benefited from both the service and the compensation they received. 

3. Legally respected 

When choosing clinical negligence lawyers to represent you, look for a firm that is respected by the legal community. These films will have the knowledge, resources, and reputation to handle your case effectively and achieve the best possible outcome. 

Fletchers Solicitors has built a reputation for excellence in the field of clinical negligence claims. They’re recognised by leading legal directories such as The Legists’ Top 100 UK law firms, The Legal 500, and Chambers and Partners. Fletchers has also been named as one of The Times newspaper’s Best Law Firms 

4. Passionate about helping their clients 

The most successful medical negligence firms are passionate about protecting their client’s  interests, and are driven by a strong determination to achieve fair compensation for their injuries; as well compensating for the ongoing impact to their lives. These firms go the extra mile in fighting for the rights of the people they represent.  

Does medical negligence in the NHS happen a lot? 

According to the NHS Resolution, in 2006/07 there were 5,246 claims lodged against the NHS. In 2022/23, that number had gone up to 13,511, a leap of 157%.  

The grand total of potential financial liabilities to the NHS that are linked to medical negligence grew to £69.2bn in 2022/23. 

Here are the top ten branches of medicines measured by number of claims made against them: 

  • Emergency medicine (1,301 cases): This care is typically delivered in hospital A&E departments when medical staff are under pressure to quickly assess, diagnose, and stabilise patients.  
  • Obstetrics Non CP/BD (1,152 cases): Obstetrics is the branch of medicine that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period (up to six weeks after childbirth). This classification excludes cases where cerebral palsy (CP) or brain damage (BD) are involved. 
  • Orthopaedic surgery (1,127 cases): This specialist area of medicine focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal conditions (mainly the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles). 
  • General surgery (738 cases): This is a broad classification of medicine relating to surgery on your abdominal organs. This can include your stomach, liver, gallbladder, thyroid gland, small and large intestines, appendix and bile ducts, and pancreas. 
  • Gynaecology (623 cases): Gynaecology is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the female reproductive system, specifically the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and vagina. 
  • General medicine (523 cases): General (or internal) medicine diagnoses, treats, and manages adult diseases including but not limited to heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.  
  • Radiology (453 cases): Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses scanning and imaging technology like X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasound to diagnose, monitor, and treat diseases. 
  • Psychiatry and mental health (391 cases): Psychiatry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. 
  • Ophthalmology (303 cases): Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat disorders that affect parts of the eye like the retina, cornea, lens, and optic nerve. 
  • Gastroenterology (291 cases): Gastroenterologists focus on their patients’ digestive system health, specifically conditions that affect the oesophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. 

H2: Why Fletchers Solicitors? 

Fletchers Solicitors specialise in medical negligence cases. Their dedicated team of 700 solicitors has the passion, drive and expertise to take on these, specialist and sometimes complex cases.  

If you’d like legal assistance with an experience of medical negligence, contact us on 0330 013 0251 or use our contact form to speak with one of our clinical negligence claims solicitors.

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