Medical Negligence Claims

Medical Negligence Claims

Thousands of medical appointments and procedures take place every day and generally patients receive a high standard of care by our well-trained and caring medical professionals.  Unfortunately, on occasion, mistakes happen or the treatment patients receive falls below an acceptable standard.  The consequences of medical negligence can be serious and life changing to the patient, leading to emotion and physical distress and financial loss.   If you or a family member has suffered due to medical negligence either through the NHS or through private healthcare, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury and suffering and for rehabilitation and care costs, as well as to cover loss of earnings. 

What is medical negligence?

Medical professionals, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, surgeons and physiotherapists, have a duty of care to you as their patient. This means they should make sure you receive the right treatment based on their medical judgement and it should be delivered correctly. If they fail in this duty and you suffer avoidable harm as a result of their failure, you may have grounds for a claim. 

Types of medical negligence

The term medical negligence can cover many kinds of issues, including:

  • surgical errors such as avoidable further injury, pain or scarring, or leaving medical equipment inside a patient
  • pregnancy and birth problems, such as injuries caused by wrong use of forceps or avoidable delivery delays
  • misdiagnosis resulting in treatment delay and a deterioration of the patient’s condition
  • mis-prescription of drugs or medicines resulting in illness or complications

Health & medical product issues

When you attend your doctor, you may be prescribed drugs that you have not had before or you may require surgery for a transplant, medical implants such as breast enhancements or to undergo an operation to replace, for example, your hip or knee.   While such drugs or implant/transplant products undergo testing to attempt to avoid defects, there are occasions where such products can cause you harm. The companies that produce these products or drugs have an obligation to you, as a consumer, to design and manufacture safe products.  If the company fails in this obligation, and you are hurt as a result, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation, and should speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers who could assist you with your claim.  

How can Thorntons help?

The legal test to show that a medical professional is negligent is complicated.  At Thorntons, our team of Personal Injury Solicitors have significant expertise in dealing with clinical negligence claims and will guide you through the process.

We understand that dealing with claims can be a stressful experience and provide support and straightforward advice to our clients.  We may be able to deal with your personal injury claim on a no win no fee basis depending on the circumstances of your case.  You have three years from when the medical negligence occurred, or from when you realised it had occurred, to make your medical claim. If you were under the age of 16 when the medical negligence happened, you can claim up to three years from when you turn 16.

You can start your medical negligence claim today by calling us free on 0800 731 8434 or complete our enquiry form. We will talk through your situation, answer any questions you may have and advise you if you can make a personal injury compensation claim. Our discussion will be confidential and you are under no obligation to make a claim. You can also take a look at our Claims Calculator to find out how much compensation you may be entitled to.

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