Do you have grounds to claim medical negligence?

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If there is anything we can agree on, particularly over the past 2 years, it’s that we are incredibly lucky to have the NHS and the healthcare professionals that work within it. Unfortunately, even the most noble and well-intentioned of these healthcare professionals make mistakes, but where do you stand when those mistakes have altered the course of your life, or the life of someone you love?

We chatted with Medical Negligence Solicitor at Jackson Lees, Chris Achilles, to find out where you stand if you’ve been victim to medical negligence.

Medical negligence refers to personal injury claims brought against healthcare professionals where negligence has occurred. All healthcare professionals owe a duty of care to their patients to provide medical advice and/or treatment to an acceptable and reasonable standard. As I have witnessed time and time again throughout my career, this doesn’t always happen as it should. It may bring you comfort to know, however, that there are processes in place to ensure that if you or a loved one has suffered an injury at the hands of a medical professional, you may be able to pursue a medical negligence claim to obtain compensation for those injuries.

To be successful in a medical negligence claim, a Claimant must prove two things:

  • Breach of Duty – the Claimant must be able to prove that the Defendant owed them a duty of care, and that the Defendant provided treatment to them, that was of such poor quality, that the treatment would not be considered acceptable or reasonable by any reasonable body of medical practitioners, practicing in that area of medicine.
  • Causation – the Claimant must also prove that as a result of any breach(es) of duty, they suffered avoidable harm or injury.

When the standard of care is not met and an individual suffers injury as a result, that person has a legal right to make a claim for compensation. These claims can be brought against any medical professional including doctors, nurses, GPs and Dental Practitioners. An individual may bring a claim as a result of an injury to themselves or may bring a claim on behalf of a child or a person who is unable to bring a claim for themselves; or a relative who has passed away.

Jackson Lees has a compassionate, friendly, and committed Medical Negligence Team with years of experience in dealing with a variety of cases, typically on a Conditional (no win, no fee) Fee Agreement (CFA) basis. This means that if your claim is ultimately unsuccessful, you would not be charged for any of the work done to investigate your claim. 

In a small number of cases involving brain injury at birth, cases can be funded by Legal Aid. This is effectively Government funding with the eligibility for the same being based on the injured person’s financial circumstances, not those of their parents or the person bringing the claim on their behalf.

Jackson Lees are a nationally recognised firm with a dedicated and experienced team of clinical negligence lawyers, eager to help and fight for victims of medical negligence. If you believe you have suffered negligence at the hands of a medical practitioner, please contact our dedicated team who will provide you with the advice and support you need to investigate the potential claim, recover compensation where appropriate, and to help close this chapter of your life.

If you or a loved one has been affected by substandard medical treatment, you may be able to claim medical negligence compensation to help you move on from this mistake and put your life back together.

For a free consultation with one of our legal team call us on 0808 159 8144 or email enquiry@jacksonlees.co.uk or visit our website www.jacksonlees.co.uk.

If you have been injured by a medical professional, we are here to help you.

What we can do for you…

  • We deal with cases on a ‘no win, no fee basis’
  • We provide a dedicated team of lawyers supported by a doctor, nurse,  midwife and radiographer
  • We handle a full range of claims up to life changing injuries or those involving death of a loved one.
  • We have male and female solicitors available for sensitive issues
  • We can visit you at your home and out of hours if required
  • We are independently accredited as experts in this field by the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents).

 

If you feel you may have been mistreated medically, or if someone you care about has, please contact our dedicated team on 0808 159 8144 for a confidential chat with a legal expert.

 


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