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What is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is where patients are harmed because they have received poor medical care from healthcare professionals. First4Lawyers understand that receiving medical care can be distressing and we're here to help you through this difficult time. There are several different types of medical negligence including:
Medical Diagnosis

Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis can lead to unnecessary operations, emotional distress and even shortened life expectancy.

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Cosmetic Surgery Negligence

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence

This can happen if an operation goes wrong or if the surgery carried out is of substandard quality.

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Care Home Negligence

Care home negligence

Serious injury and illness can result from a lack of care for patients, unsanitary living conditions and not receiving required treatment.

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Medical Negligence Fatality

Fatal Negligence

This is where any form of medical negligence results in death. It often involves failed diagnosis of fatal illnesses, under- or over-prescription of medication, or birthing errors.

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Lasery Eye Surgery Negligence

Laser Eye Surgery

This rarely goes wrong, but botched surgery can cause permanent damage to a patient’s eyesight.

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Medical Negligence

NHS and GP Negligence

This can come about if an NHS entity or doctor performs at a substandard level, that results in a patient being harmed.

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Negligence during pregnancy, such as failed sterilisation and misreading of scans, could impact on the mother as well as the child.

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Vaginal Mesh Implants

Vaginal mesh is a procedure which is most commonly used to treat pelvic organ, such as bladder, prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

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Other types of medical negligence

Negligence can happen across the medical field. As well as the problems above, medical negligence can also mean:

  • Dental negligence
  • Orthopaedic negligence
  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Defective medical device claims

If you feel you have been victim to any of these types of negligence, or your medical care has fallen short in another way, don’t hesitate to get in touch. The experienced solicitors available through First4Lawyers have dealt with all manner of medical negligence claims, and can help you to understand if you have a case.

Get in contact and we’ll listen to what’s happened and tell you whether you have a claim.

Does No Win No Fee apply to medical negligence claims?

No Win No Fee claims, which are also known as ‘conditional fee agreements’, can be agreed for medical negligence cases. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee agreement.

If you live in Scotland, No Win No Fee cannot be applied to medical negligence claims. If you have any questions, speak to our experts who can help.

What should you use medical negligence compensation for?

Compensation can be granted for a range of factors like loss of income, ongoing treatment, cost of care and equipment, and costs of adapting your home.

As well as covering any costs or loss of earnings you’ve incurred because of the negligence, it can also provide compensation to cover the psychological impact of the negligence, or the impact it’s had on your life that isn’t directly connected to your employment, such as not being able to continue your hobbies.

What do you need to know about claiming for medical negligence?

Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can make a claim against your GP if you have unfortunately sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care. 

I’ve been the victim of medical negligence. What should I do?

You should seek medical advice to determine if you are receiving the right treatment to recover, and contact us at First4Lawyers to make a claim. Our team of expert solicitors will handle your case sensitively, and make sure that you get the outcome you deserve.

Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you or a loved one have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care. First4Lawyers are on hand to make sure you feel comfortable in making a claim, and receive peace of mind during this difficult time.

Can you make a claim against private healthcare companies?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company. Each of the hospitals or providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

How much can I expect to receive from a successful claim?

You could be entitled to thousands of pounds, depending on the severity of your illness/injury, and our team of expert solicitors will do everything in their power to ensure that you get the outcome that you deserve.

How long does a medical negligence case take to be settled?

Every medical negligence case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled. As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.

Do you have any more questions? 

If you have any more queries about medical negligence claims, our FAQs section should provide you with the information you need. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us by  filling in our online claim form, or you can request a callback at the top of the screen, and we'll call at a time convenient for you.

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The facts about medical negligence

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18,499 claims for medical negligence were filed in 2014.

(Source: gov.co.uk)

22.7 Billion

Negligence claims cost the NHS £1.4 billion in 2015

(Source: bbc.co.uk)

How can First4Lawyers help you?

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We'll take the stress out of making your claim by having one of our specialists there with you every step of the way

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We can help you to recover whatever you have lost financially while injured

How to guides

Learn more about this area of law and what you need to know:

How To Take Someone To Small Claims Court

If you want to take someone to small claims court, whether it’s a landlord, employer, company or another citizen, everything here will help you get started.

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How to choose an injury or accident lawyer?

If you need to make a claim it's hard to know where to start.

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How to file a medical negligence claim

In this guide, we’ll help you understand, how to file a medical negligence claim

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How to report negligence in a care home

In this guide, we’ll help you understand, how to report negligence in a care home

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Letter of complaint about NHS service

A guide to writing a letter of complaint about an NHS treatment or service

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Understanding your rights to sick pay

In this guide, we’ll help you understanding your rights to sick pay

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How to claim against private healthcare bodies

In this guide, we’ll help you understand, how to claim against private healthcare bodies

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