Are You A Victim of Medical Negligence?
Cases of medical negligence are more common in the UK than many people imagine. Also sometimes known as clinical negligence, medical negligence refers to substandard care from a medical professional. If this has happened to you, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Are you looking for a solicitor to help with your medical negligence claim in Wiltshire?
Here at Salisbury and Amesbury based Bonallack and Bishop, our solicitors offer an expert service and can help with your medical negligence compensation claim wherever you live in Wiltshire from our local offices.
THE NEED FOR A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALIST
Clinical negligence claims are noticeably different to ordinary accident claim cases as they can often involve complicated medical conditions like damage to the spinal cord, brain injuries and injuries caused by birth complications.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence [sometimes also referred to as clinical negligence] involves a particularly complex area of law and procedure. What’s more, to help you win the compensation you are entitled to, your solicitor is going to need a good understanding of medical documents – ranging from reading x-rays to carefully going through handwritten GP and hospital records, along with examining medical reports. Only a specialist solicitor with years of experience of running medical error cases, day in day out, is going to have the expertise you need.
Far too many solicitors like to dabble in medical negligence work, but it is not an area of practice for the inexperienced. Those who dabble may end up receiving a letter from our professional negligence team some years down the line. For a client to be let down by a second professional is nothing short of cruel.
RECENT MEDICAL SCANDALS IN WILTSHIRE
Medical negligence can occur in any health institution, and Wiltshire’s hospitals and treatment centres have not been without their scandals in recent years.
In 2010, a nurse was caught turning off the ventilator of a Wiltshire man who’d become so concerned about his care that he set up a secret camera at his bedside. The man was left brain-damaged and an official investigation found Violeta Aylward guilty of ‘the worst case of negligence’ but did not face criminal charges.
Even Salisbury District Hospital, despite being granted a Top Hospitals Award by the national healthcare intelligence organisation, CHKS, as one of the 40 best hospitals in England and Wales in 2015 , is not immune to serious negligent mistakes.
2014, for example, saw one scandal at SDH when a surgical swab was actually left inside a patient after an operation.
More recently, 2016 saw the publication by the CQC – government health watchdog, the care quality commission produced a damning report on the Great Western Hospitals Trust. The trust provides a range of healthcare services to around 480,000 people in Wiltshire Swindon’s Great Western Hospital in Swindon, and the Savernake hospital in Marlborough.
A number of services were said to have this “required improvement”. Particularly worrying was the warning unit issued in respect of the trust’s emergency department
HOW TO FIND A SPECIALIST MEDICAL SOLICITOR?
We take both medical negligence, training and accreditation very seriously. Therefore you won’t be surprised to find out that our medical negligence team includes a members of both the leading medical negligence solicitors panels. Out of dozens of law firms in Wiltshire, only three share with us the 2 highest levels of expert accreditation iemembership of both
- the AvMA Specialist Medical Negligence Panel – AvMA is the nationwide independent charity for “patient safety and justice”.
- the Law Society Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel
Only around 180 medical solicitors in England and Wales are members of both of these elite panels – out of well over 100,000 solicitors nationwide – and our own Denise Broomfield is one of them.
And another member of our medical negligence team qualified and spent many years as a nurse for re-qualifying as a solicitor.
So, when you instruct us to run your medical negligence claim – you can be sure that our local team has been independently accredited as genuine specialists.
HOW DO SPECIALIST MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITORS GET PANEL ACCREDITED?
Both accreditation panels have very strict criteria which applicants must meet. Only solicitors with experience, skill and detailed knowledge of this specialist area will be successful in becoming panel members.
Check that the solicitor that you are thinking of using to help you with your case is a member of one of these panels. The process for achieving panel membership is tough – the Law Society scheme has an accreditation unit in London who assess applications against set criteria, this job being carried out by an expert assessor – and those applying for membership have to prove that they really do have the experience and skills required.
And what’s more, they have to go through a tough re-accreditation process every few years to stay on those panels. These highly specialist and accredited clinical negligence claim solicitors have to keep bang up to date in both law and medical matters. Their expertise is reviewed ever 5 years to ensure they are in regular practice rather than stepping back from the coal face and taking more of a supervisory role – and unlike some other panels, the process of re-accreditation is far from easy.
If you have already got a solicitor in mind, check they are a member of one of these panels. If they are, proof of their membership should be on their firm’s website – if it is not, be sure to speak to them or e mail them to check. If they are not accredited, the best advice is that you should find someone else who is.
FREE MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE ADVICE
Making the decision to claim medical negligence compensation is not an easy one. In particular, you are going to need to have a good idea of what’s involved in making a claim, and to get an early indication of the chances of winning your claim.
We understand that – that’s why our team offer
- FREE initial advice over the phone and
- FREE first appointment – with no obligation.
NO WIN NO FEE CLAIMS
There is no need for you to worry about having to paying an expensive legal bill if you choose us to run your medical negligence claim – our team are able to run your claim for compensation under a no win no fee arrangement.
HOME AND HOSPITAL VISITS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT WILTSHIRE
If you’re unable to travel to meet us in our Salisbury or Amesbury offices, our team are to arrange to see you at home or in hospital throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.
Alternatively, you can instruct us by e-mail, phone or Skype video – whichever you prefer.
MUST I BE SEEN BY AN INDEPEBDENT MEDICAL EXPERT AS PART OF MY MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM?
Yes, if we believe that you have a strong basis for your claim we will send you to be medically assessed by one of our independent experts in the relevant area of medicine.
Bonallack and Bishop has built strong relationships with a great number of independent medical consultants who will review the nature and extent of your injuries. This network of expertise makes us perfectly placed to bring your case against the NHS or a private medical establishment.
WILL YOU KEEP ME INFORMED OF DEVELOPMENTS IN MY MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM?
Absolutely, we make sure to update our clients regularly throughout the claims procedure.
DON’T DELAY – CONTACT OUR TEAM TODAY
Remember – don’t delay contacting us– strict time limitations apply to all medical compensation claims. Any delay in making your claim could mean you lose out on your right to claim medical compensation entirely.
You must generally make your claim within three years of the injury occurring, or within three years of becoming aware that you had suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence. However, theses are guidelines, not rules, as the time limitation for claims can be complicated.
So, we suggest that you contact us even if you suffered an injury more than three years ago to see whether you are still eligible.
LIVE IN WILTSHIRE? WANT TO MAKE A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM? CALL US NOW
Our team have the necessary expertise to recover the full and fair amount of compensation and will also be able to treat your medical negligence claim with sensitivity.
So, for local advice from a law firm with national expertise,
- call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or locally on Salisbury (01722) 422300 or
- Complete the contact form below
Comments or questions are welcome.
Bonallack and Bishop, Bonallack and Bishop
Rougemont House, Queensbury House,
Rougemont Close, 5 Salisbury Street,
SP1 1LY SP4 7AW
Tel: Salisbury (01722) 422300 Tel: Amesbury (01980) 622992
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