HAMPSHIRE BASED MEDICAL COMPENSATION CLAIM SPECIALISTS
Do you need specialist legal advice to help with your medical negligence compensation claim in Hampshire? Here at local Hampshire solicitors Bonallack and Bishop, our accredited and specialist team of qualified solicitors can help.
Medical negligence can happen anywhere where a person is under the care of a medical professional, and Hampshire is no different. Just that the North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, for instance, which has been the subject of more than one case of clinical negligence. A recent court case found that an orthopaedic surgeon was negligent in removing a lump in a patient’s armpit, leaving her with permanent symptoms after nerves were damaged. An independent expert had been very critical of the care the patient received and eventually the NHS Trust settled the case outside of course rather than taking it to the final level of proceedings.
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The National Health Service is one of the UK’s best loved institutions and it isn’t hard to see why. It does its best to make sure that everyone who needs care gets it, regardless of their ability to pay – and the vast majority of the time that care is of an impressively high standard.
However, it has been estimated that around 5% of people are dissatisfied with the service and level of care they have received relating to the diagnosis and treatment of a condition. Some of these people go on to make medical negligence claims; around 7000 such claims are made every year.
The need for an accredited specialist solicitor
These kind of claims are not like ordinary personal injury claims. In depth medical knowledge is needed, and these sorts of claims often take much longer too
Why is it so important to have a specialist solicitor based in Hampshire when claiming compensation following a medical error? It’s not just that the law and procedure surrounding clinical negligence is particular complex – but to maximise your chances of winning the compensation you are entitled to, you’re going to need a solicitor who is easily accessible to Hampshire, who has enough understanding of medical concepts to read and interpret medical x-rays, GP and hospital clinical records and medical reports.
“Beware of solicitors who imply that they are specialists without accreditation by AvMA or the Law Society, and do not be confused by the term ‘personal injury’ lawyer. Clinical Negligence is a highly specialist field of its own.”
They are not our words – that quote comes directly from the website of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) – the independent charity for patient safety and justice.
And here at Bonallack and Bishop, we are just one of a handful of law firms in Hampshire with members of both the AvMA and Law Society Clinical Negligence Panels [‘clinical negligence‘ is just another term for medical negligence].
There are only around 180 solicitors nationwide on both of these panels – out of well over qualified 140,000 solicitors – not to mention numerous legal executives and untrained legal advisers and assistants. So if you instruct us to run your Hampshire medical negligence claim, you can be certain that you’ve picked one of the finest independently accredited specialists in Hampshire.and that you have got the specialist advice and representation that you need.
What’s more, our Hampshire based medical negligence team also includes a solicitor, who before he qualified, trained as a nurse.
Hampshire – too many substandard Hospitals
The recent reports on hospitals in England and Wales by hospital regulator, the Care Quality Commission, make pretty disappointing reading. And Hampshire is not immune.
Three of the Hampshire based NHS Trusts are described by the CQC as “requiring improvement” – Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, and Solent NHS Trust
And in addition, the following three individual Hampshire NHS hospitals are also identified as requiring improvement.
- Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth
- Southampton General Hospital
- Andover War Memorial Hospital run by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
And one of the Hampshire-based private hospitals does no better. The Priory Hospital in Southampton was also described as “requiring improvement”.
Home and hospital visits available throughout Hampshire
Wherever you live in Hampshire, if you can’t get to our offices easily you can either instruct us by e-mail or phone.
Alternatively, we can arrange home and hospital visits for one of our solicitors to see you throughout Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire or Dorset.
FREE initial advice
Our team of Hampshire solicitors completely understand the importance of being fully informed about your case before you decide to make a claim for compensation following a medical accident. That’s why we provide;
- FREE no obligation initial advice over the phone
- a FREE no obligation first appointment at one of our Hampshire Offices
WHAT TYPE OF MEDICAL CLAIMS CAN YOU HELP ME WITH?
Our team have the experience and ability to run the full range of medical compensation claims – including the following.
- Cancer Claims
- Cardiology Negligence
- Children’s medical negligence
- Chiropractor Negligence Claim
- Defective medical product claims
- Eye injury claims
- GP negligence
- MRSA Negligence Claims
- Negligent treatment of sports injuries
- NHS A and E claims
- Nursing home negligence
- Physiotherapy negligence claims
- Incorrect prescription claims and pharmacy errors
- Surgical negligence
Do I have grounds for a medical negligence claim?
Sadly, too many people become unhappy with the treatment they receive from a doctor or health professional.
This is very different from clinical negligence [which is simply another term for medical negligence and means exactly the same thing]. Actual medical negligence covers very serious breaches of care and can result in a legal battle.
The 2 main guidelines for what constitutes medical negligence are fairly clear.
1. Has there been a breach of the duty of care?
Every health professional is responsible for proper care and treatment of patients. Proving the breach of that duty is the trickiest aspect.
Just because some form of injury has been caused and another person is responsible for that damage is not always enough to prove clinical negligence. All patients are different and respond differently to care. So certain amount of leeway is given to doctors as medical science is not as predictable or exact a science as many people assume.
This is an important distinction to make, as it allows for doctors and medical professionals to allow a certain amount of risk, giving them the freedom to ensure they can find the right cure or treatment for you. Tightening this amount of leeway would discourage doctors from finding the right course of action for each individual patient. It is also the case that their actions should be considered unreasonable by the standards of a regular, competent doctor. If your treatment simply did not work out as well as had been hoped, you would not have grounds for claiming medical negligence.
2. Would a competent professional have done the same?
Only if the level of care was found to be below that which is expected of a competent professional, and that it was this direct action which caused injury or death, and that the injury or death would have been avoidable had the action not been taken, could there be a case for clinical or medical negligence. Trying to ascertain the existence of negligence alone can be difficult, and it is for this reason that it is highly recommended that you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor if you suspect that you might have been in a position where you might have suffered a negligent medical error.
No need to worry about legal bills – no win no fee available
Clinical negligence claims are complex and legal bills can be high. But you don’t need to worry about that. When you instruct us, we can run your claim for compensation using a no win no fee agreement.
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Our Experts Can Help You with a Full Range of Medical Claims
No matter what type of medical negligence you have experienced, we can help you claim compensation – ranging from birth injury claims and surgical mistakes to GP errors and cancer misdiagnosis.
Don’t Delay Making Your Claim– Contact Us Today
Don’t forget that all medical compensation claims are subject to strict time limits – so if you’re thinking of making a claim, don’t delay – get in touch with our team, based in Andover and Fordingbridge, Hampshire, straight away.
Live in Hampshire? Thinking of a Medical Negligence Claim? Call Now
If you’re looking for a firm of solicitors with national quality specialist expertise who can deliver that service locally – get in touch with our medical lawyers today.
- Bonallack and Bishop, Bonallack and Bishop
Suite 1, Healey House, Dene Road, 5, Provost Street
SP10 2AA SP6 1AZ
Tel: Andover (01264) 364433 Tel: Fordingbridge (01425) 652110
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