Have you experienced substandard healthcare that has left you injured or in pain? Has your condition been wrongly diagnosed or worsened because of failures in the health system? Are you suffering from anxiety or trauma because of medical negligence? Our expert medical negligence solicitors can secure you the compensation you deserve.
Our friendly medical negligence team have many years of experience in dealing with claims against doctors, hospitals, health services and other healthcare providers. We have extensive expertise in dealing with a full range of cases, including complex and high-value claims.
We provide an outstanding service to our clients. If you ask us to represent you, we will take on the full burden of the work, making the process as easy as possible for you.
You will find our medical negligence solicitors to be sympathetic and understanding. We know that it may seem daunting to start a claim for medical negligence and we guarantee that you will have our support and guidance throughout.
Our lawyers will make themselves available to talk to you as needed, to go through any concerns you have, to keep you updated as to the stage your case has reached and to answer your questions as they arise.
If you would like to speak to one of our Northern Ireland medical negligence solicitors, take up our offer of a free initial consultation. Simply call us on 028 9039 4131 or fill in our no-obligation Free Enquiry Form.
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What Is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence is harm that you have suffered as a result of substandard healthcare. This could be physical harm or it could be psychological. You may have injuries or it could be that an illness or disease was not diagnosed or was wrongly diagnosed, so that your condition is worse than it would otherwise have been.
Medical negligence is not just confined to doctors and hospitals. It can arise during other types of care and treatment, including physiotherapy, dentistry and cosmetic procedures.
It could also be as a result of errors made in surgery, infections that could have been avoided or incorrect prescriptions.
Medical negligence can occur during childbirth, when injuries may be caused to the mother and/or the baby.
How Do I Prove Medical Negligence?
To prove medical negligence, you need to establish the following:
- You were owed a duty of care by the professional involved. This is relatively straightforward to prove. If you are under the care of a healthcare professional or establishment, they will generally have a duty of care towards you
- There was a breach in this duty of care. If the care or treatment you were given fell below that which you could reasonably expect from a professional in the relevant field, then they have failed in their duty of care to you
- The breach of the duty of care caused you to suffer harm or injury or a worsening of your condition. This means that what you have experienced is as a result of the negligent care you received
If we represent you in your medical negligence claim, we will put together evidence to satisfy each of these three points.
We will show that you were owed a duty of care by the individual or organisation that failed you.
We will establish that they did not act in the way that another medical professional would have done in the same situation.
We will obtain medical reports setting out the extent of the harm you have suffered and obtain confirmation that this is as a result of the healthcare failings in your case.
How Much Compensation Is Paid For Medical Negligence?
The amount you will receive will aim to compensate you for the extent of the injury or harm caused to you. This will be comprised of two elements of compensation:
- General damages; and
- Special damages
This is compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured and continue to endure as well as for any loss of amenity. This is being unable to do certain things or not having the full abilities you used to have.
This is compensation for your financial losses arising out of the medical negligence. It can include expenses such as prescription charges, travel to medical appointments, specialist equipment and modification of your home, should this be necessary.
It can also include care not available on the NHS and compensation for loss of earnings and future loss of earnings.
If you have been badly harmed by medical negligence, your compensation payment could be substantial. If you would like an idea of the amount you are entitled to, please feel free to give us a call to talk to Michael McGee or one of his medical negligence colleagues. We will go through your case with you and let you know the range in which your claim is likely to fall.
Alternatively, you can use our online medical negligence compensation calculator.
Can I Make A Medical Negligence Claim On Behalf Of My Child?
If your child has suffered medical negligence, an adult will need to bring the claim on their behalf. This is usually done by a parent, who will be referred to in the case as the child’s ‘litigation friend’.
Money paid to a child by way of compensation can be put into a trust fund to be used as needed to support them during their life.
How Can I Fund My Medical Negligence Claim?
We know that you may have concerns about how to fund your medical negligence claim. We have a range of options in place to allow you to bring your claim without any out-of-pocket expenses and with no risk to yourself. These include:
Legal Expenses Insurance
We are able to arrange legal expenses insurance policies which give cover in the event that you do not win your case. If you do win, you can expect the other side to pay your legal costs. You would pay a small premium for the insurance from your compensation payment.
In some cases, you or your child may be entitled to Legal Aid to bring your claim. If you would like to ring us for a free consultation, we can discuss whether this will be an option for you. If it is, we can make the application on your behalf.
Is There A Time Limit For Medical Negligence Claims?
You will usually have three years from the date of the medical negligence in which to start a claim. If you did not realise at the time that you had suffered harm, then the time limit will run from the date on which you should reasonably have been expected to know.
In the case of a child, the three-year time limit starts from the date of their 18th birthday.
We would recommend that you speak to a solicitor as soon as possible if you have suffered medical negligence. If you ask us to act for you, we will start work straightaway to put together evidence while matters are still fresh in everyone’s memories and records are likely to be more easily obtainable.
Our initial consultation with you is FREE, and we invite you to call us now. We also guarantee that you will keep 100% of your compensation.
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Contact A Medical Negligence Solicitor Northern Ireland
If you have suffered injury or a worsening of your condition because of poor or negligent healthcare, we can secure the compensation you are entitled to.
We will advise you of the strengths of your case and put together the best possible claim on your behalf. We guarantee you will keep 100% of your compensation.
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