Most medical negligence claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis. This allows your claim to proceed whilst you focus on your recovery.
As part of the Co-op Group our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.
Free Legal Advice for Medical Negligence Claims
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors offer free legal advice on clinical negligence and medical accidents caused by healthcare professionals including doctors, surgeons, GPs, dentists, NHS or private hospitals and cosmetic surgery clinics.
Our free legal advice service will help you understand whether you have a valid claim for compensation. If you do, a Medical Negligence Solicitor can help you understand:
- What is involved in a medical negligence claim
- The likely amount of compensation you could receive
- The likely amount of rehabilitation support you could receive
- The likely timeframe required to pursue your claim.
Making a Successful Medical Negligence Claim
All doctors and nurses have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care when treating their patients. In order for a medical negligence claim to be successful it is necessary to show that both of the following apply:
There has been a breach of that duty (negligence) – this is where conduct has fallen short of the duty of care owed, e.g. where a doctor has not provided care of a reasonable standard.
There has been a causal link between the breach of duty and the injury suffered (causation) – to make a successful medical negligence claim the breach of duty must have caused the patient an injury. If the breach did not cause the injury then there is no claim.
Common Types of Medical Negligence Cases
- Failure or delay in diagnosing an injury or illness, such as not conducting the right medical tests at the right time. Failure to refer a patient for specialist treatment, e.g. not recognising the severity of an illness or injury
- Giving treatment which is unsuitable for a particular injury or patient which either does not resolve the injury or makes it worse
- Poorly conducted or unnecessary surgery.
Clinical Negligence Claims can arise from
- Negligent general practitioners (GP)
- Accident and emergency doctors failing to correctly diagnose or refer
- Negligent surgery
- Negligent hospital care
- Negligent management of births
- Negligent cosmetic surgery
- Negligent orthopaedic care, such as misinterpretation of x-rays or poor surgical techniques
- Incorrect prescription dispensing and administration of drugs.
Clinical or medical negligence can lead to serious injury, prolonged recovery periods, physical or mental impairment or even death. In many medical negligence claims inadequate systems or lack of staff may be contributory factors in a claim.
Investigating a Medical Negligence Claim
After you instruct your Co-op Medical Negligence Solicitor to investigate your clinical or medical negligence claim, they will discuss in more detail the information and evidence that is required in order to prove it.
Clinical and medical negligence claims require thorough investigation to prove what happened, including whether the treatment was negligent, what injury has been caused by the treatment in question as well as what financial losses were incurred as a result.
Types of evidence your Medical Negligence Solicitor will have to obtain:
- A witness statement from you, stating in your own words what happened
- Copies of your medical records from all the relevant hospitals or clinical treatment centres, including your GP records. Your medical records will be reviewed by our specialist team and discussed with you.
- An independent medical expert report to tell your Solicitor whether they believe your medical treatment fell below the standard you are reasonably entitled to as a patient. It may also be necessary to obtain reports from more than one expert.
Your Medical Negligence Solicitor will take the necessary steps to fully assess the nature, extent and cause of the injury you have suffered as a result of any negligent clinical or medical treatment in order to determine the right amount of compensation you deserve.
Your Solicitor, along with our team of specialists, will work with you to ensure that your medical claim is presented in the strongest possible way. Pursuing your case through the Courts and ultimately at a Trial can be stressful so your Solicitor will always work to achieve an early compensation settlement out of Court.
A Different Kind of Service
It is part of the Co-op’s ethos and values to provide help and support in enforcing legal rights so as to prevent injustice, and we will always strive to secure the best possible compensation and rehabilitation for our clients.
We want to ensure that you are properly looked after so we focus on you and your recovery as well as your claim.
We appreciate that when you call for help you may not just be interested in claiming medical negligence compensation. Many of the people we have helped want to try and stop similar injuries happening to other people or ensure that practices at hospitals or clinics are changed.
We will take a sympathetic approach to your claim and help you make the best recovery by providing advice on how to get the best medical support, how to access assistance from local authorities and how to claim benefits.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness as a result of negligent medical treatment it is essential to get expert legal advice on what to do next. When you contact Co-op Legal Services we can assess your situation and advise you on what to do next; free of charge.
If your claim is unsuccessful, there is no financial risk to you as all your legal fees will be covered*.
Co-op Legal Services has offices in Manchester, Bristol and London.
*Subject to entering into and complying with the terms of a No Win No Fee Agreement and taking out and complying with the terms of an After The Event insurance policy (when appropriate).