Medical Negligence Solicitor Belfast
Have you had medical treatment that has harmed you or made your condition worse? If you believe that this was because of negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Medical Negligence Solicitor Belfast.
At McGee Solicitors, we can represent you in bringing legal action against the health authority or medical practitioner responsible. Clients choose us because:
- We have a proven track record of success in medical negligence claims
- We have leading legal expertise and in-depth medical negligence experience
- We guarantee you will keep 100% of your compensation
- We are able to offer full legal costs protection
- Our medical negligence solicitors are friendly and approachable
- We offer a FREE initial consultation
If you would like to speak to a Belfast medical negligence solicitor, take advantage of our free initial consultation to ask us any questions you may have, such as how much compensation you could receive and how costs can be dealt with so that you do not have to pay these out of pocket.
“I would highly recommend them for their service. They were friendly, approachable and very professional. They put me at ease from the start and made everything straight forward. They were always available when I needed their advice throughout. Thank you for all your help.”
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is care that falls below the standard you could reasonably expect from a professional such as a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, dentist or other clinician. This could be failing to do something or doing something that should not have been done.
Examples of medical negligence include:
- Failure to diagnose a medical condition
- Misdiagnosis, such as cancer misdiagnosis or meningitis misdiagnosis
- Negligence during surgery
- Hospital negligence
- Accident and emergency claims
- Birth injury claims
- Gynaecological medical negligence claims
- Paediatric medical negligence claims
- Sepsis claims
- Spinal injury medical negligence
- Amputation that could have been avoided
Am I entitled to compensation for medical negligence?
If you were injured or harmed as a result of medical negligence, you are likely to be able to make a claim for compensation. We will need to prove:
- That you were owed a duty of care by the doctor, health authority or medical practitioner involved;
- That this duty of care was breached, for example, because of negligence; and
- You sustained harm because of the breach
Our medical negligence team is highly skilled at putting together strong evidence proving that negligence has taken place. We understand the level of proof that is needed and we can build a robust case on your behalf.
Do I need a medical negligence solicitor?
You are strongly advised to use an expert medical negligence solicitor if you believe you have a valid claim. It is a complex area of law and payments can be substantial, particularly where the harm is serious or long-lasting.
Making a claim for compensation and negotiating the size of the payment requires experience, legal expertise and skill. At McGee Solicitors, we routinely represent clients in a wide range of medical negligence cases, obtaining excptional results on their behalf.
Our initial free consultation is intended to give you an opportunity to sound us out and ask us any questions you may have. We will be happy to help you in any way we can and if you ask us to represent you, we will make the claims process as easy and stress-free as possible.
“Michael was absolutely amazing through my time with him, constantly checking on my mental and physical state as well as keeping me updated regularly. I couldn’t recommend a better team to work with in any legal situation.”
How do I start a medical negligence compensation claim?
The first step that we will take on your behalf once we have taken your detail and the details of what happened is to notify the hospital or health authority that you intend to make a claim. We will also obtain your medical records and arrange for a medical expert to examine you and prepare a report on your injuries.
If the health authority admits liability, we will put together evidence showing how much we believe should be paid by way of compensation. We are often able to negotiate a full settlement without the need to go to court.
Only if the amount offered is insufficient to compensate you fully or liability is not admitted will it be necessary to have a court hearing. If this happens, we will make sure you have our full support throughout and that an expert medical negligence advocate represents you in court.
How much compensation is paid for medical negligence?
Your compensation will be made up of two parts:
- Special damages; and
- General damages
Special damages is compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of the harm caused by the negligence as well as for any loss of amenity, or not being able to do things because of the physical injuries you have suffered.
General damages is to compensate you for financial losses that have occurred because of the negligence. This could include care costs, prescription charges, special equipment, loss of earnings, future loss of earnings and the cost of adapting your home if this is necessary.
The total amount you will receive will depend on the severity of the harm you have suffered and what ongoing symptoms you may experience. Our medical expert will include their opinion on this in the report they submit. If your injuries are substantial, we may commission more than one report.
You may need to wait to see how your symptoms progress before we settle the case. If this happens, we can ask the other side to make interim payments to you so that you have financial support in the meantime.
We can discuss the amount you might be able to achieve if you would like to ring us and talk to us about what has happened.
Is There A Time Limit For Making A Medical Negligence Compensation Claim?
The time limit for starting a medical negligence claim is usually three years from the date of the incident. Where you were not aware of the problem at the time, the three years will start from the date on which you should reasonably have known.
The time limit in respect of children is three years from the date of their 18th birthday. There is no time limit for individuals who do not have the mental capacity to manage their own affairs.
“Very helpful and more importantly knowledgeable about the issues I was concerned about. Put at ease right away by Michael and I am more than happy with the outcomes and would really recommend McGee Solicitors. Take advantage of the free initial consultation, you won’t look back.”
Contact A Medical Negligence Solicitor Belfast
If you are suffering as a result of negligent medical treatment, please call us. We will do all we can to help you and secure the compensation you are entitled to. We guarantee you will keep 100% of your compensation.
To take up our offer of a free initial consultation, call us on 028 9039 4131 or fill in our no-obligation Free Enquiry Form and an expert medical negligence solicitor in Belfast will be happy to help you.
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