If you have received a poor level of medical care, contact us at Serious Accident Solicitors for a free, no obligation enquiry. 

We know how upsetting it is to find yourself in this position. You probably feel angry, upset, in pain and frustrated all at the same time. We can uncover what went wrong and why. We can discuss your options and explain whether you could make a medical negligence claim. 

We can also pursue legal action against those at fault, getting you the compensation you deserve. Our team handles everything on your behalf for you, leaving you free to focus on your health and your recovery. 

We have different funding options available. Most of our medical negligence claims are handled on a no win, no fee basis. 

For a free, no obligation enquiry, call us on 0800 024 1400 or fill out our free online enquiry form.

Types of medical negligence claim

Medical negligence claims (also called Clinical negligence claims) arise for all kinds of reasons. At Serious Accident Solicitors Ltd, the claims we deal with often relate to – 

  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Nervous shock
  • Pressure sores
  • Surgical mistakes

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis 

Many medical illnesses and conditions depend on a timely diagnosis. Broken bones need to be re-set or they will become misaligned. Infections such as appendicitis require immediate treatment to avoid serious consequences. Cancer should be detected in the early stages to stop it spreading. 

These are just a few examples. However, they show just how important it is to get a correct diagnosis as quickly as possible or a patient could receive the wrong treatment, or no treatment at all. This could result in ongoing pain, additional injuries and even a poor future prognosis. 

If a misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis has caused your medical condition to worsen, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can establish whether a reasonable medical practitioner would have diagnosed your condition earlier. If so, there could be grounds for a claim. 

Nervous shock 

We all expect to receive a good standard of care from medical professionals. When something goes wrong, it can be extremely distressing. Some patients even develop psychiatric symptoms because of the trauma they have suffered. This is known as nervous shock. 

We help victims of medical negligence claim compensation for their psychological injuries. In certain circumstances, a loved one who witnessed an unexpected traumatic event may also develop nervous shock.  While these claims are not common, if you have suffered in this way, call us for advice on whether you may have a claim as a secondary victim.

Pressure sores

Pressure sores happen when the tissue is subject to a prolonged period of pressure – something which will occur if a patient lies in bed for too long without moving. What happens is that blood cannot reach the area, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. The tissue then breaks down, resulting in an open sore. 

Nurses and other care professionals should take steps to prevent pressures sores. For example, a patient who cannot move of their own accord should be turned regularly. If a pressure sore does develop, it should be quickly spotted and treated. This stops it from deteriorating any further. Otherwise, it can easily get infected. 

If you or your loved one developed a pressure sore in hospital or other care setting, please contact us for advice. We can explore whether negligence is a factor. 

Surgical mistakes

All surgical procedures have an element of risk. Not all poor surgical outcomes are the result of medical mistakes or negligence. However, if you have been injured during surgery because of a mistake that could have been prevented, you may have a claim. This might include if the surgical team: 

  • Operates on the wrong part of the body
  • Leaves surgical instruments inside you
  • Performs the wrong surgical procedure
  • Damages the internal organs and does not diagnose and repair the injury

Cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome occurs when the nerves at the bottom of the spine are compressed. If the nerves are not decompressed quickly enough, permanent nerve damage can occur. This can be a terrible affliction to live with, as it can mean ongoing pain, leg numbness and bowel and bladder dysfunction. 

If you sought help for your symptoms but medical professionals failed to diagnose and treat your cauda equina syndrome in time, please contact us. We can investigate whether delays in your treatment caused you to suffer unnecessary harm.

Can I make a medical negligence claim?

If you have experienced substandard medical care, it can be difficult to know what to do. Medical professionals rarely admit that mistakes have been made. Often, it can feel like a David and Goliath situation, as it is you against the NHS or a private healthcare provider. 

We can help even the playing field. If you or your loved one has suffered because of poor medical care, please contact us. The NHS, founded by Aneurin Bevan, is one of the greatest institutions in this country. Making a claim helps to identify the areas that are not working as they should and save future injuries from happening. 

We can provide clear, straightforward advice on whether you may have a claim.

Medical negligence compensation

If you have grounds for a medical negligence claim, we can handle the whole process for you. We understand that this might seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you are in poor health. We can offer home visits. Rest assured that we will do all the hard work for you so get the compensation you deserve and get better more quickly. This makes sure that you are compensated for things such as: 

  • Your pain and suffering
  • Any psychological injuries
  • Your loss of earnings
  • The cost of medical treatment and rehabilitation
  • Funeral expenses (in the event of a death)
  • Your bereavement (in the event of a death)

Make a free enquiry

We have different funding options available. Most of our medical negligence claims are handled on a no win, no fee basis. 

For a free, no obligation enquiry, call us on 0800 024 1400 or fill out our free online enquiry form.