It is really important to find a specialist medical negligence solicitor to handle your claim if you have been unfortunate enough to have a victim of such negligence. Why is that? Not only is the law and procedure complex when it comes to cases of medical negligence [sometimes referred to as clinical negligence], but to give you the best chance of winning the compensation you deserve, your solicitor is going to need a good understanding of medical issues so that they can properly review medical reports, any x-rays and GP or hospital notes, for example.
Here at Salisbury Solicitors, Bonallack and Bishop [who run this website], we can help you with specialist legal advice about your medical negligence claim.
FOR FREE SPECIALIST ADVICE – CALL US NOW ON SALISBURY (01722) 422300
HOW TO FIND A SPECIALIST SALISBURY BASED MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITOR?
Don’t just take our word that we are medical negligence experts. To quote from the website of the AvMA [Action against Medical Accidents] – the charity supporting victims of medical accidents of clinical negligence [which is just another term for medical negligence];
“Whenever choosing a solicitor in clinical negligence look for our quality mark. We can only recommend solicitors who we have accredited through our robust and independent system.
Out of more than 100,000 solicitors nationwide, only about 180 or so make it on both the AvMA Specialist Medical Negligence Panel run by patient justice charity, AvMA, and the other leading medical negligence panel, the Law Society’s own Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel.
What’s more, our medical negligence team consists only of experienced and qualified solicitors, one of whom is also a qualified nurse – which means you can be guaranteed specialist advice and you won’t be left with having your claim run by a faceless unqualified call centre operative.
We are also one of just 120 law firms nationwide [out of around 10,000 ] who the Legal Services Commission consider specialist enough to have awarded us a Quality Mark for Clinical Negligence.
So, if you’re looking for specialist local help in running your medical negligence compensation claim – you can appoint our team in the safe knowledge that we have been independently accredited as real experts.
RECENT MEDICAL ERRORS IN SALISBURY
There are a number of providers of medical treatment in the Salisbury area, of which by far the largest is Salisbury District Hospital itself, which opened in 1991 and which provides medical cover for around 165,000 people in Salisbury and across Wiltshire.
Our medical negligence team see a lot of claims against hospitals across the south-east, and thankfully, for those living in the Salisbury area like me, SDH has a pretty good reputation locally. We were particularly pleased to see that 2015 saw the national healthcare intelligence organisation, CHKS, grant Salisbury District Hospital a Top Hospitals Award as one of the 40 best hospitals in England Wales – an award based on a range of 22 standards of “clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.”
Unfortunately, with such a large hospital, covering such a big population, errors do take place. One of the more publicised mistakes in 2014 concerned a surgical swab which was left inside a patient after an operation at SDH.
Then in December 2015, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust admitted what is referred to as a “never event” – confirming that in October of that year, surgeons at the hospital operated on the wrong part of a patient’s body. 2015 saw the trust report another worrying incident which a spokesman said involved a swab being left in a patient’s body after surgery.
‘Never Events’ are simply medical mistakes like these which should never, ever. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has recently been waging war on these kind of dreadful surgical errors which are taking place far too often.
What’s more, our team have handled a surprising number of compensation claims against Salisbury District Hospital in recent years – so let’s hope that the top hospitals award means that standards are improving.
Salisbury District Hospital – are things getting better?
But is the situation actually improving at Odstock? One good sign emerged in March 2016 when the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust -[the organisation running SDH] was ranked fifth in the Learning from Mistakes League which according to the the Department of Health ranks trusts on their “openness and honesty”. This league table is apparently based on data on “safety reporting and the NHS staff survey”.
The warning bells were then raised just one month later in April 2016 when a Care Quality Commission report stated that each of the following fundamental medical services guided by Salisbury District hospital “requires recruitment
- Spinal Injuries Centre
- Intensive and critical care
- Services for children & young people
FUNDING YOUR COMPENSATION CLAIM?THERE’S NO NEED TO WORRY
Medical negligence claims are complex, can take years to settle and as a result, legal bills can be very expensive. However, there is no need to worry if you appoint us – we can run your claim using a no win no fee agreement – so there’s no reason for you to worry about having to pay your legal bill.
HOME AND HOSPITAL VISITS AVAILABLE IN SALISBURY
It’s not unusual for our clients in medical negligence cases to have difficulty in travelling. That’s not a problem – our team are happy to visit you at home in Salisbury or in hospital at Salisbury District Hospital – or, in fact anywhere in Wiltshire, Hampshire or Dorset.
FREE SPECIALIST MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE ADVICE – CALL SALISBURY (01722) 422300
If you think that you might be entitled to compensation for a medical error, phone or email our team right away – remember there are strict time limits for making such claims and any lengthy delay in making your claim could mean that you lose the right to the compensation you deserve.
For free initial phone advice and a free no obligation first appointment, get in touch with us today.
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