WILTSHIRE BASED MEDICAL COMPENSATION CLAIM SPECIALISTS
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 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
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 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.
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 a member of our medical negligence team independently accredited as genuine injury specialist – as a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.
HOW DO SPECIALIST COMPENSATION CLAIMs SOLICITORS GET PANEL ACCREDITED?
The Law Sciety panel has 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 panel member. 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 claims solicitors have to keep bang up to date in both law and medical matters. Their expertise is reviewed every 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 an accredited panel. 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 email 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 pay 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.
HOW DO I PROVE MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE ?
In order to succeed in any UK medical negligence claim, you are going to need to be able to prove your claim – which means satisfying two basic conditions;
1. that you can prove that the medical professional in question made errors in your treatment that someone competent at their work would not have made
2. that you can prove that that professional’s errors contributed to, or caused, your personal injury.
In order to prove these two elements, your solicitor will need to obtain your medical notes and often copies of any relevant x-rays – to see if they support your claim. It’s normal for your solicitor will also seek to appoint an independent specialist medical expert – who can comment on whether your treatment was negligent and whether that negligent treatment contributed to your injuries.
Click here to read more about making a medical negligence claim
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, these 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
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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