Expert legal advice from clinical negligence solicitors
Our team of personal injury solicitors have a proven track record of winning clinical negligence claims for our clients. We'll work with you to establish the facts of the claim and put together evidence to support it.
Complete the form or call us on 0330 056 2180 to see if you can make a claim.
We operate a no deductions claim service which means that you'll keep 100% of your compensation when you win your case. At PM Law, we don't take a percentage of your compensation - you keep every penny.
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What is clinical negligence?
Clinical, or medical negligence, is when you suffer an injury or illness as a direct result of poor medical care.
When you consult a GP or visit a hospital for treatment, for example, you expect a high standard of skill and care. However, in some instances, you may feel that you have received substandard care. If this level of care resulted in illness or injury, then this is what we call clinical negligence.
Examples of medical negligence
There are many examples of potentially negligent medical treatment, including:
- Medical misdiagnosis - doctors failing to detect signs of a serious illness, such as cancer, which could then lead to severe personal injury
- Surgical negligence - operations performed negligently, leaving the patient with health difficulties
- Birth injury - negligence in the course of delivering a child, which leaves the child with lifelong problems
- Prescription error – a medical professional may have prescribed a patient with the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage
How do I make a clinical negligence claim?
Clinical negligence claims work much like any other personal injury claim but with a few subtle differences. However, the first step remains the same as any other claim – contact PM Law as soon as possible to see if you have a claim.
In some cases, you can also file a complaint against the medical professional or practice in question before formally starting your claim. This will help support your claim as we might be able to get some valuable evidence as a result of the complaint.
Once you’ve made your complaint, we’ll instruct a medical expert to gather medical evidence to further support your claim. Our clinical negligence solicitors will then submit this evidence to the courts if the defendant(s) is unwilling to accept liability.
How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?
You have to make a medical negligence claim within three years of realising your treatment has caused injury, illness or made an existing illness worse. This is because you won’t always be able to recognise you’ve received substandard treatment straightaway.
It’s important to note that there are two scenarios where this timeframe doesn’t apply:
- If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, there is no time limit
- If it’s a child under the age of 18 that’s been affected, then the claim can be made any time before they turn 18. Once a child becomes 18 the three year time limit to make a claim begins
Making a clinical negligence claim with PM Law
Contact PM Law today if you think you or your family have suffered as a result of a mistake by a medical professional. Our team of medical negligence specialists will be happy to discuss the details of your claim.
You can speak with our team directly by calling 03300 562180 today. Alternatively, fill out our clinical negligence enquiry form.
Medical Negligence FAQs
Didn’t find the answers you were looking for? Look at the FAQs below for more information on our medical negligence claims process.
There are a few key factors that determine how long a medical negligence claim takes. It’s important to note that the defendant has four months to respond to your initial letter of claim.
Firstly, the severity of your injury plays a major part in how long the claim takes to settle. This is because your injuries will need to be almost fully healed for experts to assess just how much compensation you’re entitled to.
Secondly, it depends on whether the NHS or healthcare provider as the defendant accepts liability. This can take a while to determine.
It’s difficult to give an estimate of how much compensation you could get for a medical negligence claim because it depends on several different factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries – we’ll take into account how long you’ve had to deal with them and the impact they’ve had on your life
- How much your injuries are likely to affect you in the future
- The financial losses you’ve incurred as result of your injuries or illness
Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer to this question. Each personal injury claim is different and how long it takes will depend on the circumstances of the claim.
However, establishing liability for the claim can often be a long process. If the other party isn’t willing to accept responsibility for your injury, for example, then this can make the claim go on for longer.
With our 'No Deductions' service, we represent you at no cost to you. We work on a 'No Win No Fee' basis, but we don't deduct anything from your final settlement. It is common for law firms to deduct a 'success fee' of up to 25% of the final figure. However, because most of our clients come via referrals or search engines, our marketing costs remain very low. We're therefore able to keep our overall costs low and can claim our fees back from the defendant (the person or organisation reponsible for your injuries).
There may be a small insurance premium to pay for 'After the Event' insurance, which is only payable if you win your case. This protects you from having to pay any of the defendant's legal fees. If you already have Legal Expenses Insurance in place (for example, it may already be included with your Home Insurance) then you won't need to pay for this insurance.
Either way, insurance premiums will be your only costs, and you won't need to pay us anything for your legal representation.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, your claim could go to court. It is unlikely, however, as only around 5% of all personal injury claims go to court.
The outcome of your claim will depend heavily on the evidence you’re able to provide. The most important pieces of evidence you can provide should:
- Show evidence of your injuries
- Show evidence that someone else is responsible for said injuries
- Show evidence of the expenses you have incurred
We may ask for other forms of evidence, but these are often the most crucial. In short, keep a record of everything you think is relevant and get the details of any witnesses if there are any.