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Your medical professional has a legal duty to protect your health while you are under their care; as a patient, you have the right to expect that they provide a certain standard of care when they treat you. If you have been harmed due to the substandard care you received, then our experienced medical negligence solicitors in Wells can help.
If you have been a victim of medical negligence in Wells, our experts covering this area can help you seek justice and get the compensation you deserve. We can help you make medical negligence claims in Wells against any medical practitioner or healthcare provider responsible for the treatment you received.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is when a medical professional or healthcare provider has breached their duty of care towards a patient, and this breach has resulted in pain and suffering for the patient. Such patient can make medical negligence claims in Wells, which means the way in which the care was discharged was below the expected standards, and has made the patient worse.
Making a Claim for Medical Negligence in Wells
Doctors are not perfect; they are human like you and I, and for this reason, even the most experienced of professionals can make mistake. However, it becomes negligent treatment when your health professional fails to manage the risk of an error, and makes an error that is considered below par and unacceptable by those of similar knowledge, skill-set and experience.
Examples of medical negligence include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Wrong prescription
- Surgical error
- Misreading or misinterpreting test results
If you have suffered an illness or injury as a result of medical negligence, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. You may also be entitled to a claim if you have suffered financial loss, psychological trauma, or a dependent of a person who has passed away due to negligent treatment.
Get in touch with Medical Negligence Direct today if you think your injury may have been caused by negligent treatment. We will arrange a free, no obligation consultation so you can talk to our specialist medical negligence lawyers in Wells. We recommend that you seek legal advice and support as soon as possible, so you will know whether you can make a compensation claim and receive the support you deserve.
We work with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors in Wells to help our clients secure maximum compensation for the injury they suffered. This compensation award will help you get the care and support you need to aid your recovery, and ensures you do not surer as a result of the financial damage caused by your injury.
Medical negligence compensation is made up of two components:
- General Damages
This is compensation designed to cover for the pain and suffering caused by your illness or injury. The Judicial College provides a guidepost for calculating fair compensation amounts for victims of medical negligence. Typically, the more severe an injury and the bigger its impact is on your life, the higher your financial settlement. However, this is not always the case, which is why it is important that you choose the right solicitor for your medical negligence in Wells – one who has successfully claimed compensation for victims who have suffered your type of injury.
- Special Damages
This is to compensate for the out of pocket expenses you have incurred due to the injury. It may cover anything from the cost of your medication to cost of special medical care like corrective surgery. Special damages can also cover for the income you have lost due to your inability to work while recovering. You may also be able to claim for loss of future estimated earnings and pension if you have had to retire early or change your working routine; this claim can also be made for your partner if they have quit working to be your carer.
Choosing the Best Medical Negligence Solicitors in Wells
Finding the right solicitor is crucial to your quest for justice if you have been a victim of medical negligence in Wells. While the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, they do not all have the same level of skill-set and experience, nor do they offer the same quality of service.
At Medical Negligence Direct, we can provide you with an experienced solicitor who knows everything about pursuing claims similar to yours in Wells. We understand how difficult this period is, and you may even worry about the loads of meetings as well as visits to your solicitor’s office. This is why we arrange to keep in touch with you and keep you updated in a variety of ways. In addition to the solicitor’s location, it is also important to consider the track record of your solicitor and his/her ability to handle your case.
Wells No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors
If you are considering making a claim for medical negligence in Wells, you do not need to be deterred by your ability to fund your claim. The vast majority of cases we handle are done via a No Win No Fee agreement as it eliminates the need to pay upfront legal fees.
Also known as Condition Fee Agreement (CFA), a No Win No Fee claim gives you the confidence that your medical negligence lawyer in Wells believes in your case, and will fight to help you secure compensation. Here is how a No Win No Fee agreement works:
- Your solicitor will assess your case and, if they think you have valid grounds to make a claim, they will offer to provide legal support for you on a No Win No Fee basis.
- They will help determine whether you need an After the Event policy or you already have a legal expenses policy, such as a home insurance.
- If you win your case, your solicitor will be paid a fee for representing you, which will usually be recovered from the defendant. Your solicitor will also receive a success fee, which is a percentage of your final compensation award. This amount ranges between 0 – 25% of your compensation, and will be discussed at the start of your claim before you make any commitments.
What if I am Claiming on Behalf of Another Person?
On certain occasions, the medical negligence victim may be unable to pursue a claim themselves due to their condition. In this case, someone known as a “litigation friend” can represent them.
A litigation friend may be necessary if the victim lacks mental capacity to bring a claim or is a child under the age of 18. The litigation friend could be a parent, relative, close friend or even a solicitor. Anyone acting as a litigation friend must obtain approval from the courts showing they do not have any conflicting interests and can represent the victim; our medical negligence lawyers in Wells can advice you on how to do this.
There are no major differences in the way claims are brought by a victim of medical negligence compared with one brought by a litigation friend. Both are under legal obligation to prove that there was injury due to negligent treatment, and show the impact of the injury on the victim’s life. The difference here is that where most claims are settled out of court, the court must give its approval before a compensation is awarded in claims made by a litigation friend. This is to ensure the compensation is managed properly for the victim until they can make decisions on their own.
What Should I Do Now?
If you suspect you may have been a victim of negligent treatment, contact us today on 0800 644 4240 for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss and review your case. You can also fill out our free claim assessment form and one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors in Wells will contact you at your earliest convenience. Our goal is to help you secure the compensation you deserve, so you can live a normal life.