Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you have been left with injuries, or a worsening existing condition because of poor medical care from healthcare professionals, then you may have a medical negligence claim. Our medical negligence solicitors are on hand to assess your situation, provide the help and advice you need, and the compensation you deserve.

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What is medical negligence?

If you have been left with injuries, or a worsening existing condition because of poor medical care from healthcare professionals, then you may have a medical negligence claim.

Medical negligence claims - sometimes referred to as clinical negligence - can arise when a medical professional or body fails in their duty of care to the patient, causing harm or injury. For example:

  • failure to diagnose a condition
  • misdiagnosis of a condition
  • error during surgery or medical procedure
  • administering the wrong drugs
  • failing to warn you about the risks of a procedure or treatment
  • infections acquired during a stay in hospital
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Does No Win, No Fee* apply to medical negligence claims?

Yes, we offer No Win No Fee* claims in England and Wales. When you contact First4Lawyers, we’ll be able to tell you if you are likely to have a medical negligence case, and can arrange a No Win No Fee* agreement.
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If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee* cannot be applied. If you have any questions, speak to our experts who can help.

Why should I claim compensation?

Medical negligence compensation can be awarded 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 and family.

Our medical negligence solicitors deal with a range of medical negligence claims, which are often quite complex. They can make sure you understand what is needed and help make sense of the medical terminology and jargon.

Our medical negligence solicitors are on hand to assess your situation, provide the help and advice you need, and the compensation you deserve. More about making a claim

Frequently Asked Questions

What is medical negligence?

The phrase ‘medical negligence’ best describes an incident in which a person has suffered harm or injury at the hands of a medical professional. This term is used for people who have received poor levels of care, or a substandard service from a doctor, dentist or other medical professional.

Medical negligence cases can be a very complex process, which is why we have experts on hand to help you. They are experienced in making claims in this area and know the process and what to expect. Contact us for an informal and confidential chat.

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?

All you need to do is contact us.  We will take it from there.

At First4Lawyers, we will always refer your case to solicitors who are experts in dealing with medical negligence claims.

It's then their job to prove you have received sub-standard care, deserving of compensation.  They will work with you throughout the process, keeping you updated as the case progresses to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

Need more answers? Our guide on how to file a medical negligence case explains more about what you need to know.

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

Every 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.

How does No Win No Fee* work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee*?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee* does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee* case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

Can I claim against a dentist?

Yes, whether you were treated privately or by the NHS you can make a claim against your dentist if you have sustained an injury or illness due to receiving poor treatment or substandard care.

This can include anything from misdiagnosis, wrong tooth removal, nerve injuries, infection and problems that could eventually lead to oral cancer.

Can I claim against a private healthcare company?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against a private healthcare company.

All hospitals or healthcare providers will have a private insurance company to cover claims like this.

See our guide on 'how to complain to a private healthcare company'.

Can I claim against my GP?

Yes, you can.

Claiming against your General Practitioner (GP) is classed as medical negligence.

In medical negligence cases, then claim is made against the GP, who will be insured for these situations.

Common causes for claims made against GPs include misdiagnosis, poor care and errors with prescription medicine.

Additionally, you can make a claim against GPs who work in either NHS or private practices.

If you feel that you have received substandard care from your GP, if you’ve been misdiagnosed or you’ve received incorrect prescription medicine, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Need more answers? Find more information on our GP or NHS negligence page.

I'm in Scotland, can I still make a claim?

Yes, you can still make a claim. Most cases can be accepted on a No Win No Fee* basis, except medical negligence claims.

We are still happy to discuss your circumstances free of charge, and provide you with advice for your next steps. Call us using the number at the top of the screen, or fill in our online claim form.

Is there a time limit for making a medical negligence claim?

Generally the time limit for making a medical negligence claim is three years.  So, a court claim must be made within three years of the negligence, or date of knowledge (when you first became aware of it).  This also applies if the person has died.

The main exceptions to this rule are where children are concerned, or people of limited mental capacity.

The time limit for children doesn't start until they are 18 and would run out on their 21st birthday.

Where someone lacks the mental capacity to make a claim on their own behalf, the time limit doesn't start until they regain mental capacity.  Where the person will never regain mental capacity, there is no time limit, so a claim could be made on their behalf (by a 'Litigation Friend') at any time.

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