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Have you suffered an injury or illness due to the negligent treatment of your healthcare provider? Are you searching for the right medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove? When you suffer harm at the hands of a medical professional, the impact can be devastating and even life-changing. From physical injuries to emotional trauma and financial losses, you could potentially suffer catastrophic damages.
Medical Negligence Direct works with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove. These solicitors represent those who have suffered poor standard of medical care by professionals they trusted with their health. With our knowledge and experience, we are able to help these victims of negligent treatment receive the maximum compensation they deserve.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence refers to failure on the part of a medical professional to exercise reasonable level of care in protecting the health of a patient, causing the patient harm.
Medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, which means they commit to providing acceptable quality of care in the treatment of their patients. For most part, they do this excellently well. However, there are times when they fail to fulfill the standard of care expected of them, which may lead to an injury or illness to the patient.
If you have suffered an injury, illness or your condition has been made worse by a health professional you trusted to protect your health, our medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove can help you pursue a claim for medical negligence.
At Medical Negligence Direct, we handle all types of medical negligence claims, whether your injury was caused by a health professional at the NHS or a private hospital. Here we discuss only three of the claims our medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove can handle. If your case isn’t listed below, do not hesitate to get in touch with us and our specialist solicitors will let you know whether you can make a claim.
Medical Negligence Claims in Brighton and Hove Our Team Can Handle
Nursing and care homes have a legal duty of care to protect their residents. This means they must ensure residents are safe, receive adequate care and are as comfortable as possible. While the vast majority of care homes are able to keep up with this standard of care, some fail in this regard. In some cases, a care home may be poorly staffed or lack adequate facilities required to meet a resident’s needs, causing the person harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered negligent treatment at a care home facility, our medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove can help you make a claim for compensation. Talk to one of our best medical negligence experts in Brighton and Hove today about making a compensation claim for care home negligence.
This relates to injuries which affect the mother or baby during pregnancy, childbirth or in the aftercare of mother and baby. A health professional could act negligently if they fail to take necessary action such as providing poor quality antenatal or neonatal care. Birth injuries affect mother and baby in different ways:
Examples of birth injuries to mother include:
- Perineal tears;
- Organ damage after caesarean section;
- Poor management of pre-clampsia.
Examples of birth injuries to baby include:
- Cerebral palsy;
- Failing to act appropriately when baby is in distress;
- Poor handling of instruments like forceps.
Whether you are under the care of a dental professional at the NHS or a private hospital, you may be entitled to a dental negligence claim if your dentist has caused you avoidable harm due to medical negligence.
When dental care goes wrong, it could cause you unnecessary pain and suffering and, in some cases, you may need further treatment or corrective surgery to restore your dental health. These corrective procedures may also come with side effects, and cause you pain. Our medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove can help if you have been a victim of dental negligence.
Am I Entitled to a Medical Negligence Compensation Claim?
Proving that your injury was a result of medical negligence can be difficult, which is why you need the support of experienced solicitors if you have suffered medical negligence in Brighton and Hove. To establish medical negligence, you will have to prove:
- Duty of care: You must be show that you had a relationship with your healthcare professional with respect you your medical care. Duty of care refers to a legal obligation on the part of a medical professional to adhere to a reasonable and acceptable standard of care when caring for patients. This also means that if a health professional feels that they are unable to provide the quality of care a patient needs, it is their responsibility to refer them to a specialist.
- Deviation: You must also be able to prove with supporting evidence that your physician deviated from the acceptable standard of care, causing you harm. “Harm” can be physical, emotional, psychological and financial. Evidence to prove deviation typically includes your medical records, medical expert opinion and your detailed account of circumstances surrounding your claim.
- Causation: Finally, you must prove that your health professional’s deviation was directly responsible for the injuries you suffered.
We advise that you seek specialist legal support if you think you have suffered harm due to negligent treatment on the part of your healthcare provider. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove will determine whether there are valid grounds for a claim and if this is the case, help you establish the elements discussed above.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Medical Negligence?
Every medical negligence case is unique, so the compensation amount you could be awarded will depend on:
- The nature and severity of your injury;
- The losses incurred.
When you contact us, we will set up a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the different ways your injury or illness has affected your life. Our medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove will take this into account when calculating the right compensation for you. Your final compensation award will factor two types of damages:
- General damages
This is compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA) you have incurred as a result of the negligent treatment.
- Special Damages
This refers to compensation for the financial losses you have incurred as a result of medical negligence. Examples of special damages include medical expenses, travel costs, and loss of earnings.
How Long Will My Medical Negligence Claim Take?
As is the case with the compensation amount, the duration is unique to each claim. The average processing time is usually around 18 months, but it may be longer if the alleged negligent party denies liability, an agreement cannot be reached for a fair compensation amount or the long-term impact of your injury is yet to be established.
Although the vast majority of claims are resolved outside the court, you may have to wait an additional 12-18 months if yours is one of the rare claims that go to trial. However, you can rest assured our medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove will try to negotiate the right compensation amount you deserve within the shortest possible time.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence in Brighton and Hove
If you have been a victim of medical negligence, you should be able to access the quality legal representation you need. Usually, hiring experienced medical negligence lawyers in Brighton and Hove can cost thousands of pounds, with no guarantee that a claimant will be awarded compensation in the end. This is too much risk for a victim of medical negligence.
At Medical Negligence Direct, we realize how devastating the impact of medical negligence can be. As a result, our medical negligence experts in Brighton and Hove handle most claims on a No Win No Fee basis. Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, this arrangement means that you do not have to pay any upfront legal fees, nor would you pay anything if you do not win. As our solicitors shoulder the financial risk associated with making a claim on your behalf, they will conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf to ensure you have a reasonable chance of success.
If your claim is successful, you will pay a percentage of your final compensation award known as a “success fee”. Your opponent will likely cover your legal costs, including the cost of obtaining independent medical reports.
Contact Us Today
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors in Brighton and Hove have an excellent track record of helping victims secure the compensation they deserve. If you think your health professional has acted negligently, please call us today on 0800 644 4240 and we will be happy to help.