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If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of the negligent actions of a medical professional, you can trust our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester to help you fight on your behalf and secure the compensation you deserve. At Medical Negligence Direct, we understand how distressing the impact of medical negligence can be, especially as it relates to a trusted medical professional.
When you contact us, we will assign one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors in Chichester to speak with you and determine whether you have legal grounds to pursue a claim for medical negligence in Chichester. We will comprehensively assess your situation and provide honest answers to your questions so you can make informed decisions concerning your claim.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence happens when a healthcare professional has acted in a way that has caused an illness or injury to a patient.
All medical professionals owe a duty of care to their patients. This means that when they agree to treat you, they must take reasonable steps to protect your health and wellbeing. This is why you trust them with your health, and even your life in some cases. However, they sometimes make mistakes which could cause harm to a patient, either through a new illness or injury, or worsening a pre-existing condition. When this happens to you, there may be grounds for a medical negligence claim UK.
Making a Claim for Medical Negligence in Chichester
To establish legal grounds for a claim for medical negligence in Chichester, you need to prove that the care you received was substandard, and that it directly caused you harm. Following the assessment of your case by our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester, we will build a case that establishes:
- The nature and severity of your injury;
- The substandard nature of your treatment;
- That your injury or illness was avoidable and, had you received treatment from a different doctor under similar circumstances, you wouldn’t suffer the same fate.
It is important that you seek the advice of a legal expert at the earliest possible opportunity if you think your injury was due to negligent treatment. Our solicitors will provide the support you need to go through the claims process and ensure you receive maximum compensation for the suffering you have endured through no fault of your own.
Medical Negligence Claims in Chichester We Handle
Our medical negligence solicitors can help you seek compensation for any kind of avoidable injury you have suffered, whether you were treated at the NHS or by a private practitioner. The list below is not comprehensive, but includes some of the medical negligence claims we handle in Chichester:
Prescription errors can have minor to life-threatening impact on the health of a patient. It usually happens when mistakes are made when prescribing a medication or when dispensing it. Examples of prescription errors include:
- Prescribing an incorrect medication;
- Prescribing the wrong medication dosage;
- Prescribing a medication that a patient is allergic to;
- Failing to include sufficient prescription details or using illegible handwriting when prescribing.
Dispensing errors may include:
- Labelling mistakes;
- Administering out-of-date medications;
- Misreading prescriptions;
- Failing to store the medication properly, or failing to inform patients how to correctly store their medication;
- Failing to keep records of medicines administered to patients.
Nursing and Care Home Negligence Claims
When you make the decision to send a loved one to a care home facility, you trust that they will receive a high standard of care. It can be upsetting to discover that the standard of care not only fell below acceptable standards, but has been disrespectful, negligent, and even potentially life-changing.
When your chosen care providers betray your trust and cause you or your loved one harm, our medical negligence solicitors can act on your behalf to obtain maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
Examples of care home neglect include:
- Failing to take necessary precautions to prevent pressure sores;
- Failing to quickly identify and treat pressure sores to prevent infection;
- Inadequate supervision or monitoring care home residents;
- Failing to provide mobility aids like walking frames and bed rails;
- Failing to provide adequate nursing care, allowing a condition to deteriorate.
Undergoing a surgical procedure presents a difficult time for both patients and their loved ones. If surgery is the last resort for your condition, you want to get through the process as safely as possible; which is why it can be very upsetting when your surgeon fails to provide the standard of care you trust them to provide.
While most surgical procedures go to plan, there are times when errors lead to harm. These mistakes can be made during your pre-operative assessment, while the surgery is ongoing, or during your post-operative care. Wherever the negligent treatment happens, if you suffer an injury as a result, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Your GP is the first port of call when you are ill and in need of medical attention. While you do not always expect your GP to be able to provide solutions to every problem, you trust that they will know enough to refer you for further tests, assessment or treatment where necessary. However, there are occasions when GPs make mistakes that can have devastating consequences for patients under their care.
Examples of GP negligence include:
- Failing to refer a patient for further tests or assessment;
- Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage;
- Misreading test results;
- Carrying out medical procedures they lack the knowledge and experience to do.
Can I Make a Medical Negligence Compensation Claim in Chichester?
If you have suffered an injury or illness, or a pre-existing condition was made worse as a result of medical negligence in Chichester, there may be grounds for a compensation claim. To prove your claim, our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester will help obtain medical records as well as the opinion of an independent medical expert. It is possible to be a victim of medical negligence and not suffer harm and, if this is the case, you may not receive compensation.
Our medical negligence lawyers in Chichester will also help you establish causation; that is, your health professional failed to meet acceptable standards in your treatment and that you would not have suffered harm if you received treatment from a different professional under similar circumstances.
You also need to show that your injury occurred within three years of starting a claim. However, you may still be able to make a claim even if the three-year time limit has expired. We recommend that you seek legal support from our medical negligence experts in Chichester; they would let you know if you can still make a compensation claim.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive?
The compensation amount you will be awarded for medical negligence in Chichester will depend on the nature and severity of your injury, as well as its impact on your life. You may receive a substantial financial settlement if you have been unable to work or the injury has significantly changed the way you live.
Your compensation will also depend on the out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury. For instance, if you have had to take care of your medical bills, or you have lost income while recovering from the injury, you may make claims for these expenses.
You can trust our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester to consider all factors crucial to your claim to help you secure the highest possible compensation you deserve.
How Long Will My Compensation Claims Process Take?
The average duration of a medical negligence claim in Chichester is between 12 and 18 months. It is best that you seek legal advice from our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester as soon as possible, when the evidence is still fresh; this will make it easier to obtain evidence and ensure the claim can be resolved sooner.
Another factor that determines the processing time for a claim is whether the alleged negligent party accepts or denies liability. Even if they accept, the claim can still take longer if they refuse to pay what we consider a fair compensation amount.
Our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester will do everything possible to ensure your claim is resolved out of court and within the shortest possible time. However, if your case has to go to court, you can rest assured we will protect you and your legal rights.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Solicitors in Chichester
The financial capacity of an individual should be an obstacle when it comes to seeking justice. Medical negligence can have a devastating impact, including financial consequences. Our medical negligence experts in Chichester handle the vast majority of claims on a No Win No Fee basis. This protects you from the financial risks associated with making a claim for medical negligence.
If your case is unsuccessful, you will not pay us anything. If you win, a success fee will be deducted from your final compensation award.
To find out whether you have valid grounds to pursue a claim for medical negligence in Chichester, please get in touch with us today on 0800 644 4240. Our medical negligence solicitors in Chichester will offer a free, no obligation consultation to discuss details of your case.