Spencers Solicitors are specialist lawyers offering a range of medical negligence services. Please view the links below for more information and get in touch online or call us on 08000 93 00 94 and let us know what happened.
All medical professionals, from general practitioners to surgeons owe their patients a duty of care to ensure that they receive the correct treatment in a suitable manner.
But unlike many other professions a single mistake from a medical practitioner can have drastic consequences for the patient involved. A breach of this duty may entitle you to make a claim for medical negligence.
How can I prove Medical Negligence?
In order to establish medical negligence there are two hurdles to overcome:
- Firstly you have to show that the care provided fell below the standard of a reasonably competent medical professional.
- Secondly, if breach of duty is established, the next step is to establish Causation. This means establishing that it was the treatment that caused the damage, which would not have otherwise occurred. In medical cases this is often the most difficult part of the claim to establish.
Medical (or clinical) negligence covers a broad range of medical errors, misdiagnosis or low standard of care. Below is a list of the more common negligence cases we deal with:
Making a Medical Negligence Claim
Clinical negligence claims, due to their complexity can take time to investigate and settle, and like most personal injury cases an independent medical assessment is often needed.
Proving that the medical professional or the institution accused was at fault and directly negligent for your injuries has its difficulties. You can read our guide to proving Medical Negligence which details the general process and the initial steps of complaining.
We want to help you overcome the difficulties you face after suffering from medical negligence by making a compensation claim on your behalf.
Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or if you prefer, complete an Online Claim Enquiry and we'll call you back. We will discuss your case with you and give you professional advice on whether we can assist you in making a medical negligence compensation claim.
Surgical procedures where errors are made or the surgery is not undertaken to a high standard.
A misdiagnosis claim can be raised if you are diagnosed with an illness which you do not actually have or you were informed that you had no illness when in fact you had.
Complications or birth injuries during labour caused by preventable medical actions not carried out.
Breast implants are the most common type of cosmetic surgery in the UK, however loss of feeling and problems with implants still occur.
Erb's Palsy Compensation
Erb's palsy is a paralysis of the arm. It can be caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth. It is also known as brachial plexus palsy and Erb-Duchenne palsy.
Cerebral Palsy Negligence Claims
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the generic name for a group of lifelong neurological conditions which affect muscle movement and coordination. In most cases, CP is caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the baby's brain before, during, or shortly after birth.
Ectopic Pregnancy Claims
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. This is known as a tubal pregnancy. Initially, the egg may start to grow normally. However, the fallopian tubes are not the natural home for a fertilised egg.
Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Claims
According to the leading cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, cancer causes one in four of all deaths in the UK, and there are around 167,000 deaths from cancer every year. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is devastating not only for the person concerned but also for their family.
Anaesthetic Awareness Claims
Anaesthetic awareness can range from being able to hear the operation occurring to the agony of feeling a surgical procedure taking place.
Reaction and complications to treatment or drugs
Being prescribed the incorrect dosage of drugs or type of treatment causing severe adverse effects.
Hospital Acquired Infections
If a poor level of hygiene is present hospitals can contain infections such as MRSA, MSSA and C Difficile.
Sepsis Compensation Claims
Sepsis is a stark term the general public is familiar with but is often not fully understood, so what is Sepsis?
Vaginal Mesh Implants
Sometimes referred to as a ‘sling implant’ or ‘tape’, it is a treatment to help permanently fix pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. These conditions may affect women after having a hysterectomy, menopause or childbirth.
NHS Never Events : What are they and why do they happen?
Although the UK is exceptionally fortunate & highly regarded in many ways for high standards of medical treatment and care, the unfortunate reality is that clinical negligence cases are on the rise, including aptly named "Never Events".
Vaginal Mesh – Is a new NHS scandal developing?
"Within the last two weeks the words "Vaginal Mesh" appear to be trending within the national media, (not something I ever thought I would say) and it’s evident from the many articles in the national press and TV news, that this has the potential to develop into a new crisis within the already struggling NHS."
AVMA, or Action Against Medical Accidents is the UK charity for patient safety and justice. They aim to support people affected by avoidable harm in healthcare; to help them achieve justice; and to promote better patient safety for all.