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Relying on the skills and experience of medical professionals is no small matter. In some cases, our lives could literally be in their hands; thankfully, in the UK, we usually receive exceptionally high standard of care from the healthcare system. Unfortunately, however, things can and do go wrong, causing unnecessary pain and suffering for the victim. When this happens, specialist Manchester medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.
Healthcare professionals are subject to strict guidelines regarding the way they discharge their duty towards patients. When the standard of care expected of them is breached, the result can be devastating and even lead to death.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence refers to a type of injury or illness caused by a breach in the duty of care on the part of a medical professional to a patient. At Medical Negligence Direct, we work with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors who handle a range of medical negligence claims.
Medical negligence is a complex area of law and require:
- Supporting evidence that shows a direct link between your injury and the breach of duty.
- Alternatively, the evidence should establish that the alleged negligent action could have been avoided.
Making Medical Negligence Claims in Manchester
In order to lodge a successful medical negligence claim, there are certain criteria your case must meet. This is because you may experience negligent treatment and still suffer no harm. You may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence if:
- You can prove that the injury you suffered was avoidable and;
- A professional of similar qualifications would have acted differently and prevented the injury or illness.
The two elements above constitute what is known as “causation” and “liability”. At Medical Negligence Direct, we work with a panel of specialist solicitors who are experts in specific types of claims. If you have been a victim of medical negligence in Manchester, contact us as early as possible. Our specialist solicitors understand the distress facing those who suffer injury or illness due to the negligent actions of a medical professional. This is why we strive to help you get your life back on track by securing the compensation you need to access medical support and take care of the costs associated with your condition.
Medical Negligence Claims in Manchester Our Team Can Handle
Here we take a look at some of the claims our medical negligence lawyers Manchester handle; if you do not find the incident that has affected you or a loved one, simply call us on 0800 644 4240 to have your case assessed.
The five claim types below are simply examples of cases we manage:
Surgical Negligence Claims
Surgery is sometimes the only answer when someone falls ill. While surgical procedures usually come with risks, a health professional has a duty to uphold the standard of care expected of them and minimize these risks. However, there are times when surgical procedures do not go as planned and this could cause the patient further problems or mean that they require revision surgery. If this has happened, you may be entitled to a compensation. Examples of surgical negligence include:
- Operation on the wrong site
- Retaining foreign objects during surgery
- Incorrect procedure
- Wrong amputation
Surgical negligence can have a devastating impact on the quality of a patient’s life. If you think you have been a victim, do not hesitate to contact our medical negligence lawyers in Manchester for advice about pursuing a claim.
Birth injuries happen when the actions of a health professional causes avoidable harm to a mother or her baby during pregnancy or childbirth. Sadly, its impact can be devastating, even affecting families for life. If you or your newborn has been affected by birth injury due to medical negligence, our Manchester medical negligence solicitors will help you seek the answers you need as regards the treatment you received.
Examples of birth injuries that could affect a mother include:
- Mistakes during an episiotomy
- Perineal tears (third and fourth-degree)
- Failing to recognize injuries during a cesarean section
- Anaesthetic errors
- Retained swabs
Examples of birth injuries that could affect a newborn include:
- Hypoxia-related injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Hip dysplasia
- Fractures to arm, skill, legs and shoulder during assisted delivery
- Fatalities due to negligence
Dental care is crucial to your health as the mouth is the window to the body. While the vast majority of dental professionals in the UK fulfill their duty of care towards their patients, mistakes sometimes happen. If you have suffered harm as a result of negligent care by your dentist, our medical negligence solicitors Manchester can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Examples of dental negligence include anaesthetic errors, diagnostic errors, extracting the wrong tooth and removal of the wrong tooth. These mistakes can cause a patient unnecessary injury and pain.
When you are unwell, the first port of call is usually your GP. If your GP fails to notice your ailment or injury or dismisses your symptoms, this could prevent you from getting the medical support you need and your condition could get worse. What’s more, if your GP provides treatment for a different condition, you may end up suffering further health issues.
If you think your GP has acted negligently, our solicitors who are specialists in medical negligence Manchester can help.
The decision to send your loved one to a care home facility can be difficult. However, a care home is usually the best place when you are unable to provide the care your loved one needs or they can no longer live independently. Good news is that the vast majority of care homes in the UK keep up with very high standards of operation. Nevertheless, there have been increasing reports of negligence on the part of some care homes.
Care home negligence can have a devastating impact on a patient and the family. If you or a loved one have been a victim, please get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors in Manchester to find out if you can make a claim.
Time Limits for Medical Negligence Claims in Manchester
There is a general three-year time limit for starting medical negligence claims (by way of issuing court proceedings). This time limit begins to run from the date you suffered the injury, or the date you became aware your injury was due to medical negligence. However, there are a few exceptions; claims involving children and the mentally disabled do not have the same three-year statutory time limit.
Still, it is important that you contact us as soon as you think you may have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence. The medical negligence claims process is complex, and you wouldn’t want to run out of time to pursue the compensation you deserve.
No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims
The thought of pursuing a medical negligence claim may feel overwhelming, but it is our aim to make the process as seamless as possible. After a free, no obligation initial consultation, we will be able to determine whether you have valid grounds for a claim and possibly offer to work with you on a No Win No Fee basis.
Under the No Win No Fee arrangement, you can have access to quality legal representation without incurring any financial risks. So, there will be no cost to you if your claim is unsuccessful. With our experience, however, you can rest assured we will not only quickly understand your situation but set out to build an undeniable claim on your behalf.
Working with you on a No Win No Fee basis means we strongly believe in your chances of success and will fight to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Why Choose Us?
The specialist solicitors we work with act on behalf of clients across Greater Manchester and surrounding areas. These solicitors are committed to supporting those who have suffered unjust treatment at the hands of medical professionals – no matter how complex the claim may be. When you contact us, we will advise you on what supporting evidence your case may require and help you in obtaining these. We usually obtain most of the supporting evidence on behalf of our clients; where you may need to obtain evidence yourself, you can count on us to assist you.