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Medical claims explained
The vast majority of the cases we deal with are against the NHS. If you have suffered injury or harm following a medical procedure or as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to make a "No Win No Fee" claim .
We provide a dedicated service for NHS patients and we are proud to say our legal website is one of the oldest on the web, founded in 2000.
Calculate how long you have to claim medical compensation?
Find out by using our unique claim deadline calculator below. This tool will give you an estimate of how long you have left to make your claim. In very general terms you are allowed 3 years from the date of the injury or your knowledge of the injury. (Note: Our calculator provides a rough time limit guideline only - you must seek legal advice on your particular case from a qualified specialist solicitor)
MEDICAL CLAIM TIME LIMIT CALCULATOR
Medical negligence cases are on the increase in the UK as a result of budget cuts and an ever increasing workload for over stretched healthcare professionals. Patients deserve better
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence (or malpractice) is the term used by the legal profession to describe a negligent act or omission on the part of a healthcare professional or carer which causes injury or harm to a patient. If you believe that you or a loved one have suffered as a result of such negligence, speak to a specialist solicitor immediately
What to do if you or your loved ones suffer medical injury?
You have the right to complain to the hospital or clinic where you received the treatment or directly to the local NHS Trust. Under NHS rules, you must complain within 6 months of the treatment or act which caused you harm. It is generally a very good idea to complain as soon as possible. Be aware this does not stop you making legal enquiries. More here on how to make an NHS complaint.
Make a claim:
In some cases you may be able to make a claim for medical compensation. Such claims are almost always dealt with by No win No fee agreements which means there should be no financial risk to you or your family.
The difference here compared to any other job is that when you have a scalpel in your hand, there is no room for under-performance or complacency
Top 4 most common types of medical negligence:
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
- Childbirth Injuries
- Medication Errors
- Surgical mistakes
Thousands of people die each year from failure to recognise or diagnose conditions. England & Wales were recently highlighted as having very poor cancer survival rates in comparison to other EU countries and one of the chief causes was said to be late diagnosis.
Prenatal and childbirth injuries are far more common in the UK than people realise. 700,000 women give birth in the UK each year and 40% of these are first time mothers. (source: NICE). Around 10% of births can prove complicated in some way or another. In this highly pressured environment the margin between life or death seldom is more frighteningly apparent.
Thousands of patients each year are put at risk due to wrongful or misapplied prescriptions. It is a huge problem for healthcare systems across the world but in the UK we have a particularly bad record when compare to other countries.
As our data sample below reveals – a surgeons or treating hospital performance can sometimes vary wildly. With 7500 consultant surgeons in the UK (not all it has to be said carrying out surgery) you can assume that there will be a small percentage of under-performers or “outliers” as the NHS calls them. The difference here compared to any other job is that when you have a scalpel in your hand, there is no room for under-performance or complacency.