Defective defibrillator claims

We put a lot of trust into life-saving medical equipment, so if it goes wrong it can be very frightening.

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What is a cardioverter defibrillator?

The heart has an electrical system which regulates the heartbeat, but when this doesn't work properly and creates the risk of a heart attack, you may need an ICD implant.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are becoming an increasingly common procedure in the UK.  The devices are about the size of a matchbox and can be inserted beneath the skin and connected to the heart.  If the heart then starts beating dangerously, the defibrillator can deliver small electric shocks to correct the problem.

Occasionally though, problem are reported where the devices have failed to work properly, such as:

  • delivering unnecessary shocks, causing discomfort
  • failing to deliver a shock when the heart starts to beat irregularly
  • faulty leads between the device and the heart

If any of these happen, it's likely surgery would have to be carried out again to correct the problem. This can be very difficult for the patient, both physically and emotionally.

Why make a defective ICD claim?

Should something go wrong, the stress and physical discomfort can be significant. As well as the psychological impact, there is the time to have the surgery re-done and subsequent recovery time.  This can have an impact on your earnings and work.

Making a medical negligence claim can compensate you for the pain and suffering, as well as the impact it's had on your life.

We know it won't make up for what you've been through, but it might just make life that little bit easier while you recover.
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How the claim process works

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One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

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Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How long do I have to make a claim?

For medical negligence the time limit for making a claim is usually three years from the date of the injury or negligent treatment.

There are some exceptions to the three-year rule though. Our trained legal advisors can listen to your individual circumstances and then give you advice tailored to your situation.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We have No Win No Fee solicitors for medical negligence cases in England and Wales, who are experienced with claims involving defective defibrillator implants.  They are very used to the process of putting together a legal claim for compensation, and will take the pressure and worry off you.

About No Win No Fee

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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

If you have suffered as a result of medical negligence, it’s important to act as soon as possible to prevent your illness or injury from getting worse over time.

Additionally, it’s important to be compensated for your injuries and your claim could bring those responsible to justice, preventing similar substandard care from affecting someone else.

If you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence, our experts are on hand to advise you on what to do next:

  • You should seek medical advice from a trustworthy medical practitioner and have your injury or illness assessed to determine if you are receiving the right treatment to recover.
  • Contact a legal expert with a background in medical negligence cases. One of our fully qualified and pre-screened solicitors will assess your case and advise whether or not you have a claim.
  • Identify who is at fault for medical negligence. In the vast majority of cases, healthcare professionals such as GPs, doctors and surgeons are responsible for your health and well-being, so if anything goes wrong under their care, then they are at fault.

Recovering from surgery after an illness or injury can be stressful, and we don’t believe that you should suffer further as a result of ill-advice and poor care. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, then our experts will give you the advice you need to take your case forward.

Whatever the circumstances, you’re within your rights to know for sure if you can make a compensation claim. We will do our very best to take you through the claiming process, so you can concentrate on making a full recovery.  
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Am I entitled to make a medical negligence claim?

Yes, if you have been let down by a healthcare professional, or have suffered as a result of substandard care, then you could make a claim for medical negligence and be compensated for the poor level of care you have received.

What’s more, by making a claim, you’re bringing those responsible to justice, and could prevent someone else from receiving similarly poor care in the future.

Medical negligence can be defined as:

  • Poor care received in a hospital
  • Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
  • Substandard operations
  • Being given the wrong prescription medicine

However it happens, medical negligence can be serious and in some cases, even traumatic.

If you’ve received substandard medical care and are unsure if you have a case to make a claim, you can speak to one of our legal experts, who will advise you on whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation.

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.

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 much compensation am I likely to get?

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to thousands of pounds.  Amounts are assessed on your individual circumstances, including pain, suffering and any effects on your life in the future.

Our expert solicitors work hard to ensure you get the outcome you deserve. 

You can find examples using our compensation calculator - but amounts will vary depending on your individual situation.

Can I make a No Win No Fee* claim for medical negligence?

Yes, No Win No Fee* arrangements 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 or Northern Ireland you cannot use No Win No Fee* agreements in medical negligence cases. 

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.

Do I get a choice of solicitors?

We have an extensive panel of solicitors who are pre-screened and are experts in working on cases just like yours.

We always match your case with the solicitors who have the most experience in the relevant field.

All of our solicitors must adhere to our strict standards of service and we only work with solicitors who have the best knowledge and expertise to work on cases like yours, which is why we’re confident that if you work with one of our solicitors, you’ll be in the very best hands.

You don’t have to choose a solicitor from our service. You’re free to find a different solicitor to work with, but if you do choose one of the solicitors from our panel, then we can refer your case straight away.

See also our guide on how to choose an injury or accident lawyer 

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

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